Upcoming Events: Arts
Uniting Us Through DanceDate: Fri, June 09, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
The 39th San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival
Clara Rodriguez, AguaClara Flamenco
Eric Solano, Parangal Filipino Dance Company
2017 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Participants
For decades, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival has served as the embodiment of the Bay Area’s cultural diversity and as a beacon for sustaining and celebrating world culture. Two local dance groups, showcasing two different dance forms, will give a lecture and demonstration, providing participants with an intimate look at the festival’s performance series, which will be performed at the San Francisco Opera House for the first time.
Clara Rodriguez, director of AguaClara Flamenco, has trained and worked professionally in the flamenco world for 25 years. She has been a featured soloist in productions throughout the United States, Spain, Portugal and India and has also performed at Oakland’s Disco Volante.
Parangal Dance Company is led by Eric Solano. The company’s hopes to honor Filipino heritage, presenting richly varied ethnic attire, music and inspired dances from different regions.
Merola Opera: Sparking the FutureDate: Thu, June 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM
Promoting opera to youth
Jean Kellogg, Executive Director, Merola Opera
Some say opera is dying due to younger generations’ lack of interest. Merola Opera Program proves opera is thriving, with a growing interest in and increased competition among its young singers. Jean Kellogg, Merola's executive director, will trace the program's history, providing photographs, anecdotes and a preview of Merola's 60th Anniversary Summer Festival. Come learn about this unique Bay Area opera company.