Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

THE OTHER PLACE opens in Jewel Theatre’s production at the Colligan. SPECTORDANCE presents its first-of-2020 Choreographers Showcase. PIANIST TIEN HSIEH (pictured above) plays Schubert, Scriabin and Beethoven ‘Postcards” at CSUMB’s World Theater. ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra offers up “Masterful Fun” in Santa Cruz. OSCAR SPEACE’S JANKA, a Holocaust memoir, at the Cherry in Carmel. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

THE OTHER PLACE

IN A NEW PRODUCTION by Jewel Theatre Company, Sharr White’s intriguing puzzle goes where nothing is as it seems. Brilliant research scientist Juliana Smithton has been on the cutting edge in her field and is now promoting her groundbreaking drug for the treatment of neurological disorders. When she experiences a disturbing medical episode of her own, she begins to unravel a deep personal mystery. The past blurs with the present and fragmented memories collide in this riveting drama, directed by Susan Myer Silton with Julie James (pictured right) as Juliana. “Engrossing…tantalizingly intense, edgily suspenseful…Every element falls perfectly into place.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle. THIS SHOW CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE; Run time: approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.
 
THE FOREST THEATER GUILD IS BACK; AUDITIONS SET
 
AFTER FIRST LOSING THEIR SPACE at Carmel’s unique outdoor Forest Theater, there has been a reprieve for the Forest Theater Guild. They have been given time for one show this coming summer. Their production of the classic family musical, Annie, will open with a Veteran’s free event on Wed June 24, two discounted evening performances on June 25 & 26 with the official opening on Saturday June 27. The show will run weekends through July 12. AUDITIONS for the show, which seeks “orphans” from ages 6 to 13 plus older players from 16 to seniors, will be held Feb 8 from 10:00am to 3:45 pm and on Feb 9 from 1:15 pm to 3:45 pm at Vista Lobos, Junipero & 3rd, in Carmel. Participants need to have one song and a short monologue prepared. They may bring sheet music for an accompanist or sing to any electronic device they bring. For additional information email/call Walt deFaria at wjdefaria@aol.com/831 809-1065 or email/call Yvonne Bowen at yvonnedavida@aol.com/831 214-0031.
 
MTAC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
 
THE MONTEREY COUNTY BRANCH; of the Music Teachers’ Association of California announces its 41st Annual Piano Scholarship Auditions, a Piano Competition and Incentive Awards Program open to young pianists in Monterey County between the ages of six and eighteen, that will take place at Santa Catalina School on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Call Lyn Bronson at 625-0797.

 

FROM THE STEINWAY FACTORY FLOOR

THE FIVE BROWNS— Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae—perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. All are students at Juilliard.

 

HOW TO SING TWO NOTES AT ONCE

AN MRI reveals the process visually. Would Mozart approve? Click HERE 

INUIT THROATSINGING

IN CANADIAN KANGIRSUK, a 2019 Sundance Festival screening. Click HERE  

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

THIS NEW CD, titled playlist, on New Focus label, will have limited appeal to violinists and violists who have a craving for new music that demands high virtuosity. Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson, who met at Oberlin Conservatory, and now known as inPlay, are two of them. Their program includes Crescita Plastica (2015) by Ashkan Behzadi (born 1983), Bézier (2013) by David Bird (born 1990), Limun (2011) by Clara Iannotta (born 1983) and the often-frantic Apocrypha (2017) by the aforementioned David Bird. (The latter, inspired by the sci-fi novel, and presumably the two movie versions, Solaris, adds digital noise to the mix.) Since the music on this CD stretches to extreme techniques—dissonantly close harmonies, stratospheric harmonics (overtones), whistles and slashing effects to twinge the ear. (In a grotesque way it reminds me of Arcangelo Corelli, at least for the close harmonies, though I doubt the Baroque master would agree.) Bézier, inspired by the Bézier parametric curves used in computer graphics, beats up the instruments with more percussion and twitters. Limun offers “skittering bows” and “a fluttering of harmonics” but also includes a quiet interlude in its closing moments. I think I like Apocrypha best because the electronics actually soften the combat between the instruments. SM

HOW TO TRULY LISTEN TO MUSIC

DEAF SCOTTISH PERCUSSIONIST Evelyn Glennie’s TED talk in Monterey.  

 

GREAT WRITERS ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

SUSAN SONTAG, Kurt Vonnegut, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edna St Vincent Millay, Aldous Huxley, Walt Whitman, Oliver Sacks, and many more. Click HERE  

RACHEL BARTON PINE REVIVING BLACK COMPOSERS

VIOLINIST SHOWS students of color that classical music is their birthright. A CBS News report. Click HERE 

FRESH REVIEWS

TANDY BEAL & CO’s Scoville Units. Click HERE

8 TENS @ 8 short plays at Center Stage. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY to perform ‘cathartic’ Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler. TANDY BEAL & CO hosts clown duo Coventry & Kaluza in Santa Cruz. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL opens 2020 season with Vajra Voices. HORSZOWSKI TRIO in Carmel. BIG SUR FIDDLE CAMP benefit at Hidden Valley. GUITARIST WILLIAM COULTER at UCSC.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

TANDY BEAL & CO brings Scoville Units to Cabrillo Crocker Theater in Aptos. GUITARIST ERIC JOHNSON in Carmel. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK (pictured above) at the Rio. COMEDY VARIETY SHOWCASE at the Cherry in Carmel. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

SCOVILLE UNITS

JON SCOVILLE, Tandy Beal & Co’s resident composer, has matched the region’s favorite dance original with original music in kind. Tandy has chosen to celebrate her longtime partner in a brief moment of exhilaration at Cabrillo Crocker Theater. Do not miss it!

BACH FEST YOUNG ARTISTS AUDITIONS

YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE during the 2020 Carmel Bach Festival will hold auditions March 21-22 at Pacific Grove Middle School. For info and application click HERE 

MORE BAD NEWS FOR CALIFORNIA ARTS

THANKS TO NEW AB5 LAW, Island City Opera has been forced to cancel a new production. A Forbes magazine headline says that AB5 “threatens the $1 trillion gig economy.” Is this just the tip of a quickly melting iceberg? Click HERE  

MARIN ALSOP SETS TONE FOR ECO-FORUM

THE BALTIMORE AND SÃO PAULO music director will conduct ‘An International Call for Unity and Joy’ at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on January 20. She will lead the European Union Youth Orchestra, Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Choir and international soloists in the Scherzo and Finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, using a new Brazilian Portuguese text for the Ode to Joy.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY GETS MAJOR BAILOUT

JUST ANNOUNCED. Will it be enough to save Marin Alsop’s struggling orchestra? Click HERE 

VIOLINS OF HOPE & A CABRILLO FESTIVAL COMMISSION

RESTORED STRINGS INSTRUMENTS from Jews who died in the Nazi Holocaust are this week beginning an eight-week residency in the San Francisco Bay Area, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A highlight will be the premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope. The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has commissioned a full orchestral arrangement of the piece to be premiered during their 2020 summer season. Click HERE  

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

NEW RELEASE BY CELLIST Sheku Kanneh-Mason, now just 20 years of age, features the Elgar Cello Concerto with the London Symphony and conductor Simon Rattle. The concerto is surrounded by a miscellany of short pieces by composers Julius Klengel (Hymnus for twelve cellos), Gabriel Fauré, Ernst Bloch, as well as Frank Bridge’s Spring Song (with the Heath Quartet), and newly arranged versions of ‘Nimrod’ from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the traditional songs Scarborough Fair and Blow the Wind Southerly (the latter inspired by Kathleen Ferrier’s 1949 Decca recording). Kanneh-Mason’s extraordinary profile for a young classical artist began when he won BBC Young Musician in 2016; he signed with Decca the following year, releasing his debut album ‘Inspiration’ in January 2018—‘a most rewarding CD’ wrote Rob Cowan in Gramophone—before performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that May. You can order it in different formats HERE  

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE ANNOUNCES 2020 SEASON

THE TEMPEST, Twelfth Night and Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear highlight a season that begins August 26 in the Stanley Grove at DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA OF CATUERA

“TO HAVE NOTHING is not an excuse for doing nothing.” Click HERE 

WHIRLING DERVISHES OR HIP-HOP MONKS?

JAPANESE MONKS FORGE a new connection between break-dancing and Buddhism. Click HERE  

RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY NO 1

ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL of First Symphonies, though a disaster at its premiere in 1897, has surged above the more popular but over-inflated Second Symphony. The composer used the 800-year-old “Dies Irae” plainchant melody throughout. Its time is long overdue. Among many on Youtube, this one by conductor Perry So stands superbly apart. 

 

A FEATHER IN YOUR CABARET

CREATING COSTUMES for Moulin Rouge. BE SURE TO TURN ON THE SOUND. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

“WOODWINDS OF WINTER” at Cabrillo College, and PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CHERRY CENTER presents Janka. ESPRESSIVO’S “Masterful Fun” in Santa Cruz. GUITARIST ANDREW YORK at UCSC. PIANIST TIEN HSIEH at CSUMB.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor