HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA–16 of the finest Northern California musicians–plays matinees this weekend in Carmel Valley and Santa Cruz. The program contains works by Elgar, Pärt, Mahler, Holst, Still & Rutter. “SONGS OF HOPE” will introduce I Cantori’s new music director, Cyril Deaconoff, in a West Coast premiere of his own plus music by Conrad Susa in two performances at Carmel Mission Basilica. SANTA CRUZ CHORALE sings at Holy Cross. LOTS OF MUSIC at UCSC and Cabrillo College. CABRILLO also opens Vintage Hitchcock, a live radio play, at its Black Box Theater. ALTAI KAI ensemble from Siberia (see above photo) at UCSC’s Music Hall. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
“CYRIL DEACONOFF, Russian born and a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied composition and conducting, might have remained in the conservative safehold that still characterizes the country of his birth. Instead, he left Russia to come to the United States where he is now a citizen, and after earning a doctorate in conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, he struck out in new directions, largely based on his thirst for adventure and his decision to develop his career in an innovative hub like the SF Bay Area.” For the rest of the story, click HERE
WHEN THE STARS TURNED OUT FOR PETER USTINOV
ACTOR AND ONE OF THE GREAT COMEDIC GENIUSES of the late 20th century. In 1988’s “Audience with Peter Ustinov,” look for Clive James, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Jodie Foster, Ted Heath (the Beatles’ Taxman), Hugh Laurie, Petula Clark and Jackie Stewart. He does hilarious impressions of Ronald Reagan, Franz Schubert, Richard Nixon, JS Bach, Charles Laughton and many more—facially, physically and of course verbally. Warning: you might need to brush up your late 20th century history.
CHAMPIONS OF THE ARTS
ARTS COUNCIL FOR MONTEREY COUNTY announces recipients for 2018: Dottie Dodgion, Juan-Carlos Gonzalez, Marcie Chapa, Malcolm and Judith Weintraub, Silka Saavedra, Dionicio Mendoza and Open Ground Studios. Gala celebration set for February 2, 2019.
MEET JANELLE MONÁE
“AMERICA’S most revolutionary artist.” Her new album, Dirty Computer, pulls no punches. Established stars are signing on to her fusion. Click HERE
FEUD AT HONENS INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
FAZIOLI CHALLENGES STEINWAY giving Jon Kimura Parker’s prestigious international competition a black eye. Click HERE
WITH COUNTRY MUSIC ‘legend’ Kinky Friedman. Click HERE
6000-YEAR-OLD MUSICAL ROCKS IN COLORADO
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL discovery. Click HERE
BLOSSOM DEARIE: irreverent and irrepressible. John Wallowitch wrote it.
THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE at Monterey Museum of Art. Click HERE
MONTEREY PENINSULA VOICES in Monterey. Click HERE
MONTEREY PENINSULA BALLET THEATRE’S The Nutcracker plays Carmel. PACIFIC VOICES at Peace United in Santa Cruz. CAMERATA SINGERS in Salinas and Monterey. CANTIAMO! concert for a winter’s eve, in Carmel and Santa Cruz.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor