Reif joined the San Francisco Symphony as its resident conductor and music director of the acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra during the 2016-17 season. He came to San Francisco from Miami, where he was the Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony for the past two seasons. He is also a member of Germany’s prestigious Conductor’s Forum (Dirigentenforum). Among his many successes have been leading the Munich Chamber Opera and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He also distinguished himself leading the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in the world premiere of Mehmet C. Yesicay’s “Lieder aus der Fremde,” a work based on the current European refugee crisis.
Details: Presented by San Francisco Performances; 7:30 p.m, Jan, 15-16; $40-$60; www.performances.org, 6 California Symphony: The Walnut Creek orchestra, led by award-winning guest conductor Tomasz Golka, ballet wall art - polka dots - ballerina prints - set of 3 performs a packed program titled “Whimsy and Virtuosity,” featuring Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra, with heralded young violinist Alina Ming Kobialka, as well as works by Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Copland and more, Details: 4 p.m, Jan, 18; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $40-$70; 925-943-7469, www.californiasymphony.org..
“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” with book and lyrics by the Python’s Eric Idle, is a wildly silly and funny show, loosely based on the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which is loosely based on the King Arthur legend. Everything Python ever did is loosely based. Reading this on your phone? Stay up to date on Bay Area and Silicon Valley news with our new, free mobile app. Get it from the Apple app store or the Google Play store. Idle said he’d gotten tired of trying to talk his old Python mates — John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin — into doing a stage version of the film, and just went ahead and did it on his own.
As she sang Mexican folk songs with students, answered questions, and performed a portion of her signature role ballet wall art - polka dots - ballerina prints - set of 3 in Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” Dirlikov’s casual glamour captivated the kids and made memories of her immigrant childhood in Ypsilanti, Mich, come to life, “I see the challenge (for immigrant students),” Dirlikov said at the Arts and Education Conversation with Students and Parents Town Hall on the Concord campus, sponsored by Turnaround Arts California..
There, Santa Cruz resident Matt Hardwick runs Drumskull Drums, where he assembles hundreds of the African hand drums every year. Since Hardwick, 41, established the business a decade ago, sales have soared, and people from countries far and wide are snatching up the handcrafted instruments. “Right now, we’re definitely growing,” Hardwick said. “We have a new website — we’re mostly an online business — and we’re selling drums all over the world right now, to Japan, China, Australia, Israel, even Africa; I mean, just all over the globe. Just anywhere you can throw a dart at.”.