MONTEREY SYMPHONY’S “Concert Grand” season finale features pianist Philippe Bianconi in Liszt’s Second Concerto and Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Max Bragado-Darman also conducts Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The annual MIRIAM ELLIS INTERNATIONAL PLAYHOUSE returns to Stevenson Center at UCSC with short plays in Punjabi, French, German and Spanish, with English super-titles. Will Eno’s REALISTIC JONESES opens at Center Stage. CARMEL VALLEY SINGERS DEBUT: Anne Burleigh’s vocal ensemble (photo above by Bill Burleigh) pops open the champagne. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the adverts, left.
MAX BRAGADO-DARMAN TO RETIRE
LONGTIME MONTEREY SYMPHONY conductor to step down after 2019-20 season. He will leave an orchestra in noticeably better shape than he found it in 2004 when he was installed as music director. His 2018-19 season, “Soundwaves,” will host commissioned composer Alex Berko, flutist Carol Wincenc, percussionist Christopher S Lamb, violinist Elmar Oliveira and pianist Marcos Madrigal. Berko’s Among Waves will open the sea-themed season in October. Major works will include Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, Debussy’s La mer, Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with guest conductor Jung-Ho Pak, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Click HERE
JOHN ANDERSON’S FINALE AT MPC
THE CONCERT BAND on May 24 will be his last as a member of the MPC faculty. Anderson will continue to cultivate his ‘love child,’ Ensemble Monterey, which performs all its concerts on the Monterey Peninsula and in Santa Cruz.
HA MBONGUI AFRICAN DANCE CONFERENCE
MAY 18-20, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz. Click HERE
WHERE TAIKO DRUMMING FLOURISHES
PASCAL LE BOEUF’S RITUAL BEING
WITH THE Friction String Quartet, at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz, May 21.
NEW STUPID AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
THE MET DELETES Levine opera broadcast recordings from its Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel. This is self-injurious since it represents a major chunk of the Met’s history, including many of its greatest artists. You can hate the sexual predator; anyway his career is destroyed. Click HERE
NEW HOPE FOR THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY
ACCLAIMED CONDUCTOR Gianandrea Noseda takes over where a lot of improvement is or should be on its short list. Click HERE
CRAZY ONE-MAN/WOMAN BAND IN PHILLY
BUT YOU STILL CAN’T beat a cheesesteak sandwich. Click HERE
SOMETIMES YOU CAN TELL A BOOK BY ITS COVER
ANTOINE TAMESTIT’S new CD of viola music by Jörg Widmann makes me wonder why the composer, born in 1973, seems so displeased with Tamestit’s Stradivari viola, made in 1672. Widmann almost never lets it sing, but uses it primarily for sound effects, including some exotic ones for the orchestra. The solo instrument does come up for air in the concerto’s second–mostly ‘on the bridge’–and fifth movements and in the ‘duos’ that are sandwiched between it and the brutal Jagdquartett (‘hunting quartet’), played by the Signum Quartet. Not for the faint of heart or the lyrically romantic. Otherwise, a great CD with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra under Daniel Harding.
A FRESH INTERVIEW WITH PHILIP GLASS
COMPOSER, now 81, talks with Lolade Fadulu. Click HERE
BARBARA ROSE BONER
IN HER MONTEREY HERALD COLUMN of May 10, describing Max Bragado-Darman’s announced plan to retire from the Monterey Symphony, Barbara Rose Shuler wrote, “The Monterey Symphony is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay.” Somehow 60 seasons of the Santa Cruz Symphony have escaped BRS’ notice. (Both orchestras depended on amateurs as well as pros in their early years.) The Herald and the Santa Cruz Sentinal are under the same ownership. Herald managing editor Dave Kellogg has direct responsibility for his paper’s content.
JONATHAN PARK “DUMBFOUNDED”
KOREAN-AMERICAN RAPPER wants to challenge your preconceived stereotypes.
CAMERATA’S “To Pauline With Love” and YMMC’s “Mother’s Musical Souvenir.” Click HERE
BLACKBIRD in Carmel. Click HERE
JOHN ANDERSON’S farewell to MPC. HARTNELL College Orchestra to play Mozart. PIANIST JURA MARGULIS returns to Hidden Valley. ALI RYERSON FLUTE MASTER CLASS opens series at Hidden Valley. CALIFORNIA ROOTS to take over Monterey Fairgrounds.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor