Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

THE OTHER PLACE opens in Jewel Theatre’s production at the Colligan. SPECTORDANCE presents its first-of-2020 Choreographers Showcase. PIANIST TIEN HSIEH (pictured above) plays Schubert, Scriabin and Beethoven ‘Postcards” at CSUMB’s World Theater. ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra offers up “Masterful Fun” in Santa Cruz. OSCAR SPEACE’S JANKA, a Holocaust memoir, at the Cherry in Carmel. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

THE OTHER PLACE

IN A NEW PRODUCTION by Jewel Theatre Company, Sharr White’s intriguing puzzle goes where nothing is as it seems. Brilliant research scientist Juliana Smithton has been on the cutting edge in her field and is now promoting her groundbreaking drug for the treatment of neurological disorders. When she experiences a disturbing medical episode of her own, she begins to unravel a deep personal mystery. The past blurs with the present and fragmented memories collide in this riveting drama, directed by Susan Myer Silton with Julie James (pictured right) as Juliana. “Engrossing…tantalizingly intense, edgily suspenseful…Every element falls perfectly into place.” ~ San Francisco Chronicle. THIS SHOW CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE; Run time: approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.
 
THE FOREST THEATER GUILD IS BACK; AUDITIONS SET
 
AFTER FIRST LOSING THEIR SPACE at Carmel’s unique outdoor Forest Theater, there has been a reprieve for the Forest Theater Guild. They have been given time for one show this coming summer. Their production of the classic family musical, Annie, will open with a Veteran’s free event on Wed June 24, two discounted evening performances on June 25 & 26 with the official opening on Saturday June 27. The show will run weekends through July 12. AUDITIONS for the show, which seeks “orphans” from ages 6 to 13 plus older players from 16 to seniors, will be held Feb 8 from 10:00am to 3:45 pm and on Feb 9 from 1:15 pm to 3:45 pm at Vista Lobos, Junipero & 3rd, in Carmel. Participants need to have one song and a short monologue prepared. They may bring sheet music for an accompanist or sing to any electronic device they bring. For additional information email/call Walt deFaria at wjdefaria@aol.com/831 809-1065 or email/call Yvonne Bowen at yvonnedavida@aol.com/831 214-0031.
 
MTAC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
 
THE MONTEREY COUNTY BRANCH; of the Music Teachers’ Association of California announces its 41st Annual Piano Scholarship Auditions, a Piano Competition and Incentive Awards Program open to young pianists in Monterey County between the ages of six and eighteen, that will take place at Santa Catalina School on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Call Lyn Bronson at 625-0797.

 

FROM THE STEINWAY FACTORY FLOOR

THE FIVE BROWNS— Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae—perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. All are students at Juilliard.

 

HOW TO SING TWO NOTES AT ONCE

AN MRI reveals the process visually. Would Mozart approve? Click HERE 

INUIT THROATSINGING

IN CANADIAN KANGIRSUK, a 2019 Sundance Festival screening. Click HERE  

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

THIS NEW CD, titled playlist, on New Focus label, will have limited appeal to violinists and violists who have a craving for new music that demands high virtuosity. Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson, who met at Oberlin Conservatory, and now known as inPlay, are two of them. Their program includes Crescita Plastica (2015) by Ashkan Behzadi (born 1983), Bézier (2013) by David Bird (born 1990), Limun (2011) by Clara Iannotta (born 1983) and the often-frantic Apocrypha (2017) by the aforementioned David Bird. (The latter, inspired by the sci-fi novel, and presumably the two movie versions, Solaris, adds digital noise to the mix.) Since the music on this CD stretches to extreme techniques—dissonantly close harmonies, stratospheric harmonics (overtones), whistles and slashing effects to twinge the ear. (In a grotesque way it reminds me of Arcangelo Corelli, at least for the close harmonies, though I doubt the Baroque master would agree.) Bézier, inspired by the Bézier parametric curves used in computer graphics, beats up the instruments with more percussion and twitters. Limun offers “skittering bows” and “a fluttering of harmonics” but also includes a quiet interlude in its closing moments. I think I like Apocrypha best because the electronics actually soften the combat between the instruments. SM

HOW TO TRULY LISTEN TO MUSIC

DEAF SCOTTISH PERCUSSIONIST Evelyn Glennie’s TED talk in Monterey.  

 

GREAT WRITERS ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

SUSAN SONTAG, Kurt Vonnegut, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edna St Vincent Millay, Aldous Huxley, Walt Whitman, Oliver Sacks, and many more. Click HERE  

RACHEL BARTON PINE REVIVING BLACK COMPOSERS

VIOLINIST SHOWS students of color that classical music is their birthright. A CBS News report. Click HERE 

FRESH REVIEWS

TANDY BEAL & CO’s Scoville Units. Click HERE

8 TENS @ 8 short plays at Center Stage. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY to perform ‘cathartic’ Fifth Symphony by Gustav Mahler. TANDY BEAL & CO hosts clown duo Coventry & Kaluza in Santa Cruz. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL opens 2020 season with Vajra Voices. HORSZOWSKI TRIO in Carmel. BIG SUR FIDDLE CAMP benefit at Hidden Valley. GUITARIST WILLIAM COULTER at UCSC.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor