Weekly Update

PIERRE BOULEZ, 1925-2015Boulez

GIANT OF CONTEMPORARY classical music, as both composer and conductor, died on January 5. Paul Griffiths remembers him. Click HERE

STAR WARS ORCHESTRA SCORES

THE NEW YORKER’S Alex Ross argues they are far more sophisticated than they get credit for being. Click HERE

DOG DAYS’ ROYCE VAVREK

WHO IS THIS go-to librettist for so many new operas? Click HERE

MirgaMEET CONDUCTOR MIRGA GRAžINYTÉ-TYLA

HARRY SMITH spotlights the young Lithuanian conductor of the LA Philharmonic. Click HERE

 LP TURNTABLE REPLACES NEEDLE WITH LASER

NO PHYSICAL CONTACT allows purer playback without clicks, pops or other distortions. But it ain’t cheap. Click HERE

CHAMPIONS OF THE ARTS

ANNUAL GALA BANQUET and awards, sponsored by Arts Council Monterey County. January 16, 5pm, Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Click HERE

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

CHRIS PRATORIUS GÓMEZ is this weekend’s Artistic Director for the SC Chamber Players’ “Legends of Granada.” Click HERE

FRESH REVIEW

ESPRESSIVO’S Mahler concert in Santa Cruz in a chamber orchestra arrangement gets a full house. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor