Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY captures numerous venues at the Monterey Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING in Carmel (see above.) YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY presents its two orchestras, guests and solo bassoonist in “Peasant Spirit” at Sunset Center. PIANIST DARIA KISELEVA returns to Aptos Keyboard Series on Sunday afternoon. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FEST continues at UC Santa Cruz.  IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY) opens at UCSC; viewer discretion advised. SOLO SOPRANO LEBERTA LORÁL joins Camerata singers. OPERA WORLD PREMIERE in Monterey, Saturday afternoon. (see below). For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click on the display ads, left, or on our CALENDAR


THIS SATURDAY at 3pm, the world premiere of the opera Tryillias will take place at Santa Catalina School in Monterey. Based on a reference in the Matthew Gospel to a fourth magus who for a charitable act missed joining the three magi (Zoroastrian magician/healer/priests) on their journey to worship the newborn King of the Jews in Bethlehem. The story of the magus Artabán—the name means protector of virtuous people—was elaborated in the late 19th century by Henry van Dyke in his novella The Fourth Magi. Artabán spends his life trying to find the “King,” spending his treasure to help those in need, and only fulfills his quest 33 years later below the cross of the crucified Christ. It’s a story of redemption.

The opera, with a libretto by Terrence Gargiulo (pictured) and music by Theodore “Ted” Gargiulo, son and father, is also a story of redemption: the book came first—begun when Terrence was in high school—and the music, composed in a burst of transformative energy after a period of discouragement and disappointment, was completed before 2005. “It took him about four months,” Terrence told me during a phone conversation. “And he went on to compose another opera and some art songs.” (Ted Gargiulo died in 2006 at age 91.) 

The senior Gargiulo had a major career in New York, working with many of the biggest names in opera during the era of conductors Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski. His career expanded up and down the Eastern Seaboard and to the Pacific Northwest. He and second wife Gloria came to Monterey in 1972 with their children, Franca and Terrence. In memory of Ted, they established the Occhiata (it means wink, a favorite gesture of the patriarch) Foundation in Monterey with the purpose of introducing area school students to the magic of opera. Since 2009, and with the support of several area foundations, Occhiata has taken 14,000 students to Del Monte Center cinemas to watch live HD telecasts from the Metropolitan Opera, all with plenty of advance preparation.

Tryillias gave them the added opportunity to show the students how an opera is constructed from the ground up, from conception to staging. Terrence told me that Tryillias is a made-up name for a sacrificial festival in a pagan village where Artabán had healed the sick.

Tickets are free but seating at the school’s Mary Johnson Recital Hall is very limited. SM  Click HERE   

ELECTRONIC MUSIC HERE TO STAY

RECOGNIZE IT OR NOT. TOKiMONSTA came back after a death scare to discover it all over again. Click HERE

THE WHIFFENPOOFS DISCOVER A SECOND SEX

WHY THE RUSH? Click HERE   

HOW DID GREEN BOOK TAKE BEST MOVIE OSCAR?

OPINION WAS sharply divided. Smithsonian Films tells the story differently. Click HERE  

HOW THE HAMMOND ORGAN CHANGED AMERICAN MUSIC

AND GAVE jazz a new voice. Click HERE   

 

PIONEERING MUSIC IN DUBAI

ACOUSTIC and electronic. Click HERE  

HOW BACH WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL

MARIA POPOVA crosses the irresistible line. Click HERE  

CINEMA PARADISO

FINAL SCENE with music of Ennio Morricone

 

FRESH REVIEWS

ROMEO & JULIET at MPC Theatre. Click HERE

CATALYST QUARTET in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SMOLDERING UKE, Mar 7-10, at Hidden Valley. EL MARIACHI music of Mexico at UC Santa Cruz. UCSC Orchestra, Wind Ensemble & Jazz Band cover next weekend at the Music Recital Hall on campus. REEFER MADNESS opens at Paper Wing. REALISAL: STORIES FROM EAST SALINAS at the Western Stage.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate edito