Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

TANDY BEAL & CO brings Scoville Units to Cabrillo Crocker Theater in Aptos. GUITARIST ERIC JOHNSON in Carmel. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK (pictured above) at the Rio. COMEDY VARIETY SHOWCASE at the Cherry in Carmel. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

SCOVILLE UNITS

JON SCOVILLE, Tandy Beal & Co’s resident composer, has matched the region’s favorite dance original with original music in kind. Tandy has chosen to celebrate her longtime partner in a brief moment of exhilaration at Cabrillo Crocker Theater. Do not miss it!

BACH FEST YOUNG ARTISTS AUDITIONS

YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE during the 2020 Carmel Bach Festival will hold auditions March 21-22 at Pacific Grove Middle School. For info and application click HERE 

MORE BAD NEWS FOR CALIFORNIA ARTS

THANKS TO NEW AB5 LAW, Island City Opera has been forced to cancel a new production. A Forbes magazine headline says that AB5 “threatens the $1 trillion gig economy.” Is this just the tip of a quickly melting iceberg? Click HERE  

MARIN ALSOP SETS TONE FOR ECO-FORUM

THE BALTIMORE AND SÃO PAULO music director will conduct ‘An International Call for Unity and Joy’ at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on January 20. She will lead the European Union Youth Orchestra, Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Choir and international soloists in the Scherzo and Finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, using a new Brazilian Portuguese text for the Ode to Joy.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY GETS MAJOR BAILOUT

JUST ANNOUNCED. Will it be enough to save Marin Alsop’s struggling orchestra? Click HERE 

VIOLINS OF HOPE & A CABRILLO FESTIVAL COMMISSION

RESTORED STRINGS INSTRUMENTS from Jews who died in the Nazi Holocaust are this week beginning an eight-week residency in the San Francisco Bay Area, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. A highlight will be the premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope. The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has commissioned a full orchestral arrangement of the piece to be premiered during their 2020 summer season. Click HERE  

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

NEW RELEASE BY CELLIST Sheku Kanneh-Mason, now just 20 years of age, features the Elgar Cello Concerto with the London Symphony and conductor Simon Rattle. The concerto is surrounded by a miscellany of short pieces by composers Julius Klengel (Hymnus for twelve cellos), Gabriel Fauré, Ernst Bloch, as well as Frank Bridge’s Spring Song (with the Heath Quartet), and newly arranged versions of ‘Nimrod’ from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the traditional songs Scarborough Fair and Blow the Wind Southerly (the latter inspired by Kathleen Ferrier’s 1949 Decca recording). Kanneh-Mason’s extraordinary profile for a young classical artist began when he won BBC Young Musician in 2016; he signed with Decca the following year, releasing his debut album ‘Inspiration’ in January 2018—‘a most rewarding CD’ wrote Rob Cowan in Gramophone—before performing at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that May. You can order it in different formats HERE  

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE ANNOUNCES 2020 SEASON

THE TEMPEST, Twelfth Night and Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear highlight a season that begins August 26 in the Stanley Grove at DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA OF CATUERA

“TO HAVE NOTHING is not an excuse for doing nothing.” Click HERE 

WHIRLING DERVISHES OR HIP-HOP MONKS?

JAPANESE MONKS FORGE a new connection between break-dancing and Buddhism. Click HERE  

RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY NO 1

ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL of First Symphonies, though a disaster at its premiere in 1897, has surged above the more popular but over-inflated Second Symphony. The composer used the 800-year-old “Dies Irae” plainchant melody throughout. Its time is long overdue. Among many on Youtube, this one by conductor Perry So stands superbly apart. 

 

A FEATHER IN YOUR CABARET

CREATING COSTUMES for Moulin Rouge. BE SURE TO TURN ON THE SOUND. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

“WOODWINDS OF WINTER” at Cabrillo College, and PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE in Carmel. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

CHERRY CENTER presents Janka. ESPRESSIVO’S “Masterful Fun” in Santa Cruz. GUITARIST ANDREW YORK at UCSC. PIANIST TIEN HSIEH at CSUMB.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor