Weekly Magazine

 

THIS WEEK

CABRILLO FEST’S “SECRET SONGS” presents new music by Hannah Lash, Preben Antonsen, Vivian Fung and Tan Dun, and “WYNTON” that includes Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto &Blues Symphony at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. THE COMMANDERS JAZZ ENSEMBLE (pictured above) plays the World Theater at CSUMB.NEXT TO NORMAL, the hard-edged musical by Kitt and Yorkey opens at Paper Wing in Monterey. THE LAST WHITE MAN by Bill Cain gets one staged reading at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR

YMMC NAMES NEW CONDUCTOR

FROM Youth Music Monterey County Board President Dorothy Micheletti: “I am happy to announce that we have found a new Music Director for YMMC. Since May, we have received 47 applications from the U.S. and beyond, and there were many very talented and accomplished candidates among them. Our search committee wanted to find a Music Director who possesses both the wonderful talent and character we have enjoyed from our past Directors. In this light, we are very excited that, after reviewing the applications and meeting with candidates, we have invited a very accomplished and highly regarded conductor, Danko Druško, to work with our students starting this month. Danko was born and raised in Germany. He speaks German, English and Croatian fluently. His primary instrument is the trumpet. He holds a DMA in conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is an acquaintance of Farkhad Khudyev, whom he met as a fellow competitor at the Solti conducting competition. Danko was a finalist in this event. Danko is married to a cellist, Ameena, who grew up near San Jose. She is currently working with YOLA in Los Angeles. He has worked with youth and professional orchestras in the US and Europe, and he is looking forward to working with the students and families of YMMC. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 21st at Hidden Valley. Concert dates this year include Sunday November 3, 2019, March 1st 2020 and May 3 2020.” 

ACSO CONFERENCE THIS WEEK IN MONTEREY

ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS celebrates its 50th anniversary where it began. Click HERE   ONE ITEM may very well dominate the discussion: The U.S. Department of Justice is considering ending the Antitrust Consent Decrees which have regulated both BMI and ASCAP since the early 1940s. These Consent Decrees require, among other things, that both organizations provide licenses to anyone who requests a license and to apply standardized fees for the performance of works by similarly situated licensees. Time to respond on the record expires this week. Click HERE

PBS ON YOUTUBE?

FOR THE FIRST TIME PBS and PBS KIDS will live-stream on the internet. Click HERE  

IN ROME, KEVIN SPACEY READS THE BOXER

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

AMERICAN MUSIC PIONEERS, PART 2

HARRY PARTCH, 1901-1974, not only composed innovative music, but created a range of new instruments to play it. He was especially drawn to music theory and various tunings (including natural and microtonal scales.) Some of the texts he wrote to go with his music sound pretty pedestrian, often funny and sometimes silly and sometimes intensely powerful as well. He was both a maverick and an original. Bridge has just issued its third volume of Partch’s music, including the first recordings of the original 1958 version of Windsong and Sonata Dementia of 1950, whose movements are titled Abstraction & Delusion, Scherzo Schizophrenic and Allegro Paranoia. PARTCH, the Grammy-winning ensemble that specializes in Partch’s music, has performed widely. Vol. 1, Bitter Music, a 3-CD set recounts the composer’s California wanderings during the 1930s depression. Vol. 2, Plectra and Percussion Dances (An Evening of Dance Theater) includes slide guitar and glass percussion and contains his Castor & Pollux, Ring Around the Moon and Even Wild Horses. Many of Partch’s own recordings, made in the ‘50s and ‘60s, are included along with his comments. SM

 

 

 

THEODOR ADORNO POPS UP AGAIN

FIFTY YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH the German philosopher’s theories remain controversial, not least among musicians. Click HERE 

SISTER GOLDEN HAIR SURPRISE

AMERICA, from 1975. Beach Boys in disguise?

 

FRESH REVIEWS

CABRILLO FESTIVAL’s first two orchestra concerts. Click HERE

SPECTORDANCE Choreographers Showcase. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

JACKSON BROWNE to play Sunset Center. STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, and comedian ADAM CAROLLA in Monterey. WHO’S GOT ME, a new musical, opens at Veteran’s Memorial in Santa Cruz. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens at Carmel’s Forest Theater. 

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

CABRILLO FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, conductor Cristian Măcelaru and guest performing artists present “Notorious,” featuring the world premiere of When There are Nine, Kristin Kuster’s homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Contrasts” that includes Anna Clyne’s DANCE cello concerto, and “Roomful of Teeth” (see/hear above video) at the weekend in Santa Cruz, and many other premieres. PIANIST KO-EUN YI performs in Aptos. Kathryn Chetkovich’s THE FORMULA and John Steinbeck’s TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY in staged readings, the first in Santa Cruz, the second at the Steinbeck Festival in Salinas. SPECTORDANCE in Marina presents its summertime Choreographers Showcase with new works by 12 choreographers. THE WINTER’S TALE opens at Santa Cruz Shakespeare.For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR

ARTS COUNCIL FOR MONTEREY COUNTY MOVES HOUSE

FROM HIGH-PRICED SUNSET CENTER, the Arts Council has moved its offices to 1123 Fremont Blvd, Suite C, in Seaside, right next door to Monterey County Weekly. Nominations for 2020 Champions of the Arts Gala are open through August 15, in these categories: Lifetime Achievement, Luminary, Philanthropist, Educator, Volunteer Leader, Distinguished Professional, Nonprofit. Click HERE or on ad, left.  

HAPPY 200th HERMAN MELVILLE, AUGUST 1

BARD of globalization? Click HERE 

AND A fine opera as well > >

 

 

JS BACH AND THE ‘ETERNAL GOLDEN BRAID’

WHAT DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER got wrong in his famous Gödel, Escher, Bach, 40 years on. Click HERE  

HOW TO MURDER A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

FORMER BALTIMORE SYMPHONY MANAGER CAROL BOGASH explains what went so disastrously wrong in her account for the Washington Post. Click HERE  

FEMALE BASSO PROFONDO

 

54 MILLION AMERICANS SING IN CHORUSES

CHORUS AMERICA research study published. Click HERE 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

HECUBA

ORACLE HYSTERICAL’s newest release. Following up on their 2018 CD release “Passionate Pilgrim,” this unlikely band (two vocalists, baroque bass, viola da gamba, guitar, electric bass, harmonium and drums) uses texts from mythology and legend that include such names as Hecuba, Helen (of Troy), Strygia, Leto, Thrace, Polydorus, Odysseus, Cassandra, etc. To invoke a word from the era of Flower Power: Trippy. SM 

 

CHILD OF THE EARTH

(UN NIÑO BUSCA A DIOS) was commissioned by Jonathan Haas and his New York University Percussion Ensemble, Composer/Percussionist Thomas Kozumplik’s “Child of the Earth” is a large-scale work for percussion orchestra in four parts. The 16-member chamber orchestra mixes marimbas, vibraphones, bells, chimes, piano, xylophone, Thai gongs, timpani, drum kit, more drums, cymbals, gongs, voices, and small percussion. The 32-minute work, in four movements, was premiered in 2017 in Manhattan. The keyboard instruments (piano, marimbas, vibes, bells, etc., give the work an amazing array of melodies and themes that impart a directionality harder to achieve with drums. Yet the range of colors and timbres dazzles the ear. The movements with English titles and Spanish subtitles are Mother Nature (la inocencia pérdida), Mysticism (Carillon), A Journey (baile de los tambores) and Beauty and Its Passing (cuando habíamos podido amar). On the Music Starts From Silence label, it’s available in both CD and vinyl LP formats. SM

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS…

POISON IVY

THE COASTERS in 1959. Sounds pretty good for a 60-year-old.

 

FRESH REVIEWS

EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet recital at Hidden Valley. CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL CHORALE’S “Signs and Seasons”. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CABRILLO FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’S “Secret Songs” and “Wynton” at Santa Cruz Civic. THE COMMANDERS JAZZ ENSEMBLE plays the World Theater at CSU Monterey Bay. NEXT TO NORMAL opens at Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor