Concert Association – AVV Ensanche A http://avvensanchea.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:05:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://avvensanchea.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-6.png Concert Association – AVV Ensanche A http://avvensanchea.com/ 32 32 Sinag-Tala Brought Filipino Dances to Kansas City for 50 Years: ‘It Gives Me Goosebumps’ | KCUR 89.3 https://avvensanchea.com/sinag-tala-brought-filipino-dances-to-kansas-city-for-50-years-it-gives-me-goosebumps-kcur-89-3/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:05:54 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/sinag-tala-brought-filipino-dances-to-kansas-city-for-50-years-it-gives-me-goosebumps-kcur-89-3/ When Dr. Lillian Pardo helped start a Filipino folk dance troupe in March 1972, she had no idea the stamina it would have in the Kansas City community. Fifty years later, Pardo, 83, introduced his fellow dancers at Sinag-Tala’s 50th anniversary show to a packed crowd at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art last weekend. As […]]]>

When Dr. Lillian Pardo helped start a Filipino folk dance troupe in March 1972, she had no idea the stamina it would have in the Kansas City community.

Fifty years later, Pardo, 83, introduced his fellow dancers at Sinag-Tala’s 50th anniversary show to a packed crowd at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art last weekend. As she spoke, she reflected on all the band has accomplished over the years.

“I didn’t think we would grow into this,” Pardo said. “It gives me goosebumps that 50 years later we are still very strong and very well regarded in the community. I’m proud of the fact that people followed. I feel very nostalgic about it actually.

In 50 years, the group has grown from a handful of amateur dancers to a group that numbers in the hundreds. They built a cultural center and teach people about Filipino culture.

Julian Rivera, the last artistic director of Sinag-Tala, was part of the group for 30 of its 50 years. He said he has maintained his bond with the group because it is a second home to him.

“I think Midwesterners pride themselves on being pretty welcoming, but you know, it can feel pretty isolating if you feel like you’re the only kid in the class bringing rice for lunch and stuff like that,” Rivera said.

“Knowing that you always have people you can relate to immediately and a place you feel like you’ve never left – that’s priceless.

A chance to share Filipino culture

In March 1972, Dr. Lillian Pardo was working at KU Medical Center. Nurses at the hospital requested a Filipino dance showcase, so Pardo and a handful of other Filipino immigrants—Claire Ick and Shirley G. Sulit—decided to form a group, called Sinag-Tala.

The name is Tagalog for Starlight – a nod to the effort to develop Filipino culture and the performing arts in Kansas City. The only problem? They didn’t know the traditional dances well enough to perform.

It was then that they teamed up with Manny De Leon, artistic director and founding choreographer of the group. De Leon was a former member of Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines. The band rehearsed every Sunday for hours, but they didn’t start playing immediately.

“We were on the cover of Kansas City Star Magazine in November 1972, we were photographed at Shawnee Mission Park,” Pardo said. “It’s so interesting because we didn’t know all our dances yet, but we were posing for all kinds of dances.”

The group eventually learned all of their dances and held their first gig at Shawnee Mission East High School. Tickets were $2 each and Pardo said “we were so scared no one would come”. But people did, and Sinag-Tala continued to grow.

Savannah Hawley Bates

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The Filipinettes perform at the Sinag-Tala 50th Anniversary Show. The dance troupe incorporated a junior dance troupe in 1977 to teach children Filipino dance.

In 1977, the group expanded to include a junior division known as The Filipinettes to encourage Filipino-American children to take pride in their culture.

Today, a majority of Sinag-Tala members started out in the Filipinettes. Alexis Snyder, now the troupe’s choreographer, was one of them. His mother was a member of the original Filipenettes and later served as artistic director of the group.

“I was literally born into this group,” Snyder said. “My mom was taking us to rehearsal and a couple of the moms noticed me dancing in the corner, caught my mom’s attention and were like, ‘You gotta put her in the show.’ So my first performance was our fair in September 1997, and I was four years old.

Snyder said his mother made sure to raise him with a knowledge of his culture. Having Sinag-Tala as a resource cemented that. She said the group’s four types of dance — showcasing northern hill tribes, Muslim influence on the country, Spanish colonial rule and independence — not only serve to teach people different styles of Filipino dance , but also the history of the country.

“Growing up here in Kansas City, the only time you get to know the Philippines in school is when you learn about World War II,” Snyder said.

“It’s so enriching to know that here in the middle of a country, we have a place, a foundation, a group and a community to teach our heritage to our young generation who have never been (in the Philippines) or grew up here in the States.”

The main center of Sinag-Tala was a small two-bedroom house affectionately known as the Filipino house. But after decades of fundraising, the group was able to build a cultural center to accommodate even more members — and provide a space for others to experience Filipino culture.

A woman wearing a white dress with embellishments speaks into a handheld microphone on stage

Savannah Hawley Bates

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KCUR 89.3

Dr. Lillian Pardo, one of the band’s founders, introduced Sinag-Tala during their 50th anniversary performance.

A celebration of 50 years

Sinag-Tala has had a number of major gigs over the years. The group hosted Fiesta Filipina at Crown Center Square for four years in the late 70s. In 2005 they performed at the Folly Theater. And almost every year they have performed at Kansas City’s Ethnic Enrichment Festival and other showcases around town.

The band wanted Sinag-Tala’s 50th anniversary show to be a celebration – and to represent how far we’ve come. Many former dancers, like Angelo Santos, returned to the troupe for the anniversary concert.

Santos came to Kansas City from the Philippines when he was six years old. His family immediately joined the Filipino-American Association of Greater Kansas City, the troupe’s parent organization, and soon enough he was dancing for Sinag-Tala.

“I always get chills thinking about how lucky we are to have this for our community where I know a lot of kids don’t have that support from their own community,” Santos said. “It was a great experience, a great journey to grow with the Filipino community and to know that you also have the support of people who are not necessarily family, but call you Tita or Tito. It was really nice to know that you have this comfort.

Santos said he wanted to join Sinag-Tala for his 50th year to pay tribute to all the band has done for him. With a seven-month-old daughter, he hopes one day she might also want to start dancing with the group.

“It gives you a sense of pride in who you are and seeing other people who look like you and have things in common,” Santos said. “Growing up as kids, you don’t really have representation. So, by being around people who share your culture, you start to gain confidence. You’re able to bring that confidence into the real world, to make new friends – you’re comfortable with who you are because you have that strong sense of identity.

Rivera said many returning dancers, as well as some new members who joined to reconnect with their culture, remain very involved with the group. The troupe is an extension of their culture, and where each member is part of an ever-growing family.

“It’s this spirit in Filipino culture called Bayanihan,” Rivera said. “It’s just this genre idea, let’s build this together. So when you kind of call out, ‘Hey, Sinag-Tala is doing something’, it still amazes me to this day how it’s, ‘Oh yeah, I’m here.’ I will always be grateful to people who are willing to give their love, talent and time to achieve something like this. And it’s so meaningful that we can do something something so, so cool for our 50th.

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CHSAA names Salida high school students to all-state varsity teams – by community contributor https://avvensanchea.com/chsaa-names-salida-high-school-students-to-all-state-varsity-teams-by-community-contributor/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 23:30:48 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/chsaa-names-salida-high-school-students-to-all-state-varsity-teams-by-community-contributor/ The program continues to recognize deserving students The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Salida High School have named 53 participants to the fall activities season varsity teams. These students received honors for excellence in the classroom as well as achievement in the field of activities. 46 students earned first-team honors, while an additional […]]]>

The program continues to recognize deserving students

The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Salida High School have named 53 participants to the fall activities season varsity teams. These students received honors for excellence in the classroom as well as achievement in the field of activities. 46 students earned first-team honors, while an additional 7 students earned honorable mention.

To achieve All-State academic status, a student must be a significant contributor to their team or athletic activity; meet the academic criteria of the program; participate in one or more CHSAA-sanctioned activities; be a junior or senior academically.

First-team honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.60 or higher. Students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.30 to 3.59 earn an honorable mention. Each student receives a certificate in recognition of their accomplishments at their fall sports team banquet.

The All-State Academic Program has recognized thousands of students statewide over the three athletic seasons. The program continues to showcase the awesome students we have at Salida High School (SHS).

