The Mantra of the Friends?
“Go put a smile on somebody’s face, go tell somebody they’ve got a place in this world, go tell somebody you wanna be friends with them.”
For as much as Sammy Rae & The Friends may be a band, this collective of dreamers and artists considers themselves a family first. Fronted by singer and songwriter Sammy Rae, the group flourishes in any spotlight with a combination of all-for-one and one-for-all camaraderie, palpable chemistry, deft virtuosity, and vocal fireworks. Their sound is a mélange of Sammy’s influences, rooted in classic rock, folk, and funk and sprinkled with soul and jazz.
Complete with a rhythm section, two saxophones, keyboards, and plenty of percussion, Sammy Rae & The Friends have delivered their high-energy, spirited and unrestrained shows to sold-out audiences around the US and Europe. Their newest single, “Closer To You,” arrives just as Sammy Rae & The Friends gear up for gigs this summer at SummerStage NYC and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, with a world tour scheduled for Fall 2023.
Sammy Rae & The Friends
Step into a world of profound artistic expression and boundless inspiration as the annual Choreographers’ Gallery takes center stage. Each performance is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, evoking a range of emotions that will leave you moved and uplifted.
Get ready to surrender to the irresistible allure of toe-tapping grooves and infectious beats, as our talented student musicians showcase an exhilarating array of styles and groundbreaking musical works. Join us for an unforgettable evening of musical brilliance that will have you grooving in your seats and dancing to the irresistible pulse of jazz.
Immerse yourself in the grandeur and vibrant sounds of both the SCU Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as they fill the Mission Santa Clara with classic and contemporary pieces.
Join SCU faculty pianist Teresa McCollough, applied faculty violinist Rebecca Jackson-Picht, cellist Katie Youn, along with violist Jessica Chang in a varied program beginning with strings and ending with perhaps the most painfully autobiographical of Brahms’s instrumental works, his Piano Quartet in C Minor.
Indulge your senses in a musical tapestry like no other at "Songs Without Words." Witness the mesmerizing collaboration between the Rockstar of the Flute, Ráyo Furuta, and the renowned Iranian-American pianist, Ava Nazar. Furuta's ingenious arrangements of Art Songs, Lieder, and Arias for the flute will showcase its Bel Canto qualities in a way you've never imagined. Let the music speak volumes as these artists transport you into a world of pure, lyrical magic. Join us for an unforgettable evening that will resonate deeply within, a harmonious journey you won't want to miss.
The ODC/Dance Company is widely recognized for its rigorous technique and numerous groundbreaking collaborations. Comprised of ten world-class dancers, the company performs its imaginative repertory for more than 50,000 people annually. Two annual home seasons in San Francisco include Dance Downtown and the holiday production, The Velveteen Rabbit. Recent highlights include appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival in New York, MODAFE Festival in Seoul, Korea, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, and past standing-room-only engagements in Europe, Russia, and Asia. Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC is known nationally for entrepreneurial savvy and being the first modern dance company in the United States to own its home facility, the ODC Theater. In 2005, ODC expanded its campus to include the ODC Dance Commons, which houses ODC/Dance, ODC School, a Pilates studio, and a Healthy Dancers’ Clinic. odc.dance
Long Playing is a training, a tribute, a trial, a social gathering for bodies still learning how to be animals, fully together and lost in a crowd. Lincoln and Seiters oscillate between decisive action that is explicit and demanding, and a receptive stance that is patient, wide, and behind-the-scenes. Viewers of Long Playing find evidence of a mercurial relationship, a critique of capitalism, an unfolding ritual, and transformation, both glacial and instantaneous. It calls on fictitious guides, animal instincts, and a long history of making together.
Small Art Music Projects will present The Crushing Spiral Ensemble at ODC Theater on Sunday, October 29 at 3pm. Comprised of the most adventurous and celebrated SF-Bay Area musicians, The Crushing Spiral Ensemble will perform the music of award-winning Composer - Matt Small. Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a gifted San Francisco bassist and composer whose alluringly original music draws on a rich range of classical, jazz and indigenous music", Small will be performing with Steve Adams, Cory Wright, Beth Schenck, Erika Oba, Motoko Honda, Chris Grady, Henry Hung, Michael Pinkham, and Jon Arkin.
Don’t miss the return of Sean Dorsey Dance’s The Lost Art of Dreaming – in San Francisco for 3 performances only as part of a 10-city international tour. The Lost Art Of Dreaming invites us to reconnect with longing, embrace expansive imagination, connect with joy and pleasure, and propel ourselves toward loving Futures. This powerful new work features full-throttle dance, intimate storytelling, intricate costuming, and exquisite queer partnering… all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature technical precision, guts and deep humanity. The Lost Art Of Dreaming is performed by a powerhouse ensemble of five trans, queer and gender-non-conforming dancers (Sean Dorsey, Brandon Graham, Héctor Jaime, David Le, Nol Simonse) – with a rich, layered soundscore featuring original and commissioned music. The event features the world premiere of the work, followed by the lobby experience of our Postcards From The Future and The Futurist Pledge! KN95 masks provided and required for this event.
An evening of dance and music from the islands of the Pacific featuring Berkeleyʻs own Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine. All proceeds will go directly to support families affected by the Lāhaina Firestorm.
Chitresh Das Institute announces an evening of new work of kathak dance by Artistic Director Charlotte Moraga, featuring the World Premiere of 13 Matra, an exciting and dynamic dance based on the tarana, a form of high paced classical Indian vocal music, and Moraga’s 2022 work, Invoking the River, a deeply moving collaboration of dance, music, poetry and story-telling that weaves each dancers’ personal connections to chosen waterways in India with the effects of climate change.
Artistic Director Tamara Rojo launches the 2024 season with an immersive sensory experience where sound is influenced by dance, and dance is shaped by orchestral and electronic music. The new work with music by Floating Points and choreography from Aszure Barton contextualizes the ancient parable of Pandora’s Box for our current technological world. ––– Mere Mortals’ evening performances will include an afterparty in the price of the ticket, featuring a Bay Area DJ and a cash bar located in the lobby areas. CHOREOGRAPHER: ASZURE BARTON MUSIC COMPOSED BY: FLOATING POINTS