Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL BLUES FEST takes over the Monterey Fairgrounds on Saturday. RENT opens on the Cabrillo Stage. EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet recital continues the Masters Festival at Hidden Valley. LOS LOBOS on the beach in Santa Cruz. RESTORED FOX THEATER IN SALINAS reopens on Friday with Intocable. THE TYPEWRITER UNDERGROUND plays Saturday at Paper Wing in Monterey. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

THEATER TECH PANEL DISCUSSION

SPONSORED BY Monterey County Theatre Alliance, Wednesday, 1-3pm, Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside.

NEW CONDUCTOR FOR I CANTORI

CYRIL DEACONOFF, new choral director at Monterey Peninsula College, replaces Tom Lehmkuhl as leader of the celebrated Carmel chorus. Born and trained in Russia, Deaconoff is also an award winning composer whose opera The Last Tycoon, based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel, premiered in San Francisco and Palo Alto in 2011 and won The American Prize. Deaconoff explains it.

‘SUITE JAZZ’ AT EMBASSY

THE ‘LAST SUNDAY’ jazz jam at Embassy Suites in Seaside attracted an SRO crowd to the hotel’s Silver Tide restaurant, noticeably bigger turnout than a month earlier when the jam returned to the renovated, excellent venue after a two-year hiatus that stranded ravenous Monterey area jazz lovers. Monterey has such a depth of local jazz talent that even Santa Cruz’ legendary Kuumbwa Jazz Center recruits on the Monterey side of the bay to keep its clients happily immersed. Host Lee Durley called out blues chanteuse Amy Treadwell as the primary inspiration for the resurrection of an annual Monterey International Blues Festival, this Saturday the Monterey Fairgrounds.

NEW JAZZ SERIES AT EAST VILLAGE

STARTING July 1, East Village Coffee Lounge in Monterey will present jazz every Sunday afternoon. Stu Reynolds Saxtet launches the series at 4pm.  

JAZZ MASTER BRUCE WILLIAMS MENTORS BIRSA CHATTERJEE

S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ‘GO FUND ME’ ACCOUNT

TO SUPPORT arts programs for youth in Monterey County and a much-needed costume storage facility. Click HERE

CABRILLO RESIDENT COMPOSER GOES TO CHICAGO

THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY is pleased to announce that Missy Mazzoli has been selected as its new Mead Composer-in-Residence. Appointed to the position by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Mazzoli begins a two-year term July 1, 2018 continuing through June 30, 2020. American composer Missy Mazzoli is the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, four ASCAP Young Composer Awards and a Fulbright Grant. She previously held positions as Composer in Residence with Opera Philadelphia and Gotham Chamber Opera. She attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and Boston University.

DENISHAWN DANCERS   

RUTH ST. DENIS & TED SHAWN were early 20th century modern American dance pioneers. (pictured, top of the page.) They are remembered as much for their costumes as for their choreography. Click HERE

“INSTRUMENTS OF FATE”

CALEB BYERLY works with indigenous communities to rediscover—and rebuild—their people’s lost instruments. Click HERE

THE MISSING PEOPLE CHOIR

FRESH REVIEWS

JOCELYN McMAHON attended The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time in Carmel. Click HERE

MONICA MENDOZA heard bassoonist Judith LeClair and the cor anglais of Robert Walters at Hidden Valley. Click HERE

COMING UP

ROSE ROYCE play the Santa Cruz beach. VOCALIST TIFFANY AUSTIN and her septet, and FOUR OF A KIND trio from Las Vegas on the near horizon at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor