SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY and Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus (click on the image above to enlarge) perform Gustav Mahler’s massive “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2, with vocal soloists Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez and Sara Couden, in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Each of Mahler’s ten symphonies, plus his Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) contains a “whole world” of experience. Mahler composed the Second Symphony in two parts, the first three movements premiered in 1895 in Berlin, conducted by Richard Strauss, and the final two vocal movements after the composer discovered the Klopstock ode, “Resurrection.” I CANTORI DI CARMEL’s Spring Concert, “Let Me Fly!” conducted by Tom Lehmkuhl in his second program since becoming music director, with performances in Carmel and Pacific Grove. JEWEL THEATRE stages Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, a “classic American work of comic art,” at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER opens Sondheim’s Assassins , directed by Stephen Muterspaugh, in Ben Lomond. DESSA (right) comes to the Rio in Santa Cruz. For links to these and other live performances, click our CALENDAR or the ads, left.
HAPPY FIFTH BIRTHDAY to a fine website that has done so much to improve the state of arts information and commentary in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. My heartiest congratulations. Rowland Rebele, Arts & Social Philanthropist, Santa Cruz County.
CONGRATULATIONS on five years of spreading the joy of music throughout the region. Here’s wishing you many more to come! Joshua Kosman, Classical Music Critic, San Francisco Chronicle.
IN AN ERA of ever-diminishing media coverage for arts and culture, we’re grateful for Performing Arts Monterey Bay’s continued commitment to providing a robust overview and deeper critical analysis of the arts offerings in our community. Ellen Primack, Executive Director, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Santa Cruz.
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PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON
THE UNLIKELY STORY of Lenny Lipton, poet (who almost forgot about it), inventor with 72 patents, and author.
28-YEAR-OLD Los Angeles native take first prize in Copenhagen conducting contest. Monterey Symphony guest conductors Farkhad Khudyev and Conner Gray Covington, among 24 selected competitors, made it to the round of 12.
LA TIMES THEATER CRITIC “FILLETED” BY GLENDA JACKSON
CHARLES McNULTY’s “disastrous tea” with the former Labour MP. Click HERE
JAZZ IMPROV FREES THE BRAIN’S CREATIVITY
SANDEE LaMOTTE explains HERE
IMPACT OF FOUR RADICAL MUSICAL WORKS, 50 YEARS ON
FOLLOWING UP ON ROGER SCRUTON’S controversial “philosophy” piece, which we linked on last week’s Weekly Magazine, Mark Swed in the LA Times gives a totally opposite take; citing Terry Riley’s In C, Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung and Hans Werner Henze’s The Raft of the Medusa, works that changed the direction of modern music. Click HERE
BACH CAN’T SEEM TO CATCH A BREAK
DIMINISHED among area music presenters, and without a regional champion, he now finds himself deep in the furrows and fields of Salinas Valley. That’s not a bad thing; Salinas Valley farms are by far the most valuable on the planet in terms of actual production and generated revenue. Moreover, Bach was born in Eisenach, a rural town of 8,000 souls at that time, about the same as Gonzales today.
JEROME ROBBINS AT 100
ALASTAIR MACAULAY remembers the man who changed dance on Broadway forever. Click HERE
MORE PAMB BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
AS THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY has seen a decline and the arts are now rarely covered, PAMB has played a critical role in keeping the community informed about the wealth of arts events happening in the Monterey County area. Monterey Jazz Festival wishes PAMB a wonderful birthday and many wishes for years to come. Colleen Finegan Bailey, Executive Director, Monterey Jazz Festival.
Congratulations for five great years of bringing the community closer together with coverage and support of local musical opportunities! Peter Meckel, Founder-General Director, Hidden Valley Music Seminars
Happy Birthday to a wonderful magazine that is informative, interesting and needed! Reg Huston, Founder, S.T.A.R. Foundation, Monterey County.
I hope others are also telling you what an excellent PR job you are doing for these performing artists! I truly recognize the amount of time and effort and expertise it takes to turn it out. Thank you!! Margie McCurry, The McCurry Group, Certified Fund Raising Executive Public Relations for nonprofits.
Happy, Happy Birthday to PAMB!! Thank you for your leadership, insight and wonderful service!! Paulette Lynch, Executive Director, Arts Council for Monterey County.
My hat is doffed to PAMB and may you celebrate many iterations of the 5th milestone. Miriam Ellis, Lecturer Emerita, Humanities, UC Santa Cruz.
Congratulations on your excellent and unique contributions to the arts in our community and beyond! Each Tuesday, I look forward to reading your informative and inspiring newsletter. Special thanks for the variety of listings, reviews, and video links. Performing Arts Monterey Bay provides a perspective on art today with a fascinating mix of history, ideas, and personal responses. It is an accessible online connection to the vitality and vibrancy of the arts locally and nationwide. Fran Spector Adkins, Artistic Director and Founder, SpectorDance, Monterey County
UNIQUE BOB DOROUGH, 1923-2018
TEACHES GRAMMAR and math through music and attitude.
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and MY MOTHER’S KEEPER. Click HERE
PIANIST JEREMY DENK and ENSEMBLE MONTEREY/CANTIAMO! Click HERE
“TO PAULINE WITH LOVE,” Camerata Singers’ fond farewell to their treasured accompanist, pianist Pauline Troia, as she retires after three+ decades, May 11 & 12. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ series finale on May 11 at UC Santa Cruz. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL season finale on May 12. WOMEN IN JAZZ, May 12, UCSC. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY, May 13, in Carmel.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor