Getting Out


Chamber Musicians Pierce the Fourth Wall

Ruby Cheng, center, and student musicians perform chamber music in an intimate venue this Saturday, March 26.

The public is invited to Sonatasia, a special musical, vocal and dance performance in an architecturally distinctive private home, at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 26.

“Our concerts combine a variety of disciplines into a dynamic performance, which happens all around the space,” said producer David Parker, a Laguna Beach architect. “The ‘fourth wall’ is dissolved. The architecture becomes the theater.”

Sonatasia and Life’s Second Chance present “Think Of Me” with pianist Ruby Cheng, a Chapman University piano professor, violinist Eric Wuest, cellist Alisha Bauer, pianist Andrew Van Vlear, mezzo-soprano Megan Schuller-Donoff, soprano Molly Ann Tomlinson and dancer Celedon Wood. The program repertoire will include Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Liszt and Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Parker promises gorgeous views, chamber music, songs, drama and dance as the performance unfolds at the Kramer residence. Directions will be provided after tickets

are purchased or reserved. Parking is available on the streets but the concert will take place on the second level with stair access only.

Suggested donation: $30. Tickets may be purchaced on line from the Sonatasia website

There will be a silent auction to benefit Life’s Second Chance Foundation.

Questions? Email us at [email protected] or call director David Parker at 949 872-6616.

Getting’ Into the ‘Swing’ of Things

Sax player Jerry Mandel

Laguna Beach Live! has added the Jerry Mandel Swingin’ the Standards Jazz Band to its winter-spring line-up. The concert will be held at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach on Thursday, April 14. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a martini bar and free dance instruction, followed by two sets of danceable jazz standards as Mandel leads his eight-piece ensemble in swing-era favorites.

Joining sax player/bandleader Mandel on stage will be Gary Matsuura and Craig Springer, saxophones; Andrew Carney, trumpet; Ron Kobayashi, keyboard; Jack Prather, bass; Tom Ravel, percussion; and Debi Raven, vocals.

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 800-595-4849. For more information, visit or call 949-715-9713.



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