Los Altos Stage Company. “Maple & Vine.” Jan. 29 through Feb. 22. By Jordan Harrison. “Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s reenactors, they forsake cellphones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties.” Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $18-$34. www.losaltosstage.org or 650-941-0551. Lamplighters Music Theatre. “Candide.” 8 p.m. Feb. 21; 2 p.m. Feb. 22. The Royal National Theatre Version. Music by Leonard Bernstein; book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler in a new version by John Caird; lyrics by Richard Wilbur; additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Bernstein. Stage director Phil Lowery, music director Baker Peeples. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $25-$53. 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com.
San Francisco’s Youth Ballet: “Nutcracker” production designed for a first ballet experience; 1 and 5 p.m, cute ballet slippers shoes illustration embroidery design for ballerina fill design embroidery machine instant download q8065 Dec, 2-3, Mercy High School Theater, San Francisco; $24-$26; sanfranciscoyouthballet.org, Menlowe Ballet: Choreographer Michael Lowe’s “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” is inspired by Frank Capra’s beloved 1946 film; Dec, 8-17; Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, Atherton; $20-$55; 800-595-4849; www.menloweballet.org, Valley Dance Theatre: The company has presented its full-length “Nutcracker” for more than 35 years; they’re accompanied by the Valley Dance Theatre Pit Orchestra; Dec, 9-17; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $33-$42; www.valleydancetheatre.com..
Alice Coltrane’s “Andromeda’s Suffering” was slow-droning and spiritual, with a boogie blues-rock shuffle inserted in the middle. George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” suffered because singer Nikita Germaine’s microphone didn’t work. But “Novus” — whose five co-composers include Santana and guitarist Gabor Szabo — clinched the set. It featured the elegant-earthy voice of Kalil Wilson, a classically trained tenor, syncing up with Santana’s very different brand of earthy elegance. The co-mingling of backgrounds and genres had me flashing back to a 1970 concert at Madison Square Garden, where a baritone named McHenry Boatwright opened for the Rascals and Jimi Hendrix.
And why not? Twenty-five years in, Morgan and his musicians continue to represent this city’s most heartening success story, Even as orchestras around the country are struggling — cute ballet slippers shoes illustration embroidery design for ballerina fill design embroidery machine instant download q8065 or going out of business altogether — Oakland East Bay is staying afloat on the sheer power of Morgan’s musical enthusiasm and devotion to the community, This is one conductor who eschews the glitz and mega-budgets that often come with the territory, and his audience loves him for it — they’ll follow him anywhere, whether he’s reveling in American music (Bernstein’s “Mass,” anyone?), exploring the far corners of the Romantic repertoire (all-Armenian concerts), bringing young talent “side by side” with the orchestra, or jazzing it up with big-name pop stars (past concerts have included appearances by Carlos Santana and the late, great Isaac Hayes.)..
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