Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL begins its two weeks of concerts. SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE opens with Love’s Labour’s Lost in the Grove (above). JUST LIKE US opens at Hartnell College’s Studio Theater. PAULA POUNDSTONE strikes again in Monterey. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR 

MUSIC@MENLO chamber music festival begins on Friday when ‘Encounter Leader’ Michael Parloff lays out the theme of the three-week 15th season: London, Paris and St Petersburg. Music@Menlo attracts 46 of the world’s finest chamber musicians, including founders Wu Han and David Finckel, Gilbert Kalish, Jon Kimura Parker, Ara Guzelimian, Roberto Diaz, David Requiro and Hyeyeon Park, many of whom have performed in Carmel. Monterey Bay chamber music lovers head to Menlo Park each summer to satisfy their appetites. For details, click HERE   

THE BIZARRE DANCE FEVER OF SUMMER, 1518

OVER THREE HOT MONTHS, the city of Strasbourg went dance crazy. Click HERE  

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

CLARINETIST MARIAM ADAM’s effervescent personality and insatiable curiosity make for an infectious brew. She offers no hint of regrets, or loss, though like anyone else she has certainly experienced the latter. The Monterey native, who now divides her time between Paris and California, leads an international musical career. At a youthful 42 years of age, she has conquered all opportunities to perform—in symphony orchestras, summer festivals, chamber music ensembles, jazz ensembles, and has collaborated with such luminaries as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Gilbert Kalish and Anne-Marie McDermott, and jazzmen Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea and Pacquito D’Rivera.To read the rest of her story, click HERE

RACIAL DIVERSITY IN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS

SPHINX ORGANIZATION, New World Symphony and League of American Orchestras are teamed together to provide opportunities for classical musicians of color and diverse backgrounds. Click HERE  

LONDON’S CHINEKE! ORCHESTRA SHOWS THE WAY

CHI-CHI NWANOKU was the only black musician in the orchestra so she created a new one. Click HERE   

OLIVER KNUSSEN, 1952-2018

ACCLAIMED SCOTTISH COMPOSER, who died Sunday, conducted his first symphony with the London Symphony at age 15. His second symphony was premiered at Tanglewood by Gunther Schuller. The third, and most successful, just 15 minutes long, was taken on diplomatic tours to Moscow and elsewhere. Two children’s operas in collaboration with Maurice Sendak—Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!—occupied his middle years. A combination of persistent ill health and composer’s block caused him to fade from the front ranks of contemporary music. But his conducting ability and an unquenched interest in all new music made him a vital mentor to young composers in his own country and many abroad. He worked often with the Cleveland Orchestra and made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Click HERE  

HIP HOP FROM CHENGDU

WHO KNEW? The Higher Brothers from a huge city in Southern China, with 350 days of smog, makes 21st Century pop music.

NEXT WEEK

PIANIST YOONIE HAN performs Reynaldo Hahn for Aptos Keyboard Series. CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL continues. Gilbert & Sullivan’s TRIAL BY JURY opens at Cabrillo College. SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE opens Romeo and Juliet on July 24.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor