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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Editor's Note: Events are listed in alphabetical order of the organization sponsoring them.

Old Globe Theatre -- Lost in Yonkers -- Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Lost in Yonkers, a mixed drama and comedy about a Jewish family growing up in Westchester County during World War II, plays at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre from January 23-February 28. The local production, directed  by Kent Paul, will follow this schedule: Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday - Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.   Dark Mondays.

San Diego Jewish Academy sets Feb. 2 open house

Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra—Lighter side of famous composers—Mozart could not resist composing a piece where he pokes fun of lesser composers of his day, and lets all the stops out in his Musical Joke. Haydn was a serious court composer, but his sly humor was openly revealed in the second movement of his Surprise Symphony, when he wanted to make sure that the members of royalty did not fall asleep during the playing of his symphony. The French composer Jacques Ibert wrote his Divertissment with the Keystone Cops on his mind; this work is best described as “quality slapstick”. Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach) is a master in finding comedy out of serious classical masterpieces, and this is evident in his Unbegun Symphony. Did you know that Rossini composed a song for two sopranos who only sing “Miauuuuuu”? Yes, it’s the Cat Duet.And to conclude this evening of high-brow comedy, there is a precious piece by the German-English composer Franz Reizenstein. After escaping Nazi Germany, he settled in England, and was commissioned to write a “Concerto to End All Piano Concertos”. With TICO’s own Sylvia Hartman at the piano, you will recognize hilarious quotes from favorites by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, and a few other surprises; at 7:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd, San Diego. For more details, call (619) 697-6001 or visit the website, http://www.tiferethisrael.com/TICO

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