Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

INDEPENDENCE DAY concert by Monterey Pops! (above) at the Golden State Theater. TIFFANY AUSTIN, rising jazz vocalist, brings her band to Kuumbwa. ROSE ROYCE at the Santa Cruz beach on Friday. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR 

CABRILLO FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ‘COMMUNITY NIGHT’

A NEW SHORT program halfway through the 2018 festival in Santa Cruz, on August 9, at Civic Auditorium. Described as “an ideal opportunity for the curious newcomer to sample new music.” The pay-what-you-can evening will feature a concert of chamber works performed by members of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, led by music director Cristian Măcelaru, and “include some special surprises as well.” It will sample works by eight living composers, not least Anna Clyne whose Within Her Arms for strings was a major highlight of the 2011 festival.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

MONTEREY NATIVE, clarinet virtuoso Mariam Adam has achieved a worldwide career in classical music as well as jazz. Her newest CD, AdZel, documenting her partnership with clarinetist Stephanie Zelnick, has just been released. Adam was named Alumna of the Year, 2018, at Youth Music Monterey County’s spring concert at Sunset Center in May. We’ll have a complete profile of Adam next week. Sample their music. 

NO MERE COINCIDENCE

RECENT LOCAL theatrical ‘comments’ on Trump Administration: Revivals of The Skin of Our Teeth (The Listening Place) in April; Assassins (Mountain Community Theater) in May; It Can’t Happen Here (The Western Stage) in June. This week, Bridge Records will release a new production of Marc Blitzstein’s politically explosive 1937 opera The Cradle Will Rock.

WHEN COUGHING STOPPED THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY

RICCARDO MUTI briefly stopped a CSO concert. Click HERE  

103-YEAR-OLD FRENCH PIANIST PLAYS DEBUSSY

ARETHA FRANKLIN’S DOPPELGÄNGER

THE STRANGE LIFE of Vickie Jones. Before there were ‘cover artists’ they were considered counterfeit. Click HERE   

MISTAKES NEW CHOREOGRAPHERS MAKE

EIGHT DANCE PROS observe and advise. Click HERE   

MEET ‘BUCKING’

HIGHLY PHYSICAL dance style began with women.

A PUSHKIN DESCENDENT TURNS HIS LIFE INTO OPERA

THE GREAT RUSSIAN POET, who created Evgeny Onegin (in verse form) and the play Boris Godunov, was descended from an African slave and lost his life at age 37 in a duel. He is the subject of Marita Phillips’ and Konstantin Boyarsky’s new opera, Pushkin, to debut this month in Surrey, England. Click HERE   

TIME TO GIVE BEETHOVEN’S 9TH A REST?

SO SAYS John Terauds in the Toronto Star. Click HERE   

GYPSY JAZZ FROM ARGENTINA

GONZALO BERGARA goes to LA.

FRESH REVIEW

EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet concert at Hidden Valley. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL opens July 14. RANKY TANKY Gullah music at Kuumbwa. DEL McCOURY BAND at the Rio. MUSIC@MENLO chamber music festival opens July 13 in Menlo Park.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor