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10th ANNIVERSARY OF MUSIC IN MAY takes over Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall on the weekend, with world-class chamber music artists playing Schumann, Pärt, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Dohnanyi and a world premiere by TJ Cole. PIANIST JURA MARGULIS brings Scarlatti, Scriabin and Brahms to Hidden Valley on Wednesday. SANTA CRUZ AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL in Aptos and CALIFORNIA ROOTS in Monterey promise a musical overload for the region. Luis Valdez’ ZOOT SUIT opens at UCSC, while several area stage productions wrap up. For details and links, click our CALENDAR or on ads, left.
THE RED GUITAR
JAZZ MASTER BRUCE FORMAN returned to Carmel’s intimate Cherry Center stage on Saturday for two performances of his one-hour “jazz libretto” to the delight of full-house audiences. “It’s all about the story,” he said of both his entertaining anecdotes and yarns and his music. He launched his one-man show about ten years ago, and took narrative ideas from the films The Red Shoes and The Red Violin. His personal starting point was that moment in his young life when he was infected by the music bug—most liberating of all the be-bop bug. Musically he surveyed the jazz masters who inspired and guided him, guitarists Django Reinhardt—including an homage demo of playing with only two fingers of the left hand—Wes Montgomery and Barney Kessel, and such other masters as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Ray Brown. He took us all back to childhood with a revival of Shenandoah. He had us rolling in stitches with his rewrite of the lyrics from Mr. Sandman (“Mr. Soundman.”) He played the blues: “brothers get the blues; white men get depressed.” While sleeping off some jetlag, he remembered a phone call his wife took from Cornelius Wood. He called the number and asked for Cornelius. “Who?” came the reply. He asked again. Same result. Then, “Cornelius Wood?” The voice said, “This is Clint Eastwood…” Seems the film legend needed some help with his score for Million Dollar Baby. Look for Forman’s name in the credits.
NEW S.T.A.R. GRANTS ANNOUNCED
$5,000 EACH go to DANCE KIDS, YOUTH ORCHESTRA SALINAS (YOSAL) and DUAL LANGUAGE ACADEMY OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA. Also, $1,000 performing arts scholarships given to nine 2017 high school graduates, now added to the 35 recipients since S.T.A.R. began this program in 2012. For more info, click HERE
KLEIN INT’L STRING COMPETITION
IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED how the Santa Cruz Symphony features a Klein prize-winner each season, you might want to go to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on June 3 and 4 to witness the judging of this year’s nine semifinalists, talented musicians from all over the world, with most trained in the US. Each contestant gets a 25-minute program that includes some JS Bach and a new commission. The top three winners then get a 35-minute recital and awards. If you go, make a point of introducing yourself to competition director Mitchell Sardou Klein, a former Santa Cruz Symphony music director/conductor. The Conservatory is located at 50 Oak Street in San Francisco. (Next season the SC Symphony will feature the first-ever Klein double-bass winner.) Click HERE
SINGING WITHOUT SOUND
MANDY HARVEY was on track to become a professional singer, until she lost her hearing. She is now working on her fourth album.
FORT WORTH’S MUSICAL CHAOS
THE SYMPHONY and opera have been through shocking upheaval. On top of that, the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition begins this week. There are positive signs. Click BELOW
ODP JAZZES RAVEL’S BOLERO
ORCHESTRE DE PARIS players swing; Ellington would approve. Click HERE
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
CITIES THAT SPEND MOST ON CULTURE
2017 REPORT LISTS TOP TEN in order: Amsterdam, Brussels, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul. See the research HERE
RICOCHET: THE PING PONG CONCERTO
ANDY AKIHO’s concerto for ping pong players, percussion and orchestra, as slapped about by the Hong Kong Philharmonic. And don’t miss the unique finish. Click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY’s season finale featured Michael Noble in the regional premiere of Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Concerto in G Minor. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor