“E-I-E-I-OY!” IN BED WITH THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER
Vivien Straus (writer & performer) grew up on her family’s dairy in Marshall, then ran away from the farm to become an actress. “E-i-E-i-Oy!” (or, as Vivien also calls it, “Jerseys, Jerks & Jews”) is an
“85% true autobiographical coming-ofage tale” about stumbling home with a Czech refugee who stays the night and then refuses to leave. Straus plays 15 different characters, including her
parents. The event benefits “Field Farm Studies”, a joint project of Marin Organic and MALT, two organizations that Ellen Straus (Vivien’s mother) helped create.
More details at: www.eieiOY.com
Opening February 25 through March 29 - Connie Mery
"When we think we finally have it all figured out, collage wakes us up -- by reminding us that we don't know what we're doing. It celebrates the surprise, the humor of throwing together unrelated cloth, bits of paper, patterns, detritus, jetsam.
These pieces started on a messy tabletop covered with odd scraps, some of which are shocked to find that ended up at the same party, reluctantly enjoying themselves.
An old woodcut or etching, sharing the same page with some roughly painted swirls,reflects the marriage of our carefully made plans with the nitty-gritty of how we end up actually getting ourselves from dawn to evening.
The materials here are acrylic and oil paints on various kinds of paper."
Thomas Schultz has established an international reputation both as an interpreter of music from the classical tradition – particularly Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt – and as one of the leading exponents of the music of our time. Among his recent engagements are solo recitals in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Paris, Ghent, Seoul, Taipei and Kyoto, and at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna, the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles, Korea’s Tongyoung Festival, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento and the April in Santa Cruz Festival. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, and in chamber music performances with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Da Camera Society of Houston, Robert Craft’s 20th Century Classics Ensemble and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2005 and 2010 he gave masterclasses on the piano music of the Second Viennese School at the Schoenberg Center in Vienna.
Thomas Schultz plays the singular piano music of Arnold Schoenberg and related works by Liszt and Brahms.
“If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” proclaims the 1984 Billboard Hot Country Single #1 song. So who did supergroup Alabama call upon to fiddle the memorable chart topper and the entire “Roll On” album? Blaine Sprouse. Also a gifted mandolin and guitar player, Sprouse is at home in bluegrass, blues, swing, jazz, and folk. With his return to the stage, Blaine’s heart is answering the fiddler’s call. As he stated in a Frets Magazine profile, “Music is my life. I just love to play.”
AMERICAN MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS / BRITISH ART SONGS
FREE piano-duo concert
Bay area pianist (and KWMR Classical Wednesday host) Paul Smith is joined by British pianist (and frequent Marin County performer) Ronald Cavaye in a FREE concert of three works for two pianos by American composers with interludes by Petaluma soprano Eileen Morris singing love songs of Virgil Thomson and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
The program opens with turn of the century African American composer Nathaniel Dett’s exuberant Juba Dance. Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues is a virtuoso tour de force based on an early twentieth century union song. The evening concludes with the lavish Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by Percy Grainger.
In between the piano duo works, soprano Eileen Morris celebrates the Valentine’s Day weekend by performing Virgil Thomson’s song cycle Mostly About Love and Erich Korngold’s settings of four Shakespeare texts.
The program lasts approximately 70 minutes and is performed without intermission.
Friday, February 14 at 7:30 – Dance Palace, Pt. Reyes Station
Admission is FREE
Any donations support Contemporary Opera Marin and its upcoming premiere of Aurora, a community opera in one act, by Paul Smith, April 5,11,12,13.
For further information contact the College of Marin music department – 415 485 9460
Buy tickets at timweed.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006.
Tim Weed has established himself as a solo artist, band leader, and multi-instrumentalist known for infusing world class acoustic music with jazz, classical, and international influences. This concert is a celebration of his latest release, Soul House. It’s a collection of original, heartfelt vocal music representing a wide range of influences featuring Weed’s trademark tenor singing backed up by pristine harmony vocals. Weed will be bringing his band—a stellar group of virtuoso musicians— to Point Reyes for this special event. Band members include Debbie Daly, Mark Robertson-Tessi, Dana Rath, Blaine Sprouse, Tobias Roberson, Rob Paulus, and Myra Joy. Sponsored by KWMR West Marin Community Radio and Gallery Route One.
Singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist, Nellie McKay* joins forces with the two time GRAMMY® award winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920’s.