The aptly titled Kaleidoscope! brings to the stage a dazzling array of musical genres and dances in one spectacular show. San Jose State University's always-popular annual performance features a cast of over 350, including both faculty and students, and has something for just about any taste. Catch tomorrow's stars of music and dance in this showcase of award-winning performances at the Hammer Theatre Center.
Souls will be stirred and spirits lifted as Grammy-winning gospel superstar Kirk Franklin and R&B powerhouse Ledisi bring their soaring vocals to Oakland's Paramount Theatre as part of the The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour. Credited for helping bring gospel to the mainstream, Franklin is a 10-time Grammy winner whose faith-based music and dashing demeanor unites audiences across the genres of hip-hop, pop and R&B. The multi-platinum-selling artist is the host of BET's Sunday Best show, and he recently collaborated with Kanye West on the rap maestro's The Life of Pablo. Jazz and R&B artist Ledisi has been making critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated recordings for years (The Truth, Pieces of Me), but she made her biggest waves in 2014 with her stirring performance as the gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated film Selma. Her rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" on the movie's soundtrack proves that she's one of the most soulful singers working today. The two will cook up an amazing show that's sure to touch your heart, body and soul. You'll hear fan favorites, as well as songs from Franklin's most recent release Losing My Religion and Ledisi's newest album Let Love Rule. R&B singer-songwriter -- and former Maroon 5 member -- PJ Morton opens up the night. This is one concert that's sure to have you feeling #blessed.
When you're trying to plan an exciting night out, seeing a pair of classical pianists in concert is probably pretty far from the top of your list. Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe know that, which is why their concerts routinely leave critics breathless: "These classical rock stars are charismatic, fun, sexy and wildly talented," raves the Rochester City Newspaper, while Arts Saginaw's concert review noted that "The audience cheered like it was a football game." By infusing their performances with fiery rock 'n' roll showmanship, Anderson & Roe aim to make classical music relevant again by making it a total blast. Just look at the setlist for this concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco: Sure, there's some Ravel and Stravinsky, but they'll also be playing their own arrangements of Radiohead and Michael Jackson -- and we haven't even mentioned the screening of Mel Brooks' hysterical Halloween comedy Young Frankenstein yet. Prepare yourself for an abby-normal amount of thrills when this pair of classical pianists take the stage.
Third Eye Blind, the alt-rock hit-makers behind '90s gems "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be," roll into San Jose with their Fall of the Summer Gods tour to close out a banner year of travel. Frontman Stephan Jenkins and the rest of the San Francisco-born band have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their breakout self-titled debut. The group is still in peak form two decades later; last year alone, they dropped the We Are Drugs EP and made the festival rounds, including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Catch them when they hit the stage of City National Civic with a show that spans two decades of music.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 8:00pm)
An enticing lineup of musicians, an intimate atmosphere and a premium selection of beer, wine and small plates add up to the perfect place to see some jazz in the heart of Silicon Valley. Café Pink House has all these elements in spades, not to mention two stages across which local and national jazz and blues artists play four nights a week. Enjoy some of the sweetest grooves in Saratoga, along with a selection of desserts for purchase at this inviting neighborhood club.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Manuel Valera)Monday October 23, 2017 / 7:30pm (Emmet Cohen)Thursday October 26, 2017 / 7:30pm (Aaron Schultz Trio)Friday October 27, 2017 / 7:30pm (Lewis Jordan and Music at Large)Saturday October 28, 2017 / 7:30pm (Nebula)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pm (Dave Potter Group)Thursday November 9, 2017 / 7:30pm (Razavi/Vichev)Friday November 10, 2017 / 7:30pm (Scared of Spiders)
A clandestine love affair sets the stage for a battle full of fury and anguish in West Bay Opera's production of Norma. The epitome of the bel canto opera style, Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece has been a vehicle for supremely talented sopranos since its debut in 1831. Set during the Gallic-Roman wars, the story focuses on the awe-inspiring Druid high priestess, whose role demands a strict vow of celibacy. But she's violated that code by falling in love with the leader of the occupying army, and leads a double life to conceal her secret. Don't miss this tragic story brought to life by Bellini's fiery score at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 2:00pm
For its final concert of the season, the Santa Clara University Orchestra is mixing things up with a mashup of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Weaving together Vivaldi's baroque elegance with Piazzolla's sultry tangos in alternating movements, the orchestra creates a fascinating dialogue between the two works. Led by music director and conductor John Kennedy, this springtime concert at Mission Santa Clara de Asis will feature SCU's talented violinists taking turns as soloists.
One of the finest emerging young chamber ensembles, the Neave Trio has been enjoying tremendous international success in concert series and at festivals worldwide. Using audience participation and social media tools, the Neave Trio is fast distinguishing itself as an ambassador of music to a wider audience through its innovative concert presentations. Highlights of the season include tours of the US, England and Spain, and the world premiere, at their Chicago debut, of a commissioned work by the major American composer Augusta Read Thomas. Trio members hail from the United States, Japan and Russia.
The Peninsula Symphony welcomes back pianist Jon Nakamatsu for a performance dubbed Perfect Fifths, which is set to include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Nakamatsu is a San Jose native who burst onto the scene in 1997, when he won the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition -- the first American to do so in more than a decade. He's since performed all over the world, in recital, with chamber ensembles and orchestras, at festivals -- and even at the White House, along with releasing almost a dozen CDs. The Chicago Tribune raves, "Besides being an astounding technician, Nakamatsu shows impeccable taste; he puts a high gloss on anything he plays." Come early for a pre-concert talk at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
Guru Shraddha and Mosaic Silicon Valley present Spark! A Multi-Cultural Artistic Exchange. This event at Cubberley Community Theater in Palo Alto features collaborations between modern contemporary, Odissi, Chinese music, Kuchipudi, Flamenco, Kathak, Folklorico and Indian folk.
Experience the rush of live music during an evening with the Santa Clara University Wind Symphony. The program, led by Music Director and Conductor Dr. Anthony Rivera, pushes the boundaries of the symphonic band repertoire, with performances of beloved classical and popular compositions, or interpretations of contemporary music. You might hear anything from John Philip Sousa to Sigur Rós through the rich sounds of wind, brass, and percussion. The band includes music program majors and minors. The concert takes place at Music Recital Hall on the campus of Santa Clara University.
For 30 years now, the South Bay Guitar Society has cast a highly selective musical net, enticing the world's best classical guitarists to perform as part of their acclaimed annual concert series. Musicians from Poland, Croatia, France, Germany, across the U.S. and beyond have impressed SBGS audiences with their passion, virtuosity, fingering and fretwork, in a variety of styles from classical to world. You'll hear the best works by both the old masters and contemporary composers played by artists at the top of their game at the elegant and acoustically superior Trianon or Le Petite Trianon Theatre in downtown San Jose.
Rapper, recording artist and label owner J. Stalin hits the stage at Back Bar San Jose in support of his latest smash record, I Don't Sell Dope No Moe. Born Jovan Smith in West Oakland's Cypress Village housing project, J. Stalin overcame a rough-and-tumble beginning to break through in 2006 with a series of well-received mix tapes and his debut album On Behalf of the Streets, which helped launch the city's new gritty-sounding "Go" musical movement. He's since released a dozen more albums, and heads up the group Livewire Da Gang.
He's been called "The Rocker of the Flute" (Informador de Guadalajara) and has established a reputation as "one of the nation's top emerging young concert artists" (Del Mar Times). Now flautist Ray Furuta is bringing his incredible talents to Music Recital Hall at Santa Clara University. Furuta is an expressive and dynamic performer, with interests and influences ranging from contemporary to chamber music. Having performed and taught across the globe, his recital promises to be an exciting journey through a variety of genres and styles.
It was at the age of four that Nef the Pharaoh got his first taste of the spotlight, winning first place for rapping in a high school talent show while he was still in preschool. An outlier by any measure, Nef -- now 22 years old -- has collaborated with fellow hip-hop artist E-40, who also issued Nef's self-titled EP in 2015, spawning the track "Big Tymin'" -- a hit with critics and fans alike. Now, hot off the release of his latest album, The Chang Project, Nef the Pharaoh brings his live show to the stage of Back Bar SoFa in San Jose.