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THIS WEEK

PACIFIC REP OPENS its new production of the hit musical Mamma Mia! (above) by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, based on the songs of their sensationally successful Swedish glam-band ABBA. Paper Wing opens A Christmas Carol in Monterey. DUELING SYMPHONIES: it usually happens once each season. DANIEL STEWART dances with the SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, John Adams’ The Chairman Dances and, in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, West Side Story symphonic dances. (Their Friday rehearsal at Santa Cruz Civic is open and free, starting at 7:30pm.) MAX BRAGADO DARMAN conducts the MONTEREY SYMPHONY plus 30 members of Youth Music Monterey’s Honors Orchestra in Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, and welcomes soloist David Jae-Weon Huh for Prokofiev’s brilliant Third Piano Concerto. For details and links to these and other live performances, click our CALENDAR

ABOUT ADAMS’ THE CHAIRMAN DANCES

SC SYMPHONY BACKGROUNDER plus an excerpt from the popular symphonic foxtrot. Click HERE

THORA BIRCH

FILM ACTOR for 31 of her 35 YEARS, walks/talks through her career. (She was in American Beauty as the daughter of the Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey characters.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDREY LUNA CRACKS GLASS

HER STRATOSPHERIC A above high C is probably the highest a soprano has ever attained at the Met. (The freakish French coloratura Mado Robin, who went even higher, never appeared in that house.) The vehicle, Thomas Adès’ opera The Exterminating Angel—based on the surreal Luis Buñuel film—has left most critics bewildered or bored. And Adès seems to take fiendish delight in such pranks, witness the character Ariel from his operatic version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Click HERE

GEORGE MARTIN’S GENIUS

george-martin-musicWAS IN HIS ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS of Beatles hits. His own original music is not as memorable, though he did compose the score for the first of the Roger Moore 007 films, Live and Let Die; a suite from its score is included in this new CD release, along with the Pepperland Suite of music he wrote for the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Three American Sketches for violin and chamber orchestra sound as if he never left Britain. The Under Milk Wood overture, honoring the Dylan Thomas radio drama, is Welsh-flavored. His music (chorales) for The Mission, which was never used in that strange 1986 movie, deserves to be discovered and performed by regional and local choirs. The Berlin Music Ensemble (and its chorus in the last piece) perform with sensitivity and faith. Judge for yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LIKE SAD MUSIC

A NEW THEORY is described by Tom Jacobs and illustrated by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Click HERE

LEAVIN’ ON YOUR MIND

PATSY CLINE from 1962. “Emotive yet distant and cool.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

ALWAYS.., PATSY CLINE in Santa Cruz and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in Salinas. Click HERE

YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY and 8-year-old soloist Nicholas Brady in Carmel. Click HERE 

NEXT WEEK

JOY! A HOLIDAY SHOW  by Tandy Beal & Company, with circus, dance & music, and Cirque du Soleil soloists, begins at Santa Cruz Civic. MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER launches THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW.

A WEEK LATER

HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA to play Debussy, Schoenberg, Ponce. I CANTORI DI CARMEL introduces its new Conductor Tom Lehmkuhl. SMUIN’S ‘THE CHRISTMAS BALLET’ comes to Carmel.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

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UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO 6 “PASTORAL” will get three performances over the next two weekends in Carmel. This Sunday afternoon, Farkhad Khudyev will conduct the Youth Music Monterey Honors Orchestra. The following weekend, Max Bragado Darman leads the Monterey Symphony, with 30 members of YMM as guests, “Side by side.” Rarely–almost never–does such an opportunity to compare two different interpretations of a major work come along. For links to both, click our CALENDAR

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THIS WEEK

ALWAYS PATSY CLINE  opens at the Colligan in a new Jewel Theatre production.* Popular MORGENSTERN TRIO (above) returns to Chamber Music Monterey Bay and includes Frank Martin’s Trio on Irish Folksongs. Mezzo-soprano SOLMAAZ ADELI takes charge of Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ second concert of the season, including music Laura_photo_2017by Villa-Lobos, Bizet, Fauré and Chris Pratorius Gómez. The SANTA CRUZ COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY invades the Music Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, Nov. 12, when Nathaniel Berman conducts Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and 13-year-old Laura Wang (right) plays the Mendelssohn violin concerto. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY presents its Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras at Sunset Center, on Sunday, Nov. 12, featuring 8-year-old solo violinist Nicholas Brady and Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. For details and links to other live performance events, click our CALENDAR 

*JEWEL THEATRE WINS MAJOR AWARD

THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding Jewel Theatre Company with one of the 2017 National Theatre Company grants. Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and support the most promising emerging theatre companies, the 2017 grants for Initial Support are being presented to nine companies from around the country. Companies chosen to receive the grants have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre. “The recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor,” said Julie James, Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company. “As we enter our 13th season, and our 3rd season at the beautiful new Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center, we are grateful for this acknowledgment on the national level and humbled to be recognized with the other outstanding theatre companies.”

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ALMA DEUTSCHER to play her violin concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley just before Opera San Jose stages her Cinderella, both in December. Scott Pelley profiled her for CBS’ 60 Minutes. Click HERE

LAST SUNDAY NIGHT

KDFC, 103.9 FM, broadcast the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in a concert conducted by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony. The wide-ranging program included music from Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra by Gabriela Lena Frank, a composer in residence at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz. For the broadcast, originally by NPR, Alsop was interviewed by Christopher O’Riley, concert pianist and host of “From the Top.” You can read the story HERE  WHILE the program remains available you can listen to it HERE

HOW WOULD THEY  KNOW?

IN FIN DE SIÈCLE VIENNA, HUGO AND RICHARD concocted a gorgeous lie about women, and women believed it. One of the most loved and glorious operas of the 20th century, Der Rosenkavalier, paints a sentimental but superficial woman’s purely self-indulgent sexual relationship with a naïve teenaged boy. In “Sex, Love and the Aging Woman,” philosopher/ethicist Martha C Nussbaum takes playwright Hugo von Hofmannstahl and composer Richard Strauss to task for their cynical portrayal of the Marschallin, the bored and ignored wife of an aristocratic field marshal, who indulges herself sexually in what today in America would get her a long prison sentence for pedophilia. Click HERE

SUKHISHVILI GEORGIAN NATIONAL BALLET

FIENDISH PHYSICAL DEMANDS made on dancer/athletes. Try to imagine male toe dancers without pointe shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GERMAN VS FRENCH AESTHETICS

“WE CONSIDER CLASSICAL MUSIC to be the epitome and quintessence of our culture, because it is that culture’s clearest, most significant gesture and expression. In this music we possess the heritage of classical antiquity and Christianity, a spirit of serenely cheerful and brave piety, a superbly chivalric morality. For in the final analysis every important cultural gesture comes down to a morality, a model for human behavior concentrated into a gesture.” Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (trans. R. Winton). NED ROREM favors the French. The major American composer, now 94, is as famous for his opinions as for his music, maybe more so. Click HERE  BE SURE to listen to his commentary. “The French are profoundly superficial and the Germans are superficially profound.”

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SESQUICENTENNIAL OF ARTURO TOSCANINI

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CONDUCTOR of the mid-20th century is being honored in word and sound. Steven Richman and his Harmonie Ensemble recreate the crystal clear, non-sentimental style of the fiery Italian maestro, longtime conductor of La Scala opera in Milan, the New York Philharmonic and the NBC Symphony Orchestra which was created just for him. The CD includes the overture Giuseppe Verdi composed for his opera Aïda, only to reject it in favor of a brief prelude that jumps immediately into the drama. (Verdi was right; the overture is a throwback. You won’t find it anywhere else.)

FRESH REVIEWS

COWARD’S PRESENT LAUGHTER  at Monterey Peninsula College, and DiPietro’s OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS  in Salinas. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY dances to the music of Adams, Beethoven and Bernstein. MONTEREY SYMPHONY hosts soloist David Jae-Weon Huh in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. WHOLEHEARTED CHORUS coming to Hidden Valley. Concerto competition winners with the UC SANTA CRUZ ORCHESTRA. PacRep opens MAMMA MIA! in Carmel.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor