Fortunately for Smuin Ballet, Celia Fushille, Michael Smuin’s prima ballerina, muse, and eventually his associate director, took the reins as executive and artistic director. This might seem like an obvious move to the casual viewer, but a woman running a ballet company in this country is quite rare. “There are currently five female artistic directors in the U.S. leading ballet companies with a budget over $2.5 million,” says Fushille. “Only a few of us handle the executive director role as well.” Fushille has kept the company on track after the loss of its figurehead, and through the recession. She’s worked not only to preserve the late choreographer’s legacy, but also to bring to the Bay Area hot new works from acclaimed choreographers the world over, attracting the likes of Trey McIntyre, Ma Cong, and Helen Pickett.
Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, “Pure Imagination” concert, Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1550 Meridian Ave., San Jose, The chorus captures the childhood awe and excitement of the holidays, Familiar songs of joy meet songs from favorite childhood movies, 8 p.m, Also 8 p.m, Dec, 13, 3 p.m, Dec, 14, $15 and $20 at svgmc.org, Santa Clara Chorale, “The Christmas Truce” choral concert, Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, In December yellow ballet flats,beaded flats,flats with crystal,ballet slippers,flower girl flats,lace ballet flats,ivory,elegant wedding,vi 1914, German and English soldiers on the front lines of World War I set aside their weapons and took up carols in an historic, impromptu truce, One hundred years later, the chorale remembers this demonstration of humanity by singing carols and songs that were sung at this event, interspersed with readings from the letters of these soldiers, as well as seasonal choral pieces, 8 p.m, Also 4 p.m, Dec, 14, $5 to $25 (more for reserved seating) at vendini.com..
In a talk titled “California Apricots—The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” author Robin Chapman will weave stories and local photographs of the orchards into her narrative. Chapman’s book will be available for purchase after the event and she will autograph copies. The free lecture takes place 7:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Reception Hall, 14103 Saratoga Ave. in Saratoga. The event features contests, refreshments, a photo booth and a silent auction. A DJ will spin tunes while a dance instructor demonstrates steps from the ’50s through the ’80s.
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Where: Los Gatos Civic Center (front lawn area), Main Street and Fiesta Way. Info: http://lgmip.com. The music: Blues, rock, Latin and more. Highlights: The White Album Ensemble (July 15) pays tribute to the Beatles epic double album; it should be a treat to hear the acclaimed Opera San Jose perform in an open-air setting (July 22); San Jose native son Chris Cain (Aug. 19) is one of the best blues artists in the Bay Area. Where: Lions Wayside Park, First and Neal streets, Pleasanton. Info: 925-484-2199, www.pleasantondowntown.net.
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