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Hector Olivera in Lodi

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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2007 10:00 pm

Internationally acclaimed organist, Hector Olivera, will be featured in the fourth concert of Lodi Community Concert Association's 2006-07 season on Sunday.

A native of Buenos Aires, Olivera began playing the pipe organ at age three. Two years later, he was appointed organist of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and then entered the Buenos Aires Conservator at the age of six to study harmony, counterpoint and fugue. By the age of 18, he had performed over 300 concerts throughout Latin America. He moved to New York in 1965 to attend Julliard School of Music, and then won the National Improvisation contest three years later.

Olivera has performed as a guest soloist with many orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fort Wayne Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony. He has recorded over 20 classical, contemporary and film score transcriptions.

Sunday's performance will include Jesus Joy of Mans, Rhapsody in Blue, Toccata from the 5th Symphony, Body and Soul, One from Chorus Line, Un Bel di from Madam Butterfly and a selection from Phantom of the Opera.

DETAILS

When: Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St.

Tickets: $25 plus handling fee

Information: 333-5550

"Bye Bye Birdie" in Stockton

The classic Broadway musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," comes to Stockton on Thursday. The musical, which has entertained audiences for 50 years, is an energetic Broadway musical satire on American society and features showtunes such as "Put On A Happy Face," and "Kids."

The story takes place in 1958 and is about Conrad Birdie, a hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar, much like Elvis Presley. Conrad's agent, Albert Peterson, finds himself in trouble when Conrad is drafted into the Army. Albert and his secretary, Rose Alvarez, come up with a publicity stunt to premier Conrad's record before he is sent to the Army. The plan is to have Conrad sing "One Last Kiss" on live television and give a random girl from his fan club a real kiss on The Ed Sullivan Show before going off to war. Plans are set to prepare for the event but things don't go as they are intended to and the event becomes a comical disaster.

The production is directed by Keven Costello, with musical direction by Liz Hodgdon and choreography by Lisa Rie.

DETAILS

When: Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Stockton Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton.

Tickets: $12 for adults and $8 for students, children and seniors

Information: 957-3340

- Compiled by Pam Bauserman

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