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THIS WEEK

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.

AbreuEL SISTEMA FOUNDER DIES

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  

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDLE FANCIES

9454_cover_largeIF 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

SMUIN DANCE SERIES 01. Click HERE

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY in Watsonville; ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

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

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THIS WEEK

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY to play a world premiere by its conductor, Daniel Stewart, plus contrabass virtuoso William Langlie-Miletich in a concerto by Bottesini and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin & viola. Irving Klein String Competition director Mitchell Klein said, “The first prize winner was double bassist William Langlie-Miletich, a student of Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson at the legendary Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. His performances of music by Bach, Brahms, Bottesini, and the composer of the commissioned works at the Competition, Giancarlo Aquilanti, captivated the audience and the jury.”

CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY hosts Israeli Chamber Project (pictured above) in music by Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Ravel and Schumann.

CELLIST COLIN CARR IN TOWN for a Thursday fundraiser:Deetjen’s Best: Bach and Buffet” includes dinner buffet by Deetjen Inn chef Domingo Santamaria, to raise funds to repair major mudslide damage to the historic Deetjen Big Sur Inn. Carr will play two of JS Bach’s cello suites.

SMUIN DANCE SERIES 01 comes to Sunset Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR LINKS TO THESE LIVE EVENTS click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

jesus-lopez-cobos-cuadradaMAX BRAGADO DARMAN REMEMBERS JESÚS LÓPEZ COBOS

CONDUCTOR LÓPEZ COBOS succumbed to cancer early this month. He and the Monterey Symphony music director both worked closely with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid; Bragado made many recordings with them for the Naxos label. López Cobos was a former music director there as well as with the Cincinnati Symphony, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Orquesta Nacional de España. Bragado writes, “Without a doubt, Jesús López Cobos had a privileged memory and a great understanding of style. I would characterize his conducting as clear, concise and, above all, lyrical. The world has lost one of the great orchestra conductors of our time.” Bragado added this additional background, “Jesús was my senior by five years, but we had many of the same teachers at the Music Conservatory of Madrid, and in many instances, we had the same friends. I saw him conduct on innumerable occasions from the initial moments of his career as a choral conductor with a group from the University of Madrid, to performances with the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Orchestra of Spain and many more. He was a man with great ambition and shrewd intelligence, developed to the maximum by his early education in the Jesuit Schools in his home city of Toro in Zamora, coincidentally just five miles from the small town where my grandfather was born.”

Maria Josefa García Cirac, the Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism, announced that the symphony hall of the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid will be named after Jesús López Cobos.

EXPLODING VIOLA

DURING Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Michael Stamp, a Santa Cruz violist groaned, “Not another viola joke!”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

R&HIMMORTAL RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN

A NEW DOUBLE BIOGRAPHY on the men who changed the course of Broadway musicals in America and around the world. Click HERE   

 

ARE THESE COPS BREAKING THE LAW?

Click HERE

78016-merlin-1MUSIC CRITIC FOR LE FIGARO EXPLAINS THE JOB

LE FIGARO is the oldest national daily in France and is one of the two French newspapers of record, along with Le Monde. With its center-right editorial line, Le Figaro is the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde. Music critic Christian Merlin has been with Le Figaro since 2000.

An interviewer put this question to him: What do you think is the purpose of the concert review? Is it to put across this sensual experience to the reader? “Of course! The critic’s role is three-fold: to narrate, to analyze and to judge. To narrate, because a concert (or opera performance) is a one-off experience, an evening which is like no other. In fact, therefore, one of the functions of a critical review is to make the readers part of that experience, to make them feel as if they were there. To analyze is absolutely essential. It’s the beginning of everything, since one has to try to understand what the artist was trying to accomplish and the specifics of what one has heard and seen. And finally, to judge, because analysis on its own is not enough. The critic should evaluate, assess, do justice to what they themselves have felt. I don’t believe that a fully objective and impartial review can exist. That may sound brutal, but one has to come off the fence, to pronounce, not to hesitate to say ‘clearly, the artist wanted to do xyz, he had such and such a concept of the work, but I didn’t buy it’. But one has to explain why, that’s the number one priority, not to treat a matter of taste as an absolute. That’s why judgment comes last, after narration and analysis: in my view, a review which is not properly argued is null and void.”

PAMB SEEKS INTERN CRITICS

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS resident in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties involved in performing arts—music, theater and dance—with a nose for journalism/criticism are invited to apply for an internship with Performing Arts Monterey Bay. We offer successful candidates a published byline and the mentorship of our four-decades in Monterey Bay performing arts journalism. Applicants are asked to submit fleshed-out samples of their writing, provide supporting background in the performing arts and contact information to editor@performingartsmontereybay.com

WE ARE ALREADY GETTING applications from ambitious and qualified community college students.

MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

CHASIDIC ROCK? Now try Perl, an all-female Hasidic religious rock band, headed up by PERL WOLFE, that performs purposefully for women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND DALIA SHUSTERMAN’S Bulletproof Stockings, from the same Brooklyn neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

JULIUS CAESAR in Ben Lomond and COMING OF AGE in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

PIANIST PAUL ROBERTS in Santa Cruz. MONTEREY SYMPHONY in Carmel. Click HERE

COMING UP AFTER EASTER

ENSō STRING QUARTET in Carmel. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ new music series at UCSC. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE festival resumes. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE in Carmel. AL JARDINE in Santa Cruz. LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE in Salinas.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor