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Musical journey is a dream ride Eileen Holt star ted playing the flute in the eighth grade, and by the time she was 18 she wanted a career playing the instrument in an orchestra. Since then, she has been on a whirlwind journey. Holt has performed in feature films and television, with the Los Angeles Mozar t Orchestra, the Long Beach Opera and even at Carnegie Hall. And for the past 18 years, Holt has been a principle flute player for the Riverside County Philharmonic. “I absolutely love orchestral playing,” Holt said. “It allows me the chance to interact with other musicians in a way that helps me to grow on all levels. And working with Riverside Philharmonic has expanded my whole world.” In 2009, she was the featured soloist in a concer t with Grammy-nominated flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson at the baton. And in April she performed three of Bach’s Brandenburg concer tos, conducted by The Phil’s own Tomasz Golka. “It’s been a real honor to work with such renowned conductors,” said Holt, who also is a trained opera singer and has shared the stage with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. “I’m very lucky to be able to make a living doing what I absolutely love,” said Holt, who also plays the piccolo and alto saxophone. “My ultimate goal is to incorporate as much of what I’ve learned along the way and continue to explore new avenues. It’s a never-ending learning process.”

— Luanne J. Hunt

Riverside County Philharmonic Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.; $20-$82 951-787-0251, www.thephilharmonic.org

Photo by Gabriel Luis Acosta

calendar ‘JOURNEYS TO RECOVER YOUR FUTURE’ THROUGH DEC. 10 – An 8-foot by 28-foot site-specific, four panel phosphorescent and fluorescent painting by Riverside ar tist David Leapman. Culver Center of the Ar ts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4290, http://culvercenter.ucr.edu. OFF THE WALL THROUGH DEC. 30 – Eighth annual ar t sale and fundraising event featuring more than 1,000 works by some of the region’s best ar tists, framed and ready to take “off the wall.” Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111, www.riversidear tmuseum.org/otw2011. ‘SEISMIC SHIFT’ THROUGH DEC. 31 – Exhibit illuminates the far-reaching consequences of a revolution in landscape photography by tracing its regional history. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787, cmp.ucr.edu. ‘FORCE OF ARMS’ ONGOING – Exhibition showcasing the par ticipation of Riverside residents in the Civil War, and World Wars I and II through letters, photos, uniforms and personal effects. 3580 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-826-5273, www.riversideca.gov/museum. Also: “Rin Tin Tin,” a temporary exhibit showcasing photos and other memorabilia about the dog and his descendants. ANONYMOUS 4 DEC. 2 – Featuring the world premiere of “The Wood and the Vine,” from Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang. Culver Center of the Ar ts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 8 p.m.; $36, $27 youth; 951-827-4331, ucriversidepresents.ucr.edu. Also: Kar tik Seshadri, Jan. 13; Zoë Keating, April 27. POETRY AND ART AFTER DARK DEC. 2 – The launch of a new poetry book, “Invisible Hands,” by Harki Dhillon, and a poetry workshop by poet and RAM instructor Maureen Alsop. Riverside Ar t Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111, www.riversidear tmuseum.org/events. KINETIC CONVERSATIONS DEC 2-3 – A mix of dance and movement inspired by the work of professor Jo Dierdorff. Landis Performing Ar ts Center, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave.; 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 3; $15, $10 for students; 951-222-8100, www.landispac.com.

PAUL RODRIGUEZ DEC. 3 – Comedian shares the bill with Los Lobos, the multiple Grammy Award winning band from Los Angeles. Show is a fundraiser for the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial planned for the Riverside pedestrian mall. Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800, www.foxriversidelive.com. Also: “The Matchmaker,” Jan 28; “Cash: Ring of Fire,” Feb. 17-18. SNOW PLAY DAY DEC. 3 – A festive pancake breakfast, visit with Santa, create holiday crafts and play in fresh snow. Bordwell Park, 2008 Mar tin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Riverside; 9 a.m.; 951-826-5355. FIRST SUNDAYS DEC. 4 – Free family programs featuring activities for children and teens at six locations: Fox Riverside Theater Foundation, Mission Inn Museum, Riverside Ar t Museum, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside Public Library and UCRAr ts Block. Additional dates Feb. 5, March 4, April 1 and May 6. Downtown Riverside; 1-4 p.m.; www.riversidedowntown.org. HISTORY LECTURE DEC. 4 – “Riverside’s Chinatown,” presented by filmmaker Rosalind Sagara who is researching the story behind the now-gone landmark in the city’s cultural history. RSVP by Dec. 1. Dining Commons, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside; 12:30 p.m.; 951-780-2313, www.riversidehistoricalsociety.org. ‘DOUBT’ JAN. 20-FEB. 5 – Gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral cer tainty. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; $15 regular shows, $18 musicals, $8 family series; 951-686-4030, www.riversidecommunityplayers.com. ‘MY FAIR LADY’ JAN. 27-FEB. 5 – Production of the classic musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Landis Performing Ar ts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100, www.performanceriverside.org. LUNAR FEST JAN. 28-29 – Event celebrating the Inland Empire’s Asian/Pacific American cultural heritage and contributions. Near the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-453-3548, www.lunarfestriverside.org.

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