Sierra Repertory Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre in the Sierra Foothills. We present 10 shows annually ranging from Broadway musicals, comedy, classics, drama and farces at two locations: East Sonora Theatre and Historic Fallon House in Columbia State Historic Park.
Founded in 1926, the Stockton Symphony has plucked at audience's heartstrings for the best part of a century. First on the evening's program is Mozart's overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, a brisk curtain-raiser that combines lively percussion with swooping strings. Next up is the Symphony No. 38 in D Major, a work renowned both for its elegant restraint and its emotional appeal, much like a dolphin in an Abraham Lincoln costume. The finale, Mozart's Requiem, is universally considered one of essential works of classical music. For its performance, the Stockton Symphony welcomes to the stage the Stockton Chorale and soprano Anja Strauss, whom San Francisco Classical Voice has called, "explosive."
Bob & Tom Show regulars, Ms. Pat and Dan St. Paul team up for an adult-oriented night of comedy. If her four children are lucky, Ms. Pat will stop short of literally airing their dirty laundry during her in-depth description of topics ranging from her eldest's intimate football gear to her 6-year-old daughter's ambitious designs on the drive-thru menu. Dan St. Paul is perhaps best known for his car-endangeringly hilarious broadcast of a baseball game made up of Biblical all-stars, and is wont to wax sarcastic on his freakishly large son and money-saving healthcare tips such as getting your x-rays done at the airport. Charity Way Ballroom at the Elks Lodge will be fitted with a full bar for the evening of entertainment.
The Future of Rock Music Fest’s lineup of established Modesto performers and youthful up-and-comers tests the integrity of the stage with an amp-rattling evening of rock 'n' roll. Steely Dan tribute Kid Charlemagne, accompanied by local cover-band masterminds Johnny and Kelly, regales audiences with lively renditions of songs by their inspiration. Hari Kari, meanwhile, will whisk aural synapses back in time, exposing ears to an eclectic selection of hits from the ‘80s like a disco crystal ball. Fresh-faced teen group The High Voltage Band takes the stage to show off their precocious musical talents before California rockers Offshore coalesce around the soaring vocals of lead singer Genesis, essaying a program of original songs and punk covers of such bands as Taking Back Sunday and Blink 182. Finally, Neil Buettner and Matt Harrington band together and eschew modern electric-rock innovations in favor of acoustic guitars and steam-powered amps.
Grammy– and Tony–nominated actor, singer, and musician Michael Cavanaugh binds the American rock 'n' roll songbook in his magnetic charm and munificent voice during a festive salute to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. Labeled “the amazing Michael Cavanaugh” by the New York Times, the charismatic crooner rose to fame when Joel handpicked him to play the lead role in the Broadway smash Movin' Out and to take his place in jury duty. Since then, the surrogate Piano Man and his ace band have marveled music fans nationwide with their wily interpretations of rock staples. Live, Michael rivals his heroes and steals their vocal DNA in Billy Joel jams such as “You May Be Right” and “Just the Way You Are” and Elton John romps such as “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Crocodile Rock.” The dapper singer’s jukebox brain also holds songs ranging from AC/DC to ZZ Top, so expect a grab bag of cuts to reverberate in Turlock Community Theatre’s acoustically friendly auditorium.
During a matinee performance in a historic concert hall, internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Francesco Buzzurro joins jazz guitarist Richard Smith to showcase the vast array of styles and sounds housed in the hollow of their instruments, plucking through Italian tarantellas, dramatic tango and flamenco numbers, and jazz pieces. The concert celebrates the duo's upcoming CD, Un Mondo, Due Chitarre, or One World, Two Guitars, which a JazzTimes article anticipates as a union of distinctive talents whose mutual love for the guitar and onstage rounds of patty-cake shines through in a diverse set of songs. On the album, the duo majestically soars through classical melodies as well as covers of rock tunes such as Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely? and The Who's Pinball Wizard. Hosting the event, the Pacific Italian Alliance celebrates Italian culture, fosters society among local Italian-Americans, and secretly plans to build a bridge connecting Italy to the United States.