On December 14 the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley hosted the annual Narada Michael Walden Foundation Christmas benefit concert. Here are some of the best photos. A full review will be available shortly.
Imagine sitting in a dark theater as the pleasant squeal of a lone violin begins to reverberate throughout the room. The volume slowly increases as an operatic chorus begins in the background. A lone man (Lane Renfort) sits on a bench and begins to mime his story as an ensemble of dancers begins gracefully off to the side. The booming voice of a narrator starts with the words of the classic Samuel M. Johnson poem “Lovers on a Park Bench” and the dancers gracefully begin a performance illustrating the struggles a young couple faces to express an inexpressible love for each other. This piece, “With Their Bodies Touching” choreographed by student Anna Houk, was just one of the seven incredibly diverse and inspiring pieces included this show which took place December 1st and 2nd in the Mayer Theater at Santa Clara University.
It’s Christmas time and that means its time for Narada Michael Walden’s annual Holiday Jam Dance Party at the intimate 142 Throckmorton Theater benefiting the Narada Michael Walden Foundation which provides scholarships to young musicians. This was the annual benefit concert’s fourteenth year. This year patrons witnessed performances by The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, on saxophone (and a few vocals here and there), Jeanie Tracy, Sakai, Lydia Pense, Manuel Romero, Vernon Ice Black, the Narada Band, and of course, The Santa Babies. Continue reading
Narada Michael Walden’s Enchanted Forest Symphony was a two night event at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. The show was put on by the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra and special guests included Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman, Jeanie Tracie, and Tony Lindsay. The performance consisted of a musical piece composed by Narada Michael Walden himself. Continue reading