Diablo Symphony to debut piece by former conductor
The Diablo Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Matilda Hofman, will premiere "Celebrate Today!," a special composition by Joyce Johnson Hamilton, at two performances this weekend.
The concerts are Friday, March 22 in the Rossmoor Fireside Room; and Sunday, March 24 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.
Hamilton was the symphony's conductor for 31 years and is now a musician in the orchestra.
In addition, Yu Gong, 2013 Young Artist Competition winner, will be the featured artist, playing the "Violin Concerto in D minor" by Jean Sibelius, and Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva will guest conduct the "Thunder and Lightning Polka" by Johan Strauss. The Symphony No. 1, "Spring" by Robert Schumann will complete the performance.
Tickets for the Lesher performance are $25 for adults and $10 for children. To order or for more information, call the Lesher Center box office at 925-943-7469.
'Anticipation' gallery open house March 30
Valley Art Gallery's semiannual exhibit of new, juried paintings for sale and for rent will have its open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30, and a "Meet the Artist: period that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.
"Anticipation" celebrates the coming of spring. Acclaimed artist Vilma Patterson-Antoine is featured in
Valley Art Gallery has been in operation for almost 65 years. The nonprofit organization is staffed by volunteers and is dedicated to the promotion of the arts and of the work of fine Bay Area artists and craftspeople.
This free event is being held at the gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, in Walnut Creek. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-935-4311
'Animals, Real and Imagined' now on display at Bedford
"Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined," a juried show devoted to investigating our storied and rich relationship with the animal world, will be on exhibit through May 19 at the Bedford Gallery inside the Lesher Center for the Arts.
"Peaceable Kingdom" invites prominent curators to assemble a collection of innovative and appealing works by national artists. This exhibition will explore the presence of animals in the visual arts, and how they appear as metaphors, totems, objects of fear and sources of emotional attachment and affection.
Gallery members' work on display at chamber
Four members of the Lafayette Gallery currently have their art works on display a the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in downtown Lafayette.
The artists are Susan Erickson (acrylics and mixed-media collages), Warren Rice (photographs), Debby Koonce (oil paintings) and Marsha Ramp (oil paintings).
The artwork is on display in the conference room at he the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lafayette Circle, and is open to the public for viewing. This is just down Lafayette Circle from the Lafayette Gallery (50 Lafayette Circle).
For more information, call the chamber at 925-284-7404. This is an ongoing exhibit, and the artwork is updated on a regular basis.
'Lie of the Mind' performs April 24-28
The Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary's College has slated "A Lie of the Mind" as its spring production, with performances to take place April 24-28 in the college's LeFevre Theatre in Moraga.
This iconic drama, written by Sam Shepard, a master of the American stage, explores the complications of family relationships and the power of perception to shape the way we live. This winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award, is about two families -- parents and children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives -- who struggle to understand the mystery, misery and magic of love.
Performances are set for April 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. April 28 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, $12 for seniors and non-SMC students, and $8 and Saint Mary's faculty and staff; and $8 for Saint Mary's College faculty, staff and students.
For further information and reservations, call the Saint Mary's College Theatre Box Office at 925-631-4670. Tickets are also available online at www.brownpapertickets.com
'Lightness of Seeing' photography show open
The Moraga Art Gallery's new show, "The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing," features the unique combination of Dave E. Dondero's hyper-realistic California landscapes and Erik Wilson's thought-provoking and often ironic urban scenes.
The two have been friends for 30 years, but this is the first time their work has been seen together in a show celebrating the "lightness" of the fleeting visual moments life brings us, whether the telling expression of a stranger or the play of clouds above a solitary oak.
The show, which opened Jan. 16, runs through March 23, and admission is free.
Library hosting Visual Arts Competition 2013
Entries in the The 2013 High School Visual Arts Competition will be on display through March 27 at the Orinda LibraryArt Gallery.
This annual event showcases and acknowledges two- and three-dimensional art work by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga. The competition features cash awards, merit citations and the monthlong public exhibit of entries at the library gallery.
Sponsors include the Educational Foundation of Orinda, Lafayette Partners in Education, the Moraga Education Foundation and the Mechanics Bank.
Audition sign-ups for 'Lamorinda Idol' in April
Lamorinda Idol (formerly known as "Orinda Idol") is taking sign-ups throughout April for May 16-18 audition dates.
Now in its eighth year, This singing competition is now open to young performers who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette. The objective of Lamorinda Idol is to provide an avenue for young people to pursue their love for singing, to bring joy to the community and to have fun.
The finals are scheduled for Sept. 8, but there are various workshops, performances and othert activities from June through December. For more information, go to http://www.orindaartscouncil.org/lamorinda_idol_overview.php
See Shakespeare's 'Richard III' at DVC
Diablo Valley College Drama will stage its production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," directed by Beth McBrien, March 15-April 7 at 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.
In "Richard III," Shakespeare paints a portrait of obsession, seduction and betrayal, and offers up one of the most diabolical and outrageous villains in all of literature.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call DVC's box office at 925-687-4445; for more information, go to www.dvcdrama.net.