MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL this weekend at Monterey Fairgrounds. SORDID LIVES opens at Mountain Community Theater. BATTLE OF THE BIG BANDS in Carmel. AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ opens at The Western Stage. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR and on the ads, left.
HAIMOVITZ & HIS GOFFRILLER REUNITED
MAJOR DAMAGE to the instrument more than a year ago is finally repaired. Matt Haimovitz has played for Philip Glass in Big Sur. Click HERE
PAYING LOCAL DUES
PHILIP GLASS’ Days & Nights Festival, for all its virtues and value for advocating the cause of new music, has never caught on with Monterey Bay audiences. It is not for want of talent and excellence, but rather a failure to connect with the area’s movers and shakers in that world of music. Those of us who have lived and engaged in the cultural life of the Monterey Bay have seen this scenario play out over and over. Failure has proved the coin of the realm for interlopers who have simply not paid their local respects. Philip Glass desperately wants to stake a claim here but, after years of trying, his festival has only scored well with small audiences. His local organization administrators appear to think that an expensive ad budget will turn the tide, but ultimately the fault lies with Glass himself. As a dedicated advocate for new music, I wish it weren’t so, just as I wish he would finally recognize that forming reciprocal relationships with like-minded area producers and presenters works best for each instead of assuming that his international reputation gives him automatic local cachet. SM
VIOLINIST DECLARES WAR ON WAR
UKRAINIAN MARINA BONDAS is determined to restore cultural values to her homeland. Click HERE
PRESERVING SACRED SOUNDS
175 YEARS OF HENRY WILLIS organs in Britain.
THE ACCLAIMED FILM got it wrong, “…it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard.” Click HERE
2019 MARKS THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY of American poet Walt Whitman’s birth. Maria Popova explores his breakout Leaves of Grass. Click HERE
WORLD’S LARGEST PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IS IN…?
TAIWAN. Now completed and set to open in October. Click HERE
HONKY TONK WOMEN
ROLLING STONES forty-nine years on.
MADELINE JARZEMBAK harp recital at Cabrillo Samper Recital Hall. Click HERE
PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON performs in Santa Cruz. CHINESE WARRIORS OF PEKING at World Theater in Seaside. PIANIST YEKWON SUNWOO plays for the Carmel Music Society. MONTEREY PENINSULA GOSPEL COMMUNITY CHOIR in Salinas. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS season premiere in Aptos. DAYS & NIGHTS FEST plays Big Sur. SWEET JAZZ@EMBASSY in Seaside.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor