MEMBERS OF THE VOCAL STUDIES program at CSU Monterey Bay attended a voice master class on Saturday conducted by guest artist Leberta Lorál, far left. (Click image to enlarge.) The veteran concert and opera soprano instructed nine of the twelve singers pictured in individualized guidance that, in each case, produced immediate results. These included walking around the Music Recital Hall on campus while singing and, in some cases, singing only the vowels and ignoring the consonants that she said were “tripping you up.” The participating students are from the studio of CSUMB instructor Carlos Tottress, second from right, an 18-year member of the faculty, who saw this workshop as one of an ongoing series. The music program at CSUMB has moved forward in fits and starts. These vocal workshops should become the wind beneath its wings. Ms Lorál punctuated the session by singing Langston Hughes’ The Prayer, set to music by H Leslie Adams.
MONTEREY SYMPHONY welcomes the return of Elmar Oliveira, soloist for Max Bruch’s virile Violin Concerto, in its Sound Waves V program at Sunset Center this weekend. A NEW BALLET, The Nightingale, with music by Steve Ettinger, debuts at King City High School’s Robert Stanton Theatre. DEL SOL QUARTET returns to Santa Cruz. LEE RITENOUR & DAVE GRUSIN (scroll to bottom of page) return to Kuumbwa Jazz. HIROSHIMA comes to the World Theater in Seaside. PIANIST HALIDA DINOVA (pictured) premieres a new piece by Josef Sekon at Aptos Keyboard Series. JANE ANDERSON’S Looking for Normal opens at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click on the display ads, left, or on our CALENDAR
UUCMP WANTS TO FORM ITS OWN ‘JUSTICE CHOIR’
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST of the Monterey Peninsula invites attendance to a meeting, Tuesday, April 16, 7pm, to explore forming a new Justice Choir at the church, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel. Info at 624-7404.
HIP-HOP BEST FOR IMPROVING TASTE OF CHEESE
ONLY THE SWISS would conduct such research. Click HERE
The American conductor takes over in September as chief of the Austrian Radio Orchestra in Vienna. Ever at the cutting edge, here’s her opening concert at Wien Modern: Agata Zubel: Fireworks (2018), Peter Ablinger: 4 Weiß for orchestra and Rauschen (2019), Clara Iannotta: Moult (2019), Luciano Berio: Sinfonia for 8 voices and orchestra (1968-1969)—the now ‘ancient’ inclusion—and Jón Leifs: Hekla op. 52 (1961). For the full season, click HERE
SYMPHONY SHAKEUP IN WALNUT CREEK
EXECUTIVE AUBREY BERGAUER is leading the charge, and the change. Click HERE
AS OF APRIL 1, in Vienna, opera superstar has appeared on the opera stage 4,000 times. He’s not about to retire. The acclaimed tenor now also sings baritone roles. Look for an update in the Guinness Book.
GOOD NEWS FOR RICHARD STRAUSS LOVERS
THE INDISPENSABLE 20TH CENTURY COMPOSER died on September 8, 1949. From the end of this year, his works will be out of copyright. According to Kurier, each performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Vienna State Opera chings up 15,000 Euros to the Strauss estate. There have been 1,000 Rosenkavaliers in Vienna alone. Not to mention Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos and all those Lieder. Losing out even more massively is the publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which took over managing rights to Strauss’ works outside Germany in September 1939 and have been rolling merrily along ever since.
ANCIENT GREEK MUSIC REALIZED
PART 2. Click HERE
CHOKING ON SHEN YUN
“5,000 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION REBORN.” Seriously? Click HERE
DAVE GRUSIN & LEE RITENOUR
MONTROSE TRIO in Carmel. Click HERE
APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ continues at UCSC. ANOUSHKA SHANKAR plays the sitar in Carmel. “THE MIND SMILES,” Melinda Coffey & Taelen Thomas at Hidden Valley.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor