K-MOZART BITES THE DUST
EARLY LAST WEEK fans of the commercial classical station—FM 95.1—tuned in to white noise. (Some were actually getting another station with the same frequency from a city—or galaxy—far, far away.) Mount Wilson Broadcasters, founded by Los Angeles radio pioneer Saul Levine, pulled the plug on the local incarnation of his classical radio service in LA. Obviously, K-MOZART was losing money, not a tolerable entry on Levine’s balance sheet. Mount Wilson’s corporate receptionist could offer me no explanation but she did say that K-MOZART was still available locally at AM-630 and FM-106.7. In my long radio experience, such a change with no further explanation does not bode well for local classical radio fans, so I’m not holding my breath. It now seems that commercial classical radio in the Monterey Bay is no longer a viable option for any broadcaster.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
JEWEL THEATRE opens a new production of Strindberg’s The Dance of Death at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. PACREP’S School of Dramatic Arts opens Disney’s Jungle Books Kids in Carmel at the Golden Bough. THE MONTEREY SYMPHONY and guest conductor Bruno Aprea perform Romeo and Juliet music by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz & Bernstein in Salinas and Carmel. PIANIST DANNY DRIVER plays Ligeti and Debussy on Sunday afternoon in Santa Cruz. Click our CALENDAR for other listings and links.
SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER
FOR MUSIC STUDENTS in Santa Cruz County, under age 18, from the Mueller Scholarship Fund of the Santa Cruz Symphony. Click HERE then (Jump To) Mueller Scholarships. DEADLINE IS APRIL 1.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS in Monterey County have until April 30 to apply for performing arts scholarships offered by the S.T.A.R. Foundation. Fairly high standards must be met, including recommendations and a written submission, but awards are available, up to $1,000 per year in a four-year college performance curriculum, which can also include performing arts management. Click HERE
WHY WORDS DIE
DESPAIRING OVER MULLIGRUBS? When do you expect to respair? Well then, time to pungle up! Click HERE
THE LETTUCE CURTAIN
THE WESTERN STAGE at Hartnell College in Salinas seems to be mounting various productions according to some of their actors I know. But they no longer notify the media and their website hasn’t been updated since 2015. Likewise the performing arts Millennium Charter High School, also in Salinas, which operates under the aegis of the Monterey County Office of Education. So, why do Nancy Kotowski, elected Monterey County Superintendent of Education; Michael Murphy, Principal of Millennium Charter High; Hamish Tyler of the MCAET media center, the MCOE itself and Jon Selover of The Western Stage use artists, actors and students to do their bidding while systematically declining to promote their efforts to the common media? Tyler, who commutes from the Monterey Peninsula, admits that Salinas continues to nurse a longtime grudge against an imagined snobbery from Peninsula arts-culture on the other side of a “lettuce curtain.”
TRADITIONAL JAPANESE THEATER THRIVES
STILL GOING STRONG a millennium on. Composer Toshio Hosokawa says of the ancient Noh theater, “My music is calligraphy painted on a canvas of space and time.” Click HERE
ROCK THE GAYAGEUM
COVERING CLASSICS with an ancient instrument
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS conducts Debussy’s Images pour orchestra. It’s a large, 35-minute masterwork that deserves at least as much exposure as his La Mer and Nocturnes get. And this recording makes good. But, for all the fabulous playing by the San Francisco Symphony, not that good. The opening Gigues and closing Rondes de printemps bracket the three-movement Iberia, here slickly played but with its essential French/Spanish character held at nose-distance, like some Roma are treated there. The hotshot Brooklynite, MTT plays to his base, but not with a dug-in gritty account of a raucous paprika-intoxicated band. However, slick is exactly what you do want for Jeux, the composer’s late-on, surreal, atonal representation of a nocturnal tennis match. All you need to do in this case is close your eyes and enjoy the fireflies.
MUSIC & DANCE at a whole new speed
GODSPELL at Paper Wing in Monterey. Click HERE
SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS and ENSEMBLE MONTEREY. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor