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A Foray into Semi-Opera

February 25, 2014

Exciting things are happening! Wednesday the 26th is the monthly Classical Revolution Oakland show at Awaken Cafe, and this time we are joined by a chorus that calls itself Tyranno-Chorus-Rex. They are led by Tim Silva, the former front man of Minkus, Brother Graham’s O’Dowd ska/punk band. Together we will play The Beethoven Elegaic Song Op.118 and excerpts from the greatest of all semi-operas, King Arthur, by Henry Purcell, with Susie Fong on the spinnet and Howard Kadis on archlute. Jacob Hansen-Joseph will play the solo viola part for the Concertino for Viola and Strings by Rolla, and we will also play Smetana’s 1st string quartet, “Aus Meinem Leben.”

Friday the 28th Brother Graham and I will sit in with the Soft White Sixties at the Chapel. The show is sold out, but come say what’s up if you’re there.

Sunday March 2nd The Town Quartet will play our regular gig at the Musical Offering Cafe and Bistro. Right now the plan is to do Saint-Saens in Smetana without a break and Mozart Dissonance. We’ll see if that holds up.

Saturday, March 8th, is the world premiere of Sascha Jacobsen’s ballet, Aljamiado, at Salle Pianos. Pianist Cesar Cancino will join the Musical Art Quintet, and we will feature some amazing dancers, including my bud Alejandro Urgell. Very inspiring!

Tuesday March 11th we will do our 2nd Classical Revolution show at Caffe Trieste in Berkeley at 7. When that’s over I recommend heading over to Brick and Mortar in SF, where the Telegraph Trio will play. Word on the street is we will play rock music. Cash Pony is also playing. Come, hang out, make merry!

Your organized listing:

2/26 Classical Revolution Oakland at Awaken Cafe. 7-10pm, $5-20 suggested donation. 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

2/28 Soft White Sixties at the Chapel.

3/2 Town Quartet at the Musical Offering Cafe and Bistro. 1pm, $5-20 suggested donation. 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

3/8 Musical Art Quintet at Salle Pianos. 8pm, $18 includes wine reception. 1632 C Market St. San Francisco.

3/11 Classical Revolution at Caffe Trieste. 7-9pm, $5-20 suggested donation. 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

3/11 Telegraph Trio at Brick and Mortar. $10 1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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