Weekly Magazine

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PIANIST YUJA WANG

ALL THIS ENERGY at the Santa Cruz Symphony this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND PETITE fashionista. Click HERE

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remembering-charles-addams--again--actual-imageOPENING AT CABRILLO STAGE THIS WEEK

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical comedy written and composed by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, and based on the endearingly ghoulish characters created by Charles Addams, famed New Yorker cartoonist, first in 1932, and then, regularly from 1938 until his death in 1988. For more click HERE

BOB DYLAN’S 27-MINUTE NOBEL SPEECH

AUDIO RECORDED in Los Angeles, June 4, 2017, it has been discredited for evidence of plagiarism.

 

 

 

 

 

CONVOLUTED HISTORY OF YOUNG CAESAR

APTOS COMPOSER LOU HARRISON’S GAY OPERA, composed in 1971, has advanced in fits and starts, and now opens in what may be its first transcendent production tonight at Walt Disney Hall in LA. John Rockwell reports. Click HERE

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL AT 80

WITH ITS SEVERELY LIMITED inclusion of the festival namesake’s music, the shrinking Oregon Bach Festival may offer a cautionary tale. Click HERE

LIVING WITH CRITICS, LIKE IT OR NOT

CRITICAL DONALD TRUMP ATTACKS TRUMP CRITICS, noted by Adam Kirsch (who is a professional critic). Meanwhile, Trump voters attack depiction of him as Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, while Trump channels King Lear by requiring that his cabinet genuflect at his feet while cameras rolled. Click HERE

NEED TO STAGE A SEX SCENE?

THERE’S a professional choreographer for that. Click HERE

FRESH BREEZE FROM THE LEVANT

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SABIL

TRUE PLEASURE blew in from Duo Sabȋl—Ahmad Al Kathib and Youssef Hbeisch, oud and percussion respectively—in their new Harmonia Mundi CD, “Zabad, Twilight Tide.” The oud is the deep-throated, fretless Middle Eastern lute—source of our word lute—a collection of nine tracks (62 minutes) that represents “the endurance of Arabic musical tradition.” Here, Duo Sabȋl are joined by Elie Khoury on buzuq, a long-necked, higher pitched lute related to the Greek bouzouki, and Hubert Dupont, double bass, in a swirl of instrumental song and dance of irresistible seduction, pinched exquisitely by the natural scale that sounds out of tune to occidental ears. Most of these tracks begin beguilingly slow then ramp up in pace and swirling energy. Their balance of tradition and improvisation clears the auditory palate just when it needs such cleansing most. Click HERE

SUMMER SOLSTICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEW

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at PacRep. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor

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PAUL CONTOS GETS 2017 DOWNBEAT AWARD

MONTEREY JAZZ FEST EDUCATION DIRECTOR awarded DownBeat Magazine Jazz Education Achievement Award recognizing his impact on students at the MJF, UC Santa Cruz and SFJAZZ. The DownBeat Jazz Education Achievement Award winners, chosen by its editors, acknowledges jazz instructors who have made significant contributions toward the development of future jazz artists and positively impacted their school’s jazz Rob Klevan Jazz Camp 2007_Photo Credit Edie Ellisprograms through their commitment to jazz education. Click HERE  ALSO, ROB KLEVAN, left, MJF’s Education Director from 2003-2011 and current MJF Middle School and Honor Vocal Ensemble Director and York School instructor, was recently given the Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music’s 2017 John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award. (Photos by Edie Ellis.)

COMING UP THIS WEEK

ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and Cabrillo Touring Chorus are taking their new commission, Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Sunset in My Hand, for chamber orchestra, chamber choir and youth choir, to Carnegie Hall in New York. They’re performing it at a kick-off to the tour on Saturday at Cabrillo College.  Jazz at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz includes a ukulele masterclass by Tim Egan. Summertime Bands on the Beach series starts up this Friday at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with two shows by Eddie Money. SpectorDance holds its Spring Performance with four opportunities to watch in Marina. Details and live links on our CALENDAR  PACREP opens Peter and the Starcatcher at the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOD FOR DANCERS

IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED how male dancers lift their partners with such grace and ease, study their diets. Click HERE

THE SOUNDS OF EXTINCTION

RACHEL CARSON warned us in her SILENT SPRING, published in 1962. BERNIE KRAUSE proves her prediction, alarmingly.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELLIST JEREMY TAI WINS THE 2017 KLEIN COMPETITION

LOOK FOR HIM to join the Santa Cruz Symphony as a soloist in a coming season. Click HERE

DANIEL HSU TAKES CLIBURN AWARDS

AT JUST 19, BAY AREA NATIVE won Bronze plus Best Performance in Chamber Music and Best Performance of a New Work. Click HERE

mcgowanCOMPOSER NED McGOWAN AT OJAI WORKSHOP

CARMEL NATIVE, now resident of Amsterdam, has joined the Eighth Blackbird chamber ensemble at the Ojai Festival as a guest artist for the two-week Blackbird Creative Lab through Sunday, June 24.

EARTH HARP

THE WORLD’S LONGEST string instrument, an 800-foot musical skyscraper. Click HERE

rei-hotoda-1-243x180FRESNO PHIL HIRES NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR

REI HOTODA, currently assistant conductor of the Utah Symphony, was the unanimous choice from a field of six by both the orchestra’s board and its musicians’ search committee. See her in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARA DOWNES, INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

UC DAVIS pianist/artist-in-residence wins 2017 annual Chancellor’s Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH THEATER REVIEWS

LAYNE LITTLEPAGE in Carmel and Born Yesterday in Salinas. Click HERE 

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor