Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

SMUIN’S ‘THE CHRISTMAS BALLET’ (photo by Keith Sutter) comes to Carmel. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE and chorus perform Ravel, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi in Monterey. THALEA STRING QUARTET at La Mirada in Monterey. MUSIC FOR THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS at Holy Cross. MONTEREY PENINSULA VOICES in Salinas and Monterey. UC SANTA CRUZ music events. THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE opens in Salinas and Monterey. TOM RALSTON’S ALL STARS at Kuumbwa. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

SANTA CRUZ GIVES

THIS ANNUAL CAMPAIGN, while still quite young, provides the opportunity for contributors to non-profits see their donations increase. Beneficiaries of Monterey County Gives typically get a bump of up to 10 percent each year. Santa Cruz Gives currently benefits 33 “vetted” tax-deductible non-profits, while their Monterey County equivalent, with a much longer history, supports 171. Each year in both counties PAMB contributes to non-profit performing arts producers/presenters, including performing arts education. Even though Santa Cruz Gives, a partnership between Good Times and the Community Foundation, only names three ‘Arts and Culture’ organizations—currently excluding such major performing arts treasures as Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Cabrillo Festival, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Tandy Beal & Co. and Santa Cruz Symphony—we encourage our readers to support these programs as much as possible. A rising tide lifts all boats.

PROJECT 440

TURNING YOUNG MUSICIANS into civic leaders

 

THE ARTS’ IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

NICHOLAS SEROTA reports in The Guardian. Click HERE  

RACHEL BARTON PINE PLAYS THE BLUES

FAMED CLASSICAL ARTIST, who lost a leg under a New York subway train, discovers unknown works by black American composers.

 

WEDDING IN MOSCOW

IT’LL melt your snow.

 

THE SUPERTRAGIC NOTCH

SUMEIDA’S SONG is Mohammed Fairouz’ first opera, completed when the brilliant Arab-American composer was 22 years old. The opera is based on Tawfiq al-Hakim’s play “Song of Death,” a classic in Arab theater. Sumeida’s Song follows the return of Alwan, a young man, from Cairo to his village in Upper Egypt. He defies his family’s expectations that he will fulfill an age-old blood feud. Instead, he reveals that the true purpose of his return is to end the violence, and bring light and enlightenment to his village. For challenging the structure of his society, he pays the ultimate price. Mohammed Fairouz’ score is an inspired synthesis of the microtonal inflections of Arabic maqam (much of the second and third scenes are composed using quarter-tones) and more traditional western opera. Sumeida’s Song comes at a poignant time in Arab history with Alwan posing the eternal question: “Have not our people the same rights in life as others?”

EXISTENTIAL CLASSIC

CHICAGO “sitting cross-legged on the floor” in 25 or 6 to 4. The last great rock band with glorious brass, not to mention the incredible guitar of Terry Kath. From 1971. 

 

NEXT WEEK

I CANTORI sing “Songs of Hope” at Carmel Mission Basilica. HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA offers a warm breath ahead of the winter solstice. SPOTLIGHT ON CYRIL DEACONOFF, a Performing Arts People profile by Susan Meister. KITKA’S WINTERSONGS in Santa Cruz. PG POPS in Pacific Grove. CABRILLO COLLEGE fall concerts. AN IRISH CHRISTMAS in Monterey. WILLIE NELSON at Sunset Center. BRUCE FORMAN’S ‘RED GUITAR’ at the Cherry in Carmel.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

TANDY BEAL & CO bring their holiday circus, Joy! to the mainstage at UC Santa Cruz. LA VIRGEN DEL TEPAYAC opens at El Teatro Campesino at Mission San Juan Bautista. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (photo above) continues at Mountain Community Theater. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

THE WESTERN STAGE ANNOUNCES FOR 2019

QUEST-THEMED SEASON will offer productions at Hartnell College of The Miracle Worker, Little Women, Of Mice and Men, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, Men on Boats and Evita

THE LARGEST ROCK BAND ON EARTH

THE STAGE is as big as a football field. Click HERE  

AMIT PELED RELIEVED OF HIS STRINGS

THE ISRAELI-BORN cellist plays the famous ‘Casals’ Goffriller, and performed on it in Santa Cruz in September. He reports:

I just performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic the Penderecki concerto last night for the Maestro’s 85th birthday celebration. I wanted to let you know that for the first time in my life ALL strings were taken away from me right now (4:30 am) at the airport’s security checkpoint claiming that it is too dangerous to take them on board…. I have always carried an extra set of strings with me and was never asked to give them away!!! Well, at least they didn’t take the cello claiming that the endpin could be used to stab somebody… Or maybe the security guy is a cellist and wanted a free set…?

IDENTICAL TRIPLET CUBAN BALLET DANCERS

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? The Ramirez brothers are headed to Philadelphia, then the world. Click HERE  

 

IS ARVO PÄRT’S MYSTIQUE CULTIVATED

OR IS the acclaimed Estonian composer just too busy creating great works of art? David Patrick Stearns explains his own epiphany HERE   

 

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

THE ORA SINGERS produce a most unusual program. Click on images to enlarge. 

 

 

 

TCHAIKOVSKY’S STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION

THE GREAT COMPOSER and his brother Modeste were both gay at a time when homosexuality sharply divided Russian society; it was widely indulged and equally condemned. His growing celebrity as a composer magnified the pressure on him and implicitly put his fellow musicians at risk. His beloved nephew further fueled the crisis that may have led him to recklessly drink unboiled water during a cholera epidemic leading to his death at age 53. Click HERE   

LUCIA POPP

GREAT Slovakian soprano died 25 years ago, age 54, of cancer. Who can forget that voice?

 

FRESH MUSIC REVIEWS

ARIA WOMEN’S CHOIR in Salinas. PIANIST BRIAN GANZ’ all-Chopin concert in Santa Cruz. MONTEREY SYMPHONY in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SMUIN BALLET’s ‘The Christmas Ballet’ in two performances at Sunset Center. TOM RALSTON’S ALL STARS at the Rio. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE and Chorus. MONTEREY PENINSULA VOICES in Salinas and Monterey. THE LISTENING PLACE opens The Voice of the Prairie. ARIOSE SINGERS in Santa Cruz. PG POPS ORCHESTRA.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor