Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

VERDI’S AÏDA in Italian with English supertitles at Veterans Memorial in Santa Cruz. “THE MIND SMILES” joins a Robinson Jeffers poetry recitation by Taelen Thomas with pianist Melinda Coffey Armstead at Hidden Valley. (See our Performing Arts People, below.) SITARIST ANOUSHKA SHANKAR follows her father’s path in Carmel. ADILEI ENSEMBLE & CHAMGELIANI SISTERS (pictured above) from Republic of Georgia at UCSC Music Hall. ROCK STAR VOCALIST MICHAEL McDONALD returns to Monterey. THE RED ALTAR, one performance only, at The Western Stage in Salinas. GERALD CLAYTON TRIO (scroll to bottom of page) plays Kuumbwa. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click on the display ads, left, or on our CALENDAR

NOTRE DAME ORGAN SURVIVES FIRE

EMMANUEL GREGOIRE, deputy mayor of Paris, said this morning that the pipe organ built in the 1730s by Francois Thierry has survived the conflagration. The fire, he added, has now been completely extinguished. The number of pipes was doubled to 8,000 in the 1860s by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, after whom the organ is named to this day.

VERDI’S AÏDA

A RARE OPPOTUNITY to witness one of the great masterpieces of 19th century Italian opera, as presented by Bay Shore Lyric Opera at Veterans Memorial in Santa Cruz. A second performance is scheduled for April 28.

SANTA CRUZ ARTS COUNCIL EXECUTIVE TO STEP DOWN

MICHELLE WILLIAMS headed to Florida. Click HERE

CHICAGO SYMPHONY STRIKE ONE MONTH ON

LAWRENCE JOHNSON describes diminishing returns for both sides of a bitter stand-off. Numerous concerts cancelled; important debuts cut. Click HERE   

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

PIANIST MELINDA COFFEY ARMSTEAD teams up with bard Taelen Thomas to celebrate the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. She came to the Monterey Peninsula in 1988 and made it her home. As music director at Church in the Forest she hosts a steady stream of area music talent every Sunday morning, makes popular OLLI presentations (sometimes in cat’s ears) at CSUMB and now charms as a docent at Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House. Click HERE

DEGENERATE MUSIC

ENTARTETE MUSIK

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ON, Decca Records project to record the music of Jewish composers who died in the holocaust, a series they titled Entartete Musik, stands virtually alone as a historic monument. Many of these works and their composers have all but faded back into history. The title stems from the notorious 1937 Nazi exhibition, Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art), displayed in Munich that culminated a purge that began in the ‘20s. Needless to say, the exhibition included works by some of the most important avant-garde artists of the 20th century, including Emil Nolde, Erich Heckel, George Grosz, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky. The composers represented in the Decca series who didn’t survive include Ervin Schulhoff, Hans Krása (below, Serenade from his children’s opera Brundibar), Pavel Haas, Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Rudolf Karel, Zikmund Schul and Ilse Weber. Many composers who survived the Nazis but were added to the list include Erich Korngold, Paul Hindemith, Ernst Krenek, Alexander Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, Berthold Goldschmidt, Wilhelm Grosz (author of Isle of Capri, Harbor Lights and Red Sails in the Sunset), Franz Waxman, Stefan Wolpe and Eric Zeisl. The Nazis also considered American jazz degenerate. It happened there, in an electoral democracy; could it happen here?      

 

EDITORS: LOVEABLE NERDS ALL

MAY NORRIS REPORTS on ‘thrilling developments’ from the 2019 Copy Editors Society Conference. Why split atoms when you can split infinitives? Click HERE

GAMELANS

IN JAVA AND BALI, musicians come and go across the generations, but the instruments remain together. For Vienna’s vegetable orchestra, the instruments go even faster than the musicians, sometimes requiring replacement halfway through one concert set. But, of course, vegetables are good for you. Click HERE  

GERALD CLAYTON TRIO

TO PLAY at Kuumbwa this week.

 

FRESH REVIEWS

MONTEREY SYMPHONY with violinist Elmar Oliveira. Click HERE

LOOKING FOR NORMAL at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS go perfectly mad with Ivan Rosenblum as Pied Piper. QUILTERS opens at The Western Stage. DICK WHITTINGTON plays jazz at the Cherry in Carmel. NIGEL ARMSTRONG violin recital at Cabrillo College. SUBTEXT opens at Monterey Peninsula College.  

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor