Weekly Magazine

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO 6 “PASTORAL” will get three performances over the next two weekends in Carmel. This Sunday afternoon, Farkhad Khudyev will conduct the Youth Music Monterey Honors Orchestra. The following weekend, Max Bragado Darman leads the Monterey Symphony, with 30 members of YMM as guests, “Side by side.” Rarely–almost never–does such an opportunity to compare two different interpretations of a major work come along. For links to both, click our CALENDAR

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THIS WEEK

ALWAYS PATSY CLINE  opens at the Colligan in a new Jewel Theatre production.* Popular MORGENSTERN TRIO (above) returns to Chamber Music Monterey Bay and includes Frank Martin’s Trio on Irish Folksongs. Mezzo-soprano SOLMAAZ ADELI takes charge of Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ second concert of the season, including music Laura_photo_2017by Villa-Lobos, Bizet, Fauré and Chris Pratorius Gómez. The SANTA CRUZ COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY invades the Music Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, Nov. 12, when Nathaniel Berman conducts Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and 13-year-old Laura Wang (right) plays the Mendelssohn violin concerto. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY presents its Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras at Sunset Center, on Sunday, Nov. 12, featuring 8-year-old solo violinist Nicholas Brady and Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. For details and links to other live performance events, click our CALENDAR 

*JEWEL THEATRE WINS MAJOR AWARD

THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding Jewel Theatre Company with one of the 2017 National Theatre Company grants. Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and support the most promising emerging theatre companies, the 2017 grants for Initial Support are being presented to nine companies from around the country. Companies chosen to receive the grants have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre. “The recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor,” said Julie James, Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company. “As we enter our 13th season, and our 3rd season at the beautiful new Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center, we are grateful for this acknowledgment on the national level and humbled to be recognized with the other outstanding theatre companies.”

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ALMA DEUTSCHER to play her violin concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley just before Opera San Jose stages her Cinderella, both in December. Scott Pelley profiled her for CBS’ 60 Minutes. Click HERE

LAST SUNDAY NIGHT

KDFC, 103.9 FM, broadcast the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in a concert conducted by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony. The wide-ranging program included music from Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra by Gabriela Lena Frank, a composer in residence at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz. For the broadcast, originally by NPR, Alsop was interviewed by Christopher O’Riley, concert pianist and host of “From the Top.” You can read the story HERE  WHILE the program remains available you can listen to it HERE

HOW WOULD THEY  KNOW?

IN FIN DE SIÈCLE VIENNA, HUGO AND RICHARD concocted a gorgeous lie about women, and women believed it. One of the most loved and glorious operas of the 20th century, Der Rosenkavalier, paints a sentimental but superficial woman’s purely self-indulgent sexual relationship with a naïve teenaged boy. In “Sex, Love and the Aging Woman,” philosopher/ethicist Martha C Nussbaum takes playwright Hugo von Hofmannstahl and composer Richard Strauss to task for their cynical portrayal of the Marschallin, the bored and ignored wife of an aristocratic field marshal, who indulges herself sexually in what today in America would get her a long prison sentence for pedophilia. Click HERE

SUKHISHVILI GEORGIAN NATIONAL BALLET

FIENDISH PHYSICAL DEMANDS made on dancer/athletes. Try to imagine male toe dancers without pointe shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GERMAN VS FRENCH AESTHETICS

“WE CONSIDER CLASSICAL MUSIC to be the epitome and quintessence of our culture, because it is that culture’s clearest, most significant gesture and expression. In this music we possess the heritage of classical antiquity and Christianity, a spirit of serenely cheerful and brave piety, a superbly chivalric morality. For in the final analysis every important cultural gesture comes down to a morality, a model for human behavior concentrated into a gesture.” Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (trans. R. Winton). NED ROREM favors the French. The major American composer, now 94, is as famous for his opinions as for his music, maybe more so. Click HERE  BE SURE to listen to his commentary. “The French are profoundly superficial and the Germans are superficially profound.”

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SESQUICENTENNIAL OF ARTURO TOSCANINI

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CONDUCTOR of the mid-20th century is being honored in word and sound. Steven Richman and his Harmonie Ensemble recreate the crystal clear, non-sentimental style of the fiery Italian maestro, longtime conductor of La Scala opera in Milan, the New York Philharmonic and the NBC Symphony Orchestra which was created just for him. The CD includes the overture Giuseppe Verdi composed for his opera Aïda, only to reject it in favor of a brief prelude that jumps immediately into the drama. (Verdi was right; the overture is a throwback. You won’t find it anywhere else.)

FRESH REVIEWS

COWARD’S PRESENT LAUGHTER  at Monterey Peninsula College, and DiPietro’s OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS  in Salinas. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY dances to the music of Adams, Beethoven and Bernstein. MONTEREY SYMPHONY hosts soloist David Jae-Weon Huh in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. WHOLEHEARTED CHORUS coming to Hidden Valley. Concerto competition winners with the UC SANTA CRUZ ORCHESTRA. PacRep opens MAMMA MIA! in Carmel.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor