DANNY STEWART TALKS YUJA WANG
THEIR PROGRAM includes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and the regional premiere of the spectacular Concerto No. 5 by Prokofiev, a glittering showpiece for piano and vividly colorful orchestra.
YUJA’S RONDO ÀLLA TURCA
MOZART AND YOU never heard it like this.
ALSO THIS WEEK
THE MONTEREY SYMPHONY and Max Bragado-Darman welcome soloist Sergej Krylov in the eerily beautiful Sibelius Violin Concerto. The program opens with Beethoven’s Coriolan (after Shakespeare) Overture and includes the haunting Third Symphony of Brahms. THE SANTA CRUZ MUSIC FESTIVAL takes over the whole town this weekend. Click our CALENDAR for details and links.
HOMETOWN VIOLINIST has sought to solve the mystery of Elgar’s Enigma Variations for years. He’s pestered Elgar scholars who have generally dismissed his convoluted, cryptographic solution, but Padgett is convinced he’s right. Daniel Estrin explains in New Republic. Click HERE
RESTORING ORIGINAL TCHAIKOVSKY
THE HUGELY POPULAR First Piano Concerto is much less bombastic and more delicate than the version we’ve all gotten used to. David Allen explains, with startling musical excerpts to underscore his points. Click HERE
DENNIS RUSSELL DAVIES conducts the West Coast premiere of Glass’ 11th Symphony at Stanford. Roger Emanuels was there: It was great to see and hear Dennis Russell Davies [former Cabrillo Festival music director] conduct the Bruckner Linz Orchestra from Austria at the Bing at Stanford on Sunday. The new Symphony No. 11 by Philip Glass, commissioned by Davies to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday, was premiered in 2016 by this ensemble of more than 100 players. The piece recalls earlier Glass expressions, a return to repetition as a major element utilizing diatonic arpeggios and simple scale patterns in a mosaic of sound, but always in a new setting. The Bruckner Linz percussion section was a knockout!
TENOR NICOLAI GEDDA DIES AT 91
SWEDISH lyric opera star was a fixture of the international opera calendar from 1952 till his retirement in 2003. He mastered 70 roles and made 200 recordings. Here he sings the duet from Bizet’s Pearl Fishers with young baritone Krister St.Hill, in 1996.
MASON BATES: WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA
THE “MOST PERFORMED COMPOSER OF HIS GENERATION” fabulously represented in this new SF Symphony CD, that includes The B Sides, heard last summer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. The composer explains.
L.T.D. HAS A VALENTINE JUST FOR YOU
FREDERICA VON STADE in Carmel and SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS in Aptos. Click HERE
CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE at SpectorDance in Marina. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor