August 14, 2014

In brief: Arts events across the Modesto region

Arts Briefs

Hear behind-the-scenes stories about some of the biggest names in rock on the final weekend of the “Carnegie ROCKS!” exhibit in Turlock.

Exhibit coordinator Frank Munoz, who is friends with collection owner Matt Swanson, has worked in the music industry for decades as a producer, songwriter, screenwriter and photographer for Frunkrock Productions.

He will share stories from the studio and road with bands including Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, The Cure and KISS beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at the Carnegie Arts Center. The “Carnegie ROCKS!” exhibit opened in May and features vintage guitars, other instruments, tour costumes, music equipment and other rock memorabilia from some of the biggest metal and hard-rock acts in the world.

The meet-and-greet event is free with exhibit admission ($12 general, $10 members). The exhibit closes Sunday. For more, call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

Townsend Opera

Townsend Opera has announced plans to present its 2014-15 season in collaboration with Fresno Grand Opera. The Modesto opera company will produce two main stage operas for performances at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts in the winter and spring of 2015. Then each production will receive one performance with Fresno Grand Opera at the William Saroyan Theater. The companies will share the expenses for the productions, said Matthew Buckman, Townsend Opera general and artistic director. Buckman said the move was made so the company could save on costs and continue to grow. For more on the company visit www.townsendopera.com.

Robben Ford

Mark your calendars for the return of multiple Grammy nominee Robben Ford to the region. The guitar great, who plays a mix of blues, jazz and rock, will play the State Theatre in Modesto on Aug. 22. Musician magazine named Ford one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century.” He last performed at the downtown Modesto theater in 2010 and has headlined the Tresetti’s Fat Tuesday event. Opening for Ford will be Pacific Northwest-based singer-songwriter Zoe Muth, who has been called “Seattle’s Emmylou.” Tickets are $24-$38. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Symphony Chorus

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus is looking for singers for its 2014-15 season. Membership to MSO Chorus is by audition, with tryouts being held Aug. 25-28, Sept. 2-4 and Sept. 8-11 from 7 to 10 p.m. each evening at various locations. Walk-ins are discouraged. To register for auditions and other details, contact MSO Chorus Manager Burt Vasché at (209) 505-6156 or chorus@modestosymphony.org. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 15. The chorus, led by Daniel R. Afonso Jr., has openings in all sections, with tenors and basses especially needed. For more, visit www.modestosymphony.org and click the “Education and Community” tab.

Yosemite Renaissance

Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center has opened the “Yosemite Renaissance XXIX” exhibit highlighting the national park and Sierra region. The traveling exhibit came to town last week and will run until Sept. 28. It features paintings, photographs, fiber arts, prints and sculptures by artists from around the country. More than 600 entries were fielded for the 29th annual showcase, which opened at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in February. The nonprofit arts group Yosemite Renaissance runs the exhibit. The free show is in the Lobby Gallery of the center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and until 8 p.m. Fridays. For more, call (209) 632-5761 or visit www.carnegieartsturlock.org.

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