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Your weekend: Concerts at the Cove commence

Submitted by on 1, May 13, 2010 – 11:00 amOne Comment

Concerts at the Cove, June 2009. Contributed photo.

This Friday, May 14 marks the start of the 12th annual Concerts at the Cove free summer concert series. They’ll be kicking things off with a performance by Open Opera.

The show is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Avenue. In addition to the show, they’ll have free car and valet bike parking, access to the Crab Cove Visitors’ Center through the end of the show and local wine, beer and food for sale.

Open Opera was founded in 2008 with a dual mission: To provide free opera concerts to the public and to showcase talented Bay Area performers. The cast includes both students and professionals, and they’ve set up free concerts in Berkeley, Oakland, Orinda and right here in Alameda (they performed in Franklin Park in 2009).

The cast for Friday’s Crab Cove performance includes Alamedans Eileen Meredith and Ray Chavez. The pair recently starred in Virago Theatre Company’s sold-out production of La Bohéme.

The shows, which are sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association and the East Bay Regional Park District, will be held on the second Friday of each month throughout the summer.

Upcoming performances will be offered by Foreverland, a 14-piece, San Francisco-based Michael Jackson tribute band that will perform on June 11; Fito Reinoso, who will play Cuban, timba and salsa with his orchestra on July 9; and Casino Royale, which will perform music from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s on August 13.

Oh, and after the concert, the folks with the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda and Alameda ATD Team (Awakening The Dreamer, Changing the Dream of our Modern World) will hold a post-concert Gulf Oil Spill Gathering from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the water’s edge near the visitor’s center. It’s open to the public.

One Comment »

  • Jon Spangler says:

    Last fall, I helped connect Artistic Director Olivia Stapp and Executive Director Ellen St. Thomas of Open Opera with Kathy Moehring of WABA to arrange this concert.

    Open Opera was very grateful for the warm welcome they received Friday night and the singers loved performing at Crab Cove Visitor Center.

    Many thanks to everyone who came, listened, made the singers feel right at home, and appreciated their musical offerings. Open Opera also wants to thank the staff of the Crab Cove Visitor center and the EPRPD staff for hosting these wonderful concerts at their lovely venue.It is the perfect place to offer free, professional opera in the parks, which is Open Opera’s mission.

    I also want to thank Lorri, Judy, Allan, and the rest of the WABA crew that made things happen for Open Opera.
    As Ellen St. Thomas, Open Opera’s Executive Director, told me, “they made it so easy for us. All we had to do was show up and perform.”

    We estimated the “house” at about 700, which made it one of Open Opera’s largest concert audiences. We hope that everyone who came had as much fun as we did. On behalf of the artists of Open Opera, thank you all very much, Alameda!

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