Dutch composer coming to the Lesher
Contra Costa Wind Symphony presents "Johan de Meij Live!" with a rare Bay Area appearance May 18 at the Lesher Center of the Arts in Walnut Creek by the Dutch composer, who will conduct several of his works, including the West Coast premiere of his Symphony No. 4, Sinfonie der Lieder (Symphony of Songs).
According to Contra Costa Wind Symphony conductor Duane Carroll, de Meij -- best known for his Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings," is one of the most recognizable names in the world among composers of music for wind symphony. This, Carroll said, is an outstanding way to conclude CCWS's 2013-2014 season.
Tickets for Johan de Meij Live! range from $18 to $25, with complimentary tickets for all students. Call the Lesher Center ticket office at 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visiting lesherartscenter.org. For concert details, visit the Contra Costa Wind Symphony website at CCWindSymphony.org.
Second Mountain Shadow film showing May 16
Mountain Shadow, the nonprofit startup film society bringing foreign and independent films back to the Walnut Creek area, has added a second showing of "Elle S'en Va" (On My Way) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Public Library.
Catherine Deneuve plays a woman estranged from her family and losing her business. She takes a road trip with her grandson to explore the next chapter in her life. One of the films from the Walnut Creek's second annual Short Film Festival will also be shown.
General admission seating for nonmembers will be available with a suggested $12 donation.
More information about the films, as well as Mountain Shadow Film Society, is available at http://mountainshadow.org or by contacting Mountain Shadow's board president, John Bennison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Beat Goes On' with the Blackhawk Chorus
The 130 voices of the men and women of the Blackhawk Chorus will be presenting two performances of their Spring Show, "The Beat Goes On", a show that features hits that include "Sweet Caroline," "The Look of Love," "Feelin' Groovy" and other 60s-era songs.
Under the direction of Diane Gilfether, the Blackhawk Chorus is celebrating its 23rd year. It has performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Vatican in Rome, and various European countries.
The first performance is Sunday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. On May 21 the chorus will perform at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, beginning at 8 p.m.
Tickets for both performances are available through the Blackhawk Chorus website (www.blackhawkchorus.org) and, for the Lesher Show, through the Lesher Box Office; call 925-943-7569.
The two hours of great music will include numbers by Special Blend and Blackhawk Jazz, vocal groups made up of some of the great voices within the nationally recognized Blackhawk Chorus.
Civic Arts' 'The Wizard of Oz' May 16-17
An enthusiastic group of 5- to 18-year -olds have been busy following that famous yellow brick road as Civic Arts Education Youth Theatre Company prepares its production of "The Wizard of Oz."
"This is the one time each year that all four components of YTC work together on one production," explains producer Rachel Pergamit. "Junior Theatre students play the main parts with Mini Kids, Kids Theatre and Teens playing ensemble roles like the munchkins, Ozians and so much more."
Playing the coveted role of Dorothy is 13-year-old Abby Johnson of Walnut Creek, a student at Walnut Creek Intermediate School.
Performances of "The Wizard of Oz" are at 7 p.m. May 16 and at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 17 -- all are at the Del Valle Theatre, 1928 Tice Valley Road in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $12 to $16.75 and can be ordered by calling 925-943-SHOW or online at www.lesherartscenter.org.
Bedford Gallery events on tap
The Bedford Gallery has a number of spring events coming up, including the following:
Auditions for Children's Chorus fall session
Placement interviews for the Contra Costa Children's Chorus' fall session will be on Wednesday, May 28 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette.
Scholarships are available for young singers.
For more information about the auditions and the chorus itself, go to www.childrenschorus.org.
Lafayette Art Gallery artists's market May 17
The Lafayette Art Gallery will host an artists' market May 17 in the courtyard and fountain area next to the gallery, 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
The area will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace reminiscent of Carmel, with a variety of artists exhibiting, demonstrating and selling their artwork. Lafayette Art Gallery members will be there, and outside artists too — a total of 12-15 artists per show.
The event is free, and all are welcome.
Town Hall's 'Candida' opens May 24
The main stage at Town Hall Theatre will host a production of George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" May 4-June 13.
Directed by Molly Aaronson-Gelb, this is the story of a pastor shaken when a young poet catches the attention of his beautiful wife Candida. It is a funny, touching and poignant production on social mores.
"Candida" will have preview performances May 22 and 23, as well. remains funny, touching and poignant to this day.
For ticket information, call the Town Hall box office at 925-283-1557.