Weekly Magazine

Winter sunrise over Crater Lake National Park. See Symphony for Nature story below.

THIS WEEK

ESPRESSIVO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA opens its fifth season. THEO CROKER, trumpeter/composer plays Kuumbwa. JAZZ VOCALIST TIERNEY SUTTON appears at Kuumbwa next Monday. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR

MAJOR NEW SUPPORT FOR YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMS

THE LEWIS PRIZE FOR MUSIC is excited to announce the opening of its inaugural awards process. At the core of The Lewis Prize is the belief that music can inspire and catalyze positive social and systemic change. With the mission and vision of creating fair and vibrant communities through music, it will give three multi-year awards of $500,000 each to leaders of U.S. youth music organizations and initiatives in January 2020. Visit The Lewis Prize for Music website HERE for eligibility criteria, process and a link to the Letter of Interest application portal. All Letters of Interest are due no later than 11:59 EST on Monday, September 16, 2019.

SPECTORDANCE WINS STATEWIDE GRANTS

WITH A GENEROUS AWARD of $45,000 from the California Arts Council JUMP StArts Grant for State Facilities, SpectorDance and the Department of Juvenile Justice will build upon SpectorDance’s successful dance program at Rancho Cielo and offer a similar program at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Stockton. SpectorDance will offer dance classes and choreography workshops, culminating in a public performance of East West. East West will include Department of Juvenile Justice students rehearsing and performing with SpectorDance Company dancers. East West will be performed at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Stockton on September 17. The grants also will help fund Ocean Trilogy to be presented at the New York Botanical Gardens on September 28, as part of New York Climate Week, and a work-in-progress showing of When You Were Gone at the CSUMB Center for Arts and Culture on October 24.

DANCES THAT SCANDALIZED THE WORLD

LA VOLTA, the Charleston, Tango and Jitterbug. Shocking! Click HERE 

SYMPHONY FOR NATURE AT CRATER LAKE

THE BRITT FESTIVAL orchestra and chorus with conductor Teddy Abrams and composer Michael Gordon join members of the Klamath Nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Crater Lake National Park.

 

SAMUEL L JACKSON AND PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

WHERE AND WHEN? Answer next week.

MEET ARVO PÄRT, MASTER OF SILENCE

ESTONIAN COMPOSER who redefined minimalism honored by his countrymen and the generations he influenced. Click HERE 

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

GEORGE GERSHWIN famously declared,My people are American, my time is today…music must repeat the thought and aspirations of the times.” Subtitled Inspiration from the Gershwins, Haerim Elizabeth Lee’s new CD combines 14 Gershwin classics, including arrangements, with four original works by living American composers, Patrick Harlin, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Michael Daugherty and William Bolcom. Alex Brown plays the 1933 Steinway A owned by George Gershwin in New York, now at the University of Michigan (and recorded here for the first time.) One of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, Jascha Heifetz, arranged many of Gershwin’s most beloved songs in versions for violin and piano, eight of which (including themes from An American in Paris) are included. (Gershwin’s Short Story appears in an arrangement by Samuel Dushkin.) I cannot verify it, but some of the Heifetz arrangements, like Summertime, include a lengthy introduction to the main melody that might have been fashioned by Brown; for certain he made the arrangements for Embraceable You, Sleepless Night and Violin Piece. No one can do justice to this music without swagger and swing, and both artists have plenty of it. Harlin’s #tbt (Throwback Thursday) and Daugherty’s Viva for solo violin get their first recordings here. Likewise Zwilich’s Fantasy for solo violin. Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost rag has long been a favorite violin recital encore. After three hearings, this Haerim Elizabeth Lee debut continues to enchant me; it’s a keeper. SM 

HOW ELLA FITZGERALD IS INFLUENCING A NEW GENERATION

ONE OF HER EARLY FANS was Doris Day. Click HERE 

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN

CARLOS SANTA in 1998. It’s still the blues, with nearly 15 million views.

 

FRESH REVIEWS

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN and PERICLES. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

ILYA KALER AND ALON GOLDSTEIN play music for violin and piano in Santa Cruz. SAXOPHONIST STEVE LEHMAN & TRIO at Kuumbwa. BASSIST MICHAEL FEINBERG plays Kuumbwa. BOBBY McFERRIN at the Rio. MAMMA MIA at Mountain Community Theater. VERDI’S FALSTAFF at Vets Memorial.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor