Are you into classic Broadway musicals? Do you know all the lyrics from “Oklahoma!” by heart? Do you sing them in the shower?

Even if you answered no to all of the above questions, you might want to check out “Carousel,” being performed tonight with a full orchestra. Oh, and did we mention, it’s free? read more »

Saturday, Aug. 9 2008

The summer symphony orchestra had their first of two performances last night at Hertz Hall, and will be closing the curtains tonight. We say this figuratively, of course, as Hertz doesn’t actually have a curtain. But after sitting through one short tune, one long one, and one very, very long piece–we can tell you that this show is a must-hear. Some highlights were watching a dignified old fellow play the timpanis with maracas, the shouts of “mambo!” by a butt-load of violin players during “Symphonic Dance from Westside Story,” and whispering to our seat-mate about the commercials we recognized Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. It was also pretty entertaining to watch the conductor rock out with his long hair and tuxedo at the very end of the show. So don’t miss out on your last chance to see it!

UC Berkeley Summer Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
Hertz Hall

Saturday, Aug 9 – Sunday, Aug 10

San Francicso is going to be teeming with Filpino jazz musicians at SF Pinoy Jazz Fest. Events will take place at Yerba Buena Gardens as part of the SF Pistahan Parade and Festival and the Metreon Action Theatre. Just to be clear, only the events at Yerba Buena Gardens will be free. Both are supposed to be very promising in terms of renowned musicians, entertainment and all that–well–jazz. Once again, here’s how it’s all going down:

SF Pinoy Jazz Fest
Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 9 – 10
1 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens and 5 – 9 p.m. at Metreon Action Theatre

Image Source: Lili Vieira de Carvalho under Creative Commons
Earlier: Summer To-Do’s: Free Noon Concerts at Downtown Berkeley Bart