MUSIC IN THE CASTLE OF HEAVEN
JOHN ELIOT GARDINER’S exhaustive biography of JS Bach and analysis of many of his greatest works is a must-read for all Bach scholars and the informed amateur with an appetite to better know the man and his music. Gardiner, famous as a conductor and passionate about his subject, has drawn on as much of the most recent forensic scholarship as he could, yet confesses to frequent conjectures in order to fill gaps that result, largely, from the paucity of written documentation by or about the great composer. Indeed, he draws his picture of the man principally from his music, especially how he fitted music and words together, and his dramatic, sometimes theatrical, instincts in his selection and settings of sacred texts. To read the entire book review, click HERE
ALLEMANDE FROM PARTITA
COMPOSER CAROLINE SHAW’S Pulitzer-winning piece for Roomful of Teeth, the eight-member vocal ensemble that was heard at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2014. Left, Estelí Gomez, a regular Carmel Bach Festival soprano. Shaw is third from left. This is a shocking and thrilling piece.
FOR ONE WEEK, from late August. Click HERE
LOCAL GIRL MAKES AWESOME
SOPRANO MAGGIE FINNEGAN grew up in Pacific Grove. One month ago on her website she announced, “I just won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Washington International Competition for Voice! I was awarded $11,000 and will be performing next season with the Avanti Orchestra, New Dominion Chorale and City Choir of Washington.” The competition was adjudged by Frederica Von Stade (pictured with Maggie) William Stone and conductor David Effron. Hailed for her ‘focused soprano and crystal tone,’ a press release declared, “Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Specializing in new opera, she created the role of Arrangiarsia in the world premiere of Dominick DiOrio’s The Little Blue One with the Juventas New Music Ensemble for which she was praised as ‘the opera’s most captivating musical presence.” Maggie earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory. She currently splits her time between New York City and Boston, where she shares a home with her partner and his three kids. To select from a sampler of her singing, click HERE
NATURALEZA MUERTA (Still Life)
MARIO FRANGOULIS in concert at Thessaloniki sings José Maria Cano’s 1981 ballad about Miguel, a pescador, and Ana who are madly in love. But the sea is jealous and wants to possess Ana. It takes Miguel prisoner, leaving her in tears that never stop, and according to legend, a white rock waiting on the beach.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
AT PAPER WING in Monterey, Snow White and the Queen; at Cabrillo Stage, Fiddler on the Roof; at the Cherry in Carmel, The Mudville Nine. At CSUMB, the NY Philharmonic Brass Quintet; at Hidden Valley, a Mark Kosower cello recital; at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, Dayna Stephens Quintet with Billy Childs. For details and links, click HERE
CARMEL BACH FEST first weekend. Click HERE
MPC’s Evita; SC Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Western Stage’s Carrie The Musical. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor