Weekly Update

Year+by+the+SeaJANKO’S ‘YEAR BY THE SEA’

FEATURE FILM BY Monterey native Alexander Janko, based on Joan Anderson memoirs, to be screened at Vail Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival in April. Janko wrote and directed it and composed its musical score. It stars Karen Allen, Yannick Bisson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael Cristofer and Celia Imrie.

2015 CABRILLO FEST COMPOSERS AWARDED

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS has included Festival alumni composers-in-residence Hannah Lash (Eating Flowers, a festival commission), Huang Ruo (The Color Yellow) and Sean Shepherd (Blue Blazes) who were all in residence during the 2015 Cabrillo Festival. They will share a total $205,000 with 14 other composers. Lash will receive $15,000 from the Charles Ives Fellowship and Ruo will be awarded $15,000 from the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship. Meanwhile, the Festival has announced its 2016 programs which include 11 composers-in-residence, three world premieres and six West Coast premieres. All concerts will be performed at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

PMDPETER MAXWELL DAVIES DIES AT 81

PROLIFIC COMPOSER, Master of the Queen’s Music, 2004—2014, succumbed yesterday to leukemia. Orkney Islands resident’s Eight Songs for a Mad King, 1969, brought him international shock and acclaim. In March 2012 the Monterey Symphony played his Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, featuring bagpipe master Paul Hodgins.

VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN ON SINGING

WITH WIFE TOBY PERLMAN in conversation on WNYC. To watch, click the video

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOU HARRISON IN WASHINGTON DC

LATE APTOS COMPOSER getting his due more and more. Anne Midgette covers the event for the Washington Post. Click HERE

MOZART AND SALIERI DISCOVERY

THEY COMPOSED TOGETHER, it seems. Was Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus wrong? Hear the newly found. Click HERE

PERFORMING ARTS AND HEALTH

BENEFITS OF DANCING, especially for seniors and especially for an audience. Jemma Bicknell opines in Arts Professional. Click HERE

OPERA SINGER uses music to treat dementia, autism and more. Conan Milner reports for Epoch Times. Click HERE

BENEFITS OF CHORAL SINGING Saturday’s A Cappella Showcase and the Camerata Singers weekend performances inspire recruits. Pacific Standard reinforces the psychological impact. Click HERE

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

PETER MECKEL, Hidden Valley Music’s visionary founder. Click HERE

MONTEREY & SC SYMPHONIES PILE ON

MEZZO-SOPRANO Jennifer Johnson Cano sings Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody in Salinas and Carmel, while HK Gruber sings his own Frankenstein!! in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Click the ads left, or our CALENDAR

FRESH REVIEWS

CAMERATA SINGERS “Music of Downton Abbey” Click HERE

JEWEL’S NEW Master Class, Terrence McNally’s ‘portrait’ of opera diva Maria Callas, and Other Desert Cities at Paper Wing. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor