Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

ELAINE DOUVAS returns to Hidden Valley for her annual master class; the public concert is set for Monday. CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY’S Biennial Piano Competition and awards concert will occupy Sunset Center all day on Saturday. MADREGRALIA & PASTYME CONSORT (pictured above) perform German renaissance music at First Presbyterian in Monterey. FIRE & GRACE & ASH—Guitarist William Coulter, violinist Edwin Huizinga and mandolinist Ashley Broder—play UC Santa Cruz. MONSIEUR PERINÉ’S gypsy jazz from Colombia does two shows at Kuumbwa. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

THREE UPCOMING SEASONS ANNOUNCED

THE CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY will open in September with the 2017 Cliburn Winner, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. Violinist Daniel Hope “and friends” will perform “A Baroque Journey” in October. Sunwoo will return with the Brentano String Quartet in February, to be followed by pianist Wu Han, guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the winner of the 2018 Biennial Piano Competition this weekend.

John Orlando’s DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS series at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz opens Sept. 6 with cellist Amit Peled (playing on Pablo Casals’ Gofriller cello) and pianist Noreen Polera. Following in order are the great Garrick Ohlsson playing Brahms, pianist Brian Ganz with Chopin, Jon Nakamatsu with clarinetist Jon Manasse, the Tempest Piano Trio, a “Schubertiana” evening with pianists Orlando and Alon Goldstein, and soprano Solmaaz Adeli.

Joe Sekon’s APTOS KEYBOARD SERIES at St John’s Episcopal in Aptos begins June 24 with international artist Alexey Trushechkin. The series, on Sunday afternoons through October, also hosts Yoonie Han, Halida Dinova and Robyn Carmichael.  

WOODY ALLEN TO DIRECT PUCCINI COMEDY

LA SCALA, Milan’s historic opera, has engaged comedy-writer/film maker Allen to direct its new production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Allen debuted it at Los Angeles Opera. Click HERE  

IN MEMORY OF ARIN MIRKAN

THE WORLD PREMIERE in Cologne of Andrew Webb-Mitchell’s violin concerto in memory of the female freedom fighter Arin Mirkan, who died in 2014 in combat with Islamic State militants. Webb-Mitchell is an English composer who lives in China, training choirs in Zhuhai and Nanjing. The soloist, Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaja, is Russian, based in Singapore.

To watch and listen to the entire concerto, click HERE

MOZART FLUTE CONCERTOS

HIS COMPLETE works for flute and orchestra, including the two enchanting flute concertos, the popular Concerto for Flute and Harp and a stand-alone andante in C. These are beautifully and expressively played by Rune Most on an ebony wood flute with the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo and, in the andante, Benjamin Shwartz. The recordings were made in the Carl Nielsen Hall at the Odense Concert House (pictured) in 2014 and 2015. The solo cadenzas in the flute concertos were improvised by Rune Most. The cadenzas in the flute and harp concerto were composed by Mozart specialist Robert D Levin.   

RENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SEEKS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

SERVES Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Click HERE    

FORMER NFL PLAYER BECOMES AN OPERA TENOR

HEAR Ta’u Pupu’a sing. Click HERE   

MUSIC FROM A FAILED DIVORCE

DAVID PATRICK STEARNS explores the ongoing romance of composer André Previn and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Click HERE   

GUITARIST ELIOT FISK’S TED TALK

HIS MOST RECENT local appearances were at CSU Monterey Bay.

FRESH REVIEWS

SMUIN BALLET’S Dance Series 02. Click HERE

THE FIRE IN THE WOOD and IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

PAUL CONTOS and friends play jazz at the Cherry Center. TENOR TYLER FARR comes to Monterey. THE KINGSTON TRIO returns to Santa Cruz. BANDS ON THE BEACH starts up at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with Berlin starring Terri Nunn.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor