VAN CLIBURN gold medalist found his children dead and his estranged wife badly wounded with stabbings. According to Ft. Worth police, she has now been charged in the deaths. Kholodenko astonished Carmel Music Society audience in 2013 and is scheduled to play Beethoven with the Monterey Symphony in a month from now. In a statement released by the Van Cliburn Foundation, Kholodenko wrote “Being in a great grief I would like to address this message to everyone who thinks about my family. The loss of my children will be with me forever. But I would like to say that I feel the support of the Fort Worth community and all people who are sending me messages all over the world. Wherever I go after this tragedy my heart will stay with the people here of Fort Worth and my daughters will rest in this soil.”
MARK BANKS, SONGWRITER/SINGER
SINGER AND ALL AROUND INSTRUMENTALIST sets his own tone. From a troubled youth he found a salvation that has revealed a remarkable talent. His self-named first CD, of all-original songs to which he adds Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, is an eye/ear opener into a unique vision significantly inspired by the fatalistic pain of Kurt Cobain and comeback hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, yet his own music is eternally optimistic. I am no Christian but I have never doubted the power of faith to revive those in pain. Mark Banks absolutely cheers me up. You can hear him on sunny afternoons, as I did last week, at the Intercontinental Hotel on Cannery Row in Monterey. Visit his website HERE
IT WAS DELIVERED from the stage at the Mello Center Sunday afternoon. Highlights include Chinese keyboard sensation Yuja Wang in piano concertos by Salonen and Brahms, a concert version of Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Celestial Dance (for large orchestra) by well-known Bay Area composer Henry Mollicone and the great Verdi Requiem.
MAN WHO STOLE ROMAN TOTENBERG’S STRAD
A PUPIL of the late, great violinist stole the master’s 1734 Stradivarius and was never caught. After his death in 2011, the instrument was returned to Totenberg’s daughters. Geoff Edgards wrote this chronicle for the Washington Post. Click HERE
INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN CONDUCTORS
A PROGRAM of Dallas Opera. Apply HERE
I DON’T LIKE WOMEN CONDUCTORS
SO SAYS BALTIMORE SYMPHONY’S emeritus conductor. Too bad; it’s Marin Alsop’s orchestra now. Click HERE
MUSIC CIRCUIT IN YOUR BRAIN DISCOVERED
I KNEW IT all along. Watch the video.
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
AFTER TWO FULL YEARS of weekly PAP profiles, numbering more than 100, we are easing the popular feature with full thanks to contributors Philip Pearce and Susan Meister. We will continue our PAP profiles of regional Performing Arts People with an emphasis on those worthy contributors as their current and imminent projects emerge, but not with a new edition each week. Our weekly commitment, starting in March 2014, began with stage designer/scenic artist Carey Crockett and, as of last week, came full circle—times two years—with a portrait of Hidden Valley Music founder Peter Meckel. We are extraordinarily blessed with exceptional artistic talent and the dedicated support of those who constitute Performing Arts People of the Monterey Bay. We are grateful to each of them for their willing participation. Some of them have added a link to their own websites. All of our PAP profiles have been archived for easy access. There are several eminent in the queue.
FRESH MUSIC REVIEWS
MONTEREY SYMPHONY, with solo mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano in Granados and Brahms, and the Santa Cruz Symphony with HK Gruber intoning his own wild Frankenstein!! Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor