SEMANA SANTA—Holy Week—suspends secular performances in Roman Catholic corners of the world. Why that happens in the Monterey Bay Area mystifies; the invitation for sacred music is a wide open door, yet its principal practitioners—local choirs—have opted out in favor of other dates and venues. Hence our scant Calendar this week. Could it have something to do with Easter and April Fools’ Day together on Sunday? Still there is music in the air: Painted Mandolin (above) celebrates the late, great Jerry Garcia’s acoustic music. And, in Santa Cruz County, worthwhile theater celebrates Lent by staying open. Meanwhile click our CALENDAR now and throughout the week.
JOSÉ ABREU, music educator who mentored LA Phil’s Gustavo Dudamel and whose influence lives on in Monterey Bay youth orchestra programs, was 78. Abreu’s calling was to use music to lift children out of poverty and away from violence. Click HERE
2018 BUDGET INCREASES FUNDS FOR NEA, NEH & CPB
CONGRESS STIMIES TRUMP’S EFFORTS to eliminate funding. Click HERE
MAXIMIZING THE ‘SPILLOVER’ EFFECT
WHEN ARTS ORGANIZATIONS implement ‘the spillover effect’ it can shift their gears up to more powerful economic results. Click HERE
PHILANTHOPY’S SEVEN DEADLY SINS
ALI WEBB learns about them from leading philanthropic institutions. Click HERE
THE MEDUSA’S SERPENTS CONTINUE TO KILL
SHE IS THE UNQUENCHABLE METAPHOR for our time as migrants continue to drown in the Mediterranean, this time in Hans Werner Henze’s opera. Click HERE
SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE SAVED PAT MARTINO’S MUSIC
A RADICAL SURGICAL procedure produced startling results. Click HERE
ROBERT LEVIN HONORED
LEIPZIG BACH MEDAL this year goes to the American pianist and musicologist Robert Levin for “lifetime achievement.” President of the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition in Leipzig lauded Levin’s special contribution to the transfer of knowledge about Bach’s heritage. Robert Levin explains why Mozart’s instrument cannot be ignored.
IF YOU LIKE YOUR TONES with minimal overtones, then the oboe is for you. But if you prefer a rich tapestry of overtones in your music, then go for the marimba. And, in particular, this generous new Bridge CD of works by Paul Lansky for Gwendolyn Dease’s solo marimba. The disc contains Spirals (2013), Three Moves (1998) and Idle Fancies (2008). The latter, in six movements titled Laughing Matter, Soliloquy, Repetitive Stress, Tipped Scales, Split Rails and Hop (3), adds a touch of extra percussion—wood blocks and bells. Dease, currently at Michigan State University’s College of Music, is quite the wizard of her instrument.
CONDUCTOR TEODOR CURRENTZIS & MUSICAETERNA
FROM PERM, in Western Siberia, a remarkable musical relationship. Noah Sneider tells their story. Click HERE MEET THEM face to face at the Lucerne Festival, last spring.
SMUIN DANCE SERIES 01. Click HERE
SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY in Watsonville; ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT in Carmel. Click HERE
ENSō STRING QUARTET plays for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ new music series at UCSC. JS BACH’S MUSICAL GIFT to Frederick the Great in Santa Cruz. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE plays Carmel Mission. AL JARDINE in Santa Cruz. LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE in Salinas. LEE RITENOUR & DAVE GRUSIN return to Kuumbwa Jazz.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor