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Wintersongs is Kitka’s critically-acclaimed and  popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. The female vocal ensemble will perform at St. Bede’s Church (2650 Sand Hill Road) on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance online.

For countless centuries, people around the world have utilized the power of community singing to infuse warmth, cheer, spirituality, wishes for peace, health, and good fortune into the long, dark, cold and difficult winter season. Eastern Europe’s geographic position as a crossroads between Europe and the Orient has produced an astonishingly rich and varied array of seasonal musical rituals.  Traditional pieces will be woven together with new folk song arrangements and original compositions by Kitka members and contemporary American and Eastern European composers, all inspired by the customs, beauty, and mystery of wintertime.

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” on tap for two weekends in December

Dancer Repertory Theatre offers Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance/theatre production following the famous Clement C. Moore poem. With dancing Mice, Prancing Reindeer and a bag of toys that all come to life, it is guaranteed to bring the holiday spirit to all! This lively and colorful show with a cast of 85+ dancers […]

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Woodside Village Band holiday concert takes place Dec. 7

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Holiday tree lighting in Fremont Park on Dec. 6

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Arts at St. Bede’s presents Collage Vocal Ensemble on Nov. 24

For their ninth season, Collage Vocal Ensemble takes inspiration from that most wonderful shape — the sphere — with music by Kirke Mechem, Charles Wood, Ross Lee Finney, and Harry Belafonte, among others. At St. Bede’s Church (2650 Sand Hill Road) on November 24 at 4:00 pm, they’ll continue their tradition of mixing classical and […]

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Mid-Peninsula High School presents “Almost, Maine”

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M-A student Antonia Schindler-Ruberg performs in Pacific Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker

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Menlo-Atherton High School Drama presents Broadway hit “Urinetown: The Musical” over next two weekends

The Tony Award-winning Broadway show Urinetown: The Musical takes the stage over the next two weekends at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center on November 15th-17th and 22nd-24th at 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 pm on Sundays. In a light-hearted comedic performance full of satirical song and dance, this irreverent musical […]

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Menlowe Ballet “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” offers viewing options for multiple groups and ages

Menlowe Ballet’s Executive Director Lisa Shiveley remembers attending her first Nutcracker with her father when she was four years old. “The moment the curtain rose was magic for me, and my life was forever changed,” she says. “I was soon enrolled in ballet classes and studied 5-6 days per week throughout my childhood. Performing in […]

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Local teens star in “Hell on Earth: A New Musical (About Middle School)”

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