Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

PIANIST KEVIN LEE SUN plays Aptos Keyboard Series. INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC at UCSC. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE at UCSC. SKELETON CREW opens at UCSC. CIRQUE ÉLOIZE in Carmel. LYLE LOVETT at Santa Cruz Civic. THE DRIFTERS (pictured above) emerge from the doo wop distant past at CSU’s World Theater. SONGWRITER JD SOUTHER plays the Rio Theatre. LISA HILTON BAND at Kuumbwa. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

ARTS COUNCIL SCC NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Jeff Galipeaux names Interim Director Jim Brown (pictured). “I wanted to be the first to tell you some exciting news. We have a new Executive Director! Jim Brown, who has been serving as the Arts Council’s Interim Executive Director, will be stepping into the role permanently, effective immediately! After months of work with a top nonprofit recruiting firm, and interacting with more than a dozen top candidates culled from hundreds of compelling applicants, the Board ultimately voted unanimously to offer the role to a gifted leader who was already in our midst. It’s fair to say that Jim Brown might be one of the best-loved and most-respected nonprofit leaders in Santa Cruz County. We were lucky to have him as part of the Arts Council family already, and his leadership, humility, and deep regard for this community made offering him this role something that was too compelling for the Board to pass up. For those of you who don’t know Jim well, in addition to his recent work as the Arts Council’s Deputy & Tannery Director, he has also served as a Program Officer with the Community Foundation, and was previously Executive Director of The Diversity Center and the 418 Project.”  

ARTS COUNCIL MONTEREY COUNTY SOLICITS GRANT APPLICATIONS

APPLICATIONS are now open for Monterey County artists in two categories: Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP) and College Arts Scholarships for students seeking to “achieve their higher educational goals and contribute to the county’s greater vitality and rich artistic heritage,” in a wide range of disciplines. For more info, click HERE  

NEA, NEH & PBS CUT AGAIN FROM TRUMP BUDGET

CULTURAL GRANTS are “wasteful and unnecessary” he says, even though Congress doesn’t agree. Click HERE 

MORE MUSIC TRACKS FROM ICELAND’S OSCAR-WINNER

COMPOSER Hildur Guðnadóttir. Click HERE to read and listen. 

SONY CLASSICAL CAN’T TELL ITS J.W.s APART

IT HAS TWO John Williamses in its stable, one of whom just turned 88. Guess which one. (Click image to enlarge.)

 

 

 

 

GLASS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

THEY STARTED with Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. Dean Shostak plays them all. To see and hear them, click HERE 

PHILADELPHIA ORCH CONCERTS FREE 

A BOON TO lovers of classical music, free on demand. Click HERE 

‘MISOGYNOIR’ AND THE QUEEN OF SHEBA

WHAT SHEBA MEANS to women of color. Click HERE

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

THIS WEEKEND, February 21-23, the Robinson Jeffers Association will hold its annual meeting in Carmel with events at Jeffers’ Tor House, the Carmel Woman’s Club and Il Fornaio. Copies of Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli’s song-cycle Continent’s End will be available to those attending the conference. Like Jeffers, Anderson-Bazzoli has deep local roots. (He graduated from Stevenson School before going on to a major career composing music for television and film.) The Association commissioned the song-cycle which was recorded and released by Delos last year, with this introduction: “The work successfully captures nine poems in which Jeffers, in characteristic fashion, combined striking nature imagery with powerful metaphysical musings and depictions of humankind’s transitory, conflicted role in the planet’s future.” Mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Kevin Korth fulfill the character of the Jeffers poems and their musical settings, which range from surging tides of ecstasy—“White-maned, wide-throated, the heavey-shouldered children of the wind leap at the sea-cliff”—to quiet circumspection. The music makes staccato allusions to the wild coast and serene redwood forests from Pt Lobos to Big Sur—“Male-throated under the shallow sea-fog moaned a ship’s horn quivering the shorelong granite”—waves crashing against the rocky coast, to the chatter of birds around small rivers. Jeffers’ words and phrases also contemplate the stars, brilliant against the black night. The songs are a welcome addition to Anderson-Bazzoli’s growing body of concert works.

KINDER CREATURES

FEATURING LILLIE LEMON, innovative Monterey-based duo.

 

FRESH REVIEW

MONTEREY SYMPHONY’S Elgar and Rimsky-Korsakov. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS in Aptos. JAZZ BIG BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE at UC Santa Cruz. LEO KOTTKE at the Rio. THE CHIEFTAINS say goodbye in Carmel. SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY Family Concert at Civic Auditorium. SAXOPHONIST DAVID SANBORN at Kuumbwa; likewise TOM PAXTON & THE DON JUANS. SPRINGFEST opens at Hartnell College.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

MONTEREY SYMPHONY serves up Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. TRUMPET MASTER CHRIS BOTTI plays the Rio in Santa Cruz. TAELEN THOMAS & BILL SPARKMAN perform Waylon at The Lab in Carmel. THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Beautiful at Sunset Center. MASSENET OPERA CINDERELLA for families at UC Santa Cruz. RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA at Cabrillo College. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

WHO CAN RESIST AN ENIGMA?

EDWARD ELGAR’S Enigma Variations put the Victorian/Edwardian composer on the international map. Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony will recreate Elgar’s masterpiece at Sunset Center this weekend, no doubt rekindling the ongoing debate over the ‘enigma’ that inspired it. True enough, its variations are portraits of personal friends and acquaintances in the manner of the French harpsichord composers of the Baroque. Yet the ‘enigma’ remains, cleverly disguised by a self-taught composer who was lifelong self-conscious about his modest familial circumstances. As an ‘outsider’ in a class-conscious society this drove him to over-compensate when he was knighted by flaunting the award. So what is the enigma? Hint: it is the theme on which Elgar fashioned his variations. Despite numerous theories that have sought to explain it, the answer is actually quite simple. (Find out in next week’s Symphony review.) Wisely, the composer stayed mum.

PIANIST PETER SERKIN DIES AT 72

FOUNDING MEMBER of the pioneering Tashi Quartet, he performed in Santa Cruz with Espressivo chamber orchestra in 2018.

 

MARIN ALSOP ADDS A MAJOR NEW ROLE

FORMER CABRILLO FEST conductor has been offered a new position, created for her, at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the country. Click HERE 

HOW TO GET KIDS HOOKED ON ENGINEERING

PURDUE PROFESSOR Mark French teaches guitar-building. Click HERE

ITALIAN OPERA SOPRANO FRENI DIES AT 84

CLOSE FRIEND and collaborator of Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena. (The Gazetta de Parma mourned her with a photo of very-much-alive Deborah Voigt!)

 

BELMONT UNIVERSITY TO TERMINATE NON-CHRISTIAN ART FACULTY

WATKINS ART COLLEGE faculty in Nashville to be purged in merger with Belmont University. Click HERE 

JOAQUIN PHOENIX AT THE BAFTAS

HE WON BEST ACTOR AWARD for Joker.

JOKER COMPOSER WINS OSCAR

ICELAND’S Hildur Guðnadóttir outpaced former winners John Williams, Thomas Newman, Alexandre Desplat and Randy Newman; first female composer to win since Anne Dudley took the award for The Full Monty in 1997.

 

CULTURAL SPACES IN LOS ANGELES

ANDREW DICKSON picks his faves for BBC News. Click HERE 

WHAT MAKES THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY STAND OUT?

ALEX ROSS finds reasons to rave about the musicians and their conductor, Manfred Honeck. Click HERE  

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

“DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON is proud to announce the signing of Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning composer Dustin O’Halloran and his release of a new EP, Sundoor.” The EP (extended play) offers a single 20-minute piece entitled “196Hz,” adapted from a 2017 site-specific composition for cross-disciplinary American artist Slater Bradley’s Sundoor at World’s End–an installation at the Church of Mary Magdalene in Venice during the city’s Biennale. A five-minute sample from the 20-minute piece showed it up to be sonic wallpaper, a meditative, two-voice, minor-key synthesizer chord progression sitting on an obstinate pedal point bass. (The installation itself is pictured above.)

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NEXT WEEK

INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC at UCSC. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE at UCSC. SKELETON CREW at UCSC. CIRQUE ÉLOIZE in Carmel.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor