Weekly Magazine

THIS COMING WEEK

BLUESMAN TAJ MAHAL livestream tonight, from UC Berkeley and in support of Carmel’s Sunset Center (will remain available for 48 hours). SMUIN BALLET WINTER DANCE SERIES Program C, Wednesday and Sunday. MARGARET JENKINS DANCE COMPANY (pictured above) in collaboration with the Paul Dresher Ensemble in five free streams of Breathing at the Boundaries. ACTOR HOWARD BURNHAM ON ZOOM “William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation and the Mayflower Voyage of 1620” on Saturday. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL’S Linda Burman Hall interviews viola da gamba player Roy Wheldon. MUSIC@MENLO EXPLORERS SERIES homage to Beethoven. HARTNELL COLLEGE Gala for the Arts, Saturday. FOR DETAILS AND LINKS, CLICK HERE

WHAT SPECTORDANCE NEEDS

RECENTLY SpectorDance was forced by the COVID-19 economic slump to sell their building in Marina and liquidate their entire inventory of dance-related equipment, including costumes, lighting system and even office furniture. But their ever-resourceful director, Fran Spector Atkins, continues her program of socially targeted and innovative choreography and talent. Once again, SpectorDance is listed with Monterey County Gives, the collaborative program between the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey County Weekly, which magnifies donations to non-profit recipients of all different kinds throughout Monterey County. Contributions that target SpectorDance will allow the following projects to continue developing. As Fran Spector puts it:

YOUR DONATION will enable us to:

  • Complete a new film of Ocean Trilogy with four associated educational videos featuring science content, creative movement exercises, and segments from Ocean Trilogy
  • Present our second Virtual Choreographers Showcase (February 2021)
  • Present our second Monterey Ocean Arts Festival (Fall 2021)
  • Plan for a new work, Wildfires, about fire in California (premiere 2022)

FOR MORE INFORMATION about SpectorDance programs and projects, click HERE

BAY AREA FAVORITE TENOR DIES AT 47

THE SF BAY AREA opera community was shocked by the death of rising star Samuel Hall, whose accidental death occurred in his Ohio hometown. Click HERE

PAKISTANI BROTHERS ON TABLA

 

A NEW TEMPEST IN THE CLASSICAL TEAPOT

‘FULLNAMING’ FAMOUS COMPOSERS is silly. Click HERE

SEE WHO WON THE CMA 2020 AWARDS

EVENT televised from Music City in Nashville on Veterans’ Day. Click HERE

SINATRA AND GRAYSON SING MOZART

GLEN CAMPBELL PLAYS ROSSINI

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

VOICES OF SILICON VALLEY performed an Orpheus label release sampler on Sunday of excerpts from their new digital album. Conductor Cyril Deaconoff took them through excerpts from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s innovative Stimmung (mood), for the first time in the SF Bay Area in 30 years. The program also included bits of choral music, a string quartet and a couple of songs by Deaconoff himself, an adventuresome composer and advocate of new music whose recent experience included a couple of seasons locally with I Cantori di Carmel chorus and on the music faculty at Monterey Peninsula College. Stimmung is actually simpler than any explanation of it I have read: it has been described as “the first major Western composition to be based entirely on the production of vocal harmonics” and the first “to use overtones as a primary element.” It draws on tones from a major scale (B-flat) but deploys them using a serial technique—with the voices singing as if a choir of monks moving their voice placement in the oral cavity forward and back—interspersed with spoken texts from a variety of sources drawn on universal themes. The presentation was a little confusing, now emphasizing Stockhausen then giving equal time to Deaconoff’s own music. It then went into lengthy verbal descriptions of VOSV’s related projects, one to memorialize the 36 victims of the Ghost Ship fire disaster in Oakland in 2016 and one to honor Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986), Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during the second world war who ignored orders from Japan and wrote transit visas for thousands of Jews fleeing the Nazis. Deaconoff has composed music for both. I have yet to hear the new album by itself, though the excerpts from this online event make a strong impression. Orpheus records are available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. SM

HISTORIC RECORD LABELS

A WINDOW to the past. Click HERE

PIANIST GLENN GOULD COMPLAINS

TELLS ALEX TREBEK he “detests” live audiences.

 

LIGHTHOUSE JAZZ QUARTET

COURTESY of the Carmel Foundation that serves senior citizens from all over the Monterey Peninsula. Pianist Bob Phillips, Stu Renolds reeds, Zach Westfall bass and Mike Shannon on drums. Since these professional musicians very kindly donated their time and talent to the Carmel Foundation’s new YouTube channel, after listening to them, please consider giving them a “Thumbs Up.”

 

FRESH CONCERT REVIEW

CRISTIAN MĂCELARU conducted the French National Orchestra in a concert telecast from Paris. Music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Francis Poulenc filled the program. Click HERE

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor