Joshua Kosman has a fine article about Walnut Creek's Festival Opera in today's Chron. The company is facing a serious deficit; its fundraising efforts include a benefit concert this Saturday with a great lineup that includes Hope Briggs, Eugene Brancoveanu, Brian Thorsett, Brian Leerhuber, and many others. If you're free, tickets are $100. Here are the details:
Make Our Garden Grow: 8 p.m. Saturday. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $100. (925) 943-7469. www.festivalopera.org.