5 shows to see this weekend and beyond



5 shows to see this weekend and beyond

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is an important and vibrant celebration for many Asian cultures and communities, so it’s no surprise that the Bay Area offers plenty of opportunities this month to take part in the colorful festivities. This weekend alone offers several free events. At San Jose History Park, 635 Phelan Ave., the celebration runs Friday through Sunday and features lion dancing, martial arts demonstrations, karaoke, calligraphy, and more. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The event is free but you can reserve admission at eventbrite.com (search for San Jose 2023 Lunar New Year Celebration). At Livermore’s Bankhead Theater Plaza, a celebration runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, with performances and demonstrations by the terrific Xiaopei Chinese Dance troupe, KungFu Dragon USA, and the Zitheras Academy in San Ramon (for you zither fans out there), and more. More information is at livermorearts.org. Other free events are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the San Jose Museum of Art (sjmusart.org); 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Oakland’s Jack London Square (viitoakland.com) and 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Chase Center in San Francisco’s Thrive City outdoor park (chasecenter.com)

— Bay Area News Foundation

Classical picks: Movie music; Tchaikovsky; Leif Ove Andsnes

The New Year proceeds in a Romantic vein with this weekend’s classical music concerts. Here are some highlights.

New Century: For its first program of 2023, the New Century Chamber Orchestra is delving into a rich vein of music composed for film. “Cinematic Escapes” includes arrangements of Bernard Herrmann’s “Vertigo” Suite and Clarice Assad’s string arrangement of George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” along with music from Ennio Morricone’s scores for “The Mission,” “Cinema Paradiso” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Details: 7:30 p.m. today at Osher Marin JCC; 7:30 p.m. Friday at First Congregational Church, Berkeley; 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University; $30-$67.50; www.ncco.org.

“Tchaikovsky Flute”: That’s the title of Symphony San Jose’s program this weekend, which features flutist Denis Bouriakov returning to the orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s ravishing Violin Concerto, transposed for his instrument. Completing the program are Stravinsky’s “Chant du Rossignol” and Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony. Jayce Ogren conducts. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; California Theatre, San Jose; $55-$115; www.symphonysanjose.org.

Solo Andsnes: The sublime Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes returns to Davies Symphony Hall Sunday evening to perform a solo recital featuring works by composers including Beethoven, Dvorák, and Janácek. Details: 7:30 p.m.; $20-$100; www.sfsymphony.org.

— Georgia Rowe, Correspondent

We love these tunes

First presented as Lincoln Center’s big season opening production in 2016, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Songs We Love” has turned into a vibrant moveable feast celebrating the American Songbook that emerged from Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood during the first half of the 20th century.

Under the musical direction of The Westerlies trumpeter Riley Mulherkar, the 2020 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist Award for his work as a bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, and advocate for jazz, the show features three rising vocalists. Tahira Clayton recently headlined the national tour “Bessie, Billie, Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz,” while Shenel Johns, a jazz singer forged in the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, has earned glowing reviews for shows paying homage to Billie Holiday and Lena Horne. And suave South African crooner Vuyo Sotashe has spent the past decade making a name for himself on the New York scene, earning widespread attention in 2015 as the first male singer to place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (the year that launched Jazzmeia Horn).

Jazz at Lincoln Center brings the production to three Northern California venues next week.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $20-$65; livermorearts.org; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga; $66-$73; montalvoarts.org; 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Sunset Center, Carmel; $40-$75; www.sunsetcenter.org.

— Andrew Gilbert, Correspondents 


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