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THIS WEEK

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET opens Chamber Music Monterey Bay season. JAKE SHIMABUKURO ukes it up at Kuumbwa. THE WAILERS bring reggae back to Monterey. RIYAAZ QAWWALI (above) plays UC Santa Cruz. FOUNTAINSUN & WILD BOY in Big Sur. COMEDIAN LEWIS BLACK uses four-letter words in Monterey. CARRIE, THE MUSICAL opens at Cabrillo College. MEN ON BOATS opens at Hartnell College. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR OR ON THE DISPLAY ADS, LEFT.

ELIJAH CUMMINGS, 1951-2019

HE ADDRESSED THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS, 2016

Introduced by Marin Alsop

 

HOW OFTEN DO YOU QUOTE SHAKESPEARE?

MORE OFTEN than you may think. Click HERE  

HOW AMERICA SAVED OLD ENGLISH GRAMMAR

THE CENTRE OF ALUMINIUM. Click HERE  

WHEN ENEMIES MAKE MUSIC

A SOUND SO SWEET. Click HERE

STRIDING WITH WAGNER’S PILGRIMS

DONALD LAMBERT’S version, recorded in 1941.

 

WHEN BEETHOVEN INVENTED RAGTIME

BAGATELLE NO. 4 IN B MINOR from Op. 126 (composed 1823-24)

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

FREE AMERICA, EARLY SONGS OF RESISTANCE AND REBELLION, a collection of 18th and 19th century music by American composers caught up in the ideas and hopes that preoccupied the young American Republic between 1770 and1860: the need for freedom of assembly, a willingness to rebel and go into battle aware of the cost and a desire for a new harmony—songs, hymn tunes, slave songs, sea shanties, fiddle tunes and marches—on the road to a new “promised land.” Music by Andrew Law, William Billings, Jeremiah Ingalls, Otis Sawyer, Daniel Read, Sister Patsy Williamson and many anonymous and from collections, performed by the Boston Camerata chorus, solo voices and instrumental ensemble lead by mezzo-soprano Anne Azéma. (The first song, Friendly Union, contains this verse, “Why should the Turk and Jew contemn, The Jew the Christian reprehend, And Christians every sect condemn, But those who think alike with them, And thus destroy this union.”) The collection of 29 tracks, ending with The Lexington March (Yankee Doodle) is categorized as All Unite!, Gone For a Soldier, Repentance, The Rich Man and A Land of Freedom. The CD is not only good for a whoop and a holler but a real eye-opener.   

AN IMPROVED SPACE ODDITY

CADY COLEMAN & IAN ANDERSON salute Yuri Gagarin

 

FRESH REVIEWS

MONTEREY SYMPHONY & SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS, click HERE

NEXT WEEK

THE SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY plays Esa-Pekka Salonen’s violin concerto with soloist Nigel Armstrong. HUNGARIAN PIANIST PETER TOTH performs for Distinguished Artists Series in Santa Cruz. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY’S new conductor, Danko Druško, makes his debut at Sunset Center. MONTEREY COUNTY COMPOSERS’ FORUM returns to Hidden Valley.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor