IT’S ALL ABOUT NEW MUSIC
IN THE LATTER half-plus years of her tenure at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music—since 2002 to be exact—Marin Alsop committed herself and the festival to perform and, when possible commission, only living composers—with the one exception of an homage to festival founder Lou Harrison following his death in 2003. Alsop’s demonstrated leadership has made her, and her orchestra in Santa Cruz, the signal reference point for orchestras throughout the US and beyond. She knows it, they know it and we know it. That is both the glory, chagrin and magnificence of the city on the Sunny Side of the Bay, a town where you are known by either one name or three names, by a shaved head or a multitude of tattoos. Or all of the above. As Alsop quipped Saturday night, “Nothing ever goes out of style in Santa Cruz.” In this edition, we describe the first two of Cabrillo’s last four orchestra programs under Alsop’s direction before she leaves. (Click HERE) Next week we’ll cover the last two. (Photo by r.r. jones)
VIRGIL THOMSON, NEW MUSIC ADVOCATE
ANTHONY TOMMASINI of The New York Times reevaluates the unique contributions of a great American composer/critic. Click HERE
KUSP 88.9 FM CEASES OPERATIONS
THE STATION, 45 years on and well known for its broadcasts of local live concerts, including the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies, Cabrillo Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival, shut down at midnight on July 31. To learn more, click HERE
CABRILLO FESTIVAL BROADCASTS COMING SOON
ORCHESTRA CONCERTS will be broadcast by KALW 91.7 (SF Bay Area) and KALW.org accessible on the web through personal computers: “Power & Devotion” on Aug 21, 8-10pm; “Inspiration & Impact” on Aug 22, 9-11pm; “Courage & Connection” on Aug 28, 8-10pm; “Memory & Meaning” on Aug 29, 9-11pm. Host is Sarah Cahill, a concert pianist who specializes in new music.
THE GREAT PETE FOUNTAIN
DIED ON THE WEEKEND at 86, but will never be forgotten. Nor did he ever forget his New Orleans roots. The Big Easy will need to find a new ambassador to the world.
HOW ARTISTS CHANGE THE WORLD
DAVID BROOKS wonders how far artists should get involved in politics and/or promote social change. Click HERE
TIME AFTER TIME
THE ‘GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN’ GIRL, Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 classic remains as fresh and unforgettable ‘time after time’. (Hard to believe she’s 63.) Lyrics & music here:
VAN CLIBURN & THE CRUELTY OF THE PIANO
MARK MCNAMARA reflects on an historic career. Click HERE
THE NEXT GENERATION
THE MIRROR danced by JT & Robert to choreography by Travis Wall. Australia’s got talent, it seems.
INTERVIEW WITH KURT VONNEGUT JR
CAROL MARQUART, Pacific Grove playwright, has penned a new play about the treasured novelist and will direct a staged reading, opening this weekend, at the Cherry Center in Carmel. Meanwhile, Buddy & Co. opens at Pacific Repertory. Click our CALENDAR for details.
CABRILLO FESTIVAL opening weekend, “Power & Devotion” and “Inspiration & Impact.” Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca Brooks, associate editor