Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

THE NUTCRACKER ballet, second production in two weeks, at Sunset Center. THE NUTCRACKER at Cabrillo College. CANTIAMO! sings at Carmel & Santa Cruz missions. CAMERATA SINGERS in Salinas and Monterey. WILLIE NELSON plays Carmel tonight. DAVID COPPERFIELD, the new musical, opens at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click our CALENDAR

WILL PHILIP GLASS SHUTTER DAYS & NIGHTS FESTIVAL?

THE NEW SCHOOL’S College of Performing Arts in New York has founded a learning and creative center together with the Philip Glass Ensemble and its long-time member, Lisa Bielawa, around the work of Philip Glass. The Philip Glass Institute will allow students, faculty, and the public to immerse themselves in his work and that of other artists in his circle. Bielawa will become the inaugural Composer-in-Residence. The institute will open with a concert by the Philip Glass Ensemble and a panel discussion with Glass, Bielawa and Dean Richard Kessler on January 6, 2019, at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. This describes exactly Glass’ many attempts to establish such a program in Big Sur.

HEGGIE’S WONDERFUL LIFE DEBUTS AT SF OPERA

THE WEST COAST PREMIERE of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s operatic version of the famous 1946 film, It’s a Wonderful Life, opens this weekend at War Memorial in San Francisco. A co-commission with Houston Grand, its world premiere was in Texas in December, 2016.

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN TO SUCCEED MTT AT SF SYMPHONY

COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR SALONEN, upon leaving the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the hands of Gustavo Dudamel, has said repeatedly that he had no interest in another music director job because he wanted to devote his time to composing. Obviously, something changed his mind. The SF Chronicle’s Joshua Kosman put the question to him. “There were two things,” he said. “The more important one was that it’s this orchestra in this city, and the chance to continue Michael’s [Tilson Thomas] work. “The second one is just the timing. This approach came right when I’d begun to think that maybe there would be one more opportunity for me in the way of conducting.”

AMERICAN ORCHESTRAL INFERIORITY COMPLEX

“A LOYAL READER tells us that Chicago, Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras have never hired a music director who was born in the USA.” (Reported by Norman Lebrecht in Slipped Disc.)

ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO CASTS A SPELL

METROPOLITAN Opera countertenor sings to six-graders in the Bronx.

 

COMPOSER JOHN ADAMS REVIEWS NEW DEBUSSY BOOK

DEBUSSY: A PAINTER IN SOUND by Stephen Walsh, published at the 100th anniversary of the death of the French genius, attracted the attention of one of America’s finest living composer (pictured.) Adams writes: “In 1890, the 28-year-old Claude Debussy felt forced to write the archetypal starving-artist letter to a friend. ‘Forgive me, but could you lend me 20 francs until the end of the month,’ he pleaded. ‘I’m very ashamed at writing to you, but I’m desperately hungry.’ This was the same Debussy who within the next dozen years would produce some of the most radically original, influential and popular of all European art music. Hungry he may well have been (according to another friend, the composer could afford neither to eat nor to clothe himself), but ‘desperate’ is a word almost impossible to associate with this most fastidious and discriminating of composers.” To read the complete review, click HERE   

VENTURA COLLEGE RECEIVES HUGE MUSIC GRANT

MIRIAM SCHWAB’S estate leaves $12 million to the Southern California two-year community college, most of it designated specifically to music education. Click HERE    

SULTANS OF SWING REVEALED

HOW MARK KNOPFLER ‘discovered’ what made the Dire Straits classic ‘existential.’ Isn’t composing really discovering. (For the original see our Weekly Magazine of November 5, click HERE

 

FRESH REVIEWS

HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA and I CANTORI chorus. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CHANTICLEER returns to Carmel Mission. MADREGALIA! holiday concert in Monterey. THE NUTCRACKER at Santa Cruz Civic.   

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor