Island Arts

Island City Opera has attracted St. Petersburg, Russia, native Lidiya Yankovskaya to conduct its latest pair of operas by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 

Yankovskaya lives in Chicago where she works as the music director for the Chicago Opera Theater. She has joined the Island troupe for a special appearance this season.

Yankovskaya began her studies on piano at the Russian Specialized Music Schools and as a singer in the St. Petersburg Children’s Choir. 

Last Friday, as part of the Second Friday Artwalk in Alameda, Alameda City Hall debuted the first-ever art exhibition on its walls. A joint effort of the City of Alameda and the Chamber of Commerce, Art at City Hall was inspired by Mayor Trish Spencer and her appreciation for the local arts community. Above, artist Michael Sibio takes a moment to stand with his piece, “Black and White Butterflies.”

A full 50 years have passed since Motown’s heyday, yet the “Sound of Young America” still excites and thrills listeners of all ages. Baby Boomers who grew up with the music of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Marvelettes, Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many others, continue to put those songs at the top of their playlist. 

 

One of the fine amenities of the West End is Washington Park. Located at 740 Central Ave. the park is defined by “upper” and “lower” areas. The areas were designated historically. 

Upper Washington Park has existed since 1909 as one of the original parks designated at the creation of the city’s park department. In the 1950s, landfill created by developer Utah Construction, Inc. made possible the expansion of the park, and so Lower Washington Park was born. 

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