Hershey Felder as “ Rachmaninoff, ” SF Playhouse Dementia Play – Marin Independent Journal
Here are some events that art lovers in the Bay Area should know about this weekend.
Hershey Felder returns
We know a lot about Sergei Rachmaninoff, the late Romantic Russian composer and pianist. But there is a chapter, late in the composer’s life, when he was in poor health and moved to Southern California, about which little is known. And that’s where Hershey Felder’s new stage production begins.
Felder, well known to Bay Area theatergoers for his captivating shows highlighting the life and music of heralded classical composers, will present the world premiere of his new show “Anna and Sergei” on Sunday.
But unlike many of his works, which offer a broad examination of the life and art of a composer, “Anna and Sergei” focuses on what publicists call a “strange” 1940s encounter between Rachmaninoff and Anna Anderson, the woman who had long claimed (falsely) to be Princess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Czar of Russia.
Felder, who will play Rachmaninoff in the production, is a great storyteller, so this tale should be fascinating. But he is also a formidable pianist, so music fans can rest assured that many of Rachmaninoff’s works will find their way into the show.
Details: The show airs live at 5 pm Sunday, May 16 from Florence, Italy, and will be available on demand until May 23; $ 55 per household; access the show from the TheatreWorks Silicon Valley website, theatreworks.org, who will receive part of the profits.
– Bay City News Foundation
Meet the artists – virtually
Silicon Valley Open Studios – the long-running event in which South Bay artists showcase their work and workspaces – has gone virtual again this year with an online art exhibit and sale throughout the month of may.
Over 100 artists will exhibit over 600 works of art including painting, fiber arts, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, woodworking, collages, mosaics, glass, ceramics and more.
The sales will help provide free arts programs for underserved or homeless children through the San Rafael-based nonprofit DrawBridge, which will receive 15% of all profits. Last year’s virtual event drew more than 5,000 visitors and raised over $ 4,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank, said Stephen Toll, CEO of SVOS.
With the exception of the photographs and prints, each piece of art is one of a kind, the organizers say.
To view the show, visit the SVOS website and click on “Artist Gallery”. Visitors can browse the entire field of artists or search by name or type of art.
Details: Until May 31; free entry; svos.org.
– Anne Gelhaus, member of staff
A different take on dementia
A woman with dementia carefully works out an exit strategy with her two daughters so that she can leave as she pleases when the suffering gets out of hand. But when the day in question arrives and the girls are ready to put the plan into action, the mother – stop us if you’ve heard this one – doesn’t remember making such an arrangement.
You don’t find too many stories taking a comedic angle on Alzheimer’s disease these days, but young San Francisco playwright Ruben Grijalva did just that with “Shoot Me When…” and a dark family comedy / drama. which explores what happens when conflicting ideals collide with family responsibilities.
SF Playhouse is airing a performance of the show in its Post Street theater, with a dynamite cast starring Lorri Holt (as mom), Dan Hiatt, Melissa Ortiz and Blythe de Oliveira Foster.
Details: Available until May 22; $ 15 to $ 100; sfplayhouse.org.
– Bay Area News Foundation
Live from Rome
Cal Performances continues to feature artists from around the world in its At Home series: From May 13, attend a concert by Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, playing Bach, Chopin and Debussy. His performance will come to us from a 16th century concert hall, the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome.
Details: 7 p.m. on May 13, available until June 12; $ 15 to $ 60; 510-642-9988; calperformances.org.
– Georgia Rowe, correspondent