Weekly Magazine

BIGGEST BOX OF BACH EVER

TO BE RELEASED this week in celebration of 333rd birthday of JS Bach, the most influential composer in history.

THIS WEEK

VIOLINIST DANIEL HOPE and friends go for Baroque in Carmel. SEAN BOULWARE launches Inspirare choir. LEGACY OF LIGHT opens at Hartnell College. “RITES OF SPRING” Symphony concerts in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. LILE O. CRUSE celebration of life at the Rio in Santa Cruz. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

HOW MANY FEMALE ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS?

THE STATISTICS are grotesquely out of whack. Noticeably, local women musicians increasingly prefer trousers to gowns. Click HERE   

CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD

IN OCTOBER OF 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die. Twenty years later his legacy is remembered in a unique production that uses music, poetry and interviews to explore a pivotal time in our history. As a response to this hate crime, Matthew’s story is placed into the context of a passion story presented as a three-part oratorio, bringing new depth to a harrowing story of loss and highlighting the role of art and how we react to tragedy. At the heart of this production is the renowned composer Craig Hella Johnson and the Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare.  

UPCOMING BROADCASTS ON KQED: Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 5pm and 9pm; Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 2am and 8am; Wed, Oct 31, 2018, 3pm.

 

PAPER DRAGONS, PAPER ACTORS, PAPER PROPS

ROSS MacDONALD’s creations are indispensable for movies and television and, by extension, theater. Click HERE   

ITALY’S 5,000 YEAR OLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

DISCOVERED IN 2006 in a Roman suburb. Click HERE   

“GARLANDS FOR STEVEN STUCKY”

PROLIFIC COMPOSER described his single-movement Symphony, a co-commission of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras as “graspable,” died at 66 in 2016 from an aggressive cancer. (Click HERE)  The new Gloria Cheng CD includes mostly circumspect—some quite loving—memorial pieces by 32 composers, many of whom have been Cabrillo Festival composers-in-residence, including Gabriela Lena Frank, Pierre Jalbert, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg, Christopher Rouse and Steven Mackey. Especially touching are Judith Weir’s Chorale for Steve and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Inscrizione. Sadly, Stucky never participated at the Cabrillo Fest. The CD includes Stucky’s Two Holy Sonnets of Donne, with soprano Peabody Southwell and oboist Carolyn Hove.

 

ELICIA SILVERSTEIN’S ‘DREAMS & FABLES’

 

FRESH REVIEWS

MONTEREY SYMPHONY premieres Among Waves. Click HERE

CORIOLANUS in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE in Carmel. ANCIENT FIRE, Music and instruments of Azerbaijan at Hidden Valley. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY’S “Eclectic Delight.”

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor