Weekly Magazine

Artist’s cross-section of renovation plan for SC Civic Auditorium

THIS WEEK

CLICKING ON THE ADS IN THE LEFT COLUMN WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THEIR RESPECTIVE WEBSITE PAGES. MONTEREY SYMPHONY premieres Alex Berko’s Among Waves to launch 2018-19 season. FOREST THEATER GUILD presents Carmel Pop! 2018 fundraiser. SHAKESPEARE’S CORIOLANUS opens at Carmel’s Circle Theatre. WIND IN THE WILLOWS in Monterey and SLEEPY HOLLOW in Santa Cruz are both now musicals. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR. 

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

MAX BRAGADO-DARMAN

THE MONTEREY SYMPHONY music director since 2004 will step aside at the end of the 2019-20 season, and “officially retire” to his “humble abode” outside of Valladolid, the “de facto” capitol of autonomous Castile y León, northwest of Madrid. “It’s where I have my library and my instruments. It’s tranquil, where I can study and play the piano.” Bragado’s abode will become his headquarters, but as for life after his tenure in Monterey is over, “everything’s up in the air.” But, he adds, “If anyone wants me I’m there. I am open. I am still digesting our decision.” His countless fans are hopeful. “Conducting is my love,” he says. To read more, click HERE

ROBERTA ‘BERTIE’ ELLIOTT’S MAJOR ARTS GIFTS

MONTEREY SYMPHONY, Carmel Bach Festival and Pacific Repertory Theatre accept donations above $2 million each from longtime Carmel resident and philanthropist sister of investor Warren Buffett. The Symphony added $2.4 million to its endowment fund, Bach’s Founder’s Fund endowment was gifted more than $2 million, and PacRep $2.29 million to complete the renovation of the Golden Bough Playhouse.

PODIUM GESTURING

HOW CONDUCTOR Andrés Orozco-Estrada wiggles at the Houston Symphony. Click HERE

TAP TAP: AMERICAN BALLET THEATER

SLIPPERY SLOPE in the world of dance. Click HERE  

HOLOGRAM TOURS ARE GETTING CREEPY

AMY WINEHOUSE is next, with the blessing of her father. Click HERE

CRAIG MORRIS PLAYS PHILIP GLASS

CABRILLO FESTIVAL principal trumpet since 2007, Morris just released his own arrangements of early Glass works: Piece in the Shape of a Square (1967), Gradus (1968) and Melodies (1995). The latter was originally composed for saxophone as incidental music for a play based on the Jean Genet novel Un Captif Amoureux (Prisoner of Love). Each of the other two works call for two different parts and were intended to be performed within a visually geometric context. (Morris recorded both parts and overdubbed them for the recording.) Gradus lays out the music in two lines at intersecting angles. Piece in the Shape of a Square directs one voice (instrument) to walk around the outside of a ten-foot square in a counterclockwise direction while the other reciprocates in a clockwise direction inside of the square. The voices (instruments) are designated high and low respectively. Obviously, a CD cannot provide for the visual elements, so they really don’t matter here. What does matter is this glimpse into early works by Glass that haven’t been revisited any time in the recent past, the ‘discovery’ of how little they owe to the unwanted appellation ‘minimalism’ and, lastly, the spectacular playing by this international artist. For the quite charming Melodies, Morris alternates between flugelhorn, trumpet and piccolo trumpet. (He also uses a cup mute in one case.) The flugel is of course mellower and less metallic. Morris plays the trumpet with a fully flowering golden tone. He uses the piccolo for two wittily cavorting pieces. (The cover photo is by Cabrillo Fest photographer r.r. jones.)     

SC CIVIC AUDITORIUM RENOVATION

AN UPDATE narrated by Cabrillo Festival executive director Ellen Primack. See artist’s cross-section illustration at the top of this page. 

 

IN PERFECT HARMONY: MUSIC AND FICTION

WE ALSO RECOMMEND “The Time of Our Singing” by Richard Powers. Meanwhile, click HERE    

URBAN FEMALE MARIACHI

IT USED TO BE all-male and Mexican. 

FRESH REVIEWS

PIANIST ROBYN CARMICHAEL and ENSEMBLE MONTEREY. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

LEGACY OF LIGHT opens at Hartnell College. DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS go for Baroque in Carmel. SWEET JAZZ @ EMBASSY on Sunday afternoon.  

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor