CABRILLO FEST’S “SECRET SONGS” presents new music by Hannah Lash, Preben Antonsen, Vivian Fung and Tan Dun, and “WYNTON” that includes Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto &Blues Symphony at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. THE COMMANDERS JAZZ ENSEMBLE (pictured above) plays the World Theater at CSUMB.NEXT TO NORMAL, the hard-edged musical by Kitt and Yorkey opens at Paper Wing in Monterey. THE LAST WHITE MAN by Bill Cain gets one staged reading at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR
YMMC NAMES NEW CONDUCTOR
FROM Youth Music Monterey County Board President Dorothy Micheletti: “I am happy to announce that we have found a new Music Director for YMMC. Since May, we have received 47 applications from the U.S. and beyond, and there were many very talented and accomplished candidates among them. Our search committee wanted to find a Music Director who possesses both the wonderful talent and character we have enjoyed from our past Directors. In this light, we are very excited that, after reviewing the applications and meeting with candidates, we have invited a very accomplished and highly regarded conductor, Danko Druško, to work with our students starting this month. Danko was born and raised in Germany. He speaks German, English and Croatian fluently. His primary instrument is the trumpet. He holds a DMA in conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is an acquaintance of Farkhad Khudyev, whom he met as a fellow competitor at the Solti conducting competition. Danko was a finalist in this event. Danko is married to a cellist, Ameena, who grew up near San Jose. She is currently working with YOLA in Los Angeles. He has worked with youth and professional orchestras in the US and Europe, and he is looking forward to working with the students and families of YMMC. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 21st at Hidden Valley. Concert dates this year include Sunday November 3, 2019, March 1st 2020 and May 3 2020.”
ACSO CONFERENCE THIS WEEK IN MONTEREY
ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS celebrates its 50th anniversary where it began. Click HERE ONE ITEM may very well dominate the discussion: The U.S. Department of Justice is considering ending the Antitrust Consent Decrees which have regulated both BMI and ASCAP since the early 1940s. These Consent Decrees require, among other things, that both organizations provide licenses to anyone who requests a license and to apply standardized fees for the performance of works by similarly situated licensees. Time to respond on the record expires this week. Click HERE
PBS ON YOUTUBE?
FOR THE FIRST TIME PBS and PBS KIDS will live-stream on the internet. Click HERE
IN ROME, KEVIN SPACEY READS THE BOXER
THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
AMERICAN MUSIC PIONEERS, PART 2
HARRY PARTCH, 1901-1974, not only composed innovative music, but created a range of new instruments to play it. He was especially drawn to music theory and various tunings (including natural and microtonal scales.) Some of the texts he wrote to go with his music sound pretty pedestrian, often funny and sometimes silly and sometimes intensely powerful as well. He was both a maverick and an original. Bridge has just issued its third volume of Partch’s music, including the first recordings of the original 1958 version of Windsong and Sonata Dementia of 1950, whose movements are titled Abstraction & Delusion, Scherzo Schizophrenic and Allegro Paranoia. PARTCH, the Grammy-winning ensemble that specializes in Partch’s music, has performed widely. Vol. 1, Bitter Music, a 3-CD set recounts the composer’s California wanderings during the 1930s depression. Vol. 2, Plectra and Percussion Dances (An Evening of Dance Theater) includes slide guitar and glass percussion and contains his Castor & Pollux, Ring Around the Moon and Even Wild Horses. Many of Partch’s own recordings, made in the ‘50s and ‘60s, are included along with his comments. SM
THEODOR ADORNO POPS UP AGAIN
FIFTY YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH the German philosopher’s theories remain controversial, not least among musicians. Click HERE
SISTER GOLDEN HAIR SURPRISE
AMERICA, from 1975. Beach Boys in disguise?
CABRILLO FESTIVAL’s first two orchestra concerts. Click HERE
SPECTORDANCE Choreographers Showcase. Click HERE
JACKSON BROWNE to play Sunset Center. STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, and comedian ADAM CAROLLA in Monterey. WHO’S GOT ME, a new musical, opens at Veteran’s Memorial in Santa Cruz. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens at Carmel’s Forest Theater.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor