Patrick Ball: Come Dance With Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country Saturday, November 18th 8 - 10 PM

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world, and a captivating spoken word artist who rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. He brings new life to two cherished traditions in playing the legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland and weaving in the marvelous tales to create a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance. www.patrickball.com Patrick was given a Fellowship by the National University of Ireland in Galway last year to study W.B. Yeats, and the fine result is this solo dramatic performance based on the life and works of Irelands greatest poet.

Patrick Ball tours extensively in the U.S., Canada and world wide to great acclaim. Luckily for us, he lives in Sonoma County with his wife artist Susan Ball, and his beloved dog Max, and has graced our stage several times. Join Patrick once again on a spellbinding journey to the West of Ireland Yeats country- in a dramatic evening of enchanting music, memories and magic by this American master of the Gaelic narrative and instrument! $20 Advance/$23 at the door. Fine refreshments available. Art Gallery open during events. Wheelchair Accessible .

Book Launch: The Ballet Lover Sunday, November 19th 3 - 5 PM

The Ballet Lover, as told from the point of view of a young ballet-loving journalist, exposes the beauty and cruelty in the professional world of ballet, the intense performances, the backstage intrigues, and the stars…Rudolf Nureyev and Natalia Makarova.

A short reading by the author, Barbara L. Baer, followed by a conversation about the novel, and ballet, with Baer and ballerina and SSU dance instructor, Jennifer Jaffe. Moderated by writer Susan Swartz. There will be time for questions from the audience, book sales and signing.

Free event, but donations are always appreciated. Refreshments and beverages for sale. Wheelchair accessible.

 

Barbara L. Baer has lived in Forestville for nearly four decades. In earlier years, she was less settled, living in India and Uzbekistan, traveling to watch ballet performances in Paris,meet a soviet pomegranate botanist in Turkmenistan, watch tortoises move slowly in the Galapagos. She was always writing and is fortunate to recall adventures and experiences for her fiction and essays, including a novella Grisha the Scrivener and publications in many places, from The Nation to Redbook to Orion Magazine.

Alleluia Anyway: Occidental Community Choir’s Winter Concerts Dec. 2,3,8,9

OCC ushers in the holiday season with its unique blend of original compositions, old favorites, and contemporary and classical music from across the spectrum of genres and traditions. This year’s offering celebrates the necessary art of kindling light during the dark months of winter, as well as the dark times we face in our lives and in our world.

Quirky, fresh, funny, touching, and inspiring, the 40-plus member OCC is a West County cultural icon, keeping the community bonfire burning since 1978. Guest Music Director, OCC alumna Sarah Saulsbury.

Get your tickets early!
Special discount price for Community First Night December 2.

The December 2 concert will also feature a community sing-along starting at 7:30, one-half hour before concert show time.

 

For tickets and more information please visit occidentalchoir.org

Guitar Virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino Saturday, December 16th 8 - 10 PM

 

Occidental Center for the Arts is pleased to present once again the internationally renowned acoustic guitarist and composer Peppino D’Agostino ! A self taught musician who emigrated from Italy in 1984 to pursue his dream, Peppino has helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His keen melodic sense, remarkable technique, open tunings and percussive effects are the basis of his unique and original compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his warm, playful personality, emotional intensity, and broad musical tastes covering classical, folk, Irish, Italian, Brazilian, flamenco and jazz traditions and you have the recipe for his dynamic “minestrone music”. His live performances combine beautifully complex up -tempo instrumentals and a warm and engaging personality that is addictive. http://peppinodagostino.com/

As a six string guitarist, composer, and arranger steeped in classical discipline, Peppino has had an amazing recording and performing career that has spanned three decades and garnered critical acclaim and awards the world over (voted #1 Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine ). He has released eight solo albums and 17 recordings. In 2016 D’Agostino had his first sold out tour of China, and composed a soundtrack for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has performed in over thirty countries and at countless international festivals and important venues. Also a master teacher, he has published three instructional DVDs (his newest interactive video software Poetica Musica is available on his web site) , composed a movie soundtrack, helped design his own signature Seagull guitar, and collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world -Tommy Emmanuel and Leo Kottke among others. D’Agostino co-founded The Pacific Guitar Ensemble with David Tannebaum in 2010, one of his best known musical collaborations.

We are thrilled to have this international treasure grace our stage for the fourth time! Tickets are $25. Fine Refreshments available for sale. OCA is accessible to people with disabilities. Art Gallery open for viewing and gift purchases during all events.