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First festival honors the Bard

Debbie Gates, executive director of Burbank’s only Shakespearean

theater company, has announced the first free Shakespeare Festival

from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10.

Cast members of her company, Shakespeare at Play, will present “A


Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Stough Canyon Park, in front of the

Starlight Bowl.

Adding to the atmosphere will be strolling minstrels, jugglers,

gypsy dancing and sword fights.


The event is co-sponsored by Target and the city of Burbank Park,

Recreation and Community Services Department.

For more information, call 566-1925.


Following the festival, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10, spectators can

continue up the hill to the Starlight Bowl to hear the city’s Sunday

Night Concert Series featuring the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra.

“An Evening of Passion!” is the theme for the concert, featuring


romantic pops selections. Steven Kerstein, music director, will

conduct the orchestra in Ravel’s “Bolero,” Tchaikowsky’s “Romeo and

Juliet Fantasy Overture,” Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from

“West Side Story” and a medley of jump-up-and-dance swing music

saluting the big bands of the 1940s. The evening concludes with a

classic American summer tradition; a rousing rendition of John Philip

Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Lisa Abel of La Canada-Flintridge and winner of this year’s


Hennings-Fischer Foundation Young Artists’ Competition, vocal

category, will perform as guest soloist. She will sing her winning

aria, Puccini’s “Quando m’en vo” from “La Boheme.” Also from “La

Boheme,” she will perform “Musetta’s Waltz” as well as a selection

from Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Getting to Know You” from “The

King and I” by Rogers and Hammerstein.

This Sunday, The Fab Four rocks the stage with music of the

Beatles. Selections span their first hits heard during their first

trip to the United States on “The Ed Sullivan Show” through those

written during their final years together.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. All concerts begin at 6:30

p.m. Tickets at the gate are $7, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $4 for

children 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $5.

The Starlight Bowl is at 1249 Lockheed View Drive in Burbank.

For more information on the orchestra call 771-7888.


Brazilian Nites Productions, based in Burbank, is presenting its

10th annual Brazilian Summer Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday at the John

Anson Ford Amphitheatre.

Headliner is Fundo de Quintal from Rio de Janeiro featuring

authentic samba rhythms.

Brazilian singer and songwriter Katia Moraes and Sambaguru will

also perform. The Samba Explosion Dancers, choreographed by Marco

Aurelio Vas, will add color to the atmosphere especially with the

martial arts dance Capoeira.

Tickets are $35 and $12 for children 12 and under and they can be

reserved by calling (323) 461-3673. The theater is at 2580 Cahuenga

Blvd. in Los Angeles.

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