October 3, 2008

Pianist to Play Benefit Concert

By Margot Abbott VALLEY TIMES

DANIEL GLOVER, the longtime accompanist for Valley Concert Chorale, a solo artist who has performed all over the world, will perform for the benefit of the chorale at a piano recital Saturday.

Here's what the San Jose Mercury News had to say about him: "Glover is an incisive, exciting, and apparently tireless player..." And the San Francisco Classical Voice raved: "brilliant, tender, whimsical, sparkling"...Glover brought everything together into a well-balanced, evenly measured medium"...The elegance and civility of Glover's approach was musically unimpeachable"..."

Obviously, if you are a lover of piano music, you need to attend this concert. Glover plans to offer works by Franz Liszt and two great Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Medtner.

The Daniel Glover concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 4th and L streets, Livermore. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door, online at valleyconcertchorale.org or by calling 925-866-4003. For more information on Glover, visit his Web site at danielgloverpianist.com.

"THE BARBER OF SEVILLE" -- On Oct. 10, the Livermore Valley Opera opens "The Barber of Seville" at the Bankhead Theater. The opera buffa, a comedy by Gioachino Rossini, tells the old story of an old man pursuing a young girl, who much prefers her dashing, young suitor. Keeping things stirred up is Figaro, the barber, who connives to get the young lovers together.

Broad comedy and melodic, sometimes familiar music make "The Barber of Seville" a great choice for a newcomer to opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles by a cast of experienced singers, the opera is staged by well-known director Daniel Helfgot. Music direction is by Alex Katsman, who also conducts.

Helfgot has a long resume that includes productions from Argentina, Germany and Austria as well as across the United States. In the Bay Area, he has directed at Festival Opera, Western Opera Theater of San Francisco, West Bay Opera and Spring Opera.

Because "The Barber of Seville" is such a great choice for beginners, LVO has added an extra performance with Family Night on Wednesday, Oct. 15. If you arrive at 5:30 p.m., there will be free pizza and beverages, and at 6:45 p.m. there will be a lecture, an orientation if you will, for the newbies. The curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

On Oct. 11, you can attend the Saturday Gala before the performance. The doors to Madden Plaza will open at 5:30 p.m., and you can enjoy fine wine and a dinner of appetizers along with a string quartet and "special guests."

This will be a formal affair, so break out the fancy duds. You may purchase a ticket to the Saturday Gala at the Bankhead Box Office. But LVO hopes you'll be feeling pampered enough to enjoy the fun of "The Barber of Seville."

"The Barber of Seville" plays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 10-19 with the special Family Night on Oct. 15. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m., all others at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $59 and can be purchased at the theater box office, by calling 925-373-6800 or online at www.livermoreperformaingarts.org.

Tickets for the Saturday Gala are $50 and do not include the price of the performance.

You can read more about the cast and artistic staff at www.livermorevalleyopera.com., where there is a special page for "The Barber of Seville." I particularly liked the clips of famous opera singers doing "Barber" arias, especially Bugs Bunny's performance in "The Rabbit of Seville."

Reach Margot Abbott by e-mail: [email protected]

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