TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! First Night, that is, with 30 performance events, indoors and outdoors, throughout downtown Monterey. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (abridged to 90 minutes) to play in New Monterey for one weekend only. “GLORIA” Madregalia (pictured above) sings Renaissance Christmas music. BENNY GREEN TRIO at Kuumbwa. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.
FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION BEGINS JAN 4
WHEN SCIENCE CREATES ART. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) global robotics competition season will begin with a local Kick-Off celebration on Saturday, January 4th, 2020, starting at 7am, at Monterey High School, in which the season’s challenge will be revealed to students and team mentors. Participants are challenged to design, build, and program industrial-sized robots to compete in an alliance format against like-minded competitors. Participants will have six weeks to create a robot that can compete in the Monterey Bay Regional March 25-28 at Seaside High School. The winning robotics alliance will compete at the World Championship in Houston in April. Click HERE
UCSC ARTS DEAN’S LECTURES STARTS JAN 7
INTERIM ARTS DEAN and Professor of Dance Ted Warburton (pictured) launches 11:50am Tuesday series of eight ‘Art of Change Podcast’ interviews, hosted by Lyle Troxell, at Theater Arts Second Stage on UC Santa Cruz campus. January 14 interview features Dramaturg Michael Chemers. Click HERE
GREAT INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS LOST IN 2019
AN UNUSUALLY BRUTAL YEAR.
COMPOSERS: Giya Kancheli, Christopher Rouse, Michel Legrand, Dominick Argento, João Gilberto, Mario Davidovsky, Michael Colgrass, Sven-David Sandström, Ami Maayani, John Joubert, Chou Wen-chung, Jerry Herman. CONDUCTORS: Mariss Jansons, André Previn, Stephen Cleobury, Michael Gielen, Ján Valach. SINGERS: Doris Day, Peter Schreier, Jessye Norman (pictured above), Hilde Zadek, Heather Harper, Marcello Giordani, Sanford Sylvan, Ann Crumb, Carol Channing. PIANISTS: Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Márta Kurtág, Jacques Loussier, Dalton Baldwin, Abbey Simon. STRING PLAYERS: Jaap Schröder, Aaron Rosand, George Neikrug, Uzi Wiesel, Vladimir Orloff, Michael Grebanier, Petr Wagner. ACTORS: Sue Lyon, Albert Finney (left), Diahann Carroll, Rutger Hauer, Valerie Harper, Caroll Spinney (Big Bird), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Peter Fonda, Danny Aiello, René Auberjonois. WRITERS, DIRECTORS & CRITICS: Toni Morrison, Judith Kerr, Herman Wouk, Clive James, Johannes Schaaf, Jonathan Miller. Franco Zeffirelli, Harry Kupfer, Paul J Pelkonen, Roger Covell. (This list is extensive but not exhaustive.)
HOW CDs AND DOWNLOADS DIED
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THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
IN 1979, Virgil Thomson was a composer-in-residence at the Cabrillo Music Festival. At the time, music director Dennis Russell Davies often scheduled new music along with unfamiliar works by well-known classical composers. During one concert—at the old Cabrillo College auditorium—Thomson, sitting next to me in the audience, chirped up loudly after the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra, “Jesus, what a silly piece!” At the time, he may not have known that Mendelssohn was all of 14 when he wrote the nearly 40 minute concerto. It, and the Concerto for Violin and Strings in D Minor—composed at age 13—predate the teenager’s first two masterpieces: the Octet for Strings, of 1825, and the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, of 1826, ages 16 and 17 respectively. As this new Brilliant Classics CD reveals, the “silly piece” is redeemed by the composer’s mastery of classical forms and the sparkling performance by violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and the pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, who is no stranger to Santa Cruz thanks to his appearances in the Distinguished Artists series. The Concerto in D Minor actually flashes evidence of more originality by the budding genius, an exercise that points toward the great Violin Concerto in E Minor, a true masterpiece. Theodore Kuchar conducts the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. It was recorded at the Fatra House of Arts in Ziliny in 2017. SM
THE LA PHILHARMONIC’S STAR POWER
RECENT ASSESSMENT by Mark Swed in the LA Times. Click HERE
PARADISE LOST MAKES AN FINE AUDIO BOOK
JOHN MILTON’S MASTERPIECE speaks to our time musically. Click HERE
DOES ALL MUSIC HAVE A COMMON ANCESTOR?
A NEW STUDY prompts us to ask what in music deserves an evolutionary or physiological explanation, and what is better explained by the individual cultures we live in. Click HERE
CHINESE RADETZKY MARCH
AN ALTERNATIVE to the annual Viennese New Years’ concert.
HOW CHINA MADE THE PIANO ITS OWN
THE TRUE KING OF INSTRUMENTS survived a violent past and ultimately flourished. (Shanghai alone has over 2,700 music schools, by one estimate.) Click HERE
BERNSTEIN ON TEACHERS & TEACHING
‘AN AUTOBIOGRAPHIC ESSAY’, rarely seen, sheds light on Lenny’s early life—he began teaching students at age 12—and the importance of teachers of music.
THANKS TO ALL OUR REVIEWERS AND SPONSORS
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SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS presents “From the Old World to the New.” PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE in Carmel to launch Music Director Nic McGegan’s farewell season. SPOTLIGHT ON THE SYMPHONY presents Santa Cruz Symphony wind players at Cabrillo College. 8 10s @ 8 short play series begins at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. LAYALI MOROCCO: Jewish Songlines & Soundscapes at Kuumbwa.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor