The first of the three ballets, “Indigo,” choreographed by Stanton Welch, artistic director of the Houston Ballet, is a passionate dance full of speed, artistry and elegance. Set to two Vivaldi cello concertos — the first in B minor, RV 424, and the second in G minor, RV 416 — the music generates a frenetic energy as dancers attack the stage with confidence and grace. The ballet tells the story of four couples in love who fight, make up, fight, and eventually change partners. The real story here, however, is the incredible technical exactitude required to complete this dance in a way that looks effortless. The choreography is composed of quirky, unexpected, whimsical motion and the overall effect is one of elegance and control.
In real life, he was a wide-eyed 13-year-old when he took in the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, a seminal rock fest on ballet flats size 12 Mount Tam featuring those bands and many others over two history-making days in 1967, the Summer of Love, “It was really mind blowing for a kid that age to experience the Doors and Big Brother and the Jefferson Airplane,” he remembered, “It was also this total countercultural scene up there, There were booths selling beaded necklaces and peace symbols, all this stuff that hadn’t become a cliche at that point, It was early on, it hadn’t started to get real weird yet.”..
Owen has been most active in the Capital Club’s fundraising efforts, often co-chairing its annual gala with Citti. Local groups that have benefited from the gala include the San Jose Rep and Ballet San Jose as well as nonprofit social services, including HOPE Services and PACE Autism. The most recent gala raised funds for Hospice of the Valley’s new Palliative Care Center. “We started small with a goal of $20,000 about 13 years ago,” Owen says. “Now we’ve raised as much as $200,000 for groups, with an average of $100,000.”.
Cypress String Quartet, Salon Series 2013-2014: Slavic Soundscapes, 3 p.m, Oct, 20, Jan, 26, May 11, Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, Season, $120; single, $50, 415-500-2150 or www.cypressquartet.com/special-projects/cypress-salon-series, Music at Kohl Mansion, All concerts ballet flats size 12 begin a 7 p.m, Pre-concert talks by musicologist Kai Christiansen begin at 6 p.m, Oct, 20, Fine Arts Quartet, Nov, 10, Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang, piano, Jan, 12, pianist Garrick Ohlsson in recital, Feb, 2, Trio Cavatina with Samuel Rhodes, viola, March 9, Miró Quartet, April 13, Ariel String Quartet, May 4, Henschel Quartet, Dec, 15, A Night at the Opera — Gala Holiday Concert, Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, $15-$48, $60 for gala, 650-762-1130 or www.musicatkohl.org/tickets..
Where: Park Place and Washington Avenue in downtown Point Richmond; www.pointrichmondmusic.com. Highlights: (Opening acts listed first) Larry Vann, accomplished percussionist and creator of the “Oakland scratch groove,” with Steep Ravine, a popular folk/bluegrass act (July 11); American Nomad, a rootsy acoustic Americana act, with Times 4, a fine groove-jazz outfit (Sept. 12). Where: Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; www.sfjazz.org. Highlights: Pamela Rose (July 17), a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist; Tammy Hall (July 31), a Bay Area vocalist who has performed at Monterey, San Jose and other jazz fests.
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