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THIS WEEK

PACREP opens “Viva Las Vegas” Tribute Concert. CAFÉ MUSIQUE (above) returns to Hidden Valley for a New Year’s Eve party. CHERRY TRIO plays “Our Favorite Things.” FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY parties without alcohol. For links to these and other live performances, click our CALENDAR. Plus see OUR HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU: a bit of seasonal fiction and a delightful New York memoir.

PACREP’S “VIVA LAS VEGAS!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMED SOPRANO McNAIR AMONG ACCUSERS

CONDUCTOR CHARLES DUTOIT, accused by several women of sexual abuse. Artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has agreed to part ways at least temporarily. Likewise Philadelphia. Click HERE

KIP WINGER

‘80s ROCK STAR CRASHES, resurrects himself as a classical composer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A DESERVED STAKE IN HOLLYWOOD’S HEART

TOO MANY carrion regurgitaters in Tinseltown. Click HERE

PAIGE LONG’S HUGE FLUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY FICTION

CaptureONCE THERE WAS a puny little Czech concert violinist named Rudolf, who lived in Sweden. Some of his friends thought he was not the best of musicians because he was restless; others thought he was restless because he was not the best of musicians. At any rate, he hit upon a way of making a living, with no competitors. Whether by choice or necessity, he used to sail about Scandinavia in his small boat, all alone, giving concerts in little seaport towns. If he found accompanists, well and good; if not, he played works for unaccompanied violin; and it happened once or twice that he wanted a piano so badly that he imagined one, and then he played whole sonatas for violin and piano, with no piano in sight. One year Rudolf sailed all the way out to Iceland and began working his way around that rocky coast from one town to another. (To read the entire tale, click HERE)

AND A 1950s JEWISH CHRISTMAS MEMOIR

BY DAVID SIPRESS, from the New Yorker three years ago. Click HERE

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAVE A WHISKEY SOUR, courtesy Oded Zehavi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK

CLAREMONT TRIO comes to Chamber Music Monterey Bay with a menu of Beethoven, Smetana and California composer Gabriela Lena Frank. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS presents “Czech, Please,” including music by Smetana, Dvořák and Suk. BRIDGE PIANO QUARTET plays Santa Cruz. MADREGALIA celebrates Twelfth Night. PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA at Cocoanut Grove.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

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THIS WEEK

ACCLAIMED CHANTICLEER RETURNS (above) for two performances on December 22 at Carmel Mission. Tomáseen Foley’s A CELTIC CHRISTMAS, featuring William Coulter & Edwin Huizinga, plays the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz on the solstice. For details and links to other live performance events, click our CALENDAR

ANDREW SUDOL, NEW EXECUTIVE FOR CMMBsudol

CHAMBER MUSIC MONTEREY BAY board president Anne Fitzpatrick has just named Andy Sudol, right, as CMMB’s new executive director. A resident of Carmel Valley, Sudol previously was development director for the Monterey Jazz Festival and Stanford University’s Stanford Live performance series. He has served in related fields for USC and at UCLA, his alma mater.

REBECCA MILLER CD GETS NY TIMES ACCOLADE

miller-driverCONDUCTOR MILLER, a Santa Cruz native, and her British pianist husband Danny Driver’s Hyperion CD is included in the New York Times ‘best’ 25 new classical recordings of 2017. As written by David Allen: “BEACH, CHAMINADE, HOWELL: Piano Concertos Danny Driver, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Rebecca Miller, conductor (Hyperion). Major orchestras ignored the 150th birthday this year of Amy Beach (1867-1944), but Hyperion did not in this fine release, recorded with tangible commitment by all concerned. Nor should the works by Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade be overlooked.”

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2018 ANNOUNCED

MIKE RYAN, artistic director, describes SCS’ fifth season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CHOIR THAT CAN NEVER SING TOGETHER

CYSTIC FIBROSIS VIRTUAL CHOIR keeps sufferers safe from grave health risk. Click HERE

MR NATURAL

Crumb 18COMPOSER GEORGE CRUMB, a Bridge Records favorite, now gets Volume 18 in his Complete Crumb Edition. I have never encountered a work by Crumb I didn’t like, immediately. He is not only an American original—who won the Pulitzer for his Echoes of Time and the River—but composes with a natural instinct for color and poetic grace. He is also extremely prolific; among his most impressive works are Ancient Voices of Children for boy soprano (to verses by Lorca), Dark Angels, Vox Balaenae, Night of the Four Moons, Apparition and his American Songbook VI Voices from the Morning of the Earth. This new release contains Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (Ruminations on Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk) played by pianist Marcantonio Barone. Three other pieces get their recording premieres: The Yellow Moon of Andalusia (Spanish Songbook III) and Yesteryear (A Vocalise for Mezzo-Soprano, Amplified Piano and Percussion) both featuring the voice of Tony Arnold, and Celestial Mechanics played by piano duo Quattro Mani.

MAKING MUSIC THE NEW WAY

AN ABUNDANCE OF NEW INSTRUMENTS. Is this the future of music? Click HERE

MARY’S LITTLE LAMB: FROM BACH TO REICH 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK

PACREP opens “Viva Las Vegas,” Tribute Concert. CAFÉ MUSIQUE returns to Hidden Valley for a New Year’s Eve party. CHERRY TRIO plays “Our Favorite Things.” FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY parties without alcohol. OUR HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU: a bit of choice fiction.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor