Archive for the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ Category
By Allen Payton
A small gathering of East County residents enjoyed a wonderful concert by the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Saturday night at Los Medanos College
The concert opened with Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein with the full orchestra, which was then reduced to just seven instruments for a condensed, six-song version of L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Igor Stravinsky.
It was followed by the full orchestra, again, playing Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in A minor, with Dr. Jonathan Knight providing a superb performance on trumpet, to round out the first set of the evening.
Led by Music Director and Conductor Timothy M. Smith, who was Professor of Music at Cal State East Bay for 22 years, the orchestra is made up of volunteer musicians ranging in age from under 20 to over 80, who come from various fields of employment, as well as students.
Two Antioch residents, a husband and wife team of violinists, Stuart Gillespie and Jennifer Baston, recently joined the orchestra.
Gillespie has been playing violin since he was in third grade, and Jennifer, a violin teacher in Pleasant Hill, started playing six years, later.
If you missed Saturday night’s concert, you can catch the orchestra performing the same one on Sunday night, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
The orchestra will be performing at Antioch’s El Campanil Theater on May 10th, 2014. For more information about the orchestra, visit www.ContraCostaChamberOrchestra.org. For tickets to the El Campanil concert, visit www.ElCampanilTheatre.com.
Begins Saturday, October 5
The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present the works of artists living in and around the Delta at the Lynn House Gallery. With the many hills and valleys, along with East Bay Regional Park properties, artists have an abundance of opportunities to capture nature and all its wonders in many art forms. The Nature’s Canvas Exhibit, will feature nature, in all mediums. The Lynn House Gallery is located at 809 West 1st Street in downtown Antioch. The exhibit begins on Saturday, October 5th, with an artist reception from 2-4 PM. Nature’s Canvas exhibit continues through October 26th on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 PM. The artist reception and exhibit are free to the public. |
Participating artists are: Nordyn Anderson, Gary Augustino, Lori Azzolino, Steven Bloom, Gloria Cannon, Prudence Capelle, Sandra Carrigan Berkson, Jo Cotarelo, Clyde Cox, Jean Cucuel, Laurie DiMaggio, Michele Eakin, Ezra J. Engle, Betty Espindola, Sandy Gangwer, Lon Givens, Easy Gonzales, Danny Grace, Kathleen Henderson, Carol Jurczak, Karen Kelly, Kay Kirby, Jolynn Lacasse, Ellen LaVaccare, Julia Offord, Patricia Puryear, Alma Renko, Nancy Roberts, Lisa Salazar, Paul Schorr, Carol Sideman, Julia Starr, Joel Summerhill, Ken Tomlin and Beverly Turner.
For more information, visit http://art4antioch.org/Nature’s_Canvas.asp, email: Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Executive Director Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.
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The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch’s continuing partnership with Antioch’s Umpqua Bank, located at 3700 Lone Tree Way, continues as a venue for local artists to showcase their work. The exhibit changes every two months. The second exhibit for the ongoing display opens October 3rd and ends on November 22nd. Art can be viewed from 9 AM to 5 PM (Umpqua’s operating hours) . There is a free artist reception on Thursday, October 17th, from 5-9 PM. The featured artists for the October / November Exhibit are: Sherry Cummings, Mary Lamb, Jeannie Wallen, Joel Summerhill, Ken Tomlin. For more information, visit http://art4antioch.org/UmpquaBankExhibit-Oct-Nov2013.asp or call Diane Gibson-Gray at 925.325.9897.
Currently seeking artists for the ongoing exhibit.
Exhibit changes every two months. If you are interested in participating, please email Diane@Art4Antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.
The annual Delta Blues Festival returns to Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown this Saturday, September 21st in Waldie Plaza on 2nd Street, starting at Noon and running until 8 p.m. Best of all it’s FREE!
So bring your lawn chair and get their early for a good spot to watch and listen to all the bands they have lined up, for this year’s show.
For details please visit www.deltabluesfestival.net.
JOEL: A Tribute To The Songs Of Billy Joel
Sunday, August 18, 2013 3:00 pm
Location: El Campanil Theatre, 602 W Second St – Downtown Antioch
Tickets: Adults: $33 Seniors (62 & Over): $29 Children (Under 18): $15, Online: www.ElCampanilTheatre.com or by phone: (925) 757-9500
JOEL is the premier rock and roll Billy Joel Tribute band on the West Coast. Fresh off the national tour of Billy Joel’s Tony Award-winning rock musical “MOVIN’ OUT”, Piano Man KYLE MARTIN and his group of professional musicians have toured California and are preparing for their national tour later this year. The band performs Billy Joel’s timeless repertoire including songs like “Big Shot”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “An Innocent Man”, and “New York State of Mind.” They are blazing hot, and will have you on your feet rocking out.
KYLE MARTIN made quite a name for himself amongst Broadway and Rock fans as he traveled to over 100 cities starring as the “Piano Man” in two separate National Tours of the Tony Award-winning Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical smash “MOVIN’ OUT.” The show is unusual in that, unlike the traditional musical, it essentially is a series of dances linked by a thin plot, and none of the dancers sing. All the vocals are performed by a pianist and band suspended on a platform above the stage while the dancers act out the narrative sans dialogue, making the show, in essence, a rock ballet. Kyle outperformed over 30,000 people to nab the coveted role, and reviews like “Dynamic”, “Spectacular”, “A piano player with a touch like Billy Joel”, are just some of the accolades he received along his journey.
About Relay For Life
Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser to support the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon to raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Funds raised during Relay support cancer research and treatments as well as care programs such as Look Good … Feel Better and Road To Recovery.
Relay For Life is a 24-hour event in which participants form teams and keep at least one person on the track at all times. This is a symbolic effort to demonstrate that cancer never sleeps and the fight against cancer will never rest. The event includes special ceremonies to honor survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with cancer. Relay is also about having fun. Teams host fundraisers and activities while live music keeps the energy going on the track.
As part of the Free Antioch Summer Concert series, Tuck & Roll, made up of local musicians and singers, performed for hundreds of residents in downtown Antioch on Saturday night, July 13, 2013.
The concerts, presented by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, are held every Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. in Waldie Plaza hrough August 31, on W. Second Street in Antioch’s historic downtown Rivertown District.
The next concert will feature another local favorite, Vocal Ease & the Boogie Men, next Saturday night, July 20.
Be sure to bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Enjoy food from local, downtown restaurants Nuce Nuce Deli serving barbeque ribs and chicken in Waldie Plaza, New Beer Garden serving great burgers, as well as Bases Loaded and Riverview Lodge, before, during or after the show.
For more information about the concert series including the list of bands, click here.
Get ready for music in downtown Antioch every Saturday in July & August, from 6-8 PM, in Waldie Plaza. The Free Saturday Summer Concert Series produced by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, will begin again on July 6th and features SpeCial Request. The series would not be possible without major funding from The Lesher Foundation. Additional sponsors are the City of Antioch, East County Times, Antioch Friendship Home, Clay Millias & Co, LLP and the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.
The lineup for the remaining dates are: July 13th, Tuck & Roll (Best music from the 50′s, 60′s & 70′s); July 20th, Vocal Ease & The Boogie Men (Nostalgic Music of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s); July 27th, Rodeo House (Country Rock); August 3rd, Floorshakers (Funk Soul, Rock n Roll); August 10th: Project 4 (Top 40 & Pop); August 17th, Del Soul (R & B, Soul), August 24th, Against Leo (High Energy Rockn’Roll, Blues) and the final concert on August 31st features Harvey & the Wall Bangers (Motown Classic, Modern Rock).
For more information visit www.art4antioch.org/summer_concerts.asp or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.