SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY and Daniel Stewart (above) play the symphonic movie music of John Williams at Civic Auditorium, with a street party featuring Rose and the Honeysuckers beforehand. FLUTIST KEITH UNDERWOOD performs at Hidden Valley as part of his classical masterclass, which includes a two-day joint session with jazz flutist Ali Ryerson. SMUIN DANCE returns to Carmel with Helen Pickett’s Oasis, Amy Seiwert’s Falling Up and the premiere of Val Caniparoli’s If I Were a Sushi Roll. MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE at UCSC Music Recital Hall. THE FIRE IN THE WOOD, a play about Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara, opens at the Cherry Center in Carmel. ARTS COUNCIL FOR MONTEREY COUNTY asks you to join in their annual campaign to enrich school music programs by attending your local school board meetings now. (Click their logo, left) For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.
A FRESH JOLT OF JAZZ IN MONTEREY COUNTY
DALE AND NEIL AGRON arrived early “to get the catbird’s seats” for Ali Ryerson’s jazz quartet concert at Hidden Valley. Dale sent us this rave. “CARMEL VALLEY, I LOVE YOU,” Ali Ryerson said as she opened a concert of her jazz quartet at Hidden Valley on Saturday. The innovative Jazz Flute Club Night began the 2018 Hidden Valley Master Class Festival. Her brilliant quartet—pianist Steve Rudolph, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Akira Tana—affirmed its love with two hours of magical music before a full house of jazz lovers at candlelit tables. “A jazz concert is like a wedding, something old, something new,” Ali explained. “Tonight it’s all new.” She and her colleagues performed romantic but seldom heard compositions by jazz icons Bill Evans, Victor Feldman, David Finck, Antônio Jobim and McCoy Tyner, as well as two pieces by a new artist, Kenji Kono of the Japanese Flute Big Band. It was a heady tasting of lively tunes, bluegrass dances, ballads and a rare 3/4 time waltz. The program was enhanced by anecdotal gems about each piece. Clearly, the quartet members had collaborated with each other and on the pieces they played. When they arrived on Friday, drummer Tana produced a score for the Feldman ballad, Falling in Love. “We had to play it. We had to!” Ali declared. The audience response was visibly kinetic. Saturday was an unforgettable night of jazz and a great gift to the community.
A HUGE RENOVATION KICKS OFF ‘SWEET JAZZ @ EMBASSY’
THE SILVER TIDE RESTAURANT is a much bigger room than the small Cypress Lounge, and with great sound. HOST LEE DURLEY writes, “THANK YOU SO MUCH for making the kickoff of SWEET JAZZ @ EMBASSY an overwhelming success. Despite the holiday and other major music events taking place close by, you filled the atrium at Embassy Suites in Seaside this past Sunday restarting a long established tradition on the Monterey peninsula. A very special thanks to the core music talents GARY MEEK (keyboards & Sax), DENNIS MURPHY (bass & vocals), CO-HOST JIM VANDERZWAAN (drums) and participants Dasher, Scotty Wright, Andy Weis, Billy Jones, John Taylor, Bobby Phillips, Kenny Stahl, Howe Cochran, Eric Tonn, Miranda & Janice, Dodi & Alex, Macucho, Bari, Jeanie, and Boby Mariano (apology for misspell). We want to express our gratitude to the EMBASSY SUITES and their staff and on behalf of sponsors Richard & Susan Helsten, Heather Bomarito, Pat Milligan, Doug Lanzaro/ Pacific Home Mortgage Center. We want to remind you to mark the date JUNE 24, 2018 and let’s do it again.”
S.T.A.R. TO THE RESCUE
MONTEREY PENINSULA THEATER companies are in desperate need of safe, climate-controlled storage for costumes and props. Many of them have been using a rat-infested, drafty, leaking warehouse on the old Ft Ord. The S.T.A.R. Foundation has just announced a fundraising effort to buy or lease the former Gardener’s Livery Stable on Fountain Avenue in Pacific Grove. S.T.A.R. Executive Director Reg Huston met with area groups to put into motion the acquisition and implementation of such a facility. Huston says, “There is a second space attached that could accommodate a rehearsal/performance space to highlight Monterey County Youth and also S.T.A.R. sponsored events. Should this lease happen, it is the intention of S.T.A.R. to equip both spaces and make a youth performing arts center at the site. The building’s owner and representatives from Pacific Grove have shown great enthusiasm about this project.” To learn more, click HERE Additionally, the next S.T.A.R. grant application deadline is June 15. For details, click HERE
SIMONE DINNERSTEIN PLAYS BACH AND GLASS ‘CIRCLES’
BACH’S KEYBOARD Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058, and the premiere recording of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto No 3 (2017) get excellent accounts by the New York-born pianist and the 18-member string orchestra A Far Cry, led by violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud. Just released on Orange Mountain Music label, the sound of both piano and strings is deep and rich. Glass wrote the concerto for Dinnerstein after hearing her play in Ottawa. It was commissioned by a consortium of 12 orchestras, led by A Far Cry, and premiered at the New England Conservatory of Music last September. Like the Bach, the three-movement, 33-minute Glass concerto uses a considerable amount of repeating arpeggios, laid out mostly as an unfolding chord progression exploring all the harmonic possibilities. The long, circumspect final movement, dedicated to Arvo Pärt, is punctuated by a three-note descending broken chord that remains unchanged in its many iterations, an ostinato device that Pärt himself has used to memorable effect.
GUSTAVO DUDAMEL & JOHN ADAMS
IN CONVERSATION about Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary.
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THE TALENTED MR JACKSON
MUSIC IN MAY at Cabrillo College. Click HERE
PAPER WING THEATRE opens Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat, inspired by the attacks of 9-11. CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY piano competition. ROMEO & JULIET, condensed version, at UC Santa Cruz. FIRE & GRACE & ASH perform at UCSC Music Hall. THE WIGGLES, internationally popular children’s entertainment on tour, at the Rio Theatre.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor