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sanchezMONTEREY SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS

BEGIN their new season on Friday with a performance at All Saints in Carmel. Music by Kokai, Debussy, Brahms featuring clarinetist Steve Sanchez. Click our CALENDAR for details.

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NEW GETTY ORCHESTRA GRANT

GETTY FOUNDATION gives $4.5 million for orchestra projects offered through the League of American Orchestras’ Futures Fund. Good news for American orchestras of larger and smaller budgets, including youth orchestras, though competition will be national in scope. Click HERE

friedlander-steveBACH FESTIVAL’S NEW DIRECTOR

STEVE FRIEDLANDER has been named Managing Director succeeding Debbie Chin. He has been on the festival administrative staff since 2015, as General Manager, wearing many different hats. A veteran in his field, his appointment is praised by CBF board president Cyril Yansouni and music director Paul Goodwin.

 

marriner-14468505_10155080053832080_4929533853398429835_oNEVILLE MARRINER, 1924-2016

VIOLINIST/CONDUCTOR founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom they became the most recorded orchestra in history. Their soundtrack from the movie Amadeus has sold 6.5 million copies to date. He conducted the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto on Thursday (pictured above) at 92; died on Sunday.

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE NPR INTERVIEW

WELL-KNOWN Cabrillo Festival composer, Pulitzer winner and newlywed speaks with Robert Siegel about his Third Symphony and his bride. Click HERE 

GOTTA LOVE MILLENNIALS

CAN’T DECIDE whether to laugh or cry, Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID STAROBIN TURNS 65

starobin-at-65INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED AND AWARDED classical guitarist releases 10th CD of new music for his instrument. At least 70 composers have written some 350 pieces for him. This volume contains works by Gregg Smith (the whimsical Steps, from 1975, with soprano Rosalind Rees), William Bland (Variations on a Carl Nielsen theme, 2010, with pianist Vassily Primakov), Michael Starobin (David’s brother, Four Stevens, 1992, to poems by Wallace Stevens, movingly performed by baritone Patrick Mason), Paul Chihara (The Girl from Yerevan, 2014, that echoes The Girl from Ipanema, with violin and viola) and Poul Ruders (“Oh, Mother,” from his opera The Thirteenth Child, 2015, with soprano and string quartet). Starobin and wife Becky founded Bridge Records in the early 1980s; Bridge covers what most record labels ignore. Ergo, I’m a fan.

HOW TO GET BOYS INTO BALLET

JOY DIAZ explains for Texas Standard. Click HERE

YA LO SÉ QUE TÚ TE VAS

JUAN GABRIEL (Alberto Aguilera Valadez) 1950-2016. One of the last performances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY season opener; REDWOOD CHAMBER CHOIR debuts with ambitious program. Click HERE

SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT opens in the outdoor Forest Theater. Click HERE

 Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor