ENSEMBLE MONTEREY presents American ‘Serenades for Strings’ in Carmel and Santa Cruz, including music by Arthur Foote, George Antheil, Samuel Barber and Antonín Dvořák. SANTA CRUZ WORLD ARTS FESTIVAL returns to the Tannery for two days this weekend. (See above photo.) It features the Diaspora Performance Project representing Mali, Haiti, Congo and Senegal. BIG BAND DINNER DANCE at Hidden Valley on Thursday starting at 6:30pm. STRANGE WINDOW: THE TURN OF THE SCREW, a new take on the Henry James horror classic, at UC Santa Cruz. RED BEANS & RICE plays free on Monterey Beach this Sunday. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR and on the ads, left.
MAJOR MUSICAL CHANGES, BAY AREA
NICHOLAS McGEGAN, music director for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale has announced that he will retire from his leadership post at America’s preeminent period performance ensemble when the 2019-20 season concludes, after a 35-year tenure. At the same time, MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, music director of the San Francisco Symphony will depart after 25 years on the podium. Both men will take emeritus status with their respective orchestras. Philharmonia Baroque made its first appearance in Carmel in the 2012-13 season of the Carmel Music Society; its chamber ensemble and the orchestra returned in 2014-15 and 2017-18.
MONTSERRAT CABALLÉ, 1933-2018
PRIMA DONNA ASSOLUTA, also known as La Superba, during the second half of the 20th century was a gift to the opera stage worldwide and revived the ‘bel canto’ style of Italian singing. Click HERE
MUSICAL DECLINE OF JOHN ADAMS
GEORGE GRELLA’S fascinating critique of one of the finest American composers to emerge during the era of minimalism, and transcend it. Numerous musical tracks included. Click HERE
INDIAN BAGPIPERS OF NEW JERSEY
THE MAN WHO WROTE TAKE THE A TRAIN
BILLY STRAYHORN is being rediscovered. Click HERE
THE GREATEST SONGWRITER you’ve never heard of.
A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
AT 68, LONNIE HOLLEY has an eventful past. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he claims to be the seventh of 27 children and has fathered 15 kids of his own. He’s worked as a short-order cook at Disney World, a gravedigger and a self-taught artist, making sandstone carvings and sculptures from rubbish, some of which now belong to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. He started recording music in 2012. Holley’s roving, magpie spirit shines through in MITH, his third album, on which he illuminates the margins of American life. Visceral and heavily improvised, MITH is built on brass, synthesizers and a murky piano, with Holley’s searching vocal harmonies floating on top. His lyrics spin off into ragged meditations on everything from the cosmos (“Down in the Ghostness of Darkness”) to police brutality (“I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America”). Taken together, the ten tracks feel redemptive. “My life has been so misused,” he sings on “I’m a Suspect.” And yet what could have been a chronicle of world-weariness becomes an assertion of his perseverance. Not for nothing is its final song called “Sometimes I Wanna Dance.” ~ Dan Piepenbring
THE UNIQUE VIRGINIA RODRIGUES
BRAZILIAN SUPERSTAR with an unforgettable alto voice, from the land of samba and bossa nova.
RED in Santa Cruz and THE DESPERATE HOURS at MPC. Click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY plays premiere of Alex Berko’s Among Waves, plus Schubert’s 9th Symphony. JAY WHITE plays Neil Diamond tribute at CSUMB’s World Theater. CARMEL POPS 2018 at Forest Theater.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor