Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

JUSTIN HAYWARD of The Moody Blues plays Monterey. 36th ANNUAL FIDDLE EXTRAVAGANZA at Santa Cruz Civic. SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2019 winding down. PAPA DOO RUN RUN (pictured above), Beach Boys cover band, closes out Bands on the Beach. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS 2019-20 SEASON

FOUR DECADES ON, each of six concert pairs is led by its own music director, including two cellists (Aude Castagna and Kristin Garbeff), one flutist (Kris Palmer), one violinist (Roy Malan) and two pianists (Chia-Lin Yang and Ben Dorfan) in programs of new and old music that stretch from October 19 to May 10. Venue is Christ Lutheran Church at the southern end of Soquel Drive in Aptos. The January program includes music by Henry Mollicone and John Wineglass. Click HERE 

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, ARTS ADVOCATE

AN INTERVIEW at Ravinia–where he performs this week–with the principal champion of the Great American Songbook and a project slated for Pasadena next month. Click HERE  

 

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL NOW AND WHEN?

THE LA PHIL CONDUCTOR after ten years, who inspired El Sistema youth music programs in California and suffered the wrath of the Maduro government in Venezuela, must weigh his future. Click HERE 

WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC BOOMING IN CHINA

PIANO MAKERS in particular are raking it in. Click HERE  

PLAYWRIGHT RANDY REINHOLZ WINS MAJOR AWARD

THE CHOCTAW MAN is the first Native person to receive the Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theater Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He founded Native Voices at the Autry 25 years ago in Los Angeles. It is the only Equity theater company dedicated to developing and producing plays by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nation playwrights. Click HERE

12-YEAR-OLD MUSICAL THEATER WUNDERKIND

JOSHUA TURCHIN scores big success at Rave Theater Festival in New York. Click HERE   

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

KILE SMITH’S 65-minute masterpiece links Donald Nally’s The Crossing, a professional 25-member unaccompanied choir, to nine minimalist poems by Robert Lax, in “an American pilgrimage into spirituality.” Smith’s range of choral styles is as staggering as The Crossing’s response, both technical and expressive, from jazz to plainchant to ecstasy. The only Monterey Bay choir that could aspire to their standards is Andrew Megill’s Carmel Bach Festival Chorale. SM  To sample the music, click HERE 

BOOGIE NIGHTS

DALE COCKRELL’S new “Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917,” is a titillating return to those good ole’ days before ragtime and the beginning of jazz. Click HERE 

THE GENIUS OF COMPOSER ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

WAS HOLLYWOOD his kiss of death? Alex Ross defends him and his reputation in the New Yorker. Pictured, Korngold with Paul Henreid and Bette Davis on the set of the film Deception. Click HERE

 

70 CLASSICAL PIECES IN 6 MINUTES

TAKE THE TEST. You know you can’t resist.  

 

FRESH REVIEWS

OF MICE AND MEN, THE MUSICAL in Salinas, click HERE

MONTEREY COUNTY COMPOSERS’ FORUM, click HERE

NEXT WEEK

Eugene O’Neill’s  A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN opens at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. Shakespeare’s PERICLES opens in Carmel.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor