Weekly Magazine

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION: Maybe next year?

NEW THIS WEEK

CANCELED: Carmel’s Outdoor Forest Theater’s summer family musicals, Annie and Shrek, shut down due to COVID-19. With luck Annie might be staged in October. MUSIC@MENLO, the nationally acclaimed chamber music festival in Atherton and Menlo Park, has reluctantly decided to postpone their 2020 series, Haydn Connections, until 2021. That leaves only the MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL still on the calendar for this summer.

MICHA SCOTT WILL DANCE FOR YOU

TANNERY WORLD DANCE & CULTURAL CENTER in Santa Cruz invites you to a no-cost live dance viewing experience, featuring Santa Cruz luminary and TWDCC Artistic Director Micha Scott in a new solo work that will address collective experience in this age of separation. It’s a Virtual Theater Premiere. Click HERE

FIRE & GRACE TO LIVESTREAM ON SUNDAY

FROM FOLKTALE WINERY, violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter will send a musical Mother’s Day greeting starting at 3pm via Facebook and YouTube. Click HERE

CELLIST LYNN HARRELL, 1944-2020

UNIVERSALLY ACCLAIMED concert and recording artist, he performed for the Carmel Music Society in 2006, 2011 and 2012, the latter two with pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Here he performs with Victor Asuncion. (Answer to the mystery next week.)

 

ANNE-MARIE McDERMOTT ON TO SANTA FE

WELL KNOWN classical pianist, a regular performer for Carmel Music Society, has been Santa Fe Pro Musica’s first new Artistic Director since the organization was co-founded by the eminent woodwind musicians Tom O’Connor and Carol Redman in 1980. Over the coming two seasons, McDermott will transition into her new role overseeing the Pro Musica Orchestra and String Works Series while O’Connor prepares to step down from his post as Music Director. The Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble will continue to be led by co-founder Carol Redman. McDermott is a renowned international performer, balancing an eclectic career as a pianist, chamber musician, and artistic director of several festivals, including the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado (2011-present). Over the past five years, McDermott has performed with Pro Musica on numerous occasions.

THIS WEEK’S OFFERING FROM SMUIN BALLET

HELEN PICKETT’s highly-acclaimed ballet Oasis, an ode to the powerful transformative ability of water, is the next installment of its Hump Day Ballets series. This Smuin World Premiere set to a soaring original score by Emmy Award-winning “House of Cards” composer Jeff Beal was called “Impeccable. Stirring and gorgeously dispatched” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Oasis will be offered beginning Wednesday, May 6. The release will be accompanied by a video introduction by former Smuin dancer Erica Felsch, who performed in the world premiere of Oasis in May 2016. The recorded performance will be available for 48 hours only, with streaming instructions announced through Smuin’s email list (sign up at smuinballet.org), or via Smuin’s Facebook (facebook.com/SmuinBallet) and Instagram (instagram.com/smuinballet). For more information click HERE

WHY WE LIKE YMM

YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY and Music Director Danko Druško send hope and joy. And today (Tuesday) they are asking for your help to achieve their current $50k fundraiser. Click HERE

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

FROM THE LOOK of Thierry Fischer’s recorded catalog as the Utah Symphony’s music director, Utah has had a long term love affair with French music. In his Utah tenure (2009-2022) he has recorded all five symphonies by Camille Saint-Saens in three individual CDs. (Recently we reviewed his new Berlioz Symphonie fantastique.) Most classical fans of the French orchestral repertoire will be familiar with Saint-Saëns Third Symphony “Organ” but may be unaware of the four others, including the “Urbs Roma” symphony and the Symphony No 2, which we reviewed in May 2019. This newest and last in that series includes the Symphony in A, which the composer wrote at the age of 15, and the Symphony No 1 in E-flat, which was written just three years later. They will appeal to anyone interested in how the precocious youngster began his long compositional career. He made his performance debut at age 10 and died at age 86 in 1921, the longest concert career on record and well into the era of 12-tone chromaticism and such avant-gardistes as Stravinsky, Satie and Ravel. By the time of his death his reputation had largely faded even though many of his best works continue to enjoy favor, including the concertos for piano, violin and cello, and such chestnuts as Danse macabre and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the opera Samson et Dalila, and the irrepressibly witty “Carnival of the Animals” of 1886 which is also contained on this new CD. Even from his adolescent symphonies, referred to above, it is clear that Saint-Saëns combined rigorous formal discipline with startlingly expressive ideas, in other words a solid foundation on which he continued to build throughout his life. Fischer and the Utah Symphony make the best of this music. For “Carnival of the Animals” they are joined by Jason Hardink and Kimi Kawashima. Fischer has done a great deal of American music in Utah and his French rep includes CDs of Francaix, d’Indy, Honegger, Poulenc, Schmitt and Widor. SM

SEASONS OF CUBA

WITH Joshua Bell and the Chamber Orchestra of Havana

 

THE LOST PIANOS OF SIBERIA

LOU FANCHER reviews for San Francisco Classical Voice. Click HERE

CLASSICAL MUSIC ENDINGS? TOO LONG? TOO SHORT?

INCONCLUSIVE? Weak ones include Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Piano Concerto No 2. Purposely sneaky ones are Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter.

DUDLEY MOORE’S ANSWER

 

MONTEREY ARTS COUNCIL UPDATE

COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS are available to small nonprofit organizations in Monterey County seeking support for public arts and culture projects/programs up to $5,000 per year. No deadline—grants are reviewed on a monthly basis. Organizations may only receive one grant per year and must have completed their previous grant’s final report before submitting a new application. NO DEADLINE; until funds are expended. For more information click HERE

ATHEISTS DON’T HAVE NO SONGS

STEVE MARTIN and the Steep Canyon Rangers

 

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor