Sunday July 11 @ 4 pm. Second Sunday Summer Series #2 at Occidental Center for the Arts, featuring Solid Air and Heartwood Trio. Enjoy Sonoma County’s finest musicians live in our outdoor amphitheater! Seating will follow current public safety guidelines, please bring cushions or stadium chairs to sit on. Wheelchair/special needs seating will be facilitated .There will be fine refreshments available for sale, and our new plaza will be open. Advanced tickets are required. Admission is $20 for OCA members, $25 for non-members. Our first Sunday concert sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. Become an OCA Member and get free tickets. We are thrilled to celebrate the safe return of live music with you! 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465. 707-874-9392
Sunday, June 13 @ 4- 6 pm. Occidental Center for the Arts 2021 Summer Series Concerts. OCA is delighted to invite you to join us in our outdoor amphitheater for – at last! – a live music concert featuring two stellar Sonoma County acts: Mimi and Gabe Pirard (Dijin, SonoMusette) and the Phil Lawrence Band! There will be limited seating following current public safety guidelines in our amphitheater, which is shady by 4 pm. Please bring cushions to sit on. Advance tickets are required, and will be on sale to the public starting May 24th. Tickets are $20 for OCA members, $25 for non-members. There will be refreshments available for sale, and our new lobby and plaza will be open for safe and socially distanced use. Wheelchair access/seating will be facilitated. We can’t wait to see you! More info at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465. 707-874-9392. OCA is a non profit performing and fine arts center dedicated to ‘Keeping the Arts in Our Hearts’.
Saturday, March 27 @ 8 pm.’Celebrating Women in Music’ . Occidental Center for the Arts proudly carries on it’s longstanding Women’s History Month tradition with a blockbuster lineup performing songs written by women .This virtual event showcases a rich variety of exceptionally talented musicians across multiple genres, including Elliott Peck • Jenny Kerr & Philbilly Milner • Essence • Lara Louise • Emily Lois & Dave Monterey • Ariel Marin • Mariah Parker • Kate Vargas • Rainbow Girls • Solid Air • Nina Gerber & Chris Webster • Tumbleweed Soul • Nagavalli • Lucy Kaplansky • The Musers. This most excellent program will premier at 8 pm March 27th on YouTube and Facebook; available thereafter to replay from the comfort of your home. Free; Donations appreciated. OCA looks forward to when we can all gather safely again for live music! Keeping the Arts in Our Hearts at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org.
Ari Gold, the charismatic queer musician who was mentored by RuPaul, opened for Chaka Khan and sung with pop-soul titan Diana Ross, has died. He was 47.
Gold, according to multiple news reports, passed away from leukaemia.×
Performing since he was just five years old, Gold went from voicing the squeaky Cabbage Patch Kids and recording catchy jingles to touring the world with Cyndi Lauper and modelling for Boy George.
Born in 1974, Gold quickly seized the house music scene as an openly gay musician in New York City, US, in the early 2000s. Living up to his surname, Gold spun up award-winning and chart-topping hits such as “See Through Me” and “Where the Music Takes You”.
The Bronx native’s music, equal parts finger-snapping and lyrically powerful, often explored spirituality and sexuality. They were even featured on NBC’s Scrubs and ABC’s Cougar Town.
Friends described Gold as a world-wise and ambitious record producer who paved the way for future queer talent – he sang of same-sex love in Manhattan music clubs and honky-tonks years before mainstream artists would feel comfortable doing the same.
They had first met in 2002 and remained close ever since, with Gold appearing in the queen of drag’s 2007 film, Starrbooty.
Saturday, December 19, 2020 @ 7 pm. Occidental Community Choir presents ‘Somewhere To Begin’, A Virtual Concert directed by Gage Purdy . One of West County’s treasured choral communities for 42 years, OCC offers for the winter season a digital collection of songs and spoken word that speaks directly to the heart of our uncertain times. Somewhere to begin… somewhere to resume…. somewhere to make peace. As we enter into this socially-distanced Northern California winter, we invite you to virtually enjoy our ‘ Music From Home’, from wherever you are currently nesting. Directed and digitally mastered by Gage Purdy, OCC offers songs of hope, connection, inspiration, and calls-to-action; some rousing and others poignant, including compelling original songs and spoken word from our own members. Free; donations gratefully accepted at https://www.patreon.com/occidentalchoir. Please visit our website at https://www.occidentalchoir.org to view our virtual concert on Saturday, December 19th at 7pm and click on the YouTube link; available to watch anytime after 12/19 . Thank you for your support, and keep on singing from your heart!
Gay love letters written by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin were deliberately mistranslated by historians to conceal his sexuality, a music journalist has claimed.
According to The Guardian, Swiss music journalist Moritz Weber had been researching letters written by Chopin during lockdown earlier this year when he discovered a “flood of declarations of love aimed at men”.
His findings were explored in the two-hour radio show Chopin’s Men, aired on the arts channel of Swiss broadcaster SRF, and Weber insisted that some of the composer’s writing must have been intentionally mistranslated.
In one letter, Chopin said that rumours about his love affairs were a “cloak for hidden feelings”, and his writing also hints at an interest in “cottaging”, or looking for sex in public toilets.
In one letter to a male school friend, he wrote: “You don’t like being kissed. Please allow me to do so today. You have to pay for the dirty dream I had about you last night.”
There are 22 letters on record from Chopin to the same friend, Tytus Woyciechowski, and he often began them with “my dearest life”, and signed off: “Give me a kiss, dearest lover.”
But the English-Canadian biographer Alan Walker insisted in his 2018 book Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times that the homoerotic love letters penned by Chopin were the result of “psychological confusion”, and added that Woyciechowski was a “bosom friend”.
Chopin gay love letter was edited to suggest it was about a woman.
In an 1829 letter to Woyciechowski, Chopin wrote: “My ideal, whom I faithfully serve, […] about whom I dream.”
However a translation of the letters published by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, described his “ideal” as a woman, despite the original letter using the masculine version of the Polish noun.
A spokesperson from the institute spoke on the radio show, and admitted that there was no actual proof that Chopin had had relationships with women, only rumours and accounts from family members.
The translator of the 1829 letter told The Guardian: “He was a romantic who definitely didn’t discriminate between men and women in his expressions of ‘love’. But to say that there is some sort of conspiracy behind ‘missing’ letters in the various critical editions is absurd.
“The institute is indeed a politically conservative organisation, but I didn’t find any bowdlerisation in the Polish edition, nor any ‘correction’ of my notes to passages where Chopin’s sexuality was concerned.”
Whether or not the editing of Chopin’s love life was intentional, Weber said he hopes that shining a light on his sexuality will help people better understand his music.
In a letter Woyciechowski, Chopin wrote: “I confide in the piano the things that I sometimes want to say to you.”
|The World Premiere of the Cotati Accordion Virtual Festival will be taking place this coming August 22nd and 23rd from 11:00am to 3:00pm online for all to view. There will be no fee, donations will be accepted, and the platforms will be forthcoming.|
Internationally acclaimed virtuosos from 9 different countries, such as Cory Pesaturo, Alex Meixner, Pietro Adragna and Gary Blair, will be performing live, along with streaming chats, interviews, The Lady-of-Spain-a-Ring, The Grand Finale, raffles and more.
The World Premiere of the Cotati Accordion Virtual Festival will give the viewers a chance to see the accordion played at artistic levels never imagined by the uninitiated. Whether you are an accordion aficionado or just curious, the performances will be unforgettable.
Cyndi Lauper, Troye Sivan, Todrick Hall, Rufus Wainwright, Kim Petras, Allie X and more artists are set to appear on “Stonewall Gives Back!” A Live-streaming Concert For The LGBTQ nightlife community.
The concert will be hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Michelle Visage and Tyler Oakley. Guest and performers at the event will include Alan Cumming, Allie X, Betty Who, Carlie Hanson, Darren Hayes, Dave Mizzoni, Greyson Chance, Issac Dunbar, John Cameron Mitchell, Kim Petras, Leland, Lorna Luft, Matt Rogers, MUNA, Nina West, Our Lady J, Pabllo Vittar, Peppermint, Rufus Wainwright, Todrick Hall, VINCINT and Troye Sivan. Lauper will be giving a special performance.
“The Stonewall Inn in New York City has, for decades, served as a beacon of hope in the LGBTQ+ community,” said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. “World of Wonder similarly strives to build opportunities and access for the community, while standing beside them and The Stonewall Inn in the struggle for equality. In that same spirit, we are thrilled to partner for this one-night-only concert to offer help and support to the LGBTQ+ community during this difficult time.”
The event is being executive produced by Erich Bergen, who recently produced The Rosie O’Donnell Show fundraising event as well as the “Saturday Night Seder” streaming event which raised $2.9 Million. “I think this pandemic has made it even more clear just how vulnerable some of our communities actually are,” said Bergen. “We are coming together to respond to this crisis in a collaborative way, through music, which is the great unifier.”
Co-Producer and Golden Globe nominated songwriter and producer Brett McLaughlin adds, “So many careers are built and sustained by the support of the LGBT nightlife community. It’s our turn and duty to support them during this time of need. I’m so grateful that many of my friends jumped at the chance to give back when asked. This is going to be an incredibly special evening.”
“Stonewall Gives Back!” will live-stream Thursday, April 23rd at 8PM ET/7 CT on World of Wonder’s YouTube Channel. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go to a fund where industry professionals can apply for a grant.