Weekly Magazine

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Harrison at his desert straw bale house in Joshua Tree. Photo by Eva Soltes

LOU HARRISON TURNS 100

ON MAY 14. An American original, founder of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and long-time resident (with partner Bill Colvig) of Aptos. Since his death in 2003 at age 85, his reputation has only soared. He was as widely loved for his sensitivity and exactitude as a musician/composer as for his gregarious personality—his own self-described “glandular optimism.” Alex Ross loved Lou in The New Yorker. Click HERE

COMING UP THIS WEEK

MANY PROMINENT SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area musicians will join Monterey Bay colleagues to celebrate Harrison’s 100th anniversary this Sunday in Santa Cruz. Also on Mother’s Day, the Camerata Singers celebrate their “Arts in Harmony” annual event atVANYA_10 Hidden Valley in Carmel Valley. The first of what is hoped to be an annual, Monterey International Blues Festival invades the Monterey Fairgrounds on Saturday. UCSC and Cabrillo College music ensembles in a flurry of concerts on both campuses. Spring Dance returns to Monterey Peninsula College. Harold Pinter’s Betrayal opens at PacRep’s Circle Theatre. Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (pictured) continues its current run at Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond. Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony performs on Saturday at Aptos High School. For details of these and many more live events, click on our CALENDAR and/or on the ads, left.

LOU HARRISON’S PACIFIKA RONDO

COMBINING WESTERN and Asian instruments and practices, it distills his masterful synthesis of cultures that ring the Pacific Ocean. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONTEREY NATIVE MAKES D.C. DEBUHarrayT

DANIEL HARRAY, film and stage actor, makes his Studio Theatre debut in The Father, opening this week. Off Broadway, he performed in The 39 Steps at Union Square Theater. Select regional credits include The Beaux’ Stratagem and Don Juan at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Cyrano at Sierra Repertory Theatre, 33 Variations at Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, Wit at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The Scarlet Letter at Lookingglass Theatre Company. He is featured in the upcoming season of Orange Is the New Black and in the 2016 independent film Hold Me. Harray holds an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. Click HERE

CONGRESS: NEA & NEH MORE IMPORTANT THAN TRUMP

WHITTLED DOWN PRESIDENT’S budget attack backfires; it brought harm to veterans and an obvious threat to House Republicans. Story from the LA Times includes two video. Click HERE

BALLET FOR HYPERACTIVE BOYS?

WHY NOT? Click HERE

NEWLY ‘PRINTED’ STRAD VIOLIN COPY

SEE AND HEAR IT, and a real Strad for comparison. Click HERE

HOW GREEK THEATER SHAPED DEMOCRACY  

IN ANCIENT ATHENS theater was a forum for ethics as well as drama. Click HERE

BEVERLY WATKINS

STILL SINGING AND PLAYING THE BLUES

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

A.R. GURNEY’S hilarious Sylvia gets taken for a walk in Jewel Theatre’s revival at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

SAL FERRANTELLI’S last concert with I Cantori di Carmel, and the Santa Cruz Symphony’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Manzoni” Requiem. Click HERE

 Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor

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COMING UP

JEWEL THEATRE’S popular production of AR Gurney’s Sylvia returns by popular demand, this time at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER opens Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikRobert-Greenberg-Headshot-663x996e in Ben Lomond. DANIEL STEWART and the SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY present Giuseppe Verdi’s great “Manzoni” Requiem in Santa Cruz and Watsonville on the weekend, with soloists from the Met and the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus. I CANTORI (pictured above) says farewell to its much-loved music director SAL FERRANTELLI in his final appearances, after 36 years, at Carmel Mission. RENOWNED musicologist/lecturer ROBERT GREENBERG (right) presents “Ludwig van Beethoven-Innovation with Attitude” on Sunday at All Saints Church in Carmel. For more information, details and links, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left

LA PHIL’S GUSTAVO DUDAMEL SPEAKS OUT

VENEZUELA’S CULTURAL AMBASSADOR appeals to the Maduro government to back away from violence and find a peaceful resolution to his country’s national crisis. Click HERE

A TALE OF TWO SYMPHONIES

NEW MARKETING STRATEGIES ARE ON THE MOVE BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MONTEREY AND SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONIES

THE 2017-18 seasons of the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies are now published and current subscribers are being actively solicited to renew their subscriptions. This task falls mainly to the marketing staff, which basically comes down to two people: Nicola Reilly in Monterey and James “JD” de Leon in Santa Cruz. Though they are both fairly new in their posts, each brings a considerable depth and background to their tasks and both will be spending part of their summer putting new faces on their respective institutions, most obviously with new websites. For the rest of the story, click HERE

MONTEREY SYMPHONY ON PBS’S “IN AMERICA”

A DOCUMENTARY made during the November, 2015, concert by pianist Orion Weiss and the Monterey Symphony, with student musicians from Youth Music Monterey in the orchestra and commentary from Symphony artistic and administrative staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENIUS

ANOTHER NEW SERIES from National Geographic advocates a music designed to increase concentration and creativity inspired by Einstein. Hmm. I doubt it would work that way for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS

SFCV’S 2017 UPDATE of music festivals of California and the upper West Coast, organized by opening dates. Click HERE

GREAT LATVIAN VIOLINIST DRAWS THE LINE

GIDON KREMER distinguishes between musicians who live music and those who use it. In the former category he names the late Nikolas Harnoncourt and the late Leonard Bernstein, both acclaimed giants in their field. He discretely declines to name those in the other, much larger, group. Click HERE

SAVING QUECHUA

16-YEAR-OLD RENATA FLORES covers Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys in her native Quechua to keep the Incan language of Peru alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor