Yo Yo Ma and Friends Perform at Berkeley
April 30, 6 p.m.
Friends for years, these three legendary musicians will explore an all-Bach program. Ma’s rendition of the Bach Cello Suites is a masterwork. Thile and Meyer, who each have a MacArthur award, join him in arrangements of “The Art of the Fugue”, keyboard works including “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, and various trio sonatas. Who is better equipped to play Bach than cellist Yo Yo Ma? His interpretation of Bach, one of my favorite composers, is a priceless gift to all of us who love music. Ma is a Chinese-American cellist who was born in Paris and spent his schooling years in New York City. He was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half.
International Cherry Blossom Festival
April 29-30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Say goodbye to April showers and enjoy the colorful Cherry Blossom Festival’s celebration of the Sister City relationship between the city of Cupertino and the city of Toyokawa, Japan. The festivities will include outdoor entertainment, arts and crafts, a parade, a petting zoo, and a special showcase of Japanese art and culture. The Cupertino Toyokawa Sister City program promotes cultural awareness and friendship.
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10185 North Sterling Road, Cupertino
Rags Musical by TheatreWorks
Through April 30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sunday)
Immigrants are certainly in the news. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley celebrates the heroism of the immigrant experience in Rags, a musical rich in music, sets, lighting, costumes and marvelous acting on the stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. With a score by Charles Strouse (Annie) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof) and creatively directed by artistic director Robert Kelly, this is a rousing story of immigrants escaping troubled times in Russia while searching for a new life in turn-of-the-century New York.
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England, she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.