Soccer SHS
First team: Simon Bertolino, Chase Diesslin, Daniel Edgington, Eddie Glaser, Chris Graff, Caiven Lake, Juan Orejel-Rivera, Anthony Ortiz, Brady Potts and Jase Young
Honorable Mention: Ben Clayton and Braden Pridemore

SHS Cross-Country Skiing
First team: Lane Baker, Izayah Baxter, Alex Hebert, Quinn Smith, Riley Tomkiewicz, Cooper Hodge and Logan Merriam
Honorable Mention: Jack Landry

SHS Boys Golf
First team: Aiden Hadley, Eric O’Connor and Brandon Pursell
Honorable Mention: Jackson Ewing

SHS Boys Soccer
First team: Deagan Clark, Connor McConathy and Rasalas Wickett

Volleyball SHS
First team: Vanessa Christianson, Krystina Delao, Skyler Margos, Makiah Parris, Elise Tanner and Kate Young
Honorable Mention: Laurin Collins

Cheerleading SHS
First team: Jessica Clinton

SHS Orchestra
First team: Ellie King, Connor McConathy, Rowynn Slivka, Ben Smith, Clara Streeter and Max Wierdsma
Honorable mention: Peyton Bowers and Jaiden Harris

SHS Choir
First team: Scarlett Campbell, Jessica Clinton, Nika Peterson, Elsie Sanchez and Ben Smith

SHS jazz band
First team: Jasper Coen, Connor McConathy, Ben Smith, Clara Streeter and Ian Vallier

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The Lebanon County Choral Society will present a holiday concert on December 11 https://avvensanchea.com/the-lebanon-county-choral-society-will-present-a-holiday-concert-on-december-11/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/the-lebanon-county-choral-society-will-present-a-holiday-concert-on-december-11/ The Lebanon County Choral Society will present a holiday concert at the Palm Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. The theme for this year’s holiday concert is “Songs of Ice and Fire”. Artistic director Sean Hackett said in a press release that the theme is “an exploration of the glorious dichotomy that […]]]>

The Lebanon County Choral Society will present a holiday concert at the Palm Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.

The theme for this year’s holiday concert is “Songs of Ice and Fire”. Artistic director Sean Hackett said in a press release that the theme is “an exploration of the glorious dichotomy that is winter.”

“We bring together the harsh beauty of a snowy landscape and the comforting warmth of hearth and home,” Hackett said. “Some holiday favorites are included, as are some great pieces that will broaden our musical horizons a bit.”

Hackett said the company’s vocalists have worked very hard this season and the pieces fit together beautifully.

The Palm Lutheran Church is located at 11 W. Cherry Street in Palmyra.

Tickets can be purchased online at LCCSMusic.org for $15 and at the door for $18. Student tickets are still $3.

The choir is also accepting registrations for the spring season. Those interested should contact the organization by email [email protected].

The Lebanon County Choral Society was founded in 1889. Its mission is to foster an appreciation of stimulating choral music by preparing public performances that combine accessibility with high artistic standards.


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Ann McLaughlin, Artistic Director of the Los Alamos Concert Association, Steps Down – Los Alamos Reporter https://avvensanchea.com/ann-mclaughlin-artistic-director-of-the-los-alamos-concert-association-steps-down-los-alamos-reporter/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 12:47:22 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/ann-mclaughlin-artistic-director-of-the-los-alamos-concert-association-steps-down-los-alamos-reporter/ LACA PRESS RELEASE Los Alamos Concert Association artistic director Ann McLaughlin has announced she will step down from her responsibilities at the end of the 2022-23 concert season after 12 years in the role. “Considering this, I wanted to make sure that LACA was in good shape after the pandemic stopped. Our finances are strong […]]]>

LACA PRESS RELEASE

Los Alamos Concert Association artistic director Ann McLaughlin has announced she will step down from her responsibilities at the end of the 2022-23 concert season after 12 years in the role.

“Considering this, I wanted to make sure that LACA was in good shape after the pandemic stopped. Our finances are strong and we have an exceptionally strong board to manage this transition, so the timing seems right,” said McLaughlin.

Deniece Korzekwa, LACA Board Chair, confirmed that a process to identify a
new artistic director is underway.

Unlike many concert presenters, LACA has no paid staff.

“Our Artistic Director and Board of Directors are, in effect, unpaid staff. It allows us to channel all of our financial resources into paying artists and ensuring they have an audience to appreciate them,” Korzekwa said.

The cancellation of the 2019-20 concert season during the pandemic was the first time LACA has not presented concerts since its founding in 1946. The organization has an impressive history of presenting distinguished artists and ensembles and the current season is no exception.

Guitar star Sharon Isbin will perform with the Pacifica Quartet on November 18, followed by Emanuel Axe, one of the world’s foremost pianists, on January 22, 2023.

Details of the open position can be found on the LACA website at http://www.losalamosconcert.org.,

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North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Cheese & Wine Festival, Vindys in Concert: Things to do in Greater Cleveland this weekend and beyond https://avvensanchea.com/north-pole-adventure-train-ride-cheese-wine-festival-vindys-in-concert-things-to-do-in-greater-cleveland-this-weekend-and-beyond/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/north-pole-adventure-train-ride-cheese-wine-festival-vindys-in-concert-things-to-do-in-greater-cleveland-this-weekend-and-beyond/ CLEVELAND, Ohio — Resist if you wish, but winter holiday events creep into the calendar before the Thanksgiving turkey is even thawed. This week we have two such events. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has added November dates to its North Pole Adventure train. Meanwhile, the Akron Symphony Orchestra brightens up Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. If you’re […]]]>

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Resist if you wish, but winter holiday events creep into the calendar before the Thanksgiving turkey is even thawed. This week we have two such events. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has added November dates to its North Pole Adventure train. Meanwhile, the Akron Symphony Orchestra brightens up Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. If you’re not ready for winter, many non-seasonal events also promise entertainment.

North Pole Adventure

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad continues its beloved North Pole Adventure train ride with cookies and cocoa, a written letter to Santa and more. Rides are available from Akron Northside Station (7:00 PM – 8:45 PM) and Rockside Station (7:30 PM – 9:15 PM). Thanksgiving is excluded. Tickets cost between $45 and $92.

Until December 21

Rockside Station – 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence

Akron Northside Station – 27 Ridge Street, Akron

www.cvsr.org/northpoleadventure

Akron Symphony Orchestra: Ellington’s Nutcracker and the Ballad of the Brown King

Liven up the holidays with an exciting twist on a classic holiday favorite. The Akron Symphony Orchestra performs Duke Ellington’s version of five of Tchaikovsky’s most famous Nutcracker dances. Tickets for the show at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall are $20+.

7:30 p.m., November 12

92 North Main Street, Akron

Akronsymphony.org

Apollo’s Fire artistic director Jeannette Sorrell, seen here in a file photo, presided over a festive Bach program that drew many to attend their first live performance as COVID waned.

Apollo’s Fire features music inspired by thunderstorms and storms

The power of nature has inspired composers for centuries. Listen for inspiration as Jeannette Sorrell conducts Apollo’s Fire in a program of orchestral masterpieces themed ‘Thunderstorms and Tempests’. These will take place at various locations in northeast Ohio. Tickets are $23.

Thursday, November 10: First United Methodist Church, Akron. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 11: Presbyterian Church, Rocky River. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 12: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 13: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights. 4 p.m.

apollosfire.org

DANCECleveland brings postmodern dance to Playhouse Square

DANCECleveland brings the Stephen Petronio Company to Cleveland. The troupe takes the stage in Playhouse Square with a mixed repertoire program showcasing the choreographic talent of postmodern icon and artistic director Stephen Petronio. New music, visual arts and fashion meet in her dances. Tickets range from $25 to $65

Mimi Ohio Theater, 1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

7:30 p.m., November 12

playhousesquare.org

Cleveland Cheese and Wine Festival

Try over 50 kinds of cheese and 40 different wines at the Cleveland Cheese & Wine Festival this weekend. The event takes place at Lago Custom Events on the East Side of the Apartments. Weather permitting, fire pits and outdoor tables will be available. Tickets $65.

1091 W. 10th Street, Cleveland

6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Nov. 11

tastecle.com/event/cheese-wine-fest-cleveland-2022/

Cleveland Restaurant Week is set to return for its annual November run.

Cleveland Restaurant Week continues through November 12.

Cleveland Restaurant Week

Cleveland Restaurant Week – which celebrates independent restaurants in northeast Ohio – continues through Saturday, November 12. More than 30 Cleveland Independents members offer three-course prix-fixe meals. Most will be $36.

Various locations

Until November 12

clevelandindependents.com/restaurantweek

Related: Cleveland Restaurant Week is ready for its November run – cleveland.com

Dance the night away to salsa music

Dress up in neon clothes and body paint, then head to Music Box for a salsa dance party this weekend. People with the most creative and brilliant outfits will win prizes. Free salsa dance lessons start at 9 p.m. During the night, a DJ will spin the hottest Latin tunes. Tickets are $15 to $20.

1148 Main Avenue

9 p.m., November 12

musicboxcle.com

Cavaliers vs. Clippers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) dives the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Ashley Landis, AP

Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves

The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Tickets cost between $20 and $350.

1 Center Court

6 p.m., November 13

www.rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com

“State of the Art: Constructs” from the Akron Museum of Art

The traveling exhibition “State of the Art: Constructs” opens from 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11 at the Akron Art Museum. The critically acclaimed exhibition will be at the museum from November 12 to February 26, 2023. The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists through various media, such as photography, mixed media, performance, sculpture, painting and textile arts. Free entry.

Until February 26

1 South High Street, Akron

akronartmuseum.org

Improv comedy: Tony Baker

Chicago native and comedian Tony Baker has been making people laugh for nearly a decade. He will be at the Improv this weekend. Tickets $37-$47

1148 Main Avenue

November 10 and 11

clevelandimprov.com

Walkabout Tremont, Second Friday

Gather your walking shoes and your sense of adventure for this month’s Walkabout Tremont. You’ll see the best of the neighborhood‘s creative and culinary offerings. Boutiques and galleries extend their hours and pop-up shops add to the experience.

5 to 9 p.m., Nov. 11

Tremont

experiencetremont.com/

Tayler Harris Cats

Taylor Harris plays Grizabella in the national tour of “Cats”.

‘CATS’

Part of the KeyBank Broadway series, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical returns to Playhouse Square with new sound design, new direction and new choreography. Tickets $20-100.

Connor Palace Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Until November 20

playhousesquare.org

Related: Returning for the first time in a decade, ‘Cats’ are set to create new memories in Playhouse Square

Exam: ‘Cats’ shows there’s beauty in the weird at Playhouse Square

‘Annie’

Follow this classic and adorable adventure of a young girl who started out as an orphan before eventually finding a new home and family in New York City. Tickets are $14.

Independence Community Theater, 6652 Brecksville Rd., Independence

8 p.m., 4-5 Nov.

2 p.m., November 6; weekends until November 20

communityindependencetheatre.org

“Describe the Night”

Ensemble Theater presents a play by Rajiv Joseph set in Russia over 90 years tracing the stories of eight individuals bound by history, myth and conspiracy. Tickets from $15 to $32.

Notre Dame College Performing Arts Center, 4545 College Rd., South Euclid

7:30 p.m., Nov. 11-12 and 2 p.m., Nov. 13

ensembletheatrecle.org

Boxer Montana Love trains with undercards preparing for hometown fight against Aussie Steve Spark

Boxer Montana Love answers questions from the press in front of his promotional poster for his upcoming fight before training at the Revolution Fight and Fitness gym in Cleveland on Nov. 3, 2022. Love (18-0-1) headlines his hometown Cleveland for the first time as he collides with Australian puncher Steve Spark (15-2) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, November 12, 2022. John Kuntz, cleveland.com

Love vs. Spark

Montana Love of Cleveland will take on Aussie Steve Spark in a title fight on an eight-fight card as he defends his IBF North American Super-Lightweight title. Tickets start at $20.

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

5 p.m., November 12.

rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com/events

Related: For Montana Love, Cleveland Title Fight Caps Emotional Journey

The Vindys

From Youngstown, the Vindys have an enthusiastic fan base. Their work features a mix of pop, jazz and rock with soulful influences. They have been compared to Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones. They perform at the Music Box. Tickets $25-$35.

1148 Main Ave, Cleveland

November 10-11

musicboxcle.com

Lucy Kaplanski

Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky has eight critically acclaimed CDs. Two received the award for best pop album of the year from the Association for Independent Music. She will be at the Kent Stage on Saturday November 12th. Tickets cost between $25 and $35.

175 Main Street East, Kent

7 p.m., November 12

kentstage.org

Death From Above 1979

The alternative rock duo from Toronto released their debut album, ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’, in 2004. They released their latest album, ‘Is 4 Lovers’, in 2021. They will perform at Beachland Ballroom on Friday, November 11.

15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland

8 p.m. November 11

beachlandballroom.com

The Legendary Pink Dots – Museum of Human Happiness Tour 2022

Formed in London in 1980, The Legendary Pink Dots are an Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band. They have core members but play with rotating musicians. They will be at the Grog Shop on Tuesday, November 15. Tickets cost between $20 and $25.

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights

8 p.m. November 15

grogshop.gs

“Are you that guy?” by comedian Trevor Wallace Tour

Comedian Trevor Wallace is all over the internet, with over a billion views on social media. Now he brings his show to the Agora. Tickets cost between $29.50 and $75.

5000 Euclid Avenue

7 p.m. November 13

agoracleveland.com

“The big jump”

A simple “friendship game” between an American college basketball team and a Chinese team becomes much more than a game in this production at the Cleveland Play House’s Outcalt Theatre. The coaches rely a lot on the result. Characterized as a darkly comedic sports drama, the play tackles cultural and generational clashes.

1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Until November 20

playhousesquare.org

Tammy Pescatelli

Cleveland’s own Tammy Pescatelli is both a comedian and actress with plenty of credits to her name. More recently, she starred in “Blue Bloods”. She also appeared on the Showtime Comedy Special, “Women of a Certain Age 2.” She will perform at the Hanna Theater on Saturday, November 12.

1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

8 p.m. November 12

playhousesquare.org

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Texas Master Chorale presents “The Christmas Story” on December 17 https://avvensanchea.com/texas-master-chorale-presents-the-christmas-story-on-december-17/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 14:37:17 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/texas-master-chorale-presents-the-christmas-story-on-december-17/ HOUSTON, TX – Texas Master Chorale will perform a concert of holiday favorites in “The Christmas Story” on Saturday, December 17. Noel and Davia Bouley. Photo courtesy of Texas Master Chorale. The concert will feature Noel and Davia Bouley in selections from Handel’s Messiahplus favorite Christmas carols and other songs of the season. Noel Bouley, […]]]>

HOUSTON, TX – Texas Master Chorale will perform a concert of holiday favorites in “The Christmas Story” on Saturday, December 17.

Noel and Davia Bouley. Photo courtesy of Texas Master Chorale.

The concert will feature Noel and Davia Bouley in selections from Handel’s Messiahplus favorite Christmas carols and other songs of the season.

Noel Bouley, son of Texas Master Chorale founder and artistic director Brad Bouley, has lived and performed in Germany for a decade. This season he makes his British operatic debut as Scarpia in the new English National Opera production Tosca directed by Christof Loy. His roles with the Deutsche Oper Berlin have included Amonasro in AidaSharpless in Lady Butterflygive in Das Rheingoldand Bietrolf in Tannhauseramong many others.

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Noel’s wife, Davia, has performed with opera companies, music festivals and concerts throughout the United States and Europe, including Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera , Opera Amarillo, Aspen Music Festival, Berliner Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Deutsche Oper Berlin. . She will open the 2022/2023 season with a return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflote and a concert recital in Berlin that includes songs by Schumann, Brahms and Wagner.

The Texas Master Chorale’s Christmas concert, “The Christmas Story,” will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 5830 Bermuda Dunes Drive in Houston, 77069. Tickets are $20; students are free with a school ID card

Tickets can be purchased online at TexasMasterChorale.org, through the box office at (281) 440-4850 or at the door. The concerts are generously sponsored by Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Texas Master Choir

Founded in 1986, Texas Master Chorale is a mixed choral ensemble of 100 auditioned singers who perform a variety of choral masterpieces including classical, contemporary, sacred and secular.

The choir is directed by Brad Bouley, founder and artistic director. Bouley was director of choirs at Tomball High School for 20 years and director of fine arts at Tomball ISD for 15 years until his retirement. He was one of four people to receive the 2018 Texas Choral Excellence Award, presented by the Texas Choral Directors Association.

To learn more, please visit texasmasterchorale.org.

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In Ortley Beach, memories of Sandy Drive’s efforts to help Ian’s victims https://avvensanchea.com/in-ortley-beach-memories-of-sandy-drives-efforts-to-help-ians-victims/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 14:26:26 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/in-ortley-beach-memories-of-sandy-drives-efforts-to-help-ians-victims/ TOMS RIVER, NJ — The encores are here, sticking out like missing teeth in a hockey player’s mouth. Empty plots of land nestled next to gleaming modern three-story homes that rise high above the sand. It’s been 10 years since Super Hurricane Sandy hit Ocean County and Ortley Beach. The Atlantic Ocean swept over the […]]]>

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The encores are here, sticking out like missing teeth in a hockey player’s mouth. Empty plots of land nestled next to gleaming modern three-story homes that rise high above the sand.

It’s been 10 years since Super Hurricane Sandy hit Ocean County and Ortley Beach. The Atlantic Ocean swept over the sand on October 29, 2012, flooding homes, washing away some of their foundations in the middle of the street, washing away others completely.

For those who lived through Sandy and its aftermath, photos and video of the devastation left in Fort Myers Beach, Florida when Hurricane Ian slammed a month ago on September 28 have been tearing scars .

Find out what’s happening in Toms Riverwith free real-time Patch updates.

It has also motivated Sandy survivors to help: donation drives are underway to help Ian’s victims, including a flashlight drive on Saturday night at a vigil in Ortley Beach to mark the 10th anniversary. from Sandy.

“Rather than candles, we’re asking attendees to purchase a flashlight” and bring it to the ceremony, said Sharon Quilter-Colluci of the Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association, which is hosting the remembrance ceremony at 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Chapel by the Sea at 7 3rd Street in Ortley Beach. The group will walk to the boardwalk for the service. “The flashlight will be taken back to the church and packed in donation boxes after the walk service is over.”

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The rest of the donation effort is virtual, she said. The group looked at organizations that help Ian’s victims in Florida and accept cash donations. There will be an opportunity at the church for people to donate directly by computer after the walk ceremony, she said.

“We will not be collecting items to give away at this time because many people are just not ready yet and due to ongoing logistical issues,” she said.

Samaritan’s Purse has been extremely helpful to Sandy’s victims, she said.

Other organizations they looked at include: United Survivors Disaster Relief; Harry Chapin food bank; and the Cajun Army Priority Needs Wishlist. The Wildest provides a list of relief organizations helping pets affected by Hurricane Ian.

The Sainte Elisabeth Chapel also hosts a concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Toms River filmmaker Sandra Levine said her documentary about the initial recovery of Superstorm Sandy will air on Ocean TV 20 (Channel 20 on Comcast/Xfinity) at 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. It will also air Saturday at 8 p.m. on her YouTube channel, Sandra Levine Productions.

After Sandy hit, it took a month before those with homes in Ortley Beach were allowed to see what, if any, remained.

Paul Jeffrey, a board member of the Ortley Beach Voters and Taxpayers Association, had just become a permanent resident of Ortley in March 2012. He and his wife, Paulette, sold their North Jersey home in September 2012, finalizing thus their residence. They were out of state on a month-long vacation to celebrate their retirement when Sandy arrived.

“The first time they let us in, we met in the old Foodtown,” Jeffrey said. “You got on a school bus with a suitcase on your lap…you had three hours to pull everything you could.” They wore hang tags around their necks to show they were there legitimately, not someone looting a house.

Jeffrey said they knew their house was still standing because he was able to spot it on video from Barrier Island.

“Two frames from the video showed the house,” he said. He was also able to find it in photos from a satellite flyby conducted by federal officials who mapped all of the damage caused by Sandy in New Jersey and New York.

Jeffrey had raised his house before Super Hurricane Sandy, which limited the damage. When electric and natural gas service was restored to the area in February 2013, he and his wife were among the first to return immediately.

Others weren’t so lucky. This school bus ride through the torn landscape took them to wastelands or piles of rubble. It happened to one of Jeffrey’s neighbors.

“He could never come back,” Jeffrey said.

For those who have returned, the return has been an uphill battle for many. Jeffrey has spent much of his time helping other Sandy survivors navigate the many challenges of dealing with their insurance companies, with FEMA, and with state and city governments.

It was a nightmare surrounded by endless torture. Residents who received both FEMA grants and loan assistance from the Small Business Administration were subject to demands for reimbursement, which federal officials called a duplication of benefits.

“That’s money they spent on water heaters and new insulation,” Jeffrey said, adding that it was Congress that decided that the rehabilitation, restoration, elevation grants and mitigation and SBA loans were duplicates.

The New Jersey organization’s draft, which calls the claims “recovery,” said claims for reimbursement are in the thousands of dollars. The group is working to make them completely forgiven for the approximately 500 families still facing the threat.

“It was money I needed to rebuild,” writes Jody Stewart, a member of the New Jersey Organizing Project who was subject to the clawback.

Jeffrey said the anniversary is also a reminder of lessons yet to be learned.

New residents and summer visitors complain about the beach, saying it’s too small since the US Army Corps of Engineering Dune Project in 2017 created significant dunes and lengthened the beach run to the beach. to them. At high tide, space is limited.

“People don’t understand that without these dunes, the ocean would rush down 6th Street again,” Jeffrey said.


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Three-year wait finally over for ‘Dedicated’ son, concert | Community News https://avvensanchea.com/three-year-wait-finally-over-for-dedicated-son-concert-community-news/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 15:40:00 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/three-year-wait-finally-over-for-dedicated-son-concert-community-news/ This is a concert that has been in preparation for three years. And after a few schedule changes, it will finally take place – locally and featuring several big names in Chicago’s sports and entertainment industry. “Dedicated,” a memorial concert for former Beverly resident Chris Castaneda’s mother, will be held Dec. 10 at Blue Island […]]]>

This is a concert that has been in preparation for three years.

And after a few schedule changes, it will finally take place – locally and featuring several big names in Chicago’s sports and entertainment industry.

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Turkish singer Gulsen appears in court over religious schools joke – Billboard https://avvensanchea.com/turkish-singer-gulsen-appears-in-court-over-religious-schools-joke-billboard/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:09:42 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/turkish-singer-gulsen-appears-in-court-over-religious-schools-joke-billboard/ A Turkish pop singer accused of “inciting hatred and hostility” with a joke about Turkish religious schools dismissed the charge on Friday (October 21st) in her first court appearance. Explore Explore See the latest videos, graphics and news See the latest videos, graphics and news Singer-songwriter Gulsen has been charged and briefly jailed for the […]]]>

A Turkish pop singer accused of “inciting hatred and hostility” with a joke about Turkish religious schools dismissed the charge on Friday (October 21st) in her first court appearance.

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Singer-songwriter Gulsen has been charged and briefly jailed for the joke she made at a concert in April when she joked that one of her musicians’ ‘perversion’ came from of attending a religious school.

The 46-year-old singer, whose full name is Gulsen Colakoglu, was taken from her home in Istanbul in August after a video of the concert began circulating on social media, with a hashtag calling for her arrest.

She was jailed for five days and then spent 15 days under house arrest despite apologizing for any offense she caused to religious school graduates. She now faces up to three years in prison if convicted of the incitement charge.

In her testimony on Friday, Gulsen said she teased a member of the group who was nicknamed “Imam” but had not attended a religious school.

“It was just a joke between two people. It was not a statement” Milliyet The newspaper quoted the singer as saying in court. “I did not display an attitude that would incite people to hatred and enmity.”

“I did not target a third person, a social class or a section of society,” she said, asking for an acquittal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and many members of his Islam-based ruling party graduated from religious schools called Imam Hatip, which were originally established to train imams.

A 48-page indictment against Gulsen had 702 plaintiffs, including private individuals, a pro-government women’s rights organization and a religious school association. Some of them withdrew their complaints on Friday, Milliyet reported.

The Turkish Penal Code criminalizes incitement to hatred and enmity against different groups in society on the basis of class, race, religion or sect, requiring a prison sentence in cases that lead to threats to public safety.

Gulsen had previously become a target in Islamic circles due to her revealing stage outfits and for unfurling an LGBTQ flag at a concert.

The court on Friday lifted the requirement for her to register weekly at a police station, but upheld the ban on leaving Turkey. He adjourned the proceedings until December 21.

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A rock concert celebrates Burlington’s Mac Coffin Jr. https://avvensanchea.com/a-rock-concert-celebrates-burlingtons-mac-coffin-jr/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 10:51:25 +0000 https://avvensanchea.com/a-rock-concert-celebrates-burlingtons-mac-coffin-jr/ Fame can be an elusive animal. Folk-rock star Bob Dylan is 81 and still on the road. But Dylan never played Burlington Steamboat Days, and that wasn’t Mac Coffin Jr’s fault. As vice president of entertainment for the annual riverside event, Coffin tried to bring the iconic folksinger at Steamboat Days, but Dylan’s schedule never […]]]>

Fame can be an elusive animal.

Folk-rock star Bob Dylan is 81 and still on the road.

But Dylan never played Burlington Steamboat Days, and that wasn’t Mac Coffin Jr’s fault. As vice president of entertainment for the annual riverside event, Coffin tried to bring the iconic folksinger at Steamboat Days, but Dylan’s schedule never synced with BSD’s June period.

Coffin was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Dylan has yet to be elected.

The concert

On Saturday, Coffin will be honored at the 10th annual fundraising concert for the Burlington Chapter of IRRMA at Catfish Bend. Featured artists are Leaving Abbey and Richie Lee and The Fabulous Fifties. Ralph Kluseman, inducted in 2022, is a featured guest; he is president of the IRRMA Hall of Fame and Museum.

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