JEWEL THEATRE opens Suds, The Rocking ‘60s Musical Soap Opera at the Colligan. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS serve up “American Voices” featuring soprano CA Jordon. FAMED PIANIST PETER SERKIN (above) joins Espressivo in Santa Cruz. MONTEREY COUNTY COMPOSERS FORUM returns with new music to Hidden Valley. IMAGO THEATRE brings a plague of Frogz to Sunset Center. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE opens at Hartnell College. DAVID CROSBY returns to Monterey. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.
PARAPHRASE ANNOUNCES 2019 SEASON
PARAPHRASE PRODUCTIONS theater company, based in Pacific Grove, has used the Outdoor Forest Theater in Carmel, and won critical acclaim for its productions. Their 2019 season will present Let Me Entertain You in January, Bright Star in June, an ‘Emerging Artists’ play in July and RENT in August.
DANCING WITH DANGER
BALLET LEGS FOR AMPUTEES
REVOLUTIONARY new technology gets amputees back on their toes. Click HERE
3-D PRINTED BALLET SHOES REDUCE PAIN
POINTE DANCERS get relief. Click HERE
A HISTORICAL survey. Click HERE
HELPS CREATE shoes for non-white dancers
AND WHAT ARE THEY DOING TOGETHER? Hint: one’s monogram is DSCH. Answer next week.
PUTIN THE PUPPETEER
OUTSMARTED by a talented director who might still do prison time. Click HERE
THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
ARLENE SIERRA’S chamber music. A fresh breeze that blows new air through time-honored classical procedures and forms. Augmentation (expanding) and diminution (contracting) are old classical tricks that can take a wide variety of applications to music (and other art forms). For Sierra, the first sounds very conversational; the second chirps like birds. Miami-born (in 1970), now London-based, Sierra took her education and degrees at American universities and studied with some of our best-known composers. Previously, she had two orchestral CD releases for Bridge Records, and contributed to Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera whose subject matter is human trafficking. Arlene Sierra, Vol. 3 includes two piano trios, the frequently performed Butterflies Remember a Mountain (2013), inspired by the annual migration of monarch butterflies, and Truel (2004), a game-theory duel in three parts, plus Avian Mirrors (2013) for violin and cello, Counting-Out Rhyme (2002) for cello and piano and Of Risk and Memory (1997) for two pianos. Quattro Mani plays the last mentioned. Truel, at 20 minutes the longest piece on the CD, features the Horszowski Trio. Other musicians include violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk. Sierra has a long list of works of all kinds and enjoys an endless stream of commissions. SM
METER AND RHYME
IT’S EVERYWHERE, music and language alike. Click HERE
STREISAND TAKES CORDEN FOR A RIDE
AND SOME KARAOKE. Click HERE
SULTANS OF SWING
MARK KNOPFLER and Dire Straits in 1978
MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE and YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY. Click HERE
BRIAN GANZ plays all Chopin for Distinguished Artists in Santa Cruz. MONTEREY SYMPHONY hosts acclaimed flutist Carol Wincenc, soloist in the Flute Concerto by Carl Nielsen. BODYTRAFFIC contemporary dance comes to CSU Monterey Bay.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor