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Director Selects | April 22, 2020

By Thor Steingraber

Mid-Week Edition


Here’s a little something to help you through your week. We bring you this one-time mid-week special version of Director Selects to inspire some smiles and laughs. You’ll see connections to The Soraya throughout. Don’t worry – we’ll be back at you with our regularly scheduled Friday edition with more world-class artists.



7th Inning Stretch with Nancy Bea Hefley

Nancy Bea Hefley | Photo by Michael Owen Baker

You may recall the familiar voice over the PA of LA Dodgers” sportscaster Vin Scully welcoming you to a “pitch-perfect performance.” In the spirit of baseball, here’s an iconic tune that may have you reaching for a “Cracker Jack.”


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Randy Newman Sings About Social Distancing

Randy Newman is at it again, this time, with an anthem about social distancing. However, we hope that you don’t “Stay Away” when we bring his masterpiece Faust, reimagined as a stage concert, to The Soraya in the upcoming season. For the time being, enjoy Newman’s public service announcement.



The Singer and The Songwriter Present #Songmobile

The Singer and The Songwriter Present #Songmobile

The Singer and The Songwriter, made up of former Soraya Rentals Manager Thu Tran and his partner Rachel Garcia, are bringing Bay area residents #Songmobile. Read more about this project and enjoy their recap video.


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Getty Artworks Recreated at Home

Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type, 2700–2300 B.C., Cycladic. Marble, 14 ⅛ x 11 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.AA.103. Recreation via Facebook DM by Irena Ochódzka with canister vacuum

Our friends at the Getty Trust have challenged art enthusiasts to recreate famous works from their online collection. View some of the creative, even appetizing, submissions, and learn how to participate.


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