EDITOR’S NOTE: DUE TO A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS WE WERE UNABLE TO PUBLISH THE MAY 4 EDITION OF THE WEEKLY MAGAZINE. WE ARE WORKING TO ELIMINATE SUCH INTERRUPTIONS IN FUTURE BUT CHOOSE TO PUBLISH MAY 5 AS A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD. WE ALSO INCLUDE TWO NEW THEATER REVIEWS FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND.
NEW THIS WEEK
CELLIST ALISA WEILERSTEIN on Friday from Washington DC. MUSIC IN THE GARDEN, live fundraiser for Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, May 9, Mother’s Day. SAME AS IT EVER WASN’T online, on stage. HOWARD BURNHAM’S Napoleon’s Highs and Lows this Saturday.
DISNEY DRIVE-IN CONCERT
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 7:30PM. Monterey County Fairgrounds, King City. Click ad left
SMUIN AL FRESCO
SMUIN CONTEMPORARY BALLET announces ‘Smuin al Fresco’ featuring three fresh programs highlighting “Smuin Songbook” favorites, plus a fourth show unveiling all-new dancer creations. Pre-recorded at an outdoor venue, each program will star a different “pod” of Smuin dancers performing highlights from founder Michael Smuin’s canon of classical and pop favorites, playful solos from “The Tempest,” an excerpt from acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre’s “Blue Until June,” and more. The special fourth showing, Offstage/Onscreen 2021, will be dedicated to unveiling exciting new dance films choreographed, danced, and recorded by Smuin’s multi-talented artists in gorgeous outdoor settings around the Bay Area. Smuin al Fresco will take place May 6 – 30 (7:30pm Thursdays and 5:00pm Sundays). For tickets ($25 single tickets, $75 all-access pass for all four programs), Click HERE
CHOREOGRAPHERS COPYRIGHT THEIR DANCE MOVES
BEYONCÉ, Megan Thee Stallions move to protect their creations. Click HERE
FOR THE THIRD VOLUME OF COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION
CABRILLO FESTIVAL music director hosted Tan Dun and Wynton Marsalis in what turned out to be a loving debriefing of their last two triumphs in Santa Cruz, Tan Dun and Wynton Marsalis, in 2019. Click HERE
MILLS COLLEGE MUSIC UNDER THREAT
HISTORIC LEGACY must be saved. Click HERE
THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
A GLAMOROUS AND WELCOME new collection of romantic operatic scenes.
OKSANA VOLKOVA inhabits these alternatively hapless and treacherous heroines while always on the prowl. Trained in her native Belarus, savor her clarion high range against the smoky tones of her low mezzo. And be surprised by her rare repertoire from the French from Gounod’s Sapho, to Saint-Saëns’ Dalila to Thomas’ Mignon, and Massenet’s Le cid; from the Italian Mascagni’s Santuzza’ Voi lo sapete to Cilea’s Acerba valutta. Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky are here too. And the most unexpected: a scene from The Gray Legend (1978) by Belarusian Dmitry Smolski. Constantine Orbelian conducts the fine Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania. This is another triumph from Delos Records. SM
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE Mozart’s Double- and Triple- piano concertos reappear on a new CD. The magical flame of Mozart is the magnet even though not all of the man’s music rewards the hungry ear with the same transcendental experiences that pave the way to heaven. But while these two works are too good to ignore, they aren’t the automatic entrée into the genius composer’s rarefied world. (A deeper and more rewarding dive pays off with Mozart’s almost miraculous discoveries in the solo concerto, opera, chamber music and the symphony..Tomar Levy is the spark behind this revival as he joins fellow pianists Berenika Glixman, Daniel Borovitzky and Alon Kariv with the English Chamber Orchestra led by Stephanie Conley. The concerto for Three pianos in F, K242 was a commission from Salzburg and dates from 1776. Its textures are richer than might have been expected at the time and place. The concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat, K365 dates from c. 1779. The fragmentary larghetto and jaunty allegro for two pianos and orchestra in E-flat, completed by Levy, dates from c. 1781, just before the opera Idomeneo. SM
OPERA SAN JOSÉ FLOURISHING
THANKS TO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KHORI DASTOOR. Click HERE
FRESH REVIEWS Howard Burnham’s Napoleon’s Highs and Lows. Alcott’s Little Women at Carmel’s Forest Theater. Click HERE
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor