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    Event Name: Canadian Brass & The Choral Project in Concert
    Article: Canadian Brass Adds Shine to Choral Project of San Jose
    San Francisco Classical Voice - Jan 29, 2014
    By Donna Stoering

    Once in a very great while, you attend a concert that immediately jumps to some imaginary, personal list of all-time best concert experiences. For me, The Choral Project of San Jose concert on Tuesday, performed to a packed audience at San Jose’s gor… Expand

    Once in a very great while, you attend a concert that immediately jumps to some imaginary, personal list of all-time best concert experiences. For me, The Choral Project of San Jose concert on Tuesday, performed to a packed audience at San Jose’s gorgeous Basilica of St Joseph, was one of those performances. The renowned Canadian Brass were absolutely at the top of their game but they in no way outshone their hosts. Collapse

    Event Name: Grand Opening Celebration of Lori Krein Studios
    Article: Artist, Art Teacher Lori Krein Moves Studio to Campbell
    http://mercurynews.com - Apr 07, 2013
    By Mary Gottschalk

    Artist Lori Krein, known for her collage creations, her public access television show and for facilitating workshops, is opening a studio in Campbell on March 9.
    "I wanted to reach out to the community where I live, and it felt like the ri… Expand

    Artist Lori Krein, known for her collage creations, her public access television show and for facilitating workshops, is opening a studio in Campbell on March 9.
    "I wanted to reach out to the community where I live, and it felt like the right thing," says Krein, who recently vacated her studio at The Alameda Artworks in the Rose Garden area.
    The new 725-square-foot studio is almost double the size of the one she just left.
    Like its predecessor, it is filled with found objects, string, paints, handmade art papers, old canvases, magazines, fabrics and all manner of items such as broken jewelry, bits of chain, metal washers and old nails--all ready to be repurposed into new pieces of art.
    Krein has long proved the adage that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
    Prior to devoting full time to her art, Krein worked as an instructional designer for corporations, teaching leadership skills and team building.
    Even as she started creating and opened a studio, Krein says she realized that "making and selling art is not my primary focus. My primary focus is teaching other people to be creative and express themselves.
    "I give them space and materials to explore those things."
    Krein also produced Lori Krein's Art Studio, originally shown locally on Comcast channel 15. CreaTV recognized her as producer of the year in 2010, and the show is now being broadcast on 50 different public access stations across the United States.

    In her new studio Krein will be offering expressive arts workshops for kids, teens and adults; summer art camps; art birthday parties; couples' workshops; ladies' night out workshops; singles mixers and her popular, ongoing open studio sessions.
    The sessions are gatherings where people can create their own collages, decoupages and assemblages in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Participants can bring their own materials or use those on hand, and Krein is there to lend encouragement and guidance.
    "My goal is to encourage everyone to explore their creativity, while making friends and sharing creative ideas in a social setting," she says.

    For additional information and a calendar of events, visit lorikrein.com, email lorikrein@gmail.com or call 408.335.9101.
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    Event Name: Wonderful World by Richard Dresser
    Article: Will family ties survive the truth?
    A Good Reed Review - Jun 04, 2012
    By Ande Jacobson

    Dragon Productions Theatre Company’s current play, Richard Dresser’s Wonderful World, tests family bonds, or at least stretches them a little in this dark comedy revolving around the strained relationship between two brothers. The story shows what c… Expand

    Dragon Productions Theatre Company’s current play, Richard Dresser’s Wonderful World, tests family bonds, or at least stretches them a little in this dark comedy revolving around the strained relationship between two brothers. The story shows what can happen when the social contract is violated, and truth is used as a weapon. Collapse

    Event Name: 2012 Spring Repertory Program Three - Cinderella
    Article: Review: 'Cinderella' at Ballet San Jose
    San Jose Mercury News - May 05, 2012
    By Rita Felciano

    ...In the case of Ballet San Jose's version [of Ben Stevenson's 'Cinderella'], which opened Friday, the credit has to go to Alexsandra Meijer, about as perfect a Cinderella as you are likely to see. This longtime company member gave a glorious, fully… Expand

    ...In the case of Ballet San Jose's version [of Ben Stevenson's 'Cinderella'], which opened Friday, the credit has to go to Alexsandra Meijer, about as perfect a Cinderella as you are likely to see. This longtime company member gave a glorious, fully integrated and nuanced performance. Collapse

    Event Name: Soaring Spirits, A Concert of Whitacre, Tavener, and Pärt
    Article: Soaring Spirits Choral Project at Holy Cross Church
    Peninsula Reviews - Apr 29, 2012
    By Michael Tierra

    The performance on Saturday evening at Holy Cross Church by the San Jose Choral Project can only be described in superlatives – transporting, sublime, transcendental. This was the power of great choral music impeccably performed. Many, even trained m… Expand

    The performance on Saturday evening at Holy Cross Church by the San Jose Choral Project can only be described in superlatives – transporting, sublime, transcendental. This was the power of great choral music impeccably performed. Many, even trained musicians, don’t realize that we are living in one of the golden ages of choral music in which a number of first-rate choral composers around the world are enriching the huge reservoir of choral masterpieces with works that greatly utilize challenging and expanded compositional techniques. Collapse

    Event Name: Cat's-Paw
    Article: An American Terrorist: ‘Cat’s-Paw’ features intense, unpredictable finale
    Stark Insider - Mar 27, 2012
    By Cy Ashley Webb

    'Sweet Stuff' - 3.5/5 stars


    "There’s nothing meek about the Dragon Theatre’s production of this work."
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    'Sweet Stuff' - 3.5/5 stars


    "There’s nothing meek about the Dragon Theatre’s production of this work."
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    Event Name: 2012 Repertory Program 1 - Paquita, Interplay and Graduation Ball
    Article: Ballet San Jose review: Return reaps rich rewards
    San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 05, 2012
    By Steven Winn

    Friday's big audience included lots of children, a welcome sight as they careened around the lobby during the intermissions. Few of them could have known or cared about the company's recent turmoil. All that mattered was the joy and surprise of dance… Expand

    Friday's big audience included lots of children, a welcome sight as they careened around the lobby during the intermissions. Few of them could have known or cared about the company's recent turmoil. All that mattered was the joy and surprise of dancers back in motion. Collapse

    Event Name: 2012 Repertory Program 1 - Paquita, Interplay and Graduation Ball
    Article: Flirting at Ballet San Jose
    Examiner.com - Mar 05, 2012
    By Beeri Moalem

    Ballet San Jose opened their season this weekend with a three-part program featuring two classic Ballet works Paquita and Graduation Ball-- replete with tutus, countless en-pointe twirls, and an aristocratic setting-- sandwiching the jazzy Interplay… Expand

    Ballet San Jose opened their season this weekend with a three-part program featuring two classic Ballet works Paquita and Graduation Ball-- replete with tutus, countless en-pointe twirls, and an aristocratic setting-- sandwiching the jazzy Interplay in between. Though the contrast in styles was stark-- the tone of all three pieces was flirtatious. Collapse

    Event Name: 2012 Repertory Program 1 - Paquita, Interplay and Graduation Ball
    Article: Review: Ballet San Jose's Opening Program
    San Jose Mercury News - Mar 03, 2012
    By Rita Felciano

    After a fall and early winter of discontent, Ballet San Jose tackles a difficult opening program and performs admirably. Expand

    After a fall and early winter of discontent, Ballet San Jose tackles a difficult opening program and performs admirably. Collapse

    Event Name: Legally Blonde
    Article: NBC Bay Area coverage
    NBC Bay Area - Feb 10, 2012
    By Garvin Thomas

    CMT was featured in a recent "Bay Area Proud" segment on NBC Bay Area.
    See the video here!
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video/#!/news/local/The-Broadway-Express/138613459 Expand

    CMT was featured in a recent "Bay Area Proud" segment on NBC Bay Area.
    See the video here!
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video/#!/news/local/The-Broadway-Express/138613459 Collapse

    Event Name: Winter's Gifts: Celtica - Holiday Concert
    Article: Chamber Orchestra, Choral Project present a musical gift with 'Celtica'
    San Jose Mercury News - Dec 16, 2011
    By Heather Zimmerman

    The San Jose Chamber Orchestra and The Choral Project have made a happy tradition of teaming up at the holidays for "Winter's Gifts," an annual concert. But seasonally themed as it may be, this performance won't necessarily be jingling all… Expand

    The San Jose Chamber Orchestra and The Choral Project have made a happy tradition of teaming up at the holidays for "Winter's Gifts," an annual concert. But seasonally themed as it may be, this performance won't necessarily be jingling all the way or decking the halls--both music groups are known for repertoire that's a bit more off the beaten path, often bringing together world music traditions and classical music traditions. Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Ballet San Jose review: Generous 'Nutcracker'
    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 13, 2011
    By Mary Ellen Hunt

    ...just might be the best in the Bay Area's bevy of "Nutcrackers." Expand

    ...just might be the best in the Bay Area's bevy of "Nutcrackers." Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Review: Ballet San Jose's 'Nutcracker'
    San Jose Mercury News - Dec 12, 2011
    By Rita Felciano

    [Ballet San Jose's 'The Nutcracker' is] being performed by a family, the blended family of a dance company. The tiny mice from the Ballet School share the stage with longtime veterans like Roni Mahler and Danel Gwatkin. Numerous community dancers and… Expand

    [Ballet San Jose's 'The Nutcracker' is] being performed by a family, the blended family of a dance company. The tiny mice from the Ballet School share the stage with longtime veterans like Roni Mahler and Danel Gwatkin. Numerous community dancers and supernumeraries join the professionals. Collapse

    Event Name: The Nutcracker - Ballet San Jose
    Article: Real Nutcracker Magic - Storytelling At Its Best
    NutcrackerBallet.net - Dec 10, 2011
    By Brad Maxwell

    [It's] not a surprise that an area filled with innovative and visionary people would have a creative ballet company as well. Ballet San Jose presents one of the most creative and entertaining Nutcrackers in the nation. It's a Broadway-worthy ballet… Expand

    [It's] not a surprise that an area filled with innovative and visionary people would have a creative ballet company as well. Ballet San Jose presents one of the most creative and entertaining Nutcrackers in the nation. It's a Broadway-worthy ballet spectacular! Collapse

    Event Name: 9 Circles
    Article: 9 CIRCLES
    http://www.renegadetheatre.com/ - Nov 23, 2011
    By Bill Cain

    The play follows a young soldier, on a private army trial for supposedly committing killing against Iraqi citizens while on the war front. The play raises fascinating and disturbing questions surrounding several issues—including the moral confusion o… Expand

    The play follows a young soldier, on a private army trial for supposedly committing killing against Iraqi citizens while on the war front. The play raises fascinating and disturbing questions surrounding several issues—including the moral confusion of war, callous political motives behind international combat, and universal matters of spirituality and redemption. The play is structured in nine segments which was interesting and different to watch. I enjoyed watching the actors/actresses facial expression in this play they seemed so realistic and heart touching. The lighting was good and the scenic was ok, I felt that a few variations would have been better. The actors did an wonderful job with expiring there voice as well.

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    Event Name: EarthSongs - Choral Concert
    Article: The Choral Project
    Pindabble - May 31, 2011
    By Matt Baxter

    Joyful sounds poured forth from the Center for Spiritual Living in Willow Glen on a recent Sunday morning. Performing a variety of songs for those assembled was a local choral group with international experience. Expand

    Joyful sounds poured forth from the Center for Spiritual Living in Willow Glen on a recent Sunday morning. Performing a variety of songs for those assembled was a local choral group with international experience. Collapse

    Event Name: Squabbles
    Article: Squaring Off in Squabbles
    The Santa Clara Weekly - May 04, 2011
    By Melissa McKenzie

    ...One of the great things about community theater is the up close and personal feel of the venues. Not only do you feel like you’re actually inside the play, but the closer you are to the actors, the easier it is to see little facial nuances among t… Expand

    ...One of the great things about community theater is the up close and personal feel of the venues. Not only do you feel like you’re actually inside the play, but the closer you are to the actors, the easier it is to see little facial nuances among the cast members. In a play like Squabbles, those little changes in facial expression really help sell the extremely uncomplicated script.... Collapse

    Event Name: Pear Slices 2011 - Original Plays
    Article: Pear Playwrights Guild Serves Up Slices of Americana
    A Good Reed Review - Apr 11, 2011
    By Ande Jacobson

    An annual tradition since its second season, Slices presents an entertaining evening of eight original one-act plays chosen from submissions (over 20 this year) by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. Pear Slices 2011 adds a new dimension with eac… Expand

    An annual tradition since its second season, Slices presents an entertaining evening of eight original one-act plays chosen from submissions (over 20 this year) by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. Pear Slices 2011 adds a new dimension with each play depicting the “American experience” in some fashion and marks the 60th... Collapse

    Event Name: Xanadu
    Article: 'Xanadu' The Musical
    SanJose.com - Mar 21, 2011
    By Sean Conwell

    The Guggenheim family is now presenting the first West Coast production of Xanadu since its U.S. tour. San Jose’s Retro Dome makes the perfect home for this gloriously campy show, which is a joy to behold from its hilarious start to a finale that lig… Expand

    The Guggenheim family is now presenting the first West Coast production of Xanadu since its U.S. tour. San Jose’s Retro Dome makes the perfect home for this gloriously campy show, which is a joy to behold from its hilarious start to a finale that lights up the Dome with more disco balls than should be legally permitted.... (Click link for rest of review) Collapse

    Event Name: Xanadu
    Article: Xanadu: Roll With It, Baby, And You'll Have a Ball
    Santa Cruz Good Times - Mar 17, 2011
    By Greg Archer

    ...on stage, thanks to crafty creative shenanigans of the show’s creators—Douglas Carter Beans (book) and Jeff Lynne and John Farrar (music and lyrics)—camp is taken to a new level. And on roller skates to boot! Fun.

    Fortunately, the mus… Expand

    ...on stage, thanks to crafty creative shenanigans of the show’s creators—Douglas Carter Beans (book) and Jeff Lynne and John Farrar (music and lyrics)—camp is taken to a new level. And on roller skates to boot! Fun.

    Fortunately, the music of ELO, whose songs were infused in the original film, come along for the ride, too, so now, after a successful Broadway tour, the stunning winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award, has rolled right into the Bay Area in, perhaps, the most fitting portal of all: The Retro Dome in San Jose.

    And the result? Delicious....(Click link to read full review) Collapse

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