Weekly Update

BAD NEWS

ANNE MARIE McDERMOTT, pianist partner of violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, has been seriously injured in a vehicle crash in Vail. Their appearance for the Carmel Music Society this Sunday has been cancelled.

WEEKEND’S MUSICAL TREASURES

chenVAN CLIBURN WINNER SEAN CHEN (left), who dazzled Carmel audiences in mid-February, was instantly grabbed by the Santa Cruz Symphony for a solo piano recital to benefit its music education program. Chen’s program would scare off most keyboard artists. MAX BRAGADO-DARMAN, who just came off a Monterey Symphony success with—for the first time—the full Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, will lead a choral music workshop for I Cantori at MPC. HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA will serenade audiences in Carmel Valley and Aptos. The orchestra includes Roy and Polly Malan, our PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE this week. On Sunday afternoon, young Russian pianist DARIA KISELEVA will play a very challenging solo recital for the Aptos Keyboard Series. Click our CALENDAR.

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‘MAESTRA’ OUT; ‘CONDUCTRIX’ IN

THE NEW ‘SCRAPING AND BOWING’ for politically correct women conductors. Groan! Click HERE

THE FIFTH BEATLE

RECORD PRODUCER GEORGE MARTIN died on March 8 at 90. For the best obituary, click HERE

FABULOUS NEW CD DEBUTS APRIL 1Luto CD

FEATURES WILTOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI’S sensational Concerto for Orchestra teamed with Schoenberg’s orchestration of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, once a Monterey Symphony conductor candidate, conducts the Ft. Worth Symphony.

 

 

CARMEL’S FOREST THEATER

THE RENOVATION that lasted longer and cost more than projected, and aroused an often-testy debate between the Forest Theater Guild’s Walt deFaria and PacRep’s Stephen Moorer that played out with the city’s planning staff and city council, got a thumbs-up from deFaria. (See our Weekly Update, February 23.) For another perspective, I contacted Ken Talmage, a councilmember running for mayor. He provided it. “Phase One was a red-tag situation, a safety matter. Forest Theater will be open and operational for the 100th anniversary this year of the founding of Carmel-By-The-Sea.” But Talmage agreed the renovation of Forest Theater is “not complete.” As for Phase Two, “There is no discussion now but it will take a public/private partnership like the one that renovated Sunset Center.” Phase two, he says, will have to deal with the issues of bathrooms, a ticket office, concessions and parking. “Phase One was not a long-term plan,” he says.

¡VIVA BAJA!

MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM’S new exhibit. Watch the sea life perform

 

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

INVALUABLE STRING PLAYERS Roy and Polly Malan of Bonny Doon are essential to Monterey and Santa Cruz classical music, and beyond. In our two counties they’ve got concerts on April 2 and 3, April 7 and April 9 and 10. Whew! Click HERE

FRESH REVIEW

SMUIN BALLET’S Dance Series One celebrated the art form itself last weekend. Program included two new works premiered six months ago. Click HERE

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Scott MacClelland, editor