In brief: Arts events across the region

February 27, 2014 

Modesto’s Townsend Opera was featured in an article in the winter 2013 edition of the national Opera America Magazine.

The magazine is the quarterly publication of Opera America, the national service organization for opera in the United States. The company received recognition for its progressive and creative programming over the past three seasons.

Townsend was among four Northern California opera companies featured in the article. The other three were the Bay Area groups Opera Parellele in San Francisco, The Paul Dresher Ensemble in Oakland and West Edge Opera in Berkeley, whose general director helmed Townsend Opera’s recent production of “La Bohème.”

The piece praised the company’s “innovative palette of old and new.” Townsend Opera General and Artistic Director Matthew Buckman said he was happy with the national recognition. “Our industry is slowly starting to recognize that we must be more creative in how we bring opera to our communities, and I am proud that Modesto’s opera company is on the forefront of that movement,” he said. “That is something our community can enjoy and be proud of.”

A copy of the article can be viewed on the Townsend website, www.townsendopera.com.

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango USA stage champions Marcelo Molina and Carolina Vazquez, who won in 2011 and 2013, return to Modesto on Saturday. The duo will give workshops and perform at a milonga (tango party) at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry Ave. Their first workshop, at 2 p.m., will be for all levels and is recommended for beginners. The second, at 3:30, will stress figures common to tango dancers. In the evening, an introductory tango lesson begins at 7:30 p.m. and the party begins at 8:30, with the public invited to dance or watch. At 10:15, there will be a performance. Workshops are $25 each, or $40 for both. In the evening, a $10 fee covers the lesson and performance. Call Modesto Tango at (209) 522-1571.

Swedish folk dance

Join the Village Dancers of the Valley for music and dancing with the internationally known Swedish group The Andströms on Friday at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock. The group will perform a concert from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in The Loft at the center, followed by traditional dancing from 8:30 to 9:30. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Children and students are admitted free. The group plays traditional dance music of Sweden, mainly from the provinces of Jämtland, Medelpad and Norrbotten. Call (209) 480-0387.

Willie Nelson in Turlock

Country music legend Willie Nelson animé returns to the region with a show at the Turlock Community Theatre on April 6. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are on sale now and run $56-$106. For more, visit the box office at 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock, call (209) 668-1169, or visit www.turlocktheatre.org.

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