Cal Performances’ First Stage For Families Series Continues With Kaila Flexer, Oakland Folkharmonic And Teslim In Wheeler Auditorium At 11:00 A.M. And 3:00 P.M. Sunday, February 24

Special hour long events are created for children and their grown ups

The second First Stage for Families offering of the 2012-2013 season features a program led by Kaila Flexer on Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium. Known for her work in various folk traditions from around the world, including Jewish klezmer music and Turkish folk music, Flexer’s concerts will showcase the ensembles’ eclectic repertoire, ranging from traditional modal music of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East to medieval music to original compositions by Shira Kammen, Gari Hegedus, Ross Daly, and Flexer. The Oakland Folkharmonic is a five-piece string band that includes fiddler/composer Kammen. Teslim features Flexer and long-time collaborator Gari Hegedus, a multi-instrumentalist and the other half of the “exotic…spellbinding” (Billboard) musical duo.

The First Stages for Family series concludes with two performances by four-time Grammy-nominated duo, Trout Fishing in America, on Sunday, April 14. “Embody[ing] a kind of goofball gestalt at odds with the sugary-sweet format of so much other music for the younger crowd” (The New York Times), bassist Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet create an broad mix of folk and rock music that is family-friendly. The series kicked off with a performance by Dell’Arte Company in November 2012.

First Stage for Families series features two Sunday one-hour performances by each company at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Wheeler Hall. Tickets are priced modestly at $10.00 for children and $20.00 for adults. Tickets are available through the Ticket Office at Zellerbach Hall; at (510) 642-9988; at; and at the door. For more information visit

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