Musicians are welcome to bring their own instruments, along with original compositions and sketches and are encouraged to share any "hidden talents." The workshop encourages musicians to be more open to ideas that are often ignored in the music-making process, like improvisation, choreography, dramaturgy and humor.
All types of musicians are welcome. More information is at CaptivateArtists.com.
Joo and Igudesman will also be performing the West Coast premiere of their new show, "And Now Mozart" at the Flint Center in Cupertino on May 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$75 at the Flint Center box office, through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
The CSMA will also be hosting its annual Merit Scholarship Students Mother's Day Concert on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
The free concert will be performed at the CSMA's Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. Limited on-site and street parking will be available.
Merit Scholarship students from the CSMA will showcase many instruments at the event, including piano, violin, flute, trumpet, percussion and voice, in small ensembles.
These students are awarded scholarships based on commitment levels, talent and achievement in musical studies.
"We are so proud to give our excellent Merit Scholars the opportunity to perform for the community. It is always a thrill to show off the talents of these outstanding artists," said Vickie Scott Grove, executive director of CSMA.
The concert is part of CSMA's 2013-14 Community Concert Series. For the full schedule or more information, go to arts4all.org.
Giving Day for nonprofits
On May 6, the Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation will be hosting SVGives. Over 500 charities have registered to participate in the fundraising event.
SVCF has raised $2.8 million in preparation to fund matching gifts and prizes for nonprofit organizations.
SVGives is sponsored chiefly by Microsoft and aims to raise millions in charitable donations for nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The 24-hour event takes place mainly online. Donors can log onto www.svgives.com to contribute to nonprofits.
In-person events will also be hosted at several Whole Foods markets and Microsoft retail stores.
PayPal will match 1 percent of each donation made through their web service up to a maximum of $500,000.
"Enthusiasm about SVGives is running high in the local nonprofit community, and for good reason," said Emmett Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. "This event will raise awareness of — and money for — the many terrific organizations working to make our communities stronger."
Since last fall, the foundation has hosted nearly two dozen training sessions for nonprofit organizations. The sessions were designed to help charities maximize potential donations and provide them knowledge for future fundraising and marketing.
"SVGives is an innovative and engaging way for organizations to tap into the vast resources of Silicon Valley in an effort to better the lives of its citizens." said Dan'l Lewin, corporate vice president of technology and civic engagement at Microsoft.
Locally, volunteers with SVGives will be onsite at Stanford Shopping Center and Whole Foods markets on May 6. Information is at www.svgives.org.
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