Weekly Magazine

f1fb8cd1d7d14ba9b73cb2fffb8f0182THIS WEEK

ENSō STRING QUARTET (above) plays Mendelssohn, Moravec & Beethoven for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ new-music series opens at UCSC with concerts Friday & Saturday. 2018 NEXT GEN JAZZ FESTIVAL takes over downtown Monterey. JS BACH’S “MUSICAL OFFERING” to Frederick the Great at UCSC. “BEACHBOY” AL JARDINE at the Rio Santa Cruz. LEE RITENOUR & DAVE GRUSIN return to Kuumbwa Jazz. OUR TOWN opens at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. For links to these live events click our CALENDAR

MONTEREY JAZZ 2018 HEADLINERSMJF-18_Poster_FINALb

SEPT 21-23 FESTIVAL INCLUDES Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd, Lucinda Williams and Jon Batiste. For all the Arena artists, click HERE

MJF 2018 NEXT GEN JAZZ RESULTS. Judging was held in early March. Click HERE   

SO WHAT?

YOU’VE HEARD MILES DAVIS’ LEGENDARY “KIND OF BLUE.” Now you can see the Miles Davis Quintet play it: John Coltrane on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. This live telecast on CBS dates from April 2, 1959, as part of “The Sound of Miles Davis,” an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater Show produced and introduced by Herridge and directed by Jack Smight. “Kind of Blue” was recorded one month earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davis ColtraneMILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE: FINAL TOUR

FOUR-CD set of 1960 European tour now available at long last. Click HERE

 

CAMERATA SINGERS RAISE $10,000 FOR HOMELESS WOMEN

ON MARCH 2-4, the Camerata Singers presented the inspiring Beatitude Mass (for the Homeless) by Henry Mollicone. No tickets were sold, instead attendees were asked to “pay what you can.” The three performances, in Salinas and Monterey, raised $10,000 which was distributed equally between Dorothy’s Place in Salinas and Gathering for Women in Monterey. “Attendance was amazing,” says Camerata Singers artistic director/conductor, John Koza. “We knew this was a leap of faith and we are most grateful to our community for supporting the many who are homeless.”

S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2018-19

THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION for Monterey County Scholarship program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, play-writing, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Qualifying students attending a two-year college will receive $500 each year. Students attending a four-year college will receive $1000 per year. The awards will be announced at the end of the 2017-18 academic school year. FOR MORE INFORMATION and to apply, click HERE DEADLINE is April 30, 2018.   

CABRILLO’S CRISTIAN MĂCELARU SUBS IN LEIPZIG

ROMANIAN CONDUCTOR replaces Franz Welser-Möst at last minute. He’ll be joined for this week’s concerts by reclusive Romanian pianist Radu Lupu at the historic Gewandhaus.

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METROPOLITAN OPERA stages BambinO, an opera for babies. Click HERE

THE GLORIOUS VIOLIN

GV@MWHEN LOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC LOVERS sneak out of town, you can bet they’re headed to Music@Menlo, whose 16th season runs from July 13 through August 4 at the Menlo School in Atherton. Carmel Music Society and Chamber Music Monterey Bay, whose series use Sunset Center and are heavy with classical chamber music, have recruited artists from Music@Menlo, including the festival’s artistic leadership of pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel as well as such other luminaries as violinist Philip Setzer, violist Roberto Díaz (who runs the Curtis Institute) and pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Orion Weiss. (Cellist Colin Carr, who just played a benefit at Hidden Valley for Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn restoration has also appeared at Music@Menlo.) A fabulous introduction to Music@Menlo is the treasury of live chamber music from the 2017 Music@Menlo Festival, now available in an 8-CD set at $100, a reduced price from buying the 8 discs individually. (Cheaper still at iTunes.) I have listened to all of these performances and found them loaded with spirit and personality. The repertoire runs from Carlo Farina’s hilarious Capriccio stravagante of 1627 to John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices of 1999. Among the many well-known chamber music masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras are such delicious rarities as Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonata for Two Violins in E Minor (1730), Beethoven’s String Quintet in C (1801), Louis Spohr’s splendid Double String Quartet in D Minor (1823), Brahms’ Horn Trio (1865), George Enescu’s String Octet in C (1900), Ottorino Respighi’s Sonata in B Minor (1917) and Fritz Kreisler’s String Quartet in A Minor (1919). There are several virtuoso violin solos of music by Giovanni Viotti, Rodolphe Kreutzer, Ferdinand David, Joseph Joachim and Eugène Ysaÿe. This collection gets our highest recommendation.

damaged mindCHOREOGRAPHING THE TRAUMATIZED MIND

HYBRID OF DANCE AND THEATER goes from a horrendous tragedy to a performance piece all about what’s goin on in someone’s head. Click HERE 

FALSE MYTHS & TRUE GENIUS OF ERICH KORNGOLD

Erich KorngoldA FASCINATING portrait of the composer (anointed “genius” as a boy by Gustav Mahler), his influential/overbearing father, the astonishing ascendency of Austrian Jews at the turn of the 20th century and Korngold’s disconnect between his artistic impulse and the times he lived in. His opera Das Wunder der Heliane (1927) is lushly mystical and erotic, popular with the public but panned by critics, still a masterpiece of its romantic genre. Yet his impact on Hollywood film music remains unquenchable. This lengthy and thoroughly researched history by Michael Haas includes copious musical clips. Click HERE

NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT PIANO SOLO

BALAKIREV’S Islamey, played by unique artist Ivo Pogorelich, in 1992 at Carnegie Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK

ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra in Santa Cruz. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE plays Carmel Mission. BROADWAY BOYS at CSUMB’s World Theater.

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 Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

 

Weekly Magazine

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THIS WEEK

SEMANA SANTA—Holy Week—suspends secular performances in Roman Catholic corners of the world. Why that happens in the Monterey Bay Area mystifies; the invitation for sacred music is a wide open door, yet its principal practitioners—local choirs—have opted out in favor of other dates and venues. Hence our scant Calendar this week. Could it have something to do with Easter and April Fools’ Day together on Sunday? Still there is music in the air: Painted Mandolin (above) celebrates the late, great Jerry Garcia’s acoustic music. And, in Santa Cruz County, worthwhile theater celebrates Lent by staying open. Meanwhile click our CALENDAR now and throughout the week.

AbreuEL SISTEMA FOUNDER DIES

JOSÉ ABREU, music educator who mentored LA Phil’s Gustavo Dudamel and whose influence lives on in Monterey Bay youth orchestra programs, was 78. Abreu’s calling was to use music to lift children out of poverty and away from violence. Click HERE

2018 BUDGET INCREASES FUNDS FOR NEA, NEH & CPB

CONGRESS STIMIES TRUMP’S EFFORTS to eliminate funding. Click HERE

MAXIMIZING THE ‘SPILLOVER’ EFFECT

WHEN ARTS ORGANIZATIONS implement ‘the spillover effect’ it can shift their gears up to more powerful economic results. Click HERE   

PHILANTHOPY’S SEVEN DEADLY SINS

ALI WEBB learns about them from leading philanthropic institutions. Click HERE  

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THE MEDUSA’S SERPENTS CONTINUE TO KILL

SHE IS THE UNQUENCHABLE METAPHOR for our time as migrants continue to drown in the Mediterranean, this time in Hans Werner Henze’s opera. Click HERE

SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE SAVED PAT MARTINO’S MUSIC

A RADICAL SURGICAL procedure produced startling results. Click HERE   

ROBERT LEVIN HONORED

LEIPZIG BACH MEDAL this year goes to the American pianist and musicologist Robert Levin for “lifetime achievement.” President of the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig lauded Levin’s special contribution to the transfer of knowledge about Bach’s heritage. Robert Levin explains why Mozart’s instrument cannot be ignored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDLE FANCIES

9454_cover_largeIF YOU LIKE YOUR TONES with minimal overtones, then the oboe is for you. But if you prefer a rich tapestry of overtones in your music, then go for the marimba. And, in particular, this generous new Bridge CD of works by Paul Lansky for Gwendolyn Dease’s solo marimba. The disc contains Spirals (2013), Three Moves (1998) and Idle Fancies (2008). The latter, in six movements titled Laughing Matter, Soliloquy, Repetitive Stress, Tipped Scales, Split Rails and Hop (3), adds a touch of extra percussion—wood blocks and bells. Dease, currently at Michigan State University’s College of Music, is quite the wizard of her instrument.

CONDUCTOR TEODOR CURRENTZIS & MUSICAETERNA

FROM PERM, in Western Siberia, a remarkable musical relationship. Noah Sneider tells their story. Click HERE   MEET THEM face to face at the Lucerne Festival, last spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

SMUIN DANCE SERIES 01. Click HERE

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY in Watsonville; ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

ENSō STRING QUARTET plays for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ new music series at UCSC. JS BACH’S MUSICAL GIFT to Frederick the Great in Santa Cruz. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE plays Carmel Mission. AL JARDINE in Santa Cruz. LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE in Salinas. LEE RITENOUR & DAVE GRUSIN return to Kuumbwa Jazz.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @PerfArtsMtyBay

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor