The Ultimate Fairytale?

Deise Mendonça and Yassaui Mergaliyev as Cinderella and the Prince - State Street Ballet 3/23/17

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With a beautiful heroine beset by an evil step mother and her horrible daughters, a fairy godmother, a royal ball and a handsome prince looking for a bride, Cinderella has got to be in the running. There have been many ballets based on it produced since the early 1940’s when Prokofiev’s composed a ballet score…

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That Songbook


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If you are of a certain age, the “Great American Songbook” represents a golden era of song and music writing in this country. The artists who popularized this treasure trove of songs were or became big stars. Frank Sinatra was one of the biggest, and the Center For Successful Aging’s annual…

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Have Dog, Will Travel

Chris Masterson, Shakti and Eleanor Whitmore at Sings Like Hell 3/25/17 The Lobero Theatre

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The The Mastersons are the embodiment of musicians on the road, traveling more than not, performing as a headlining duo and as members of Steve Earle’s band. Their dog Shakti helped them record “Anywhere But Here” with musical barks, and she goes with them on their solo tours, joining them on the stage.…

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Danish and a Diva

Soprano Deborah Voigt performing with Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra - CAMA Santa Barbara 3/28/17 The Granada Theatre

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The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1925 specializes in performing the works of Danish composer Carl Nielson and they began their CAMA  sponsored visit to the Granada Theatre with a rousing performance of his most famous short orchestral piece, the Helios Overture. The piece follows the journey of the sun from…

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