Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL begins its two weeks of concerts. SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE opens with Love’s Labour’s Lost in the Grove (above). JUST LIKE US opens at Hartnell College’s Studio Theater. PAULA POUNDSTONE strikes again in Monterey. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR 

MUSIC@MENLO chamber music festival begins on Friday when ‘Encounter Leader’ Michael Parloff lays out the theme of the three-week 16th season: London, Paris and St Petersburg. Music@Menlo attracts 46 of the world’s finest chamber musicians, including founders Wu Han and David Finckel, Gilbert Kalish, Jon Kimura Parker, Ara Guzelimian, Roberto Diaz, David Requiro and Hyeyeon Park, many of whom have performed in Carmel. Monterey Bay chamber music lovers head to Menlo Park each summer to satisfy their appetites. For details, click HERE   

THE BIZARRE DANCE FEVER OF SUMMER, 1518

OVER THREE HOT MONTHS, the city of Strasbourg went dance crazy. Click HERE  

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

CLARINETIST MARIAM ADAM’s effervescent personality and insatiable curiosity make for an infectious brew. She offers no hint of regrets, or loss, though like anyone else she has certainly experienced the latter. The Monterey native, who now divides her time between Paris and California, leads an international musical career. At a youthful 42 years of age, she has conquered all opportunities to perform—in symphony orchestras, summer festivals, chamber music ensembles, jazz ensembles, and has collaborated with such luminaries as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Gilbert Kalish and Anne-Marie McDermott, and jazzmen Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Pacquito D’Rivera.To read the rest of her story, click HERE

RACIAL DIVERSITY IN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS

SPHINX ORGANIZATION, New World Symphony and League of American Orchestras are teamed together to provide opportunities for classical musicians of color and diverse backgrounds. Click HERE  

LONDON’S CHINEKE! ORCHESTRA SHOWS THE WAY

CHI-CHI NWANOKU was the only black musician in the orchestra so she created a new one. Click HERE   

OLIVER KNUSSEN, 1952-2018

ACCLAIMED SCOTTISH COMPOSER, who died Sunday, conducted his first symphony with the London Symphony at age 15. His second symphony was premiered at Tanglewood by Gunther Schuller. The third, and most successful, just 15 minutes long, was taken on diplomatic tours to Moscow and elsewhere. Two children’s operas in collaboration with Maurice Sendak—Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!—occupied his middle years. A combination of persistent ill health and composer’s block caused him to fade from the front ranks of contemporary music. But his conducting ability and an unquenched interest in all new music made him a vital mentor to young composers in his own country and many abroad. He worked often with the Cleveland Orchestra and made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Click HERE  

HIP HOP FROM CHENGDU

WHO KNEW? The Higher Brothers from a huge city in Southern China, with 350 days of smog, makes 21st Century pop music.

NEXT WEEK

PIANIST YOONIE HAN performs Reynaldo Hahn for Aptos Keyboard Series. CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL continues. Gilbert & Sullivan’s TRIAL BY JURY opens at Cabrillo College. SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE opens Romeo and Juliet on July 24.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor

 

Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

INDEPENDENCE DAY concert by Monterey Pops! (above) at the Golden State Theater. TIFFANY AUSTIN, rising jazz vocalist, brings her band to Kuumbwa. ROSE ROYCE at the Santa Cruz beach on Friday. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR 

CABRILLO FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ‘COMMUNITY NIGHT’

A NEW SHORT program halfway through the 2018 festival in Santa Cruz, on August 9, at Civic Auditorium. Described as “an ideal opportunity for the curious newcomer to sample new music.” The pay-what-you-can evening will feature a concert of chamber works performed by members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, led by music director Cristian Măcelaru, and “include some special surprises as well.” It will sample works by eight living composers, not least Anna Clyne whose Within Her Arms for strings was a major highlight of the 2011 festival.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

MONTEREY NATIVE, clarinet virtuoso Mariam Adam has achieved a worldwide career in classical music as well as jazz. Her newest CD, AdZel, documenting her partnership with clarinetist Stephanie Zelnick, has just been released. Adam was named Alumna of the Year, 2018, at Youth Music Monterey County’s spring concert at Sunset Center in May. We’ll have a complete profile of Adam next week. Sample their music. 

NO MERE COINCIDENCE

RECENT LOCAL theatrical ‘comments’ on Trump Administration: Revivals of The Skin of Our Teeth (The Listening Place) in April; Assassins (Mountain Community Theater) in May; It Can’t Happen Here (The Western Stage) in June. This week, Bridge Records will release a new production of Marc Blitzstein’s politically explosive 1937 opera The Cradle Will Rock.

WHEN COUGHING STOPPED THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY

RICCARDO MUTI briefly stopped a CSO concert. Click HERE  

103-YEAR-OLD FRENCH PIANIST PLAYS DEBUSSY

ARETHA FRANKLIN’S DOPPELGÄNGER

THE STRANGE LIFE of Vickie Jones. Before there were ‘cover artists’ they were considered counterfeit. Click HERE   

MISTAKES NEW CHOREOGRAPHERS MAKE

EIGHT DANCE PROS observe and advise. Click HERE   

MEET ‘BUCKING’

HIGHLY PHYSICAL dance style began with women.

A PUSHKIN DESCENDENT TURNS HIS LIFE INTO OPERA

THE GREAT RUSSIAN POET, who created Evgeny Onegin (in verse form) and the play Boris Godunov, was descended from an African slave and lost his life at age 37 in a duel. He is the subject of Marita Phillips’ and Konstantin Boyarsky’s new opera, Pushkin, to debut this month in Surrey, England. Click HERE   

TIME TO GIVE BEETHOVEN’S 9TH A REST?

SO SAYS John Terauds in the Toronto Star. Click HERE   

GYPSY JAZZ FROM ARGENTINA

GONZALO BERGARA goes to LA.

FRESH REVIEW

EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet concert at Hidden Valley. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL opens July 14. RANKY TANKY Gullah music at Kuumbwa. DEL McCOURY BAND at the Rio. MUSIC@MENLO chamber music festival opens July 13 in Menlo Park.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor