Weekly Update: June 25, 2013, Part 2

As a music educator at CSUMB and UC Santa Cruz, Rob Klevan also serves on the board of Dixieland Monterey, which has lately launched a new program called Instrument Rescue Project. Its purpose is to collect, repair and recondition donated instruments and to pass them along to aspiring middle and high school student musicians by way of their music teachers, throughout Central California. Dixieland Monterey cites the stellar career of jazz bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding who got her start at a young age with an instrument loaned to her through such a program. If you have an instrument you’d like to donate, contact Dixieland now at info@dixieland-monterey.com Include a description of your instrument and a photo if possible, or phone (831) 659-0436. Once your donation is confirmed, Dixieland folks will arrange to pick up the instrument and provide tax-deductible information. Further information is available at www.jazzbashbythebay.com

Our nonstop theater critic, Philip Pearce, has posted his latest on The Grapes of Wrath at The Western Stage; find it on our Theater Reviews page. We also want to extend our deep appreciation to Diane Rowe and Peggy Dillon of Center Stage Ticketing for their valuable technical support in improving the appearance of our website. You can find their link on our Links of Interest page.

2013 marks the bicentenary of the two towering figures of 19th century opera: Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker wrote an illuminating article about them for The Guardian, focusing on their comedies, respectively Falstaff and Die Meistersinger. Follow this link to read it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/20/glyndebourne2013-roger-parker-verdi-falstaff-wagner-meistersinger Or find the link on our Links of Interest page.

This is also the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a piece that changed the trajectory of classical music in the 20th century. Stravinsky’s long-time amanuensis, Robert Craft, has put the great work into a fresh perspective. Follow this link to read it. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1275660.ece The link is also on our Links page.

Scott MacClelland, editor