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THIS WEEK

PACIFIC REP OPENS its new production of the hit musical Mamma Mia! (above) by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, based on the songs of their sensationally successful Swedish glam-band ABBA. Paper Wing opens A Christmas Carol in Monterey. DUELING SYMPHONIES: it usually happens once each season. DANIEL STEWART dances with the SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, John Adams’ The Chairman Dances and, in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, West Side Story symphonic dances. (Their Friday rehearsal at Santa Cruz Civic is open and free, starting at 7:30pm.) MAX BRAGADO DARMAN conducts the MONTEREY SYMPHONY plus 30 members of Youth Music Monterey’s Honors Orchestra in Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, and welcomes soloist David Jae-Weon Huh for Prokofiev’s brilliant Third Piano Concerto. For details and links to these and other live performances, click our CALENDAR

ABOUT ADAMS’ THE CHAIRMAN DANCES

SC SYMPHONY BACKGROUNDER plus an excerpt from the popular symphonic foxtrot. Click HERE

THORA BIRCH

FILM ACTOR for 31 of her 35 YEARS, walks/talks through her career. (She was in American Beauty as the daughter of the Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey characters.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUDREY LUNA CRACKS GLASS

HER STRATOSPHERIC A above high C is probably the highest a soprano has ever attained at the Met. (The freakish French coloratura Mado Robin, who went even higher, never appeared in that house.) The vehicle, Thomas Adès’ opera The Exterminating Angel—based on the surreal Luis Buñuel film—has left most critics bewildered or bored. And Adès seems to take fiendish delight in such pranks, witness the character Ariel from his operatic version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Click HERE

GEORGE MARTIN’S GENIUS

george-martin-musicWAS IN HIS ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS of Beatles hits. His own original music is not as memorable, though he did compose the score for the first of the Roger Moore 007 films, Live and Let Die; a suite from its score is included in this new CD release, along with the Pepperland Suite of music he wrote for the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Three American Sketches for violin and chamber orchestra sound as if he never left Britain. The Under Milk Wood overture, honoring the Dylan Thomas radio drama, is Welsh-flavored. His music (chorales) for The Mission, which was never used in that strange 1986 movie, deserves to be discovered and performed by regional and local choirs. The Berlin Music Ensemble (and its chorus in the last piece) perform with sensitivity and faith. Judge for yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE LIKE SAD MUSIC

A NEW THEORY is described by Tom Jacobs and illustrated by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Click HERE

LEAVIN’ ON YOUR MIND

PATSY CLINE from 1962. “Emotive yet distant and cool.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESH REVIEWS

ALWAYS.., PATSY CLINE in Santa Cruz and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in Salinas. Click HERE

YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY and 8-year-old soloist Nicholas Brady in Carmel. Click HERE 

NEXT WEEK

JOY! A HOLIDAY SHOW  by Tandy Beal & Company, with circus, dance & music, and Cirque du Soleil soloists, begins at Santa Cruz Civic. MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER launches THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW.

A WEEK LATER

HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA to play Debussy, Schoenberg, Ponce. I CANTORI DI CARMEL introduces its new Conductor Tom Lehmkuhl. SMUIN’S ‘THE CHRISTMAS BALLET’ comes to Carmel.

Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor