Worth a Look: SingFest, St. Lawrence String Quartet and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, catch the West Coast premiere of Matti Kovler's lively musical "Ami and Tami" at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, award-winning Canadian ensemble St. Lawrence String Quartet at the Bing Concert Hall or test drive the choral experience during Ragazzi Boys Chorus's SingFest.


Hansel and Gretel 2.0

Catch the West Coast premiere of Matti Kovler's lively musical "Ami and Tami," a contemporary twist on the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, on Sunday, Jan. 17. The performance, which follows Ami and Tami as they find their way back home through a dark forest, will feature singers, dancers and a choir orchestra. A few songs will be performed in Hebrew at 4:30 p.m. and the full production will be performed in English at 5:30 p.m.. $15 for the general public, $10 for members, children and J-Pass holders. Go to paloaltojcc.org/events/ami-and-tami.


St. Lawrence String Quartet

The internationally acclaimed Canadian ensemble and ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University will bring works by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens and Vaughan Williams to life at the Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15-$45. Go to live.stanford.edu.



Immerse yourself in Rozanne DiSilvestro's impasto oil paintings and Rose Hagan's grass sculptures and panels at a free exhibit at Palo Alto's Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave. During a reception on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can meet the artists and create a tree. The exhibition, "Breathless," runs through Jan. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Go to galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.



Test drive the choral experience during Ragazzi Boys Chorus's free half-day camp on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City. Boys ages 7 to 10 are welcome to try out. The camp will also include musical games, activities and group choral auditions. Advance registration is required. Go to ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest.


'The Mountaintop'

The last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life in Memphis in April 1968 will be highlighted in the two-person Olivier Award-winning play "The Mountaintop" at Mountain View's Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St. Michael Wayne Rice and Nathalie Autumn Bennett will star in the production, which runs through Jan. 31, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Go to thepear.org.


Silicon Valley Italian Festival Opening Night Concert

Pianist Laura Magnani will kick off the Silicon Valley Italian Festival with a concert at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. After the performance, guests are welcome to view iconic photographs of Sicily from Sicilian photographer Giuseppe Leone. $25 for the general public, $20 for members and J-Pass holders and $30 at the door. Go to paloaltojcc.org/Events/silicon-valley-italian-festival-opening-night-concert.

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