Modesto Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Lockington will lead a program featuring the popular Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on Nov. 8-9 at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
The program also includes Rossini’s Overture to Tancredi and the world premiere of retired California State University, Stanislaus, professor John Hillebrandt’s Piano Concerto. Pianist, composer and educator Hillebrandt has been the principal pianist and keyboardist for the MSO since 1996. Lockington will conduct a pre-concert conversation about the evening’s program for audience members starting at 7 p.m.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 8-9 in the Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto.
Tickets are $15-$85. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.modestosymphony.org.
James Broughton celebration
The Modesto Art Museum celebrates the centennial of one of Modesto’s most famous poets and moviemakers, James Broughton, with a screening of the new movie about his life Nov. 9 at the State Theatre.
The documentary “Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton” will screen together with his own autobiographical film “Testament” at the James Broughton Centennial Celebration.
The event will include readings of his poetry by the Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center. Broughton was born in Modesto in 1913, and published 23 books and made 23 movies during his life.
The reception is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9; the program starts at 7 at the State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. Tickets are $10. Call (209) 527-4697.
‘The Fight for Water’
The award-winning documentary “The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle,” which features area farmers, was given a special award for best documentary at the Viña de Oro Fresno International Film Festival last month.
The film chronicles the historic 2009 Water March that spanned the west side of the Central Valley to the San Luis Reservoir by farmers and their farmworkers as a result of the water crisis that year. Director Juan Carlos Oseguera was raised in the valley as the son of migrant farmworkers.
His film will next screen in Bakersfield on Nov. 9 at the Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival and then goes to Pacific Grove on Dec. 11-12 at the International Monarch Film Festival. It has played at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Long Beach, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival in Malaysia, and the Life Sciences Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Visit www.thefightforwaterfilm.com for more.
Mistlin Gallery displays
Catch the Central California Art Association presentation of the show “Virginia White, She’s Painting the Town” at its last week at the Mistlin Gallery in downtown Modesto.
The exhibit includes Modesto artist Virginia White’s paintings, covering 40 years from 1973 until today, and features landmarks of the city and the Central Valley. Also showing is Coulterville photographer Rebecca Harvey, who has traveled to Africa, Europe, Canada and Alaska with her camera.
The work will be on display until Thursday. Gallery hours at 1015 J St., Modesto, are Tuesdays through Fridays, 11:30 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Call (209) 529-3369.
Catch the “Dreams” exhibit by Sonora artist Corey West beginning Thursday at the Uno Sergento Gallery of Fine Art inside Modesto’s One Source Interiors.
Meet the artist at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 5054 Pentecost Drive in north Modesto. The show runs until Dec. 14. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Call (209) 526-2464.