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Mission Chamber Orchestra at Hammer Theatre

In celebration of its 25th year, the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose has made all performances in its 2021-22 season free. The season highlights the works of women and composers of color, and in addition to the standard Beethoven (here represented in his “first large-scale groundbreaking work,” the “Eroica” symphony), the Mission Chamber will perform the mesmeric 2021 composition A-ri-a-rang by South Korean-American composer HyeKyung Lee. Lee’s works bubble with moody swells and display surprising rhythmic modernity for orchestral pieces. Virtuoso guitarist Christopher Mann joins with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s classic Guitar Concerto No. 1.
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Flash in the Pan: Espresso exceptionalism

When I go to the coffee shop, it’s usually not for the coffee. Only one or two spots in town can brew a better cup than I. They have expensive, well-maintained espresso machines, carefully roasted beans and baristas who know how to shoot a shot. But unless they are on top of their game, I can still out brew them with my stovetop Moka pot.
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Uniworld: Two Category Upgrade

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering a two-category upgrade on select 2021 European river cruises. That’s right. Enhance your next trip by booking an all-inclusive, luxury river cruise with Uniworld now. When you book any non-suite stateroom on select cruises departing by December 31, 2021, you will enjoy a complimentary upgrade of up to two categories.

Ben Folds at Ravinia

After nearly two years away, we were anxious to see our first Ravinia show. Ben Folds with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and conductor Francisco Nova was the perfect choice!. Backed by a full orchestra the entire evening, Folds displayed his impressive skills as both an entertainer and musician, blending his prodigious pop-rock sensibilities with plenty of classical flavor. Few musicians would entertain this kind of genre crossover- only a musical virtuoso like Folds could pull it off.

Ukulele Virtuoso Andrew Molina to Perform at Livermore's Bankhead Theater

Ukulele virtuoso Andrew Molina will appear at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore for a one-night performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. Molina, represents the third-generation of a well-known musical family in Maui. He began playing the ukulele when he was 13 and quickly developed both his musical technique...

Captivating Second Solo Work from Kora Virtuoso Maher Cissoko

Maher Cissoko – Cissoko Heritage (Ajabu! Records, 2021) Kora master Maher Cissoko has released his second solo album. Originally from Casamance in southern Senegal, Maher is currently based in Sweden and has released several successful world music albums as part of the duo Sousou & Maher Cissoko,. Cissoko Heritage introduces...

A celebrated virtuoso on an instrument she wasn't meant to play

MANCHESTER.- The ethereal sound of the kora, a centuries-old West African instrument, reverberated as Sona Jobarteh, a virtuoso from one of Gambia’s most celebrated musical families, plucked its strings with her forefingers and thumbs. Under purple stage lights at the Manchester International Festival in July — her first performance since...
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Just Back from Paris

The City of Lights was vibrant and full of life! The weather was pleasant, Parisians and tourists were out and about, and the iconic café culture was thriving. I was there to learn about four boutique hotels on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank). If you want a very superficial distinction between left and right banks, the left bank is more relaxed and bohemian while the right bank is more elegant and refined.

Corsair HS80 RGB WIRELESS Gaming Headset PS5/PS4/PC Review – More Suitable for PC Players

Corsair recently announced the arrival of its new wireless gaming headset, sporting a new floating headband design – the HS80 RGB. Being a fan of the comfortable ski-band design that competitor SteelSeries uses, I was quite interested in Corsair’s new wireless headset for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC. According to Corsair, its new outing offers a stress-free listening experience, and with recent offerings from the company lacking in the comfort department, a comfortable wireless headset for PlayStation and PC players would gladly be received. So how does the HS80 RGB look, sound, and “feel”? Let’s find out.

Faber wins Tate's 'virtuoso' debut in five-way auction

Faber has bagged Brutes, the "fierce" debut novel by Dizz Tate, after triumphing in a five-way auction. Set in Florida, the coming-of-age novel revolves around the disappearance of a TV preacher’s daughter and the gang of 13-year-old girls who have obsessively orbited her. "An exploration of the collective horrors and manic joys – and the incantatory ferocity – of girlhood, the novel follows them as they splinter off into adulthood and reckon with their shared knowledge of violence," the synopsis states.

A Celebrated Virtuoso on an Instrument She Wasn’t Meant to Play

MANCHESTER, England — The ethereal sound of the kora, a centuries-old West African instrument, reverberated as Sona Jobarteh, a virtuoso from considered one of Gambia’s most celebrated musical households, plucked its strings along with her forefingers and thumbs. Beneath purple stage lights on the Manchester Worldwide Competition in July —...

Virtuoso guitarist Ana Vidovic to perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with New Jersey Festival Orchestra

(WESTFIELD, NJ) -- Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Ana Vidovic will join NJ Festival Orchestra, for “Moonlit Serenades,” a superb live orchestral concert under the stars in the gardens of one of Westfield’s most magnificent residences on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm. Ms. Vidovic will perform Rodrigo’s famous Concierto de Aranjuez.

Columbia and Snake River Cruises

Cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers have long been on our bucket list. Well, Carol and I are excited to share that we will be enjoying a wine cruise (hopefully earthy Pinot Noirs) with our friends at the American Queen Steamboat Company later this year. We’ll fly into Spokane,...