THE MONTEREY SYMPHONY performs Brahms’ grand Second Piano Concerto with soloist Juan Pérez Floristán. SANTA CATALINA SCHOOL students in Monterey stage another award-winning musical comedy so far ignored by area ‘professional’ theater companies; in 2016 it was Drood; now it’s the Tony-winning The Drowsy Chaperone. MONTEREY COUNTY COMPOSERS David Canright, Steve Ettinger, Paula Kaiser, Carleton Macy, Ed Moncrief, George Petersen, David Price, Julie Roseman, Dale Victorine, and Rick Yramategui serve up new music at Hidden Valley. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS conclude their current season in Aptos. OUR TOWN continues at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. DANCE: NOCHE BOHEMIA in Salinas & “JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA” (above) at UCSC. For links to these and other live events, click our CALENDAR and on the ads, left.
VIENNA’S VEGGIE ORCHESTRA
PLAYING WITH FOOD has been going on there for 18 years.
MUSICAL PREFERENCE REFLECTS YOUR PERSONALITY
A NEW STUDY tells you who you are. Click HERE
COMPOSER MURDERED BY NAZIS RESTORED TO LIFE
CONDUCTOR JOANN FALLETTA and the Buffalo Philharmonic resurrect Marcel Tyberg, a Croatian Catholic, more than a half century after his death at Auschwitz. Including their recording of his Third Symphony, click HERE
A SENSATIONAL NEW RECORDING of Arvo Pärt’s ambitious 2002 ten-movement homage to Anish Kapoor’s stupendous ‘sculpture’ Marsyas. Just released on the Orange Mountain label, the 40-minute work for piano and orchestra gets a high-definition performance by soloist Maki Namekawa and her conductor husband Dennis Russell Davies (pictured below) with the Bruckner Orchester Linz. The work is a dramatic enlargement on the 82-year-old composer’s earlier and more intimate “tintinnabulation” style, replete with grand fanfares on brass and lushly sweeping strings. The only connection to Kapoor’s Marsyas is hinted at by the titles of the ten movements, suggesting the satyr’s flaying by Apollo after losing a music contest with the god. Completing the disc is Pärt’s These Words… of 2008 for string orchestra and percussion, the latter mostly is delicate shades. Curiously, the CD, which was recorded in December, 2016, comes with no program notes.
NEW HAVEN SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR SEARCH
SANTA CRUZ NATIVE REBECCA MILLER is a finalist to take over the 125-year-old orchestra. William Boughton is stepping down after 11 years as music director of the NHS. Three candidates lined up to succeed him are: Delaware Symphony’s MD David Amado; Marin Symphony and Sun Valley Symphony’s MD Alasdair Neale; and London-based Miller. The orchestra was co-founded by Horatio Parker, then head of music at Yale University. Click HERE
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
MICHAEL SCHRAUD, maker of West African musical instruments, gets help from his two sons, Darian and Lukas, students at Carmel High School. To read Malia Durbano’s excellent story about them, click HERE
GODFATHER OF SOUL
URAL THOMAS, R&B alive and well in Portland.
THORNTON WILDER’S The Skin of Our Teeth. Click HERE
ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra in Santa Cruz. MPC STRINGS at Carmel Mission. Click HERE
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and Cabrillo Cantiamo! team up for Song of Praise, featuring Rihards Dubra’s Te Deum. PIANIST JEREMY DENK welcomed by Carmel Music Society. MPC THEATRE opens The Adventures of Robin Hood. THE WESTERN STAGE opens Emma!
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor