Shorts: The Arts

Chamber Symphony to showcase Jewish composers

The Pacific Chamber Symphony will open its new season with a concert devoted to American Jewish composers.

“Traditions!” will include Yiddish theater songs with Cantor Roslyn Barak, George Gershwin’s “Melodies,” Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City for English Horn” and “Trumpet and Strings,” Lucas Foss’ “Elegy for Anne Frank,” Michael Isaacson’s “Remembrance for Strings” and Jorge Liderman’s “Wholetone Frelach.”

There will be five performances March 1 to March 9 in various Bay Area locations.

• Wednesday, March 1 in Pleasanton. 7:30 pm, Valley Community Church, 4455 Del Valle Parkway. (925) 484-9783.

• Thursday, March 2 in Walnut Creek. 2 p.m., Hofmann Theatre, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive. (925) 943-7469.

• Sunday, March 5 in Castro Valley. 3 p.m., Castro Valley Performing Arts Center, Redwood Road near Mabel. (510) 352-3945.

• Tuesday, March 7 in San Francisco. 8 p.m. Martin Meyer Hall, Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. (415) 751-2511.

• Thursday, March 9 in Napa. 8 p.m. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St. (707) 226-7372.

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Marin theater director resigns

Lee Sankowich, Jewish artistic director of the Marin Theatre Company, has announced his resignation.

Sankowich, who has held the position for 16 years, will take his final bow after the company’s 40th anniversary season this year.

He is currently directing “Killer Joe,” which opened Jan. 17.