ENSō STRING QUARTET (above) plays Mendelssohn, Moravec & Beethoven for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ new-music series opens at UCSC with concerts Friday & Saturday. 2018 NEXT GEN JAZZ FESTIVAL takes over downtown Monterey. JS BACH’S “MUSICAL OFFERING” to Frederick the Great at UCSC. “BEACHBOY” AL JARDINE at the Rio Santa Cruz. LEE RITENOUR & DAVE GRUSIN return to Kuumbwa Jazz. OUR TOWN opens at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. For links to these live events click our CALENDAR
SEPT 21-23 FESTIVAL INCLUDES Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd, Lucinda Williams and Jon Batiste. For all the Arena artists, click HERE
MJF 2018 NEXT GEN JAZZ RESULTS. Judging was held in early March. Click HERE
YOU’VE HEARD MILES DAVIS’ LEGENDARY “KIND OF BLUE.” Now you can see the Miles Davis Quintet play it: John Coltrane on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. This live telecast on CBS dates from April 2, 1959, as part of “The Sound of Miles Davis,” an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater Show produced and introduced by Herridge and directed by Jack Smight. “Kind of Blue” was recorded one month earlier.
FOUR-CD set of 1960 European tour now available at long last. Click HERE
CAMERATA SINGERS RAISE $10,000 FOR HOMELESS WOMEN
ON MARCH 2-4, the Camerata Singers presented the inspiring Beatitude Mass (for the Homeless) by Henry Mollicone. No tickets were sold, instead attendees were asked to “pay what you can.” The three performances, in Salinas and Monterey, raised $10,000 which was distributed equally between Dorothy’s Place in Salinas and Gathering for Women in Monterey. “Attendance was amazing,” says Camerata Singers artistic director/conductor, John Koza. “We knew this was a leap of faith and we are most grateful to our community for supporting the many who are homeless.”
S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2018-19
THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION for Monterey County Scholarship program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, play-writing, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Qualifying students attending a two-year college will receive $500 each year. Students attending a four-year college will receive $1000 per year. The awards will be announced at the end of the 2017-18 academic school year. FOR MORE INFORMATION and to apply, click HERE DEADLINE is April 30, 2018.
CABRILLO’S CRISTIAN MĂCELARU SUBS IN LEIPZIG
ROMANIAN CONDUCTOR replaces Franz Welser-Möst at last minute. He’ll be joined for this week’s concerts by reclusive Romanian pianist Radu Lupu at the historic Gewandhaus.
METROPOLITAN OPERA stages BambinO, an opera for babies. Click HERE
THE GLORIOUS VIOLIN
WHEN LOCAL CHAMBER MUSIC LOVERS sneak out of town, you can bet they’re headed to Music@Menlo, whose 16th season runs from July 13 through August 4 at the Menlo School in Atherton. Carmel Music Society and Chamber Music Monterey Bay, whose series use Sunset Center and are heavy with classical chamber music, have recruited artists from Music@Menlo, including the festival’s artistic leadership of pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel as well as such other luminaries as violinist Philip Setzer, violist Roberto Díaz (who runs the Curtis Institute) and pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Orion Weiss. (Cellist Colin Carr, who just played a benefit at Hidden Valley for Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn restoration has also appeared at Music@Menlo.) A fabulous introduction to Music@Menlo is the treasury of live chamber music from the 2017 Music@Menlo Festival, now available in an 8-CD set at $100, a reduced price from buying the 8 discs individually. (Cheaper still at iTunes.) I have listened to all of these performances and found them loaded with spirit and personality. The repertoire runs from Carlo Farina’s hilarious Capriccio stravagante of 1627 to John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices of 1999. Among the many well-known chamber music masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras are such delicious rarities as Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonata for Two Violins in E Minor (1730), Beethoven’s String Quintet in C (1801), Louis Spohr’s splendid Double String Quartet in D Minor (1823), Brahms’ Horn Trio (1865), George Enescu’s String Octet in C (1900), Ottorino Respighi’s Sonata in B Minor (1917) and Fritz Kreisler’s String Quartet in A Minor (1919). There are several virtuoso violin solos of music by Giovanni Viotti, Rodolphe Kreutzer, Ferdinand David, Joseph Joachim and Eugène Ysaÿe. This collection gets our highest recommendation.
HYBRID OF DANCE AND THEATER goes from a horrendous tragedy to a performance piece all about what’s goin on in someone’s head. Click HERE
FALSE MYTHS & TRUE GENIUS OF ERICH KORNGOLD
A FASCINATING portrait of the composer (anointed “genius” as a boy by Gustav Mahler), his influential/overbearing father, the astonishing ascendency of Austrian Jews at the turn of the 20th century and Korngold’s disconnect between his artistic impulse and the times he lived in. His opera Das Wunder der Heliane (1927) is lushly mystical and erotic, popular with the public but panned by critics, still a masterpiece of its romantic genre. Yet his impact on Hollywood film music remains unquenchable. This lengthy and thoroughly researched history by Michael Haas includes copious musical clips. Click HERE
NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT PIANO SOLO
BALAKIREV’S Islamey, played by unique artist Ivo Pogorelich, in 1992 at Carnegie Hall.
ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra in Santa Cruz. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE plays Carmel Mission. BROADWAY BOYS at CSUMB’s World Theater.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor