ORION WEISS joins the MONTEREY SYMPHONY in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B-flat Minor; Max Bragado Darman also conduct’s Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, at Sunset Center in Carmel. Michel Singher conducts ESPRESSIVO in Elgar, Bartók and JS Bach at UCSC Recital Hall. The TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA plays the Fox in Salinas. FOR DETAILS CLICK ON THE ADS, LEFT, AND FIND MORE LISTINGS AND LINKS ON OUR CALENDAR
SANTA ROSA’S BURBANK CENTER BURNED
LUTHER BURBANK CENTER FOR THE ARTS, home of the Santa Rosa Symphony, suffered damage from Sunday/Monday’s Tubbs Fire and the loss of two outbuilding, and has been closed. This will affect some Monterey Bay ‘freeway philharmonic’ musicians.
AFTER 17 YEARS as Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s artistic director, Amy Anderson has decided to step down. Anderson, who established the ‘Kids Up Front and Free’ policy, is a lifelong cellist and generous contributor to new commissions—especially of composer Kevin Puts—only felt free to leave when Erica Horn (left) agreed to take over at CMMB. Horn, a professional clarinetist—she will join Ensemble Monterey colleagues this season in the daunting Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen—has long been in charge of Youth Music Monterey County’s Chamber Players program.
MEET THE WORLD’S LONGEST PIANO
NEARLY SIX METERS LONG, it was built in a farm shed, by Adrian Mann, then a high school student in Timaru, a small town on New Zealand’s South Island. The monster weighs more than a ton.
FRONT ROW SEATS: $1,000
BEFORE SCALPING, that’s what you’ll pay when Bette Midler returns to Broadway next month for Hello, Dolly! That puts the price right up there with Hamilton during last year’s holiday season. Click HERE
WHEN IN HAMBURG
TAKE IN A CONCERT at the new Elbphilharmonie. Rad about it HERE
WOMEN CONDUCTORS FLOCK TO LA
DEBORAH BORDA, for 17 years the progressive executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, now wooed back to the New York Philharmonic, left this legacy: The LA Phil will have more women guest conductors this season than the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oregon, Philadelphia and New York combined. Meet them HERE
RAY CHARLES CHECKMATES WILLIE NELSON
THREE TIMES in a row.
FRESH MUSIC REVIEWS
PIANIST ORION WEISS in solo recital, and MIRÓ QUARTET. Click HERE
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and the SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS open then seasons.
WHEN CRITICS TAKE THEIR EYE OFF THE BALL: In a recent op-ed, even NY Times Chief Music Critic Anthony Tommasini made the classic mistake of reviewing himself.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor