OCEAN TRILOGY DEBUT
SPECTORDANCE launches its long-gestated, multi-media, joint-project with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), at SpectorDance studio in Marina, with Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman. Described as “a multidisciplinary performance piece and educational outreach program inspired by filmed interviews with a wide variety of ocean science experts,” its three sections are titled Living Ocean, Hidden Ocean and Brilliant Ocean. Ocean Trilogy is the centerpiece in a program that also includes SpectorDance’s acclaimed East West, and other works. (Photo of Colton Sterling by William Roden, New Dawn Studios.) CLAY COURI ORGAN RECITAL at All Saints on Sunday afternoon includes tenor Jeffrey Thompson and the Cannery Rogues. ORGANIST DIANE KELLER performs on Saturday at St Dunstan’s in Carmel Valley. Peter McDonough’s THE BOONDAWGLE ESTATE opens at Hartnell College. Dolly Parton’s 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL opens in Ben Lomond. For more live performance events, details and links, click our CALENDAR
REFLECTIONS ON MONTEREY JAZZ FEST 60TH
PAUL CONTOS, right, conducts the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Joshua Tazman, left, from Nueva Upper School in San Mateo, singing “More Than You Know,” on the Garden Stage last Thursday. The pianist was Luca Mendoza from Crossroads School in Santa Monica. Auditioned next-gen musicians came from all over the country, including Florida, New York, Virginia, Texas, Missouri, Colorado and western states.
FLUTIST ALI RYERSON and her quartet totally filled the large Dizzy’s Den with a 45-minute set on Saturday afternoon. (FREE GRASS TURF available from the Monterey Fairgrounds Arena, must be removed by Wednesday afternoon.)
THE LISTENING PLACE READERS THEATRE
OPENS THEIR 11TH SEASON with Joe DiPietro’s light-hearted comedy, Over the River and Through the Woods, starring Philip Pearce and Michael Robbins (The Sunshine Boys from last year) and a cast of TLP veterans. Performances, which start at the end of October, will be divided between the Monterey Museum of Art and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Their annual Yuletide Jewels program will play between December 3 and 10. Details to follow.
“CONDUCTORS ARE THE MOST IGNORANT”
SERGIU CELIBIDACHE, legendary Romanian conductor, says, “Conductors are the most ignorant people in the musical field—after pressmen.” 1978 interview on Danish Radio.
CELIBIDACHE SET HIS REPUTATION in 1950 conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Beethoven’s “Egmont” within the ruins of the orchestra’s Philharmonie auditorium in 1950.
SUCH A DEAL!
BUY CABRILLO’S MARIN ALSOP’S rural house near Baltimore for under $1 million. She’s moved into town. Click HERE
CLASSICAL RADIO UPDATE
IN JUNE LAST YEAR, longtime Bay Area station KDFC joined the University of Southern California radio group to provide full-time, non-commercial classical radio up and down California, using a variety of frequencies in different areas in and around the SF Bay Area. (Southern California is served by KUSC, the university’s non-commercial service.) KDFC’s 24-7 service is available in the Monterey Bay area at 103.9 and in Big Sur Valley at 95.9. On-line classical music is also available through KAZU’s HD2 Classical Music Stream. Click HERE
All of these services hew toward a narrow middle-of-the-road menu of familiar classical music or ‘sounds like’ bits from the Baroque and Classical style periods. As such, studies show listeners use the service as background music to other activities. This does the great classical music canon itself a disservice, not least because it conditions listeners to turn their attention to something else. My favorite go-to place for classical radio is BBC Radio 3, on line. Radio 3’s mindset is noticeably different in that it begins with an urgent sense of the value of the music itself and presents it that way. Even their “Through the Night,” which corresponds to afternoon and evening hours on the West Coast, expects its presenters to provide brief factual comments before each piece is played. Though mostly classical, and frequently full concerts recorded live, jazz and the spoken word are also part of the regular lineup. To check out Radio 3, click HERE (FYI, K-Mozart discontinued local service last March, though some local presenters still list it on their web pages.)
THE MYTHIC CAREER of Sixto Rodriguez, a talented songwriter from 1960s Detroit, demonstrated an originality that has often been compared to Bob Dylan. He made a couple of albums that inexplicably—when you listen to them—went nowhere. He was ‘discovered’ by fans in South Africa during the height of the Apartheid years and outsold Elvis Presley. Once again, he faded from sight. His life—he is now 75—was chronicled in a fascinating documentary, “Searching for Sugarman.”
CYRANO DE BERGERAC opens at PacRep. MONTEREY PENINSULA GOSPEL CHOIR will celebrate gospel music heritage month. DAYS & NIGHTS FESTIVAL opens at the Golden Bough Playhouse. STUDY: Classical music makes men more attractive to women.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor