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Auditions for local singing groups

The Contra Costa Children’s Chorus will be holding auditions on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at their local rehearsal location, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, on Carol Lane in Lafayette. The group is open to male and female singers ages 6 to 15. Appointments are required for auditions. To make an audition appointment, call 925-945-7101 x3 or email

The local women’s group WomenSing is also holding auditions for new members in January. WomenSing will be having their open auditions on Tuesday, Jan. 10.  Experienced singers can also schedule auditions by appointment. For more information about auditioning for WomenSing, email or call 925-974-9169.

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
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“All That Jazz” performance

The Campolindo High School Jazz Program is hosting their annual “All That Jazz” concert this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will take place in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The featured performer will be Geoffrey Countryman, an alumnus of Campolindo, who has gone on to be a regular performer with the Saturday Night Live Band, a featured performer on the Grammy-award winning album “King” by T.I., and a contributor to countless other albums, bands and television spots.

The Campolindo jazz bands will also be performing throughout the night.

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
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Fall Choral Classic Concerts

The Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Acalanes Union High School District Fall Choral Classic Concerts this Tuesday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 20. The concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

A variety of choirs from the local high schools will be performing at the concerts. Choirs from Acalanes, Campolindo, Miramonte and Las Lomas will be performing.

The concerts are open to the public, and all seats are general admission. A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors is suggested to support the schools’ choir programs. Students can attend the concerts for free.

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2011
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Hear Moraga man’s tunes at A’s games

The Oakland A’s have been trying to bring back the vintage feel of baseball games with a live organist for the past few years, but due to budgeting issues they haven’t been able to – until now.

The Oakland A’s found their live performer in Moraga resident, Dan “Fingers” Rodowicz. Rodowicz will perform live via electronic keyboard at home Oakland A’s games during the 2012 season.

Rodowicz serves as the Western Regional Manager for Yamaha Corp. and has a background full of playing keyboards. In addition to working as a church music director and a music teacher, Rodowicz also has a gold record to his name, as he played on the 1987 album “The Big Throwdown” by Lavert.

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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Musical instrument drive

Lafayette’s Boy Scouts are organizing a used musical instrument drive to collect instruments for kids in the music program at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. The drive is part of their Eagle Scout project.

All musical instruments are being collected, as well as other musical supplies, including music stands, music books, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle, or can be picked up by setting up a pick-up via email at or via phone at (925) 297-7010.

Donations are tax deductible through the Generations in Jazz Foundation. For more information about the Generations in Jazz Foundation, visit their website at

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011
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Contra Costa Children’s Chorus moves to Lafayette and is ready for auditions

The highly acclaimed Contra Costa Children’s Chorus has found a new home in Lafayette. Their new main rehearsal site is located at 1035 Carol Lane, which makes it much easier for some of our young Lamorinda singers to participate in the chorus.

The CCCC is currently accepting new singers between the ages of 6 and 15 . Interested singers must make an appointment for a placement interview by emailing or calling 925-945-7101×1.

The CCCC offers its singers top-level music education and the opportunity to perform at venues around the world.

For more information, visit the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus website at

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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Orinda Idol’s big winners

The Orinda Idol competition has certainly grown over the past few years, as the audience filled the Orinda Theatre to hear the finalists sing.

The finals took place all day Sunday, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 6:15 p.m. The winners were announced between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.

The winners of the 2011 Orinda Idol competition were:
Grades K-2 Soloists: Sophie Lurie
Grades 3-5 Soloists: Michaela Sasner
Middle School Soloists: Ellie Glade
High School Soloists: Katie Marino
Group Category K-5: Topaz Girls (Samantha Martin, Jennifer McFarlane)
Group Category 6-12: Maritza and Katie (Maritza Grillo, Katie Marino)
Audience Award: Katie Marino

The Orinda Idol winners will perform at the Orinda Car Show on Sept. 24 and at the EFO/Chamber of Commerce Dine Around Town on Sept. 27.

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011
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Orinda Idol finals coming up

The 2011 Orinda Idol Finals will be held at the Orinda Theatre on Sunday, Sept 11. The contest, which is open to students from the Lamorinda area, features solo competitions in four age categories and group competitions in two age categories.

The finals will be broken into four performance sessions from 11:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. The awards for all categories will be announced at an awards ceremony from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Orinda Idol finals winners will also perform at the Orinda Car Show on Sept. 24 and at the EFO/Chamber of Commerce Dine Around Town on Sept. 27.

For more information and a full schedule of Orinda Idol events, visit

Posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011
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Lafayette Music Festival to support Town Hall Theatre

The Town Hall Theatre will host the 1st Annual Lafayette Community Music Festival this Saturday night, Aug. 27, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase online via the Town Hall Theatre’s website. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the theater programs that the Town Hall Theatre puts on throughout the year.

The concert will feature a variety of top local musicans, including:
Mark Stanley
Drew Harrison
Paul Cotruvo & Toni Bryant
Jack King & Kiki Stack
Katie & Dell

In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction for music memorabilia and a raffle for additional prizes.

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011
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Rock the Plaza in Lafayette

Lafayette’s free summer concert series, Rock the Plaza, is returning Aug. 12 for a three week stint. While Moraga and Orinda have certainly created popular concert events during the summer months, Lafayette’s free concerts typically fill the Lafayette Plaza area.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the band Stagefrite will open up the Rock the Plaza series with their brand of rock and roll party covers of music from the 80s and 90s.

The Floorshakers, who cover a wide variety of songs from genres including funk, rock and roll and soul, perform on Aug. 19.

Classic rock band Tall Shadows will perform at the Aug. 26 show, which will be the final Rock the Plaza concert of the summer.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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