Weekly Update

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

This week it’s Ellen Primack, executive director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which fires up this week at Santa Cruz Civic. Ellen is the behind-the-scenes wizard who tirelessly keeps the innovative institution humming, a 12-month operation that peaks with two intense weeks of new orchestral music. Click HERE.

BELA FLECK

The banjoist will solo in his recent The Imposter Concerto on Cabrillo’s opening night this Saturday. Pursuant to that is the film “How to Write a Banjo Concerto” which will screen at the Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz this Wednesday, 7:30pm. Follow the link: http://thenick.com/#nowplaying_BelaFleck

FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

This age-old and frankly tiresome issue was rehashed on a recent edition of the Diane Rehm show on NPR. Her panel of ‘experts’ included Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker magazine; Orli Shaham, concert pianist; Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; and Greg Sandow, a member of the graduate studies faculty at Juilliard. You can listen to the broadcast or read a transcript by clicking HERE.

And you can also read Andy Doe’s blog refuting the doomsayers, point by point, Click HERE.

MAGIC CIRCLE CANCELS LAST SHOW

An appeal for sufficient funding came up short which led the popular theater company’s board to withdraw its season finale, The Mountaintop, and shut itself down. The company’s home in Carmel Valley Village is now on the market for sale.

MET OPERA’S GELB THEATENS LOCKOUT

Michael Cooper reports in The New York Times that Peter Gelb is demanding that new union contracts with reduced pay and benefits be agreed by the end of the week or the company will lock out its union employees. Click HERE.004

WANT TO LIVE LONGER? TAKE UP CONDUCTING

Some great conductors of advanced age have lately departed: Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Claudio Abbado. But Brits Neville Marriner (90), Roger Norrington (80) and Andrew Davis (70) are going strong. Maybe it’s their choice of scotch. Read more HERE.

1813 NEUNER-HORNSTEINER CELLO FOR SALE

This fully-restored ‘singing’ instrument has recently been appraised at $11,000. It comes with a hard fiberglass case. Also available, a vintage William Lewis & Son cello bow, valued at $1,500. Contact Editor@PerformingArtsMontereyBay.com

FRESH REVIEW

It’s from last Friday’s Bach Festival concert, with orchestral music by JS Bach, Corelli, Rossini and Mendelssohn. Click HERE.

Scott MacClelland, editor