The St. James Concert Series welcomes internationally performing cellist and educator Susan Lamb Cook to Sonora on Sunday.
Lamb Cook is on the artistic staff for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Saarburg Festival in Germany and is a lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis. She will perform in a cello and piano concert with pianist Gayle Blankenburg to perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Manuel de Falla as part of the Sonora concert program.
Also featured on this program are the winners of the Sierra Music Scholarship: Daniel Kook, piano; Joseph Accurso, flute; Nathan Clark, piano; and Monica Magdaleno, voice. Additionally, pianist Laura Kraemer, who received an honorable mention scholarship, will perform.
The show starts at 3 p.m. at “The Red Church,” St. James Episcopal Church, 42 Snell St., Sonora. Tickets are $12 general, $5 students under 18. For more, call (209) 536-0825.
MJC faculty recital
The Modesto Junior College Friends of Music concert series will present a faculty recital Feb. 26.
The concert will feature MJC guitar instructors David Chapman and Travis Silvers, as well as an original composition by John Hillebrandt and pieces sung by soprano Duana Demus, who has performed with international opera stars Placido Domingo and Ruth Ann Swenson. Faculty members Robert Scott on clarinet, Anne Martin on viola and special guest Christine Carr on oboe will close out the show. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the programs of the MJC music department and provide music student scholarships.
‘Diary of a Madman’
Descend into the “Diary of a Madman” with the California State University, Stanislaus, department of theater.
The production is adapted from the 1835 short story by Nikolai Gogol about a Russian civil servant who suffers from delusions of grandeur. The story is being reinterpreted for stage by guest artist Rush Pearson and plays at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 at the CSU, Stanislaus, Studio Theatre, 1 University Circle, Turlock.
‘The Winter’s Tale’
Merced Shakespearefest presents the Bard’s play “The Winter’s Tale” starting Friday.
The Merced production will be set in the 1950s and ’60s and feature live music and dancing as it tells one of Shakespeare’s romantic tragicomedies about the power of forgiveness. The cast of 25 community members, University of California, Merced, faculty members and students, plus 11 children, is directed by Katherine Brokaw.
Poetry on Sunday
The Poetry on Sunday series continues at Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center.
The Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center event will feature three regional poets reading original works: Virginia Dall, Louise Kantro and Paul Neumann. The show will also include a special performance by the One Dance Company and be followed by an open-mike session.
Black Oak Casino
Black Oak Casino presents two nights of powerhouse female performers this weekend.
Up Friday is singer Maria Muldaur of “Midnight at the Oasis” fame. The Grammy-nominated artist will perform with her Blusiana Band at 9 p.m. Then on Saturday is Cold Blood, featuring Lydia Pense. The San Francisco native and Bay Area R&B legend will perform at 9 p.m.
Central California Arts Showcase
This is the final week to submit entries for the second annual Central California Arts Showcase.
The deadline to take part in the joint exhibition between the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock and the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto is 5 p.m. Feb. 27. The juried showcase is a collaboration between the region’s two largest visual arts galleries. The exhibit will run at both galleries from April 1 through May 8.
The entry fee is $20 per work; members of either the Carnegie Arts Center or the Central California Art Association will receive a discount. Upon acceptance by the judges, artists will be notified of the display location of their accepted work(s). Complete rules and entry information can be found at www.carnegieartsturlock.org.