Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, May 6, 2013.|
:Live music and dancing
736 Dana St., Mtn. View. International dance club featuring world beat music, salsa, live bands, dance lessons. Sun-Mon: Argentine tango; Tue/Thu: salsa; Wed: bachata; Fri: salsa; Sat: rock en Espanol. Call 650-968-3007.
Ballroom Dancing at the Cubberley Pavilion
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Lessons and open dancing are offered Saturday nights. No partner or prior experience required. Beginning and intermediate lessons available. Lesson 8-9:15 p.m. with general dancing 9:15 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Call Phil Mast at 650-856-6991.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Popular cafe with a young crowd, outdoor seating and live jazz music on most Friday evenings. Be prepared to stand in line. Smoking allowed outdoors. Call 650-327-0830.
Friday Night Dance at Cubberley Pavilion
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Beginning and intermediate lessons 8-9 p.m. with dancing 9 p.m.-midnight. No partner or prior experience required. Call Allen and Pamela Boronkay at 650-395-8847 .
2925 Woodside Road, Woodside. A brothel and upscale restaurant from 1880 until 1940s, the saloon now offers live music Friday and Saturday nights, mostly rock. Casual, full bar. Hours: beginning at 9 p.m. daily. Call 650-851-8487.
The Drop: the Teen Drop-in Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Holds a teen nightclub, dancing and classes on cooking, breakdance, hip-hop and freestyle dance. Also: game tournaments, pool table, ping-pong, big-screen TV, snack bar, movies. Monthly middle-school dances to D.J. music from 7-10 p.m. Teen Band Concert Nights. Call 650-329-2390.
Vintage Dance Party
Palo Alto Masonic Center, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto. The Varsity Dance Club’s monthly dance party features Paul Price’s Society Orchestra performing music from 1900 to 1935, suitable for dancing and listening. Dance lesson and light refreshments included . Call 650-380-2021.
505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Sixty-voice mixed chorale rehearses at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, where they give two concerts yearly. Aurora brings each program to convalescent homes, veterans' hospitals and retirement facilities. While the December program features seasonal music of many cultures, the spring concert showcases American music of all genres.
Barbershop Harmony Society, Peninsulaires Men’s Chorus
P.O. Box 2055, Mtn. View. Rehearses at First United Methodist Church Hall, 535 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale. Guests are welcome to listen or to audition. Established in 1947, the 40-member chorus sings four-part a cappella music at community events and two annual shows, and does singing Valentines. Call 650-618-8600.
Bay Choral Guild
P.O. Box 597, Los Altos. A 45-member auditioned chorus led by Artistic Director Sanford Dole. Performs three concert sets a year in Palo Alto, Campbell and San Francisco. Rehearsals are Monday evenings in Palo Alto.
California Bach Society
P.O. Box 1526, Palo Alto. A 30-voice chamber choir specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music, presenting four concerts each year in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Berkeley. The 2013-14 season will include Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, Cantatas from 17th-century Germany, and a Mozart and Haydn program with the New Esterházy Quartet. Call 650-485-1097.
California Pops Orchestra (formerly Peninsula Pops Orchestra)
3790 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. This 60-piece orchestra is devoted to American popular music from Hollywood, Broadway, TV, jazz and the American Songbook. Under conductor Kim Venaas, the season offers five new shows at various locations. Call 650-856-8432.
California Youth Symphony
See Kids’ section.
California Youth Symphony
441 California Ave. #5, Palo Alto. Youth orchestra founded in 1952, performs at Flint Center, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, Foothill College and Spangenberg Theatre in Palo Alto. Call 650-325-6666.
Cantabile Choral Guild
953 Industrial Ave., Ste. 122, Palo Alto. Presents concerts and educational youth program for after-school. Rehearsals in Los Altos/Portola Valley. Call 650-424-1410.
El Camino Youth Symphony
See Kids’ section.
El Camino Youth Symphony Association
4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Sponsors six orchestras and chamber ensembles that rehearse weekly and perform regularly. Musicians ages 6-20 can apply online for an audition appointment. Performances are at the Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall in Palo Alto, the Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts and Flint Center in Cupertino. Call 650-213-7111.
Foothill Symphonic Winds
P.O. Box 51154, Palo Alto. Formed in 1980, this 60-piece community band performs classical and contemporary works written or transcribed for symphonic wind ensemble or concert band. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at Blach Middle School, Los Altos. Three concerts a year are held at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-969-0191.
An independent Jewish community chorale that rehearses at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. Established in 2003, the group of about 30 sings contemporary Jewish music in Hebrew, English and Yiddish in four-part harmony. Performs at fairs, community events and senior homes. No auditions necessary. Call 650-321-4262.
Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band
Free-spirited improv bunch, featuring no sheet music, one annual rehearsal, classic sing-along tunes, goofball costuming and beer cart. Newbies welcome, from tambourine to tuba.
617 Front St., San Francisco. This vocal and instrumental ensemble performs works from the early Baroque period at Bay Area venues including First United Methodist Church and St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Palo Alto. Lectures 45 minutes prior to the performances. Call 415-625-2942.
Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra
1489 Ramon Drive, Sunnyvale. Ensemble, under the direction of David Ramadanoff, showcasing local soloists. Performs in St. Bede's Episcopal Church's art series, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park; Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley; United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra
P.O Box 5465, San Mateo. Masterworks presents choral literature from a cappella pieces to choral-orchestral works. More than 70 auditioned volunteer and professional singers. Call 650-574-6210 (box office).
Menlo Park Chorus
701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Sponsored by Menlo Park Recreation Dept., the group welcomes new singers; performs at local venues throughout the year. Call April McNeely, 510-504-4784.
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
4000 Middlefield Road, M-1, Palo Alto. This youth orchestra has been performing lfor more than 45 years. Devoted to chamber music. The season runs from Oct-June and features guest soloists. Annual Bach festival held in March at Valley Presbyterian in Portola Valley. Call 650-856-3848.
Palo Alto Philharmonic Association
P.O. Box 50490, Palo Alto. Community orchestra performing a spectrum of music plus originalcompositions by composer-in-residence. Eight concerts a year: four symphonicconcerts at Cubberley and other Bay Area locations; two chamber concerts anda Baroque concert in a smaller venue, in addition to a family concert at Cubberley. Call 408-395-2911.
San Carlos. Auditioned chorus that performs works from Renaissance to the 21st century and travels internationally. Rehearses in San Carlos.
146 Main St., Ste. 102, Los Altos. The symphony performs a subscription series at three venues: San Mateo Performing Arts Center, the Fox Theatre in Redwood City and the Flint Center in Cupertino. Also performs an annual Holiday Concert at Stanford Memorial Church with Stanford's Symphonic Chorus, and brings a free outdoor Pops concert every June. Call 650-941-5291.
Peninsula Women's Chorus
P.O. Box 50532, Palo Alto. Fifty-voice women’s choir specializing in serious music from the medieval through contemporary periods. Concert seasons are December and May, with several performances in the Palo Alto area. Experienced singers are welcome to audition. Call 650-327-3095.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
180 Redwood St., Ste. 200, San Francisco. Dedicated to historically informed performance of Baroque, Classical and early-Romantic music on period instruments since its inception in 1981. Concerts are at the Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, and at the Bing Concert Hall, 32 Lasuen St., Stanford, as well as in San Francisco and Berkeley. Call 415-252-1288, tickets 415-392-4400.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus
20 N. San Mateo Drive, Ste. 9, San Mateo. This boys' chorus holds auditions in January, May and September and provides musical training to boys who love to sing. Concerts are mostly on the Peninsula. Call 650-342-8785.
1031 16th Ave., Redwood City. Contemporary works and classics. Established in 1985 by Music Director Eric Kujawsky. Most performances are at Canada College Main Theatre. Call 650-366-6872.
San Francisco Early Music Society
P.O. Box 27495, San Francisco. Historically informed performance of early music. Concert series presents artists on period instruments. Palo Alto performances are held at First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave. Call 510-528-1725.
2218 Old Middlefield Way, Ste. G, Mtn. View. Founded in 1964, the 90-voice auditioned chorus, under the artistic direction of Gregory Wait, performs a spectrum of choral works, offers participatory Summer Sings Series and annual Messiah Sing, and engages community groups through educational outreach programs. Call 650-254-1700.
Soli Deo Gloria
220 Samsone St., Ste 900, San Francisco. Forty-voice auditioned choir of singers from six Bay Area counties. Performs classical choral music with orchestra and a cappella works in Palo Alto and the East Bay. Local performances are held at First Baptist Church, Palo Alto, and First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto (December, March and May). Call 888-734-7664.
Stanford Live (formerly Stanford Lively Arts)
365 Lasuen St., 2nd floor, Stanford. Committed to sharing, celebrating and advancing the art of live music,dance, theater and opera, Stanford Live unites celebrated and emergingartists with the Stanford campus and greater Bay Area communities. Most performances in the 2013-14 season, which runs September to May, will be held in Bing Concert Hall. Call 650-725-ARTS (2787).
P.O. Box 225297, San Francisco. Founded in 1989, this group features Bay Area local composers, artists and soloists. Call 415-370-5639.