Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

CABRILLO FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, conductor Cristian Măcelaru and guest performing artists present “Notorious,” featuring the world premiere of When There are Nine, Kristin Kuster’s homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Contrasts” that includes Anna Clyne’s DANCE cello concerto, and “Roomful of Teeth” (see/hear above video) at the weekend in Santa Cruz, and many other premieres. PIANIST KO-EUN YI performs in Aptos. Kathryn Chetkovich’s THE FORMULA and John Steinbeck’s TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY in staged readings, the first in Santa Cruz, the second at the Steinbeck Festival in Salinas. SPECTORDANCE in Marina presents its summertime Choreographers Showcase with new works by 12 choreographers. THE WINTER’S TALE opens at Santa Cruz Shakespeare.For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR

ARTS COUNCIL FOR MONTEREY COUNTY MOVES HOUSE

FROM HIGH-PRICED SUNSET CENTER, the Arts Council has moved its offices to 1123 Fremont Blvd, Suite C, in Seaside, right next door to Monterey County Weekly. Nominations for 2020 Champions of the Arts Gala are open through August 15, in these categories: Lifetime Achievement, Luminary, Philanthropist, Educator, Volunteer Leader, Distinguished Professional, Nonprofit. Click HERE or on ad, left.  

HAPPY 200th HERMAN MELVILLE, AUGUST 1

BARD of globalization? Click HERE 

AND A fine opera as well > >

 

 

JS BACH AND THE ‘ETERNAL GOLDEN BRAID’

WHAT DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER got wrong in his famous Gödel, Escher, Bach, 40 years on. Click HERE  

HOW TO MURDER A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

FORMER BALTIMORE SYMPHONY MANAGER CAROL BOGASH explains what went so disastrously wrong in her account for the Washington Post. Click HERE  

FEMALE BASSO PROFONDO

 

54 MILLION AMERICANS SING IN CHORUSES

CHORUS AMERICA research study published. Click HERE 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

HECUBA

ORACLE HYSTERICAL’s newest release. Following up on their 2018 CD release “Passionate Pilgrim,” this unlikely band (two vocalists, baroque bass, viola da gamba, guitar, electric bass, harmonium and drums) uses texts from mythology and legend that include such names as Hecuba, Helen (of Troy), Strygia, Leto, Thrace, Polydorus, Odysseus, Cassandra, etc. To invoke a word from the era of Flower Power: Trippy. SM 

 

CHILD OF THE EARTH

(UN NIÑO BUSCA A DIOS) was commissioned by Jonathan Haas and his New York University Percussion Ensemble, Composer/Percussionist Thomas Kozumplik’s “Child of the Earth” is a large-scale work for percussion orchestra in four parts. The 16-member chamber orchestra mixes marimbas, vibraphones, bells, chimes, piano, xylophone, Thai gongs, timpani, drum kit, more drums, cymbals, gongs, voices, and small percussion. The 32-minute work, in four movements, was premiered in 2017 in Manhattan. The keyboard instruments (piano, marimbas, vibes, bells, etc., give the work an amazing array of melodies and themes that impart a directionality harder to achieve with drums. Yet the range of colors and timbres dazzles the ear. The movements with English titles and Spanish subtitles are Mother Nature (la inocencia pérdida), Mysticism (Carillon), A Journey (baile de los tambores) and Beauty and Its Passing (cuando habíamos podido amar). On the Music Starts From Silence label, it’s available in both CD and vinyl LP formats. SM

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS…

POISON IVY

THE COASTERS in 1959. Sounds pretty good for a 60-year-old.

 

FRESH REVIEWS

EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet recital at Hidden Valley. CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL CHORALE’S “Signs and Seasons”. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CABRILLO FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA’S “Secret Songs” and “Wynton” at Santa Cruz Civic. THE COMMANDERS JAZZ ENSEMBLE plays the World Theater at CSU Monterey Bay. NEXT TO NORMAL opens at Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor