MILES ELECTRIC BAND (above) inspired by jazz avant-gardist Miles Davis comes to Kuumbwa tomorrow (Wednesday). John Koza’s CAMERATA SINGERS present Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass, written specifically to benefit the homeless; admission is free—donations to the cause are requested. Mollicone’s great hit, Hear Me Redeemer, will be included. ENSEMBLE MONTEREY members will play Olivier Messiaen’s ‘concentration camp’ masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time, in Carmel and Santa Cruz. SC SYMPHONY principal cellist Jonah Kim performs a special recital concert at Cabrillo College that includes colleagues violinist Nigel Armstrong and violist Danny Stewart. Monterey’s annual JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY (beware of insider ticket scalpers.) Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN opens at UC Santa Cruz. Shakespeare’s HAMLET opens at Monterey Peninsula College. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or the adverts, left.
“FROM BEYONCÉ & BEYOND”
THIS CSUMB WORLD THEATER event, on March 5, covering the music business, performance and leadership, launches a week of jazz education activities around Monterey County leading up to the 48th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival and kicks off a new partnership between CSU Monterey Bay and the Monterey Jazz Festival. It features saxophonist and composer Tia Fuller (pictured) and Latina percussionist Marcie Chapa. Click HERE
NO MORE SUNDAY JAZZ JAM
LONGTIME HOST LEE DURLEY just posted a notice that the Jazz Jam, which had attracted many of the Monterey Bay’s most talented musicians, has been suspended “until further notice.”
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, improvised by Jeffrey Kahane, as Americans suffer through artificially ‘fake’ times. Read about it and listen to it HERE
RACHMANINOFF COMPLETE PRELUDES
NIKOLAI LUGANSKY makes his debut on Harmonia Mundi label in this collection of the 24 miniature pearls. (He had previously recorded some of them for a 2001 Erato release.) A few of them show up as encores to solo recitals, but the Op. 23 set of 10 and the Op. 32 set of 13 are rarely heard as featured works. Yet each of them contains its own enchantments and none could be confused with any other composer, a tribute to Rachmaninoff’s undying allure and creative originality. Moreover, Lugansky gives them his own special touch without going over the top, as some very famous names have been known to do.
WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE FLOCK TO OPERA
STÉPHANE LISSNER was appointed as the Paris Opera’s general director in 2014, when he set about implementing measures focused on fostering younger attendance. “What I think was a mistake at the opera was for many years to persist with a number of productions which were locked into purely vocal performance. Today’s spectators are looking for more than that. They want to experience something theatrical as well. That’s what brings young people to the opera.” Click HERE
FROM LES INDES GALANTES
“KRUMP” hip-hop to a 283-year-old opera by Rameau. It’s a perfect fit. A video by Opera National de Paris
“DEBUSSY: A PAINTER IN SOUND” A new ‘musical biography’ rediscovers the avant-gardist who became and remains popular, a month before the centenary of his death. Click HERE
FRESH MUSIC REVIEWS
SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS in Aptos, DECODA ENSEMBLE performance for Chamber Music Monterey Bay, and YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY’S “Peace & Drama.” Click HERE
SANTA CRUZ MUSIC FESTIVAL all over downtown, SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS’ “Ornithology” in Aptos, UCSC CONCERT CHOIR, JAZZ ENSEMBLES & CHAMBER SINGERS on campus. CHRIS BOTTI in Monterey.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor