Weekly Magazine

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THIS WEEK

PIANIST JURA MARGULIS returns to Hidden Valley. ALI RYERSON FLUTE MASTER CLASS opens series at Hidden Valley. JOHN ANDERSON says farewell to MPC, conducts its concert band. HARTNELL College Orchestra to play Mozart and Chaminade. Rebecca Jackson’s MUSIC IN MAY brings world-class chamber musicians to Cabrillo College for two concerts. The popular Monterey JAZZ JAM RETURNS to Embassy Suites. BAY BELLES and CYPRESSAIRES (above) Barbershop Extravaganza at Carmel’s Unitarian Church. (Scroll down to hear some fine a cappella by the Four Freshmen and the Beach Boys.) CALIFORNIA ROOTS to take over Monterey Fairgrounds. A NEW OPERA gets created at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the adverts, left.

SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAMS NEED YOU NOW

EVERY CHILD DESERVES great music education and everyone benefits. As they are finalizing their budgets for the 2018-19 school year, school districts need to hear from you now! Make a difference for a lifetime in just a few minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCAET SITE DEMONSTRATION DAY

WEDNESDAY MORNING event in conjunction with Millenium Charter High School at Monterey County Office of Education. Click HERE  

ALWAYS DAPPER TOM WOLFE, 1931-2018

RADICWolfeAL CHIC  Leonard Bernstein’s 1966 birthday party. Some of those in attendance: “Jason Robards, Gian Carlo Menotti, Schuyler Chapin, Goddard Lieberson, Mike Nichols, Lillian Hellman, Larry Rivers, Aaron Copland, Richard Avedon, Milton and Amy Greene, Lukas Foss, Jennie Tourel, Samuel Barber, Jerome Robbins, Steve Sondheim, Adolph and Phyllis Green, Betty Comden, and the Patrick O’Neals… and now, in the season of Radical Chic, the Black Panthers. That huge Panther there, the one Felicia is smiling her tango smile at, is Robert Bay, who just 41 hours ago was arrested in an altercation with the police, supposedly over a .38-caliber revolver that someone had, in a parked car in Queens at Northern Boulevard and 104th Street or some such unbelievable place, and taken to jail on a most unusual charge called “criminal facilitation.” And now he is out on bail and walking into Leonard and Felicia Bernstein’s 13-room penthouse duplex on Park Avenue.”

19-YEAR OLD SHEKU KANNEH-MASON

LEAVES AN INDELIBLE stamp on Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHORS ON AUTHORS

VITRIOL ON STEROIDS. “That’s not writing. That’s typing.” Capote on Kerouac. Click HERE

MUSIC IN MAY

AT CABRILLO COLLEGE this weekend. But that’s not all they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘ONLY SIX COMPOSERS HAD SYPHILIS’

“THE LIST OF COMPOSERS who had syphilis is short. The list of composers said to have had syphilis is enormous,” retired surgeon Jonathan Noble says in his new book. Click HERE

OUR BIG GRIPE THIS WEEK

NEITHER COMMUNITY COLLEGES nor high school performing arts programs think enough of their students to promote their efforts, much less their achievements, to the media. But Cabrillo College stands out for its dedication to their students, as does UC Santa Cruz, witness their websites. Santa Catalina (High) School in Monterey gets it and uses it. But neither Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, CSU Monterey Bay, nor any other public or private high school in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties makes any serious effort to inform the media. Their Facebook accounts are usually too passive and ‘in house’ to be effective. Their students’ hard work and achievements deserve a proactive effort. Check out Cabrillo’s excellent website HERE

RETRO A CAPPELLA

THEIR HEARTS WERE FULL OF SPRING

THE FOUR FRESHMEN, recorded July 22, 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEACH BOYS, from the 1980s

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

MONTEREY SYMPHONY with pianist Philippe Bianconi. Click HERE

THE REALISTIC JONESES at Center Stage. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY and Daniel Stewart play the movie music of John Williams at Civic Auditorium. SMUIN DANCE returns to Carmel with Helen Pickett’s Oasis, Amy Seiwart’s Falling Up and Val Canaparoli’s If I Were a Sushi Roll, a world premiere. MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE at UCSC. FLUTIST KEITH UNDERWOOD performs at Hidden Valley. THE FIRE IN THE WOOD opens at the Cherry Center.

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 Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

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THIS WEEK

MONTEREY SYMPHONY’S “Concert Grand” season finale features pianist Philippe Bianconi in Liszt’s Second Concerto and Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Max Bragado-Darman also conducts Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The annual MIRIAM ELLIS INTERNATIONAL PLAYHOUSE returns to Stevenson Center at UCSC with short plays in Punjabi, French, German and Spanish, with English super-titles. Will Eno’s REALISTIC JONESES opens at Center Stage. CARMEL VALLEY SINGERS DEBUT: Anne Burleigh’s vocal ensemble (photo above by Bill Burleigh) pops open the champagne. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the adverts, left.

WEST COAST

MAX BRAGADO-DARMAN TO RETIRE

bragadoposterLONGTIME MONTEREY SYMPHONY conductor to step down after 2019-20 season. He will leave an orchestra in noticeably better shape than he found it in 2004 when he was installed as music director. His 2018-19 season, “Soundwaves,” will host commissioned composer Alex Berko, flutist Carol Wincenc, percussionist Christopher S Lamb, violinist Elmar Oliveira and pianist Marcos Madrigal. Berko’s Among Waves will open the sea-themed season in October. Major works will include Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Debussy’s La mer, Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with guest conductor Jung-Ho Pak, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Click HERE

JOHN ANDERSON’S FINALE AT MPC

THE CONCERT BAND on May 24 will be his last as a member of the MPC faculty. Anderson will continue to cultivate his ‘love child,’ Ensemble Monterey, which performs all its concerts on the Monterey Peninsula and in Santa Cruz.

HA MBONGUI AFRICAN DANCE CONFERENCE

MAY 18-20, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz. Click HERE

WHERE TAIKO DRUMMING FLOURISHES

Click HERE.

PASCAL LE BOEUF’S RITUAL BEING

WITH THE Friction String Quartet, at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, May 21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST COAST

NEW STUPID AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

THE MET DELETES Levine opera broadcast recordings from its Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel. This is self-injurious since it represents a major chunk of the Met’s history, including many of its greatest artists. You can hate the sexual predator; anyway his career is destroyed. Click HERE

NEW HOPE FOR THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY

ACCLAIMED CONDUCTOR Gianandrea Noseda takes over where a lot of improvement is or should be on its short list. Click HERE

CRAZY ONE-MAN/WOMAN BAND IN PHILLY

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BUT YOU STILL CAN’T beat a cheesesteak sandwich. Click HERE

SOMETIMES YOU CAN TELL A BOOK BY ITS COVER

WidmanANTOINE TAMESTIT’S new CD of viola music by Jörg Widmann makes me wonder why the composer, born in 1973, seems so displeased with Tamestit’s Stradivari viola, made in 1672. Widmann almost never lets it sing, but uses it primarily for sound effects, including some exotic ones for the orchestra. The solo instrument does come up for air in the concerto’s second–mostly ‘on the bridge’–and fifth movements and in the ‘duos’ that are sandwiched between it and the brutal Jagdquartett (‘hunting quartet’), played by the Signum Quartet. Not for the faint of heart or the lyrically romantic. Otherwise, a great CD with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

A FRESH INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP GLASS

COMPOSER, now 81, talks with Lolade Fadulu. Click HERE

BARBARA ROSE BONER

IN HER MONTEREY HERALD COLUMN of May 10, describing Max Bragado-Darman’s announced plan to retire from the Monterey Symphony, Barbara Rose Shuler wrote, “The Monterey Symphony is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay.” Somehow 60 seasons of the Santa Cruz Symphony have escaped BRS’ notice. (Both orchestras depended on amateurs as well as pros in their early years.) The Herald and the Santa Cruz Sentinal are under the same ownership. Herald managing editor Dave Kellogg has direct responsibility for his paper’s content.

JONATHAN PARK “DUMBFOUNDED”

KOREAN-AMERICAN RAPPER wants to challenge your preconceived stereotypes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

CAMERATA’S “To Pauline With Love” and YMMC’s “Mother’s Musical Souvenir.” Click HERE

BLACKBIRD in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

JOHN ANDERSON’S farewell to MPC. HARTNELL College Orchestra to play Mozart. PIANIST JURA MARGULIS returns to Hidden Valley. ALI RYERSON FLUTE MASTER CLASS opens series at Hidden Valley. CALIFORNIA ROOTS to take over Monterey Fairgrounds.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor