Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL this weekend at Monterey Fairgrounds. SORDID LIVES opens at Mountain Community Theater. BATTLE OF THE BIG BANDS in Carmel. AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ opens at The Western Stage. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR and on the ads, left. 

HAIMOVITZ & HIS GOFFRILLER REUNITED

MAJOR DAMAGE to the instrument more than a year ago is finally repaired. Matt Haimovitz has played for Philip Glass in Big Sur. Click HERE   

PAYING LOCAL DUES

PHILIP GLASS’ Days & Nights Festival, for all its virtues and value for advocating the cause of new music, has never caught on with Monterey Bay audiences. It is not for want of talent and excellence, but rather a failure to connect with the area’s movers and shakers in that world of music. Those of us who have lived and engaged in the cultural life of the Monterey Bay have seen this scenario play out over and over. Failure has proved the coin of the realm for interlopers who have simply not paid their local respects. Philip Glass desperately wants to stake a claim here but, after years of trying, his festival has only scored well with small audiences. His local organization administrators appear to think that an expensive ad budget will turn the tide, but ultimately the fault lies with Glass himself. As a dedicated advocate for new music, I wish it weren’t so, just as I wish he would finally recognize that forming reciprocal relationships with like-minded area producers and presenters works best for each instead of assuming that his international reputation gives him automatic local cachet. SM

VIOLINIST DECLARES WAR ON WAR

UKRAINIAN MARINA BONDAS is determined to restore cultural values to her homeland. Click HERE  

PRESERVING SACRED SOUNDS

175 YEARS OF HENRY WILLIS organs in Britain.

WHAT VIOLA DAVIS REGRETS ABOUT ‘THE HELP’

THE ACCLAIMED FILM got it wrong, “…it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard.”  Click HERE  

ON CREATIVITY

2019 MARKS THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY of American poet Walt Whitman’s birth. Maria Popova explores his breakout Leaves of Grass. Click HERE   

WORLD’S LARGEST PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IS IN…?

TAIWAN. Now completed and set to open in October. Click HERE

HONKY TONK WOMEN

ROLLING STONES forty-nine years on.

FRESH REVIEW

MADELINE JARZEMBAK harp recital at Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON performs in Santa Cruz. CHINESE WARRIORS OF PEKING at World Theater in Seaside. PIANIST YEKWON SUNWOO plays for the Carmel Music Society. MONTEREY PENINSULA GOSPEL COMMUNITY CHOIR in Salinas. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS season premiere in Aptos. DAYS & NIGHTS FEST plays Big Sur. SWEET JAZZ@EMBASSY in Seaside.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

“SPOTLIGHT ON THE SYMPHONY” launches the Santa Cruz Symphony’s new recital series at Cabrillo College with principal harpist Madeline Jarzembak (above). ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra opens its 2018-19 season with music by Bach and Stravinsky. HERB ALPERT, now 83, returns to Santa Cruz with his vocalist wife of 44 years, Lani Hall. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR and on the ads, left. 

BARNEY HULSE, 1952-2018

WELL-KNOWN in Monterey County musical theater, Hulse died suddenly on the weekend. He accompanied many singers (with Layne Littlepage, left) at the piano and taught music at Monterey Peninsula College. 

FIVE MINUTES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH CLASSICAL

AS RECOMMENDED by 18 composers and critics. “I posed a deceptively simple question to our writers and editors, as well as some artists we admire: What are the five minutes or so — longer than a moment, shorter than a symphony — that you’d play for a friend to convince them to fall in love with classical music?” Zachary Woolfe,NY Times classical music editor. Click HERE   

HOW ONE MAN KILLS TELEMARKETERS

GREAT JOB OPENINGS IN L.A. & ORANGE COUNTY

Click HERE   And HERE  

THE CASE FOR WOMEN CONDUCTORS

PODIUM VETERAN JOANN FALLETTA, no stranger to Santa Cruz, thoughtfully argues in favor. Click HERE   

PLAYWRIGHTS JOINING #NEVERAGAIN

RACHAEL CARNES describes how this is coming together. Click HERE  

PANSORI, KOREA’S MUSICAL STORYTELLING

MEET THE STANFORD LAPTOP ORCHESTRA

MARK HERTENSTEINER conducts. Click HERE   

MONA LISA

GREGORY PORTER AND JEFF GOLDBLUM, in anticipation of Goldblum’s new jazz album. 

FRESH REVIEWS

CELLIST AMIT PELED at Distinguished Artists. Click HERE

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Jewel Theatre. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ opens at Hartnell College. SORDID LIVES opens at Mountain Community Theater. MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL, September 21-23.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor