“I don’t want to be different. Who would?”. But Jonas is different. He’s got the mark on his wrist, and he’s to be a “Receiver.” In a world without strife, struggle, rudeness or even bad grammar — “PRECISE language!” — Jonas will be given that gift that few share: memory. He has to be strong enough to handle this collective history of the World before The Ruin. It was a time, the sage “Giver” (Jeff Bridges) intones, “when things were different. When there was more.” More, we learn, can mean everything from races and religions to emotions and sensations (love, pain, music, dance) and even real estate. These perfect planned “communities” on the top of this cloud-shrouded plateau are the only world any of these people know. The Giver is the keeper of memories he passes on because his class is responsible for advising the elders on matters that keep this politically correct/strife-free utopia utopian.
Details: “Bach’s Orchestral Suites,” American Bach Soloists, 8 p.m, May 11, St, Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Belvedere; 8 p.m, May 12, First Congregational Church, Berkeley; 4 p.m, May 13, St, Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; $25-$89, $10 students 25 and under with valid ID; 800-595-4849; www.americanbach.org, BACH GOES BIG IN SANTA CLARA: The Santa Clara Chorale is presenting a large-scale special event this weekend in the beautiful Mission Santa pink juttis ,pink ballet shoes, embellished wedding shoes, mojaris, indian shoes, pink mojaris Clara, Saturday’s performance of Bach’s “St, John Passion” brings an impressive roster of artists together for one of the composer’s most powerful and enduring works, Scot Hanna-Weir conducts the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and singers from the combined choruses of Santa Clara University – more than 150 voices in all – and the vocal soloists include soprano Jennifer Paulino, countertenor Dan Cromeenes and bass Patrick Walders, The role of the Evangelist will be sung by tenor Dann Coakwell, Details: 7:30 p.m, May 12, Mission Santa Clara; $22-$37, $5-$10 students with ID; 408-883-4722; www.scc.org..
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