FESTIVAL ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR Andrew Megill (right) seemed a little surprised to realize that the “Main” concerts contained less than 90 minutes of Bach’s music in each of the two weeks of nightly concerts, but pointed to the other programs that featured Bach. He agreed that there are dozens of great Bach sacred cantatas, plus a bunch more of the highly entertaining secular cantatas, that have been largely ignored—enough to include one on every Main concert program for years before having to repeat any of them. (He told me that he has performed somewhere between half and two-thirds of them, and maintains a bucket list goal of doing them all.) He also told me that the planning for the 2017 season was a collaboration between Paul Goodwin (Artistic Director), himself, Steve Friedlander (Managing Director) and board chair Cyril Yansouni, who, Megill said, has taken a more active role in artistic decisions than most board presidents of his knowledge. I had the pleasure of a chat with Yansouni (left) who had led the board of directors in past seasons. He pointed out to me that Megill was, for the first time this season, conducting the Tuesday Main concert, which includes a major Bach cantata, along with music by American composers Barber, Copland and Bernstein. Historically, Megill conducts the Wednesday Carmel Mission program, for this season Monteverdi’s sensational 1610 masterpiece, Vespro della Beata Vergine. Festival Marketing Director Scott Sewell phoned to protest our assertion last week that the Festival had spent heavily on advertising its 2017 season, saying that its budget was the same as in 2016. Months of print advertising would seem to refute that, though electronic media caching makes it appear bigger than it actually is.
MOVING ON AND UP THIS WEEK
BACH FESTIVAL continues in Carmel and other area venues. HIDDEN VALLEY hosts flutist Keith Underwood; you may know his playing from film scores and TV commercials, but his day job is New York Chamber Orchestra, NY Philharmonic, Orpheus Ensemble, Orchestra of St Luke’s, and the Eastman, Julliard and Manhattan schools of music. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA opens on the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens at Cabrillo Stage and MEASURE FOR MEASURE begins its run at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS take the Beach Boardwalk, and several well-known composers chat each other up at the Cherry Center in Carmel. For more listings and links, click our CALENDAR
TOM LEHMKUHL takes up the reins following Sal Ferrantelli’s retirement after 35 years. Lehmkuhl is director of choirs at Carmel High and Carmel Middle Schools. I Cantori rehearsals begin in August. For nine years, Lehmkuhl taught at American schools in New Delhi and Mumbai. He joined the CUSD faculty in 2013. (Photo by Lyn Bronson.)
ACTORS: NEED TO SOUND IRISH? JEWISH?
SAMMI GRANT is legally blind and a professional dialogue coach.
SACRAMENTO BALLET GRABS SEIWERT
AMY SEIWERT, choreographer-in-residence with Smuin Ballet, will take over as artistic director of Sacramento Ballet, starting with the 2018-19 season. Seiwert’s work is well known to Carmel balletomanes thanks to Smuin’s regular appearances here. She danced with Smuin for nine years and before that with Sacramento where she will replace Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda who were important mentors to her during her dancing career. She told an interviewer, “The Sacramento Ballet has been in me ever since I left.”
SOUNDS OF THE NIGHTMARE MACHINE
EERIE UPON CREEPY and how they do it. Close your eyes in order to freak out.
TWO BACH FESTIVAL concerts. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; associate editor, JJ Raasch.