JAZZ VOCALIST DIANNE REEVES coming to Kuumbwa; good luck getting a ticket! ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra plays Beethoven, Lachner & Francaix in Santa Cruz. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE joins Carmel Mission singers. YMMC CHAMBER PLAYERS (above) play a benefit concert at Hidden Valley. THE BROADWAY BOYS take the World Theater at CSU Monterey Bay. EN ROUTE URBAN DANCE at Cabrillo College. ORGAN RECITAL at St Dunstan’s Episcopal, Carmel. For links to these and other live performances click our CALENDAR
BACH FOR BANJO & ORGAN
LIKE MAYBE HE INTENDED?
HIDDEN VALLEY ANNOUNCES 2018 MASTERS FESTIVAL
MASTER CLASSES and recital concerts start May 26. Clarinetist Emil Khudyev joins other world-class instrumentalists. Click HERE
WHAT ANCIENT GREEK MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE
FASCINATING historical research includes a video of a reconstruction for an actual concert. Click HERE
CECIL TAYLOR DIES AT 89
JAZZ AVANT-GARDE loses one of its lions. Click HERE
LATE OF The Police, takes you from the spark of creation to every musical thing since. “Ninety percent of jazz is bullshit.”
LATE OF Talking Heads, and his “political revolution.” Click HERE
SFCV STILL AMBIVALENT ABOUT MONTEREY BAY
EDITOR MICHAEL ZWIEBACH at San Francisco Classical Voice, an important online classical music service, has responded to our offer to cover Monterey Bay music for them this way: “After consulting with my colleagues, we’ve decided that we would rather commission than share content, which has long been SFCV policy. Thank you for thinking of us, but we can’t take you up on your offer.” SFCV hasn’t found anyone on this side of the Santa Cruz Mountains to satisfy their criteria. In the past, I was a critic over a span of many years for SFCV under its founder, Robert Commanday. So, of course, I am boundlessly reassured by Zwiebach’s addendum, “You are obviously qualified as a music critic.” SM
CONDUCTOR LEONARD SLATKIN’s BBC documentary about Erich Wolfgang and Hollywood. NOTE: There is NO AUDIO for the first 90 seconds.
SOME LIKE IT HOT
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY: The Las Vegas Philharmonic is looking for an executive director. Click HERE
TOM LEHRER IS 90!
IRREVERENT MUSICAL TREASURE of UC Santa Cruz math department keeps poisoning pigeons in the park.
Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN at Center Stage. Click HERE
ENSŌ STRING QUARTET and SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE. Click HERE
SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS presents “The Variety of Three.” MONTEREY SYMPHONY features pianist Juan Pérez Floristán in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2.
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. 2018NEXT 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 HEADLINERS
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
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.
MILES 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 HEREDEADLINE 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.
YOU CAN’T HOOK ‘EM TOO EARLY
METROPOLITAN OPERA stages BambinO, an opera for babies. Click HERE
THE GLORIOUS VIOLIN
WHEN 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.
CHOREOGRAPHING 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
A 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’SIslamey, played by unique artist Ivo Pogorelich, in 1992 at Carnegie Hall.
ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra in Santa Cruz. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE plays Carmel Mission. BROADWAY BOYS at CSUMB’s World Theater.