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Orinda Jazz Festival

The 2nd Annual Orinda Jazz Festival will take place this Sunday, Sept. 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Orinda Auditorium and Courtyard, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda.

The festival will include a reception with live music on two stages, food, wine and a chance to meet the performers. There will also be a number of music workshops earlier in the day.

Performers include Grammy winner Mads Tolling and Grammy nominee Alex De Grassi.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. All proceeds from the event benefit the Orinda Arts Council Community Programs.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit

Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
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Orinda Idol Winners

The 2012 Orinda Idol finals were held this past Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Orinda Theatre, marking the end to the competition’s most popular year yet. More than 40 finalists competed in six different categories to be crowned Orinda Idols.

The winners are…

Soloists K-2: Lucy Berkman
Soloists 3-5: Malia Akazawa
Soloists 6-8: Eleanor Roeder
Soloists 9-12: Maritza Grillo
Groups K-5: Sweet Harmony
Groups 6-12: Urban Flare
Audience Award Winner: Tosca Maltzman

More than 200 total singers auditioned for this year’s Orinda Idol competition with judges narrowing that down to just over 40 finalists.

This is the seventh year the Orinda Idol competition has taken place.

Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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Arts in Bloom…In the Park

The Orinda Arts Council is presenting the event Arts in Bloom…In the Park on Tuesday, July 17, at the Orinda Community Park, 26 Orinda Way.

The event will start at 5:00 p.m. with a variety of art exhibits on display in the park. There will be activities and games for children to participate in. A silent auction with a variety of items from the art and food worlds will take place throughout the night as well.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Orinda Idol finalists will be performing live in the park. Finalists from kindergarten through high school will be giving a sneak preview of September’s Orinda Idol finals.

For more information about the event, visit

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012
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2012 Lafayette Summer Series

The City of Lafayette is looking to improve on their successful summer series events of the past with events taking place every Friday night June 15-August 24 in Lafayette Plaza, located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road.

Fridays in June will be “Dancing in the Plaza” from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a different kind of music each Friday.

Fridays in July will be “Movies in the Plaza,” starting at dusk, with a movie playing outside on a big screen.

Fridays in August will be “Rock the Plaza” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a variety of concerts.

For more information and a full schedule of summer events, visit

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012
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Orinda Idol finalists

More than 200 students from 26 local schools auditioned for the 2012 Orinda Idol competition. The finalists who are listed below will be vying for the title of Orinda Idol at the finals on Sept. 9. All of the finalists will also get some warm-up performances prior to the finals on July 17 at the Orinda Community Park and on Aug. 25 at Orinda Theatre Square.


K-2 Soloists:
Callie Barber
Lucy Berkman
Amelia Chen
Bridget Mills
Claire O’Connor

3-5 Soloists:
Malia Akazawa
Elizabeth Becker
Isabel Fine
Malin Glade
Taylor Johnson
Jennifer McFarlane
Grace Mesenbring
Jackie Patton
Nicole Prozan
Lindsey Wallace

6-8 Soloists:
Grace Baer
Poppy Bovoso
Lucy Clearwater
Nathan Correll
Mia Lineweaver
Jocelyn Purcell
Kendall Roberts
Eleanor Roeder
Michaela Sasner
Leah Woodcox

9-12 Soloists:
Sophie Belinn
Sarah Cain
Mariette Clarisse Ebarle
Julia Elliott
Maritza Grillo
Tosca Maltzman
Carolyn Moore
Amrita Newton
Paige Powell
Hannah Witbeck

K-5 Groups:
Monday Blues
Kaylin Ishizu
Wesley Ishizu
Jules Kuramoto

Rising Starz
Leah Douglas
Hannah Hoffman
Nicole Prozan

Simply Sisters
Niamh Akazawa
Malia Akazawa
Fiona Akazawa

Sweet Harmony
Arriana Glenn
Kiera Glenn

6-12 Groups:
Frank and Annie
Nathan Correll
Jennifer McFarlane

Applause Theatre Company
Andrew Alcaraz
Francesca Blake
Gabriel Blake
Alaina Campbell
Laura Jinparn
Jonathan Miller
Amrita Newton

Emma & Sophie
Sophie Belinn
Emma Patton

Fine & Sassy
Isabel Fine
Michaela Sasner

J n J
Jacob Woll
Jocelyn Purcell

Urban Flare
Sabrina Chaco
Bella Johannessen
Isaac Taylor

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
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Gold Coast Chamber Players Finale

The Lafayette-based Gold Coast Chamber Players will be performing their season finale, “Spanish Strings,” on Sunday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m.

The performance, which is open to the public, will be at the Lafayette Library, so seating will be limited. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $10 for students.

The Gold Coast Chamber Players combine the sounds of a string quartet with a guitar and a piano to play a variety of chamber music.

For more information about the Gold Coast Chamber Players, or to purchase tickets to the performance, visit their website at

Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2012
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CCCC Auditions

The Contra Costa Children’s Chorus is currently holding auditions for open positions for Fall 2012 and also accepting enrollment into their Summer Theatre for Arts program.

Auditions are being held throughout the rest of May and June and can be scheduled by calling 925-945-7101 or via their website.

The group holds rehearsals on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in their main rehearsal site, located at 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette.

The Contra Costa Children’s Chorus has won countless honors and awards since its inception in 1984. The group also regularly participates in national and international tours.

For more information or to sign-up for auditions, visit their website at

Posted on Saturday, May 26th, 2012
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Concert at the Res is this weekend

The Lafayette Rotary Club’s Annual Concert at the Res is this Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is the first year that the concert will be held on the new permanent stage at the Lafayette Reservoir.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. There will be a raffle where proceeds will go to the local school bands and the Lafayette Rotary Club’s service projects.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on to watch the performances and can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as well.

To get to the stage, walk east (to the left when facing the reservoir) along the reservoir trail for approximately 150 feet from the parking lot.

Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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Jazz Cafe in Lafayette

Stanley Middle School will be hosting the annual Lafayette Jazz Cafe on Friday, June 1, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The night will be filled with musical performances from The Stanley Groove Merchants, The Dominant 7, The Stanley Thundering Herd, The Gypsy Chix, The Stanley Jazz Messengers and The Acalanes Jazz Ensemble.

Chef’s Touch will be selling food, beverages and desserts throughout the night. There will also be random drawings for prizes for all in attendance.

General admission is $10 per person. Children ages 6 and under get in free. All proceeds from the event go to the Stanley Jazz Department.

Posted on Sunday, May 6th, 2012
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Acalanes Spring Choral Concerts

The Acalanes High School choirs will be performing their annual Spring Choral Concerts tonight and Thursday night. Both concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center on campus.

The choirs performing tonight are LLHS Chorale, ManChoir, C.A.P. Women’s Octet, MEN, Concert Choir and Bella Voce. The choirs performing Thursday are LLHS Chorale, ManChoir, C.A.P. Women’s Octet, MEN, Women’s Ensemble and the Chamber Singers.

Senior performers will be honored at both concerts.

The event is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Students are free. All proceeds benefit the Acalanes music programs.

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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