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
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…
THE COASTERS in 1959. Sounds pretty good for a 60-year-old.
EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet recital at Hidden Valley. CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL CHORALE’S “Signs and Seasons”. Click HERE
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