Weekly Magazine

SPECTORDANCE ‘OCEAN TRILOGY’ IN CARMEL

OCEAN TRILOGY is a multidisciplinary performance and educational outreach program highlighting the challenges confronting the ocean, and also the innovations and new possibilities from cutting-edge ocean research. Social and environmental activist choreographer Fran Spector-Atkins, who created Ocean Trilogy in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), is more than thrilled to stage the work at Sunset Center. “It feels like a culmination of all my work that I have done since I arrived here in 1988,” she told us. For the occasion she introduces two gifted “urban” dancers from Los Angeles, now members of the SpectorDance Company, Junji Dezaki, originally from Wakayama, Japan, and Norma Ann Taitano Phillips, originally from Guam. In addition to Ocean Trilogy, the program will include the “astonishing and brilliant” (NY Times) hip-hop artist and playwright Baba Brinkman and his Rap Guide to Climate Chaos. Brinkman has appeared in Spector-Atkins’ masterpiece East West, an emotionally-charged dance piece inspired by gang violence, particularly in Monterey County. We urgently and whole-heartedly recommend this Carmel performance.  

THIS WEEK

OUR CALENDAR RUNNETH OVER

MUSIC AND MADNESS mingle at the Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ season finale. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ at UCSC ends with Sundanese gamelan and new music by student composers. SAROD MASTER Aashish Khan plays at UCSC. TYLER DWIGGIN’S internet comedy subText opens at Monterey Peninsula College. SANTA CRUZ CHORALE sings a Haydn symphonic mass. HOW DO YOU MEASURE LOVE?, a music revue at CSUMB’s World Theater. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events, click on the display ads, left, or on our CALENDAR

CACTUS TREE MOTEL INVITES YOU TO DANCE

AT HIDDEN VALLEY in Carmel Valley, on Tuesday, at 7:30pm, dust off your boots for an “Evening of Classic Western Dances,” direct from Nashville. For the lowdown, click HERE

REMEMBERING MERCE CUNNINGHAM

100 YEARS ON, the dancer who taught with few words. Click HERE 

 

SACRILEGE?!

PRIMA BALLERINA DAME DARCEY BUSSELL comes down on the side of men in ballet. A major shift in the balance of power? Click HERE    

BERKELEY SYMPHONY PLUCKS A NEW CONDUCTOR

JOSHUA KOSMAN spills the surprising beans in the SF Chronicle. Click HERE 

YORK SCHOOL’S NEW AMPHITHEATER

THE GAWAIN FAMILY THEATER ribbon cutting ceremony and performances, this Friday, April 26, 6-8pm, York School, 9501 York Rd., Monterey.

YORK SCHOOL GRADS MAKING WAVES

PACIFIC GROVE’S MAGGIE FINNEGAN (2002) makes her debut with Boston Baroque this weekend in Monteverdi’s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston.

STEPHANIE ROSENBAUM (2007) was recently appointed as the executive director of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, halfway between Minneapolis and Winnipeg. She will start the position on June 1. She leaves Chamber Music Monterey Bay for which she has served as administrative coordinator.

ELLINGTON AT THE WHITE HOUSE, 50TH ANNIVERSARY

APRIL 29, 2019

 

FRESH AIR

TERRY GROSS talks with (Canadian) conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Click HERE   

SERENADING THE CASCADES

MUSICAL MOUNTAINEERS Anastasia Allison and Rose Freeman do what they love most. Click HERE 

FRESH REVIEWS

VERDI’S AÏDA at Veterans Memorial in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

PHILIP PEARCE takes R&R at London’s West End earlier this month. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

I CANTORI sings Sviridov, Palestrina and Bach in Pacific Grove and Carmel. GUITARIST MANUEL BARRUECO to play Sunset Center. BRUBECK BROTHERS celebrate 60 years of Dave. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FEST season finale.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor