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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 CyrilCyril 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

LehmkuhlI CANTORI CHOIR CHOOSES NEW CONDUCTOR

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

SeiwertAMY 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEW

TWO BACH FESTIVAL concerts. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor; associate editor, JJ Raasch.

 

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MONTEREY SYMPHONY NAMES NEW E.D.

NR (1)AFTER YEARS without a stand-alone executive, the Symphony has promoted its Director of Institutional Development, Nicola Reilly, to Executive Director. “Nicola will be responsible for managing the staff of the Symphony and all aspects of its operations. She will continue to be in charge of the Symphony’s marketing and development activities, with the support of myself and the board of directors. We believe that this move will provide the ability for the Symphony to prosper as it presents its 72nd Season, Concert Grand, beginning in October,” said Lee Rosen, Board President. Congratulations to all concerned. (BTW, Nicola has herself a wedding date this fall.)

COMING UP THIS WEEK

80TH CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL officially opens with two weeks of Main concerts, chamber concerts, recitals and run-out events around the Monterey Peninsula. MARIA “Midnight at the Oasis” MULDAUR brings her blues band to Seaside’s Laguna Grande Park. For other listings and links click our CALENDAR 

SC CHAMBER PLAYERS CHOOSES PHYLLIS ROSENBLUM

BOARD ELECTS well-known Phyl Rosenblum as new board chair, and hires Julia Apgar as new Executive Director. 2017-18 season names individual Concert Directors for its six programs: Derek Tam, Solmaaz Adeli, Roy Malan, Brian Johnson, Chris Pratorius Gómez and Ivan Rosenblum.

RARIFIED BACH AT BACH FESTIVAL

MONDAY AFTERNOON concerts feature the soprano cantata “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” with Mhairi Lawson. “My heart bathes in blood” begins as the singer confesses great sin in abject humility, but warms through a series of recitatives and arias—including a chorale—to joyful optimism in salvation. Bach makes that transition with subtlety and bachcantat-preview-m3deeply felt persuasion. A new Harmonia Mundi CD features the crystal clear coloratura of Carolyn Sampson with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in the same work. Sampson also sings Bach’s joyous secular wedding cantata, “Weichet nur” and joins bass-baritone Andreas Wolf in the sacred cantata “Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn” which concludes with a duet. If you remain hungry for more Bach than you can get at the Bach Festival, this CD is guaranteed to deliver satisfaction.

A NEW WAY TO REALLY ANNOY YOUR FELLOW CONCERTGOERS

A PROGRAM NOTES APP for your iPad during a performance. Click HERE

THE SOCIAL MEDIA ARTS REVOLUTION

EXPLODING TECHNOLOGY gives everyone a potentially powerful public voice with startling impacts on the ‘legacy’ institutional arts, including professional critics. CHRIS JONES, writing in the Chicago Sun Times, likens its magnitude to the circulation of Martin Luther’s “Gutenberg” bible and the subsequent posting of his “Ninety-five Theses” that launched the Protestant Reformation exactly 500 years ago. Click HERE  MEGAN GARBER in The Atlantic offers a related perspective that redefines ‘community.’ Click HERE

THE INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY WITHOUT TOUCHING

THE MYSTERIOUS THEREMIN is much more than a weird movie special effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SADAKICHI HARTMANN’S PERFUME CONCERT

IT TOOK PLACE 115 YEARS AGO in New York. A Trip to Japan in 16 Minutes was a real stinker. Click HERE  BE SURE to watch the video-recreation.

CONDUCTOR HERBERT BLOMSTEDT TURNS 90 TODAY

blomstedt_600FORMER SAN FRANCISCO music director works non-stop. Norman Lebrecht sends greetings. “A Seventh Day Adventist, he does not work Saturdays,” Lebrecht claims. “But for the rest of the week he has rarely an idle moment. Last week he toured Bruckner’s 5th symphony with the NDR Elbphilharmonie in Lübeck, Rendsburg and Neubrandenburg. Next week he’s with the Bamberg Symphony in Bamberg, Würzburg, St. Stephan Dom in Passau and Bruckner’s old church St. Florian in Linz. Between August and Christmas he will conduct 36 concerts with the Gewandhaus, Danish National Symphony, NHK, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio, Swedish Radio and the Vienna Philharmonic. Happy birthday, Maestro B!”

FRESH REVIEWS

JEFFREY HEYER covers Paper Wing’s new Alice in Wonderland. PHILIP PEARCE keeps up with The Western Stage’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor; associate editor, JJ Raasch.