PIANIST JURA MARGULIS returns to Hidden Valley. ALI RYERSON FLUTE MASTER CLASS opens series at Hidden Valley. JOHN ANDERSON says farewell to MPC, conducts its concert band. HARTNELL College Orchestra to play Mozart and Chaminade. Rebecca Jackson’s MUSIC IN MAY brings world-class chamber musicians to Cabrillo College for two concerts. The popular Monterey JAZZ JAM RETURNS to Embassy Suites. BAY BELLES and CYPRESSAIRES (above) Barbershop Extravaganza at Carmel’s Unitarian Church. (Scroll down to hear some fine a cappella by the Four Freshmen and the Beach Boys.) CALIFORNIA ROOTS to take over Monterey Fairgrounds. A NEW OPERA gets created at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the adverts, left.
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MCAET SITE DEMONSTRATION DAY
WEDNESDAY MORNING event in conjunction with Millenium Charter High School at Monterey County Office of Education. Click HERE
ALWAYS DAPPER TOM WOLFE, 1931-2018
RADICAL CHIC Leonard Bernstein’s 1966 birthday party. Some of those in attendance: “Jason Robards, Gian Carlo Menotti, Schuyler Chapin, Goddard Lieberson, Mike Nichols, Lillian Hellman, Larry Rivers, Aaron Copland, Richard Avedon, Milton and Amy Greene, Lukas Foss, Jennie Tourel, Samuel Barber, Jerome Robbins, Steve Sondheim, Adolph and Phyllis Green, Betty Comden, and the Patrick O’Neals… and now, in the season of Radical Chic, the Black Panthers. That huge Panther there, the one Felicia is smiling her tango smile at, is Robert Bay, who just 41 hours ago was arrested in an altercation with the police, supposedly over a .38-caliber revolver that someone had, in a parked car in Queens at Northern Boulevard and 104th Street or some such unbelievable place, and taken to jail on a most unusual charge called “criminal facilitation.” And now he is out on bail and walking into Leonard and Felicia Bernstein’s 13-room penthouse duplex on Park Avenue.”
19-YEAR OLD SHEKU KANNEH-MASON
LEAVES AN INDELIBLE stamp on Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
AUTHORS ON AUTHORS
VITRIOL ON STEROIDS. “That’s not writing. That’s typing.” Capote on Kerouac. Click HERE
MUSIC IN MAY
AT CABRILLO COLLEGE this weekend. But that’s not all they do.
‘ONLY SIX COMPOSERS HAD SYPHILIS’
“THE LIST OF COMPOSERS who had syphilis is short. The list of composers said to have had syphilis is enormous,” retired surgeon Jonathan Noble says in his new book. Click HERE
OUR BIG GRIPE THIS WEEK
NEITHER COMMUNITY COLLEGES nor high school performing arts programs think enough of their students to promote their efforts, much less their achievements, to the media. But Cabrillo College stands out for its dedication to their students, as does UC Santa Cruz, witness their websites. Santa Catalina (High) School in Monterey gets it and uses it. But neither Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, CSU Monterey Bay, nor any other public or private high school in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties makes any serious effort to inform the media. Their Facebook accounts are usually too passive and ‘in house’ to be effective. Their students’ hard work and achievements deserve a proactive effort. Check out Cabrillo’s excellent website HERE
RETRO A CAPPELLA
THEIR HEARTS WERE FULL OF SPRING
THE FOUR FRESHMEN, recorded July 22, 1960
THE BEACH BOYS, from the 1980s
MONTEREY SYMPHONY with pianist Philippe Bianconi. Click HERE
THE REALISTIC JONESES at Center Stage. Click HERE
SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY and Daniel Stewart play the movie music of John Williams at Civic Auditorium. SMUIN DANCE returns to Carmel with Helen Pickett’s Oasis, Amy Seiwart’s Falling Up and Val Canaparoli’s If I Were a Sushi Roll, a world premiere. MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE at UCSC. FLUTIST KEITH UNDERWOOD performs at Hidden Valley. THE FIRE IN THE WOOD opens at the Cherry Center.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor