Benefit Concert for Japan Earthquake Survivors

Jack Perla’s House of Straw presents a benefit concert for survivors of the Japanese earthquake & tsunami

Our next concert is in less than two weeks, at ODC Dance Commons, Studio B, Saturday, April 9th @ 8 pm. We opted for this earlier date in order to collaborate on a benefit for victims of the Japanese eathquake and tsunami. 100% of net profits from the show will go to the Earthquake Relief Fund of the Japan Society.

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Courtside: Post-Game Update

I’m back from 17 amazing days working with the Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, on rehearsals and performances of Courtside.  A one act chamber opera, Courtside premiered on Saturday, February 5th, to an audience of about 3,000, at the Chinese Community Center in Houston. Performances continued through 2/12 – eight in all throughout Houston. It was an exhilarating experience working with such an amazing organization as HGO, and with such a brilliant, accomplished cast and creative team. I’m sincerely grateful to Anthony Freud, Sandra Bernhard, Patrick Summers, Leslie Swackhamer, Evan Wildstein and everyone else involved with the project for this tremendous opportunity.

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Oakland Symphony Benefit Performance with Paula West

Paula West is a soulful singer well known for her interpretations of the Great American Songbook. From standards to jazz, her performances, whether at Feinstein’s in New York or the Plush Room in San Francisco, are unique and memorable. I’ll have the pleasure of sharing the stage with her as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Masqued Musicale on October 30th. The event will benefit the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s acclaimed education programs. If you’re interested in buying tickets please visit the OEBS website below.

“Wait Here” World Premiere at the Missoula Art Museum

Next week I’ll have a world premiere with pianist Lydia Brown and cellist Pansy Chang on a program entitled “A Night of Firsts.” If you’re in Missoula then it wouldn’t be a night to miss. I’ll be sharing the program with the Three B’s (Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms) and will be present for an intimate dinner conversation and a champagne reception.

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“Love/Hate” On The Fringe

I’m delighted to announce that scenes from my one act chamber opera, Love/Hate, will be performed this coming September at the Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival, an international presenter of the performing arts. The festival is actually two concurrent arts festivals, the Live Arts Festival and the Philly Fringe, rolled into one. CoNEXTions: The Next Generation of Opera will be presenting the piece with the Center City Opera Theatre on September 12th at 3:00pm.

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ODC Dance Commons, August 2010

Jack Perla’s MWW Concert

Unfortunately, this event was postponed due to an illness in the family that kept me on the east coast for most of the summer. We’re working on a date for early 2011.

Jack Perla’s Music Without Walls will play a concert at the ODC Dance Commons in August, 2010!   We’re working out the date, stand by for an announcement…”ODC Dance Commons… offers an environment where professionals, emerging artists, students, and dance fans can congregate, exchange ideas and inspire one another.”  ODC Dance Commons

ODC Dance Commons (map)
351 Shotwell Street (between 17th and 18th streets)
San Francisco, CA


*Watch “On A Train Heading South“, a 2006 performance by ODC Dance, music by Jack Perla

White Pine Festival, June 25

Concert with Chuck Lazarus, the Miro Quartet & Jorja Fleezanis

White Pine Festival

I will be traveling to Stillwater (not far from Minneapolis), MN next week to be a featured guest of the White Pine Festival, where I will join the Charles Lazarus Group in performing some of my new jazz works. Chuck, a trumpeter for the Minnesota Orchestra, is hailed for his “bedazzling technique and refined sense of musicianship” by the New York Newsday.

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Noe Valley Chamber Music, May 23rd

Gala Benefit Concert in San Francisco

I’ll be performing with Thomas Glenn, an incredible and dynamic tenor who has performed with the San Francisco Opera, on May 23rd in a benefit concert for NoeValley Chamber Music at 4:00. The program will include scenes from my opera, Love/Hate, and a selection of my concert arias, rounded out with standards from the American songbook. Joining Thomas and me are three other fantastic singers – Melody Moore, Erin Neff and Torlef Borsting.

Sunday, May 23rd, 4:00pm
Noe Valley Ministry (map)
1021 Sanchez Street (corner of 23rd)
San Francisco, CA
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My setting of Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed”, continues to get programmed! This month it will be performed by soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird and pianist Jocelyn Dueck, as part of a Walt Whitman set on a benefit concert presented by the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, Dec. 3 in Brooklyn Heights.

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In Fugue Performed with MFDP in Peru and San Francisco

In Fugue, based on Wait Here, the score for cello & piano I composed and performed for the Mark Foehringer Dance Project, was performed at Danza Nueva XX, a 20 year old contemporary dance festival in Lima, Peru, June 12-14, 2008, in collaboration with the Ballet Nacional del Peru. It was also reprised by Mark’s company in San Francisco on September 5 & 6.

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