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THIS WEEK

ENSEMBLE MONTEREY steps out with “Wally the Beard,” Bernard Herrmann’s score for the March 1, 1965, episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Herrmann wrote film scores for Orson Welles before working for Hitchcock, a large corpus of concert works and one extraordinary opera, Wuthering Heights. The SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS go for Baroque in Aptos. Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra opens at PACREP’S Circle Theatre. Music returns to the HENRY MILLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY’S “Mothership” in Big Sur. Carey Crockett’s UNICORN THEATRE surfaces after a long nap with Rob Foster’s 26 HIGH STREET-A ‘JACK THE RIPPER’ MYSTERY. The Forest Theater Foundation hosts CARMEL POPS!, this Saturday; it’s a fundraiser that features student musicians, actors and dancers, and benefits their school programs. For details, click HERE  For other events and links, click our CALENDAR  

CRITICS: THE HIGHER CALLING

music criticLOCAL REVIEWERS OF LIVE PERFORMING ARTS—with a few truly professional exceptions—fall flat on their faces thanks (or no thanks) to a fundamental failure to grasp the essential demands of the job. Strangely, many of them find favor with some Monterey Bay Area publishers, but bring little or no training or discipline to the job.

Two weeks ago on this page, we carried a link to an op-ed in the New York Times by its Chief Music Critic, Anthony Tommasini, in which he underscored exactly what is wrong with today’s reviewers: they write about themselves instead of the subject at hand. Yet instead of using the opportunity to examine his craft, Tommasini—you guessed it—wrote about himself.  To read the entire op-ed, click HERE

THE DREADED CONCERT COUGHING FIT

JESSICA DUCHEN gets into a cold sweat just thinking about it. Click HERE

THE ODD ORIGIN OF AMERICAN WOMAN

GUESS WHO’S unexpected hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHY DID HUMANS START MAKING ART?

JONATHAN JONES ponders the possible explanations. Click HERE

WHEN DID HUMANS START SPEAKING WORDS?

AGAINST OTHER THEORIES, Daniel Everett pushes the time frame much further back—to nearly two million years, long before the rise of Homo sapiens. Click HERE

THELONIOUS MONK AT 100

TOM VITALE REFLECTS on the high priest of bebop. Click HERE

ROUND MIDNIGHT, Paris, 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

MONTEREY SYMPHONY season opened with ‘greatest hits’ by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky. ESPRESSIVO plays Elgar, Bartók & JS Bach. Click HERE

COMING UP SOON

UCSC to host Pacific Rim Music Festival. MPC THEATRE will open Noël Coward’s Present Laughter. THE LISTENING PLACE READERS THEATER books Over the River and Through the Woods. PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE coming to Carmel. HIDDEN VALLEY to host Alma Nova and Early Music recitals. Pianist JEROME ROSE to play Santa Cruz.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

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THIS WEEK

ORION WEISS joins the MONTEREY SYMPHONY in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B-flat Minor; Max Bragado Darman also conduct’s Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, at Sunset Center in Carmel. Michel Singher conducts ESPRESSIVO in Elgar, Bartók and JS Bach at UCSC Recital Hall. The TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA plays the Fox in Salinas. FOR DETAILS CLICK ON THE ADS, LEFT, AND FIND MORE LISTINGS AND LINKS ON OUR CALENDAR

SANTA ROSA’S BURBANK CENTER BURNED

LUTHER BURBANK CENTER FOR THE ARTS, home of the Santa Rosa Symphony, suffered damage from Sunday/Monday’s Tubbs Fire and the loss of two outbuilding, and has been closed. This will affect some Monterey Bay ‘freeway philharmonic’ musicians.

Erica HornERICA HORN MOVES UP

AFTER 17 YEARS as Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s artistic director, Amy Anderson has decided to step down. Anderson, who established the ‘Kids Up Front and Free’ policy, is a lifelong cellist and generous contributor to new commissions—especially of composer Kevin Puts—only felt free to leave when Erica Horn (left) agreed to take over at CMMB. Horn, a professional clarinetist—she will join Ensemble Monterey colleagues this season in the daunting Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen—has long been in charge of Youth Music Monterey County’s Chamber Players program.

MEET THE WORLD’S LONGEST PIANO

NEARLY SIX METERS LONG, it was built in a farm shed, by Adrian Mann, then a high school student in Timaru, a small town on New Zealand’s South Island. The monster weighs more than a ton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONT ROW SEATS: $1,000

BEFORE SCALPING, that’s what you’ll pay when Bette Midler returns to Broadway next month for Hello, Dolly!  That puts the price right up there with Hamilton during last year’s holiday season. Click HERE

WHEN IN HAMBURG

TAKE IN A CONCERT at the new Elbphilharmonie. Rad about it HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN CONDUCTORS FLOCK TO LA

DEBORAH BORDA, for 17 years the progressive executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now wooed back to the New York Philharmonic, left this legacy: The LA Phil will have more women guest conductors this season than the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oregon, Philadelphia and New York combined. Meet them HERE

RAY CHARLES CHECKMATES WILLIE NELSON

THREE TIMES in a row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH MUSIC REVIEWS

PIANIST ORION WEISS in solo recital, and MIRÓ QUARTET. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and the SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS open then seasons.

WHEN CRITICS TAKE THEIR EYE OFF THE BALL: In a recent op-ed, even NY Times Chief Music Critic Anthony Tommasini made the classic mistake of reviewing himself.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor