Calendar: May 29–June 4, 2017

Thursday, June 1

Oakland Ballet Company, Graham Lustig, Artistic Director

Oakland Ballet Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the 2017 Spring Repertory Season. Oakland Ballet’s spring program includes two ballets inspired by the works of Shakespeare and the music of the English Renaissance: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Consort.”
Consort (World Premiere)
Oakland Ballet Company Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s newest work is inspired by Shakespeare’s Fair Youth Sonnets and the music and poetry of the English Renaissance. Consort explores the nature and intrigues of courtly love and features live musical accompaniment by Countertenor Dan Cromeenes and Lutenist Dominic Schaner.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Lustig’s ballet version of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, follows four young lovers who are caught in a quarrel between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the fairies. Set to Mendelssohn’s classic score, and told from the perspective of the Changeling Boy, Lustig’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fresh take on this enduring classic.

7:30 PM
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland
Tickets available at http://oaklandballet.org/wp/spring-repertory-2017/


Friday, June 2

Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), Cindy Beitmen, Director

Birds and Bees:  Medieval and Renaissance Music of FranceThe Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) will present a concert of medieval and Renaissance music from France. From medieval caroles and motets, the Mass of Tournai, and pieces by Dufay to the rich polyphony of the Renaissance by various composers, including Arbeau, Willaert, Passereau, Janequin, the concert will offer a variety of musical flavors and styles. In this concert of various aspects of love, you will hear beautiful bird songs ranging from chickens to nightingales. WAVE will be joined by Bay Area instrumentalists including Shira Kammen and Peter Maund, Joyce Johnson Hamilton, Howard Kadis, Lynn Tetenbaum, Tobi Szuts, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer. Guest Conductor: Phoebe Rosquist.

7:30 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek 94596
Tickets by donation at the door
NO RESERVED SEATING
You can also call 1-800-838-3006.

Oakland Ballet Company, Graham Lustig, Artistic Director

Oakland Ballet Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the 2017 Spring Repertory Season. Oakland Ballet’s spring program includes two ballets inspired by the works of Shakespeare and the music of the English Renaissance: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Consort.”
Consort (World Premiere)
Oakland Ballet Company Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s newest work is inspired by Shakespeare’s Fair Youth Sonnets and the music and poetry of the English Renaissance. Consort explores the nature and intrigues of courtly love and features live musical accompaniment by Countertenor Dan Cromeenes and Lutenist Dominic Schaner.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Lustig’s ballet version of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, follows four young lovers who are caught in a quarrel between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the fairies. Set to Mendelssohn’s classic score, and told from the perspective of the Changeling Boy, Lustig’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fresh take on this enduring classic.

7:30 PM
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland
Tickets available at http://oaklandballet.org/wp/spring-repertory-2017/

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Major Works Series: J.S. Bach in Church and Chamber” In our season finale, we focus once again upon the glorious music of our namesake. Featuring Live Oak Baroque Orchestra at its grandest scale, the Sonoma Bach Choir, and a wonderful lineup of vocal soloists, we present festive works from several eras of J.S. Bach’s career. The 2nd Brandenburg Concerto was written during his time as court composer in Cöthen (1718–23); the D Major Magnificat is a reworking of a piece written during the first year of his tenure in Leipzig (1723 to his death in 1750); and Cantata 214 (Tönet, ihr Pauken) was written in 1733 to honor the birthday of the Electress of Saxony. Later in 1733, several movements of Cantata 214 found their way into Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

8 PM BachGrounder lecture/demonstration 35 minutes before each concert
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
$25/$15
Tickets online
www.sonomabach.org or 877-914-2224


Saturday, June 3

Oakland Ballet Company, Graham Lustig, Artistic Director

Oakland Ballet Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the 2017 Spring Repertory Season. Oakland Ballet’s spring program includes two ballets inspired by the works of Shakespeare and the music of the English Renaissance: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Consort.”
Consort (World Premiere)
Oakland Ballet Company Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s newest work is inspired by Shakespeare’s Fair Youth Sonnets and the music and poetry of the English Renaissance. Consort explores the nature and intrigues of courtly love and features live musical accompaniment by Countertenor Dan Cromeenes and Lutenist Dominic Schaner.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Lustig’s ballet version of Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, follows four young lovers who are caught in a quarrel between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the fairies. Set to Mendelssohn’s classic score, and told from the perspective of the Changeling Boy, Lustig’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fresh take on this enduring classic.

2:30 & 7:30 PM
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland
Tickets available at http://oaklandballet.org/wp/spring-repertory-2017/

Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), Cindy Beitmen, Director

Birds and Bees:  Medieval and Renaissance Music of FranceThe Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) will present a concert of medieval and Renaissance music from France. From medieval caroles and motets, the Mass of Tournai, and pieces by Dufay to the rich polyphony of the Renaissance by various composers, including Arbeau, Willaert, Passereau, Janequin, the concert will offer a variety of musical flavors and styles. In this concert of various aspects of love, you will hear beautiful bird songs ranging from chickens to nightingales. WAVE will be joined by Bay Area instrumentalists including Shira Kammen and Peter Maund, Joyce Johnson Hamilton, Howard Kadis, Lynn Tetenbaum, Tobi Szuts, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer. Guest Conductor: Phoebe Rosquist.

8:00 PM
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Main Church
Berkeley, CA
NO RESERVED SEATING
Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets
You can also call 1-800-838-3006.

Sonoma Bach, Robert Worth, Director
“Major Works Series: J.S. Bach in Church and Chamber” In our season finale, we focus once again upon the glorious music of our namesake. Featuring Live Oak Baroque Orchestra at its grandest scale, the Sonoma Bach Choir, and a wonderful lineup of vocal soloists, we present festive works from several eras of J.S. Bach’s career. The 2nd Brandenburg Concerto was written during his time as court composer in Cöthen (1718–23); the D Major Magnificat is a reworking of a piece written during the first year of his tenure in Leipzig (1723 to his death in 1750); and Cantata 214 (Tönet, ihr Pauken) was written in 1733 to honor the birthday of the Electress of Saxony. Later in 1733, several movements of Cantata 214 found their way into Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

8 PM BachGrounder lecture/demonstration 35 minutes before each concert
Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center
1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
$25/$15
Tickets online
www.sonomabach.org or 877-914-2224