BAHA house tour set for May 19

Tickets are available now for the Spring House Tour and Garden Reception from 1 to 5 p.m. May 19 to benefit the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.

This year's tour, Historic Homes Above the Claremont Hotel, will open 10 of the area's elegant residences and substantial gardens to the public. The homes "were constructed between 1909 and 1941 by leading architects of their day, including Albert Farr; Louis Christian Mullgardt; William C. Hays; William R. Yelland; Walter H. Ratcliff Jr.; Vickery, Atkins & Torrey; Clarence Tantau; William E. Schirmer; Archie Newsom; and Louis Engler."

A tour map, illustrated guidebook and refreshments are included in the cost of $40 general, $30 BAHA members. Tickets are available online at http://berkeleyheritage.com/paypal.html.

YPSO holding annual spring concert

The annual Spring Concert and silent auction gala by the Young People's Symphony Orchestra will feature concerto competition winners Beverly Fu and Joshua Herman and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 on May 11 at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way.

The silent auction is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m.


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Music director/conductor David Ramadanoff will lead "95 young orchestra musicians in a program of Aram Khachaturian's Violin Concerto in D minor, Beverly Fu, violin; Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Joshua Herman, piano; and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D minor."

Musicians in the 77-year-old program range in age from 12 to 21 and come from 29 Bay Area cities in six counties.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 students and senior citizens, available with more details at 510-849-9776 or www.ypsomusic.net.

Benefit symphony concert at Hertz Hall

UC Berkeley Department Of Music will perform a benefit concert for the UC Berkeley Symphony at 8 p.m. May 10 and 11 at Hertz Hall at Bancroft Way and College Avenue.

Conductor David Milnes will lead a program that includes Bloch: "Schelomo," Mosa Tsay, cello soloist; and Beethoven: Symphony No. 9. The program will feature members of the University Chorus, including Ann Moss, soprano; Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano; Brian Thorsett, tenor; and Nik Nackley, baritone.

Tickets are $10, $15 and $20. Details: 510-642-9988.

Super Cinema series continues at library

This month's theme for the Super Cinema film series at 3 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St., is Spellbinding Documentaries. The next showing in the third floor community room is "The Fog of War" (2003) on May 10. The National Spelling Bee film "Spellbound" (2002) will be shown May 17, "Taxi to the Dark Side" (2007) on May 24, and "Winged Migration" (2001) on May 31. The series is free.

South Branch Library preparing to open

The opening of the new South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St., will be officially marked with a ceremony and celebration from 12:30 to 5 p.m. May 11.

The event will include appearances by local leaders, the Berkeley Public Library board, City Librarian Donna Corbeil, special guests and branch neighbors and there will be refreshments and entertainment.

The branch was rebuilt as part of the Branch Library Improvement Program funded by Measure FF, approved by voters in 2008.

Details: 510-981-6100 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org

Programs highlight California Modernism

A series of events will celebrate California Mid-Century Modernism at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. On May 11, screenings of the short films made by Charles and Ray Eames from 1950-'82 will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a mobile-building workshop for ages 6 and older at 3 p.m.

The series concludes with "Berkeley: A Modern Mecca," a talk by historian, author and preservationist David Weinstein at 2 p.m. May 12.

Details: 510-981-6241.

-- Katie Nelson and Chris Treadway