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PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE, 23-strong, brings the music of old Venice to Carmel. OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS readers theater production opens this weekend in Salinas and Monterey. George & Ira Gershwin’s NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT begins its run at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater. Noël Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER takes the Morgan Stock Stage at Monterey Peninsula College. For details and links to these and other live performance events, click here>> CALENDAR


_MG_3700 working colors_previewLURKING AMONG the string players of the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies is a solo violinist of prodigious achievements. Eldar Hudiyev and his young family made their home in Monterey just last year. Armed with a lengthy international résumé, Hudiyev (older brother of conductor Farkhad and clarinetist Emil, all now with well known local credentials) teamed up with James Neiman, a widely recognized API technical writer and consultant and passionate amateur pianist, in a Neiman house-concert Saturday in Carmel Valley. The purpose was to introduce Hudiyev to an invited audience of local classical movers/shakers, and fans. None of the 40 guests crammed into the Neiman living room left unimpressed. In a program of rarely heard sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, and the monumental Sonata in A by Cesar Franck, they bore witness to an artist of distinctive gifts and ambition, a man whose musical prowess ranged from soulful circumspection to fiery temperament. Hudiyev has already established himself in the greater SF Bay Area. Notice is now posted that he is available, and should be well-considered, as a valuable artist in his own right. Meanwhile, he still takes students at his Monterey studio. Photo: Andrea Neiman, CADAFOTO Photography.


DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS adds smokeworks to the skulls and costumes.









SO SAYS Lorna MacDonald, professor of voice at the University of Toronto. Click HERE

FATS DOMINO, 1928-2017















STILL THE BEAT goes on. (But the story does not reveal Beethoven’s utterly witty portrait of it in his 8th Symphony.) Click HERE


magnusAFTER FIRE, FLOODS, LANDSLIDES, A FAILED BRIDGE and other temporary irritations, Henry Miller Memorial Library is once open and accessible. But, library-director Toren says, it’s “a light at the end of the tunnel.” He now has to get the popular bookshop/cultural museum/performance venue back up to ADA (American with Disabilities Act) code. He describes all the interruptions as “so many scabs torn off,” and access from the south remains very limited—only via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road now, with Highway 1 further south not expected to open until late summer, 2018. Meanwhile, he says he expects to relinquish the Henry Miller LAB that opened a year ago in Carmel as the Library’s interim venue awaiting the now-open Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1.


BREWER & SHIPLEY distinctive harmonies in their 1972 Weeds album’s original studio recording of Bob Dylan classic. Too bad harmony is no longer valued in contemporary pop music.








STEVE MARTIN’S Picasso at the Lapin Agile, at Hartnell College. Click HERE


ALWAYS PATSY CLINE  will open at the Colligan in a new Jewel Theatre production. Popular MORGENSTERN TRIO returns to Chamber Music Monterey Bay. Mezzo-soprano SOLMAAZ ADELI takes charge of Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ second concert of their season. The SANTA CRUZ COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY takes over the Music Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, Nov. 12, when Nathaniel Berman conducts Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY will present its Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras at Sunset Center, on Sunday, Nov. 12, featuring 8-year-old solo violinist Nicholas Brady. Composer NED ROREM compares German and French aesthetics, “A German joke is no laughing matter.”

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

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THE PACIFIC RIM MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017, “From the Root to the Living Tradition,” descends on UC Santa Cruz for five concerts of wide ranging styles—including international artists and world premieres—at the university’s Music Center Recital Hall. Non-repeating programs will be offered, free of charge, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, with a final concert on Sunday at 3pm.

Concert 1 “From the Root” on Wednesday features traditional court music, folk music and dance by the Creative Traditional Orchestra from the Korean National Gugak Center.

BorromeoOn Thursday, Concert 2 “Into Blossoming” hosts the Borromeo String Quartet (right), National Gugak Chamber Ensemble, Festival Ensemble Korea and special guests with conductor David Milnes. Composers to be represented include Cindy Cox, Kurt Rohde, Vedran Mehinovic, Andrew Imbrie, Sebastian Currier, Theodore Wiprud, Lee Young-ja, and Hi Kyung Kim.

On Friday, Concert 3 “Into Being” will present the New York New Music Ensemble and Festival Ensemble Korea with conductor Eduardo Leandro. Composers include Laurie San Martin, Benjamin Carson, David Cope, Chaya Czernowin, Karlton Hester, Uzong Choe, Larry Polansky, Richard Carrick and Lim June-Hee.

Concert 4 “Sprouting into,” on Saturday, is the Young Composers Edition and features the Borromeo String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble and Festival Ensemble Korea with conductors Nathaniel Berman and Eduardo Leandro. Graduate student chinarycomposers are Song Jeong Yu, Addie Camsuzou, Pablo Rubio, Samuel Fibich Yulsman, Ed Garcia, Sanguk Kim, Yunxiang Gao, Sarang Kim and Seung-Hye Bae.

Sunday’s Concert 5 “Living Tradition,” presents all premieres by the Creative Traditional Orchestra of the National Gugak Center, conducted by Chung Chi-Yong. Composers are Edmond Campion, Shih Hui Chen, David Evan Jones, Lee Geonyong, George Lewis, Chinary Ung (left above) and Baek Daeung. The NY Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Lee Sangjin and Medelin Schmidt are also included.

HIDDEN VALLEY hosts Alma Nova duo and an Early Music Faculty Recital. HALLOWEEN gets its due from various performers at Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall. SANTA CRUZ COMEDY SPECIAL comes to Kuumbwa. RHIANNON GIDDENS plays the Rio Theatre. For further listings and links to the above, click our CALENDAR.


JEFFERSON AIRPLANE guitarist/songwriter seeks to reclaim his identity through personal memories. Click HERE


FROM THE ALBUM Quah (1974). Kaukonen was generally overshadowed by the “big egos” of the famous psychedelic band.








kyle eastwoodTHAT WAS MY FIRST IMPRESSION of Eastwood’s new Jazz Village CD, “Kyle Eastwood in Transit,” recorded in France last spring. For the opening track, Soulful Times by Quentin Collins, Eastwood offers little more than background support. Same with the excessively-frantic Rush Hour, credit here to trumpeter Collins, tenor Brandon Allen, pianist Andrew McCormack and Eastwood himself. Then, in track 3, Movin’, Eastwood gives his acoustic bass a going over, and he opens track 4 with Ennio Morricone’s haunting theme from Cinema Paradiso, changing the mood entirely. Here he is joined on soprano sax by Stefano di Battista. Night Flight keeps Eastwood in the foreground and adds a Latin backbeat. In Thelonious Monk’s We See, Eastwood pounces on a huge solo at speed. The band’s Rockin’ Ronnie’s follows classic jazz form, essentially a classical rondo. (Which Ronnie are we talking about?) But it’s time to flatter the band. McCormack is equally a spinal necessity and a bold leader in his own right; he leads an insightful tribute to the late, great Al Jarreau. Eastwood has surrounded himself with major talent here, as he is the first to admit. But, for me, the bang-up best is saved for last: Count Basie’s Blues in Hoss’ Flat recalls the history for jazz all the way back to Jelly Roll Morton. Then Eastwood opens Charles Mingus’ Boogie Stop Shuffle, the longest and the album’s signoff, huge with energy and execution brilliance. No, you can’t have my copy.


BY THE LATE RICHIE HAVENS (d. 2013). The song, penned by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart of 10cc, is in Havens’ album “The End of the Beginning” of 1976. Havens blows its author’s version completely out of the water. The album also included We Can’t Hide it Anymore, a love song.








ENSEMBLE MONTEREY’S Wally the Beard and the SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS hosts MUSA early music ensemble. Click HERE

Shakespeare’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at PacRep. Click HERE


THE LISTENING PLACE opens a readers’ theater production of Over the River and Through the Woods. MPC THEATRE CO. stages Noël Coward’s Present Laughter. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE returns to Carmel.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor