MONTEREY SYMPHONY NAMES NEW E.D.
AFTER YEARS without a stand-alone executive, the Symphony has promoted its Director of Institutional Development, Nicola Reilly, to Executive Director. “Nicola will be responsible for managing the staff of the Symphony and all aspects of its operations. She will continue to be in charge of the Symphony’s marketing and development activities, with the support of myself and the board of directors. We believe that this move will provide the ability for the Symphony to prosper as it presents its 72nd Season, Concert Grand, beginning in October,” said Lee Rosen, Board President. Congratulations to all concerned. (BTW, Nicola has herself a wedding date this fall.)
COMING UP THIS WEEK
80TH CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL officially opens with two weeks of Main concerts, chamber concerts, recitals and run-out events around the Monterey Peninsula. MARIA “Midnight at the Oasis” MULDAUR brings her blues band to Seaside’s Laguna Grande Park. For other listings and links click our CALENDAR
SC CHAMBER PLAYERS CHOOSES PHYLLIS ROSENBLUM
BOARD ELECTS well-known Phyl Rosenblum as new board chair, and hires Julia Apgar as new Executive Director. 2017-18 season names individual Concert Directors for its six programs: Derek Tam, Solmaaz Adeli, Roy Malan, Brian Johnson, Chris Pratorius Gómez and Ivan Rosenblum.
RARIFIED BACH AT BACH FESTIVAL
MONDAY AFTERNOON concerts feature the soprano cantata “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” with Mhairi Lawson. “My heart bathes in blood” begins as the singer confesses great sin in abject humility, but warms through a series of recitatives and arias—including a chorale—to joyful optimism in salvation. Bach makes that transition with subtlety and deeply felt persuasion. A new Harmonia Mundi CD features the crystal clear coloratura of Carolyn Sampson with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in the same work. Sampson also sings Bach’s joyous secular wedding cantata, “Weichet nur” and joins bass-baritone Andreas Wolf in the sacred cantata “Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn” which concludes with a duet. If you remain hungry for more Bach than you can get at the Bach Festival, this CD is guaranteed to deliver satisfaction.
A NEW WAY TO REALLY ANNOY YOUR FELLOW CONCERTGOERS
A PROGRAM NOTES APP for your iPad during a performance. Click HERE
THE SOCIAL MEDIA ARTS REVOLUTION
EXPLODING TECHNOLOGY gives everyone a potentially powerful public voice with startling impacts on the ‘legacy’ institutional arts, including professional critics. CHRIS JONES, writing in the Chicago Sun Times, likens its magnitude to the circulation of Martin Luther’s “Gutenberg” bible and the subsequent posting of his “Ninety-five Theses” that launched the Protestant Reformation exactly 500 years ago. Click HERE MEGAN GARBER in The Atlantic offers a related perspective that redefines ‘community.’ Click HERE
THE INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY WITHOUT TOUCHING
THE MYSTERIOUS THEREMIN is much more than a weird movie special effect.
SADAKICHI HARTMANN’S PERFUME CONCERT
IT TOOK PLACE 115 YEARS AGO in New York. A Trip to Japan in 16 Minutes was a real stinker. Click HERE BE SURE to watch the video-recreation.
CONDUCTOR HERBERT BLOMSTEDT TURNS 90 TODAY
FORMER SAN FRANCISCO music director works non-stop. Norman Lebrecht sends greetings. “A Seventh Day Adventist, he does not work Saturdays,” Lebrecht claims. “But for the rest of the week he has rarely an idle moment. Last week he toured Bruckner’s 5th symphony with the NDR Elbphilharmonie in Lübeck, Rendsburg and Neubrandenburg. Next week he’s with the Bamberg Symphony in Bamberg, Würzburg, St. Stephan Dom in Passau and Bruckner’s old church St. Florian in Linz. Between August and Christmas he will conduct 36 concerts with the Gewandhaus, Danish National Symphony, NHK, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio, Swedish Radio and the Vienna Philharmonic. Happy birthday, Maestro B!”
JEFFREY HEYER covers Paper Wing’s new Alice in Wonderland. PHILIP PEARCE keeps up with The Western Stage’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; associate editor, JJ Raasch.