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DID I HEAR AN ECHO?

Daniel_Stewart_Santa_Cruz_asideDANIEL STEWART ANNOUNCED the Santa Cruz Symphony’s 2017-18 season, during last weekend’s concerts in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. FIRST program: Holst’s The Planets, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, featuring concertmaster Nigel Armstrong. SECOND: John Adams’ The Chairman Dances, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (just heard that in Carmel) and Beethoven Symphony 7 (heard last year in Carmel). THIRD: Wagner’s Meistersinger Prelude, Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (just heard that in Carmel). FOURTH: Mozart Marriage of Figaro overture, Lou Harrison’s Marriage at the Eiffel Tower, a doublebass concerto by Giovanni Bottesini featuring the 2016 Klein String Competition winner and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K364 (heard that in January in Carmel). FIFTH: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection.” Plus a STUNNING SURPRISE in June which will be announced officially tomorrow.

COMING UP THIS WEEK

47TH NEXT GENERATION JAZZ FESTIVAL starts Friday, 7pm, at the Golden State Theatre, and continues Saturday and Sunday, starting 9am, at various downtown Monterey venues. ESPRESSIVO ORCHESTRA plays Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question, Ned Rorem’s Eleven Studies for Eleven Players and the original chamber orchestra version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, in Santa Cruz. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS survey vocal and instrumental works by French composers, music by Enriquez Valderrabano and a world premiere by Chris Pratorius-Gomez, in Aptos. SIX CURRENT STAGE PRODUCTIONS continue on both sides of the bay, plus an opening on Sunday of Paul Rudnik’s I HATE HAMLET. Click our CALENDAR for links these and other events of the week.

MONTHLY JAZZ JAM SUSPENDED

HOST LEE DURLEY has sent around a notice that the popular jazz jam held every last Sunday afternoon at Embassy Suites in Seaside is on hold. He explains that the Cypress Lounge is included in a major renovation that may, or may not, result in its future use as the venue for the jazz jam. Just in case, he is evaluating alternatives.

REPUBLICAN MIKE HUCKABEE

PLEADS TO SAVE NEA FUNDING in a Washington Post op-ed. Click HERE

WHAT THE HECK IS MUSICAL ANHEDONIA?

IT’S ABOUT PEOPLE who don’t get music at all. Click HERE

SHOSTAKOVICH IN FICTION

NoiseJULIAN BARNES’ recent novel, The Noise of Time, works up three events that pivot off Solomon Volkov’s “Testimony,” a collection of interviews with the great composer that, from when it first appeared in 1979—long before the collapse of the Soviet Union—inspired great controversy. In Volkov, Shostakovich talks at length about his fear of being ‘disappeared,’ of being set up by Stalin as a stooge, yet is often very petty in his comments about colleagues. (The terrible legacy of Josef Stalin’s ‘reign of terror’ still prevailed; indeed, it seems to still.) The three chapters that make up Barnes’ book are titled “On the Landing,” “On the Plane” and “In the Car.” The first portrays Shostakovich spending his nights next to the elevator in his apartment building, suitcase packed, waiting for the men he expected on any night to take him away. (He didn’t want those men to frighten his children.) The second deals with the composer’s trip to New York as a representative of Soviet ‘values’ in opposition to those of bourgeois America. (He hated it, and himself for the things he said in public.) The third describes the composer’s induction into membership in the Communist PaTestimony_(book)rty. (Instead of speaking truth to power, he became so paranoid that he repeatedly violated his own conscience.) Yet Barnes never acknowledges Volkov’s book, notwithstanding so many of the stories, names and situations that he freely paraphrases. (I met Shostakovich’s son, conductor Maxim in 1981 in San Luis Obispo, and all he would admit to me then was that Volkov’s account “was a book about my father.”) But the Volkov continued to add both detractors and believers, among the latter such well-known Russian musical artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Barshai, Kirill Kondrashin, Gidon Kremer, Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter. Maxim Shostakovich, who originally rejected it, has joined them, and his sister Galina, in supporting Volkov’s portrait of their father. What comes from both books is the image of a musical genius who could never manage to square his personality with his fame, at great personal cost.

RARE SHOSTAKOVICH DOCUMENTARY

1966 FILM of composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his son, conductor Maxim Shostakovich, including such performing luminaries as Leonid Kogan, Sviatoslav Richter, Galina Vishnevskaya, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Evgeny Mravinsky and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEBORAH BORDA, SYMPHONIC RAINMAKER

MIRACLE WORKER went from the New York Phil to the Los Angeles Phil, a step down, and now back to the NYP, another step down. Alex Ross ponders her magic touch. Click HERE

DANCING WHILE DEAF

ANTOINE HUNTER, dancer, director, founder of the Bay Area Deaf International Dance Festival, feels his own beat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

SMUIN BALLET on March 25. Click HERE

YMM CONCERT at Hidden Valley, and SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY in Watsonville. Click HERE 

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor

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‘THE LETTUCE CURTAIN’ CORRECTION

LAST WEEK’S Weekly Magazine claimed that The Western Stage website had not been updated since 2015. This is incorrect. Our access to it was redirected to an archival page. That situation has been rectified. Apologies to TWS administration.

COMING UP THIS WEEK

KLEIN STRING COMPETITION cellist Oliver Herbert joins the Santa Cruz Symphony on March 25 and 26 in a concerto by Haydn. (See below.) Daniel Stewart conducts Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet arranged for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler. SMUIN BALLET returns to Carmel’s Sunset Center. PETER PAN the musical, for kids of all ages, opens at Cabrillo College. SANTA CRUZ CHORALE hosts NEW CHOIR at Holy Cross on Sunday. Details and links on our CALENDAR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABRILLO FESTIVAL 2017

NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR Cristian Măcelaru announces his inaugural season of 12 composers-in-residence, guest artists and seven newly commissioned world premieres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LATEST S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION GRANTS

TRINITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL, Monterey: $3,878, to help subsidize youth ticket costs and to help equip their new performance space. PACREP, Carmel, School of Dramatic Arts: $5,000, to help with productions and youth ticket subsidy. SOL TREASURES, King City: $10,500, to help purchase microphones and subsidize youth tickets. For more info, click HERE 

JOYCE DiDONATO SHOWS HOW IT’S DONE

HER MASTER CLASS deconstructs Handel’s simple, beloved “Ombra mai fu.” Funny, incredibly insightful and nothing to do with vocal technique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOSMAN WEIGHS IN FOR WOMEN COMPOSERS

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE music critic joins a growing chorus against an intolerable glass ceiling. Click HERE

PIANO CONCERTOS BY WOMEN COMPOSERS

PIANIST DANNY DRIVER played a solo recital in Santa Cruz on Sunday. Conductor Rebecca Miller, a Santa Cruz native, joined him (her husband) in this new CD release of three distinctive voices from the late 19th and early middle 20th century France, the US and England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICESTRUMENT ORCHESTRA

AS WINTER ENDS, Tim Linhart still loves his cool music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRITICS ARE HISTORIANS

ALEX ROSS, one of the best, chimes in. “The trouble is, once you accept the proposition that popularity corresponds to value, the game is over for the performing arts. There is no longer any justification for giving space to classical music, jazz, dance, or any other artistic activity that fails to ignite mass enthusiasm.” Click HERE

CHUCK BERRY, 1926-2017

C’EST LA VIE say the old folks, in 1972. He wrote the rock ‘n roll book. He was such an outrage that he’d show up for a contract gig, survey the audience, and then refuse to go on stage without an additional $5K or $10K on the spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

THE LION IN WINTER in Ben Lomond, and THE DANCE OF DEATH in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

MONTEREY SYMPHONY in Carmel. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor