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Around and About: Carneiro Launches Berkeley Symphony on Thursday with Violin Concertos

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 05:18:00 PM

Joana Carneiro will ascend the podium Thursday evening at 7 to inaugurate Berkeley Symphony's new season at Zellerbach Hall with two violin concertos: Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, opus 61, and John Adams' Violin Concerto--with violinist Jennifer Koh, 2008 Grammy nominee, as guest soloist. Following the concert will be a dinner for subscribers at Zellerbach to celebrate the new season--and the music of John Adams. $20-$60. 841-2800; 

And on Sunday, CalPerformances' Fall Free For All--free concerts, including sing and dance-a-longs--around the UC campus: at 11 a.m., the Kronos Quartet at Zellerbach Hall and Marc Teicholz, classical guitar, at Hertz Hall; at noon, Teslim duo (violin and oud) playing Greek,Turkish and Sephardic music at Wheeler Auditorium and conductor-vocalist Melanie De More leading a community sing with Gullah stick "Pounding for Peace" in the Lower Sproul Plaza Tent ; One o'clock: Diamano Couras West African Dancers at Zellerbach and the San Francisco Adler Fellows singing opera at Hertz; at 2 p. m. Word for Word stages a short story, Frankie the Rooster, by Gary Soto at Wheeler and the UC Jazz ensembles swing in the Lower Sproul Tent; at 3, Dance with Mark Morris (demonstration and teaching choreography from Looky) at Zellerbach and Pacific Mozart Ensemble at Hertz; at 4 Melody of China at Wheeler and Latin jazz by the John Santos Sextet in the Lower Sproul Tent; at 5 Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir at Zellerbach and the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players at Hertz. No tickets required. 642-9988;  

Baseball season overlaps with theater season at Contra Costa Civic Theater, with Bleacher Bums, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2, through October 3, at Pomona and Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. 524-9132; 

Altarena Playhouse presents the musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Fridays, Saturdays--and this Thursday only--at 8, sundays at 2, through October 23 at 1466 High Street, Alameda. $19-$22. 523-1553; 

And TheatreFirst plays their final week of Anton in Show Business, Thursday through Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 at the Marion Greene Theater, 531-19th Street just off Telegraph (on the north side of the Fox Theatre, a block from 19th Street BART) in Uptown Oakland. $15-$30. 436-5085;