February 6, 2014

In brief: Grace Lieberman & Friends get into the Valentine’s spirit

Arts Briefs

Longtime area performer Grace Lieberman brings her traditional Valentine’s show to the Sunday Afternoon at Congregation Beth Shalom series.

For more than two decades, Lieberman has brought singers and accompanists to the CBS performance. The show will feature romantic songs, comedic anecdotes and singalongs.

Joining Lieberman this year will be Joe Wiggett, vocal professor at California State University, Stanislaus; Darrel Lingenfelter, piano accompanist; Darrell Tucker, singalong accompanist; Greg Pyatt, Actor’s Equity member and sought-after California performing artist; Shelly Bort, winner of the Valley’s Got Talent competition; Kodi Maddox, YES Company performer and finalist in Valley’s Got Talent; Anthony Edwards, singer/guitarist; Claudia Ridgway, local soprano; and Marvin Zeuner, member of the Modesto Symphony Opera Chorus and Modesto Junior College exchange student from Germany.

The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1705 Sherwood Ave. in Modesto. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors/students, and $7 children. Call (209) 571-6060 or visit www.cbsmodesto.org/concerts.php.

Actor, comic, author and musician Steve Martin is coming to the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton on March 15.

Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, who both have won Grammy Awards independently and been nominated together, will perform bluegrass in a night of music and comedy. Tickets will be $42.50 to $99.50 and go on sale Feb. 13.

Last month, Martin won a Grammy – his fifth overall – for best American roots song with Edie Brickell. While widely known for his comedic performances on stage and screen, Martin is also an accomplished bluegrass artist and banjo player. He won his first musical Grammy in 2001 for best country instrumental performance.

The five-man Steep Canyon Rangers out of North Carolina won best bluegrass album in 2013.

The group played at the Gallo Center for the Arts in 2012. For more information, visit www.stocktonlive.com.

The Modesto Junior College Friends of Music series will present classical guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev in concert Monday.

The Azerbaijan native is the 2012 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition. Since then, Mamedkuliev has been on a tour of the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. He has also recorded a new CD with the Naxos label.

In 2006, Mamedkuliev received a special grant from Russian President Vladimir Putin for high achievements in the arts. In 2012, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has been honored in more than 23 international competitions, including at International Guitar Competition in Spain and France.

His MJC concert proceeds will be used to support the college’s music department and provide student scholarships. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. in the MJC music recital hall on the east campus, 435 College Ave. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Call (209) 575-6776.

Two local students will be featured in Berkeley’s Young People’s Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert.

Violinists Tanaeya McCoy and Jonathan Altman, who won the Concerto Competition and have both played with the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, will be among three featured performers and 100 young performers in the program.

McCoy, 18, is a senior at the online high school Connections Academy and lives in Riverbank. Altman, 13, is an eighth-grader at Ustach Middle School in Modesto. The pair will play the Holst Double Concerto for Two Violins for the concert.

Young People’s Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 seniors and students. Call (510) 849-9776 or visit www.ypsomusic.net.

Modesto’s State Theatre once again will screen all of the Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films for this year.

The animated short films will be screened at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7 p.m. Thursday. The nominated films, which range from six to 26 minutes, are: “Get a Horse!” “Mr. Hublot,” “Feral,” “Possessions” and “Room on the Broom.” The live-action shorts will be screened at 7 p.m. next Friday, 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Feb. 17, noon Feb. 22 and 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

The films, which range from seven to 30 minutes, are: “Helium, “The Voorman Problem,” “Avant Que De Tout Perdre/Just Before Losing Everything,” “Aquel No Era Yo/That Wasn’t Me” and “Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?”

Tickets to the screenings are $8 each. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

The Calaveras Arts Council brings the San Francisco orchestral rock band The Family Crest in Saturday for its Ovations 2014 Performing Arts Series.

The group’s frontman, Liam McCormick, was born and raised in the Calaveras County community of Paloma and is a graduate of Calaveras High School. The members of the six-person group were classically trained and blend folk, pop, rock and classical music.

The group will perform at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center located at Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, in Angels Camp. Adult tickets are $25, and youths 18 and younger are $10. Call (209) 754-1774 or visit www.calaverasarts.org.

Area high school students will take part in the Poetry Out Loud competition Tuesday. The Stanislaus County contest will feature about 20 students.

The competition is part of a national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts open to students in grades nine through 12.

Students taking part will each recite two poems. One student will be selected to advance to the state finals, which will be in Sacramento in March.

The competition begins at 5 p.m. at the Modesto Junior College little theater. Admission is free.

Enjoy “The Blues of Etta James” at a tribute concert Saturday at the Merced Arts Center.

Blues vocalist Cheryl Lockett and her All-Star Roots Band will play a show celebrating the legendary singer. Lockett has been performing tribute concerts in California since 1997. She came off a 12-year run with her Billie Holiday tribute recently.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the art center, 645 W. Main St. Tickets are $25. Call (209) 720-4997 or visit www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Catch multiple Blue Music Award nominee Ana Popovic at Black Oak Casino on Friday.

The singer and guitarist out of Tennessee is up for contemporary blues female artist of the year, her fifth nomination from the Blues Music Awards.

Her concert starts at 9 p.m. at the Black Oak Casino’s Willow Creek Lounge. Admission is free. Visit www.blackoakcasino.com.

The California State University, Stanislaus, Symphony Band is seeking new members.

The college-community concert band is looking for experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players who would be interested in playing with the ensemble. The Symphony Band performs once each semester

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Monday and continue each Monday at the CSU, Stanislaus, Department of Music Room 22. Call (209) 667-6562.

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