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Saturday, February 6

MARY'S WEDDING

Malibu Playhouse

29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 90265

8:00pm

“One of those theatre experiences to which you can wholly give yourself over with no fear of disappointment. If this production had been a film I would have watched the whole thing all over again the minute it ended.” – New York Theatre Wire

“Mary’s Wedding” premiers January 28 – February 21, 2016 at the Malibu Playhouse, officially launching their 2016 season under the helm of Jeremy Skidmore, world-renowned theater director and formerly Artistic Director of Theater Alliance in Washington, D.C. Written by Stephen Massicotte and performed by Hallie Cooper and Mark Jude Sullivan, “MARY’S WEDDING,” produced and directed by Skidmore, is a brilliant, romantic and historical dream play. When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltered in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and their first flirtations ignite right as World War I begins to engulf the western world. Nevertheless, their bond begins to fracture the hard rules of time as their story unfolds across vast prairies, on the decks of silently sailing war ships, and entwined with the chaotic trenches of Europe's no-man's land. Mary’s Wedding captures an extraordinary moment of innocence and courage with rare sensitivity and beauty.

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Ravel's Bolero

Long Beach Performing Arts Center

300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802

8:00pm

On this evening we explore music of the late Romantic and early Impressionist periods, beginning with Saint-Saens exotic Bacchanale from his opera Samson et Delila, in which Delilah leads a wild and provocative dance to taunt Samson. The piece opens with a beguiling, mid-eastern sounding oboe solo before a steady pulse develops in the orchestra with percussion emphasizing the action. Following that, our virtuoso Principal cellist, Ccilia Tsan, who is known for her powerful and sensitive performances, takes the spotlight in Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1, composed in 1872. Then Ravels Rapsodie espagnole a reflection of the Spanish musical heritage imparted to Ravel by his Basque mother - opens the second half with a foreboding descending 4-note theme that is carried through, building to a tremendous climax at the end with pulsating Spanish dance rhythms, castanets and tambourine. Also reflective of Ravels love of Spanish music is his Alborada del gracioso (Morning Song of the Jester); a technically challenging, highly spirited and humorous dance that concludes with a grand and glorious racket. The evening culminates with Ravels legendary Bolro, which is built over an unchanging rhythm played on snare drums while melodies rise and fall over the top with ever-changing instrumentation. This piece was made popular in the 1979 film, 10.

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