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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2007 10:00 pm

Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet in Manteca

The Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association, Inc. is presenting the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet today as the fourth concert in the 2006-07 series.

The Group was formed in 1970 and consists of five faculty members of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. The Quintet has performed in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona and released a recording on the Orion label a few years ago.

Mathew Krejci is the principal flute with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the California Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and Music Now! He has performed with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and at the "Slovaks Living Abroad Festival" in the Slovak Republic.

Thomas Nugent is the principal oboe with the Sacramento Philharmonic. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the San Francisco Camerata.

Patricia Shands, who plays the clarinet, is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony and has performed with the Houston Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Donald DaGrade, the only original member of the quintet, is the principal bassoonist with the Stockton Symphony and a member of the Contemporary Woodwind Quintet.

Jennie Blomster, who plays the horn, performs with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, Merced Symphony Orchestra, Moment Musical Chamber Ensemble, Fresno Brass Quintet, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Fresno Philharmonic Woodwood Quintet.

Today's program will feature "La Cheminee du Roi Rene," by Darius Milhaud; "Quintett Op. 79," by August Klughardt; "Opus Number Zoo," by Luciano Berio; and "Quintet," by Paul Taffanel.


When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Where: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, North and Powers, Manteca

Tickets: $25 for adults, $35 for one adult and child under 18, and $60 for two adults and one child under 18.

Information: 823-2570

"Women Who Kick Comedy Butt" in Lockeford

Women Who Kick Comedy Butt will be featured at the Saturday Night Comedy event at Vino Piazza today.

The all-female stand-up comedy show features very different comics with different acts. It was designed by comedian Grace White as a way to spotlight funny women.

White began performing seven years ago when her daughter left home and she had the empty nest syndrome. She has opened concerts for 3 Doors Down, Jefferson Starship and Jethro Tull and has shared the stage with Father Guido Sarducci, Kevin Pollak and Will Durst. She has appeared on The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and ABC's, "Good Morning America." White also played a role in "The Independent," a film starring Jerry Stiller and Janeane Garofalo.

Along with White, two other comedians will be performing; Maggie Newcomb, whose honest and positive approach to comedy appeals to all ages and backgrounds; and Lynn Epstein, who has been recognized twice as a finalist in Orange County's Funniest Person Contest.

Newcomb has performed all over the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento area. In 2004, she became co-champion of the Northern California's "Battle of the Bay Comedy Competition," hosted by the San Jose Improv.

Epstein has made appearances on both coasts including appearances at comedy festivals and at corporate events. She has produced one of the longest running shows in Orange County at the Laguna Beach Brewing Co. Recently, she has added "Lynn's Comedy Jam at the Blue Cafe," in Long Beach and "Lynn's Red Hot Comedy," at the Boiler Room in Redlands.


When: Today at 8 p.m.

Where: Vino Piazza, 12470 Locke Road, Building 100, Lockeford

Tickets: $15 with a $5 refundable deposit on tasting glass.

Information: 727-9770

- Compiled by Pam Bauserman



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