24 South Bay Accent
released seven solo albums during her 20-plus
year career. Tickets $48–$53. Montalvo Arts
Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Tesla Quartet. April 14, 2:30 p.m. As winner
of the John Lad Prize during the 2017
St. Lawrence String Quartet’s summer chamber
seminar, the Tesla Quartet, named after
scientist Nikola Tesla, earned a spot in Stanford
Live’s season for its innovative spirit and
youthful mastery. The Tesla Quartet is comprised
of Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie
(violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim
Smigelskiy (cello). Tickets $32–$60. Bing
Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University.
The Capitol Steps. April 14, 3 p.m. and 7
p.m. The famed comedy troupe composed of
Congressional staffers turned comedians, The
Capitol Steps, will perform “Make America
Grin Again,” their latest send-up of the people
and institutions that once employed them.
Their sketch and improvisational comedy
offers a mix of song and standup, lampooning
modern political leaders, and tackling major
current issues. Tickets $55–$60. Montalvo
Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
So¯ Percussion. April 16–18, times vary.
Founded in 1999 by four Yale music students,
So¯ōperforms with larger groups like
the Los Angeles Philharmonic, on their own,
in site-specific and historically based work,
and in educational settings to connect young
people with music. Tickets $40. Bing Concert
Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University.
The Kingston Trio. April
18–19, 7:30 p.m. Celebrating
60 years of extraordinary
Kingston Trio emerged
in 1957 from San
Beach club scene
to bring the
rich tradition of
music into the
mainstream. The Trio enjoyed
unprecedented record sales and
worldwide fame, influencing
the musical tastes of a generation.
Montalvo Arts Center, 15400
Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Monet: The Late Years, through May 27, de Young
Axel Schmitt: The Complete Piano Sonatas
of Beethoven, Part 4. April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Axel Schmitt (CSMA Faculty, piano) takes
on the herculean task of performing piano
sonatas of Beethoven. This is the fourth in
the series of concerts leading up to the 250th
anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020.
Free. Community School of Music and Arts,
230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Amy Ha¯naiali‘i Gilliom.
April 25, 7:30 p.m. Singer/
songwriter Amy Ha¯naiali‘i
Gilliom will showcases her
classical training, powerhouse
vocals, and honor for
her ancestral responsibility
in a dazzling onenight
musician’s success is
evidenced by a multitude
d g e m e n t s ,
i n c l u d i n g
rank of Hawaii’s
top-selling female vocalist of all time.
Tickets $48–$53. Montalvo Arts Center,
15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi. April
27, 7:30 p.m. Join violinist Gil Shaham,
and pianist Akira Eguchi for an evening of
magnificent music. Grammy Award-winning
Shaham is known for
flawless technique. Eguchi
has been featured in
numerous tours around
the world. The duo will
treat audience members to
pieces from Johann Sebastian
Bach, César Franck,
Fritz Kreisler and more.
Tickets $90–$150. Oshman
Cultural Arts Hall, 3921
Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Merit Scholars Mother’s
Day Concert. May 4, 5
p.m. CSMA’s Merit Scholarship
perform special selections to celebrate Mother’s
Day in this annual event. Don’t miss the opportunity
to enjoy these talented, young musicians.
Free. Community School of Music and
Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Symphony Silicon Valley: Petrushka & Rach
2. May 4, 8 p.m. and May 5, 2:30 p.m., times
vary. Ringling Bros. wanted something for 50
elephants and 50 ballerinas and Stravinsky
obliged. Petrushka is one of Stravinsky’s most
popular works filled with Russian folk tunes
and brilliant orchestrations and pianist Jon
Nakamatsu joins the Symphony to bring it to
life. Tickets $50–$94. California Theatre, 345
S. First St., San Jose. 408/437-4450.
St. Lawrence String Quartet. May 5, 2:30
p.m. The acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet
presents its Sundays with the St. Lawrence
series, a matinee array of chamber outings in
many modes. In May, the quartet performs
works by Haydn and Brahms, as well as the
West Coast premiere of a work by Stanford
professor Jonathan Berger. Tickets $32–$68.
Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford
Symphony for Our World. May 6, 8 p.m.
Combining stunning National Geographic
natural history footage with an original symphony
and theme created by Emmy- and
BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music,
featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew
Christie, this breathtaking musical journey
explores some of the world’s most incredible
wildlife spectacles. Tickets $63-$125. Center
for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.,
San Jose. 408/792-4131.
Celtic Woman: Ancient Land. May 8, 7 p.m.
Both an accomplished recording ensemble
and a world-class performing collective, Celtic
Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and
cultural heritage. Their new album “Ancient
Land” celebrates the Irish tradition of telling
stories through song. Tickets $40–$151.
Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden
Blvd., San Jose. 408/792-4131.
Museum, San Francisco
times vary, Avaya
Stadium, San Jose