Island Arts

The Alameda Community Chorus (ACC) will host an open house sing-along on Monday, Feb. 8. The sing-along is part of ACC’s spring session and concert series. ACC is a nonprofit for vocal enthusiasts that provides a platform to enjoy singing. Kathryn Neale Manalo directs ACC’s chorale group. 

ACC also offers an 11-week course that gives lovers of singing an opportunity to celebrate and participate in a learning and performance environment. Auditions are not required. ACC members joyfully sing within many genres of music. 

Review by Kathy Lautz

The New Esterhazy Quartet provided a lively and convincing inaugural concert for the Rhythmix Cultural Works’ new Classical music concert series. The quartet, consisting of Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin playing viola and providing color commentary, and William Skeen on cello, made a lilting and lively interpretation of the Haydn Quartet Op. 71, No. 1 to begin the program.

Alameda’s own Island City Opera is currently presenting five performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s finest operatic masterpiece Rigoletto.

The opera epitomizes the very zenith of what scholars call Verdi’s Middle Period: that brief span when Verdi exercised his greatest creative genius and was granted the broadest artistic freedom by his patronage and censors.

Altarena Playhouse lights up the East End with its latest offering, Ring of Fire, a musical revue of Johnny Cash tunes that also tells his life story in broad strokes. The show uses a cast of two men and two women, each singing in turn, representing Cash’s father, brother, mother, wife and self, plus backup singers, as the song demands. With a repertoire ranging from light and cheerful to dark and brooding, the show captures the essential points of Cash’s career.

Courteous. Warm. Kind. Respectful. 

These are the words Cheryl Kettell and Linda Benson used to describe the people they met in October at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City.