MUSIC DIRECTOR DANIEL STEWART has announced the engagement of a new concertmaster, Nigel Armstrong, a Sonoma native and Curtis graduate who is building an international career as a solo artist and chamber musician. Still in his mid-20s, Armstrong has won several competitions and recorded a CD with conductor Neville Marriner. “I’m looking forward to our next season with Nigel as our new concertmaster,” Executive Director Dorothy Wise said. “With his technical skill and musicality, he will raise the Santa Cruz Symphony’s artistic quality to a new level. It will be fun to see the audience’s reaction.” Armstrong replaces Christina Anderson, the Symphony’s concertmaster since 1999, who has decided to relinquish that position in favor of joining her fellow violinists as a section player. Wise told me that Stewart considers the engagement of Armstrong “a real coup.” Wise has also announced the selection of Cordelia Neff as the Symphony’s new Director of Administration, Education and Development. A search is on to find a new marketing director and several musicians, with announcements expected soon. (Photo by Jeff Fasano.)
NORMAN LEBRECHT shortlists the bad news. More no doubt will follow. Click HERE Click the photo to get the ‘picture.’
BLUEGRASS MASTER RALPH STANLEY: 1927-2016: MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW
THE MAN WHO CHANGED OPERA IN U.S.
DAVID GOCKLEY, after ten years at SF Opera is stepping down. Michael Cooper surveys the life of a visionary and his extraordinary legacy. Click HERE And Michael Zwiebach comments on his SF Opera years. Click HERE
NEW S.T.A.R. SCHOLARSHIPS
THE FOLLOWING GRADUATING high school seniors will receive $1000 for each of four years in college if they are participating in, or taking classes related to the performing arts.
Kent Burns, Carmel High School; Muriel Dell, Trinity Christian High School; Sofia Brown-DeLopez, Stevenson School; Malakai Howard, Monterey High School; Audrey Hungridge, Monterey High School; Maddie Jewell, York School; Kevin Matsumoto, Stevenson School; Lucy Robinson, Salinas High School; Emma Satchel, York School; Brianna Silkwood, Monterey High School. (Including these recipients, thirty-seven students have received scholarship awards from the S.T.A.R. Foundation to date.)
S.T.A.R. recently awarded grants to the following groups: Alisal Center for Fine Arts, Salinas $10,000.00 for a sound system; Youth Music Monterey: $5000.00 for ten S.T.A.R. Foundation Scholarships; Pacific Repertory Theater, Carmel: $5000.00 for School of the Dramatic Arts and youth tickets; Palma High School, Salinas: $1200.00 to purchase guitars for music program; SpectorDance: $5000.00 for the On-Site Dance outreach program
CABRILLO FESTIVAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE
ON LINE, by phone and at Civic Auditorium Box Office. Click HERE
ROGER EMANUELS covers the Santa Cruz Chorale’s spring concert. Click HERE
PHILIP PEARCE attended Chicago! at Cabrillo Stage and The Borrowers at Forest Theater. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor