Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

PIANIST KEVIN LEE SUN plays Aptos Keyboard Series. INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC at UCSC. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE at UCSC. SKELETON CREW opens at UCSC. CIRQUE ÉLOIZE in Carmel. LYLE LOVETT at Santa Cruz Civic. THE DRIFTERS (pictured above) emerge from the doo wop distant past at CSU’s World Theater. SONGWRITER JD SOUTHER plays the Rio Theatre. LISA HILTON BAND at Kuumbwa. FOR LINKS to these and other live performance events click on our CALENDAR or on the display ads, left.

ARTS COUNCIL SCC NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COUNCIL PRESIDENT Jeff Galipeaux names Interim Director Jim Brown (pictured). “I wanted to be the first to tell you some exciting news. We have a new Executive Director! Jim Brown, who has been serving as the Arts Council’s Interim Executive Director, will be stepping into the role permanently, effective immediately! After months of work with a top nonprofit recruiting firm, and interacting with more than a dozen top candidates culled from hundreds of compelling applicants, the Board ultimately voted unanimously to offer the role to a gifted leader who was already in our midst. It’s fair to say that Jim Brown might be one of the best-loved and most-respected nonprofit leaders in Santa Cruz County. We were lucky to have him as part of the Arts Council family already, and his leadership, humility, and deep regard for this community made offering him this role something that was too compelling for the Board to pass up. For those of you who don’t know Jim well, in addition to his recent work as the Arts Council’s Deputy & Tannery Director, he has also served as a Program Officer with the Community Foundation, and was previously Executive Director of The Diversity Center and the 418 Project.”

ARTS COUNCIL MONTEREY COUNTY SOLICITS GRANT APPLICATIONS

APPLICATIONS are now open for Monterey County artists in two categories: Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP) and College Arts Scholarships for students seeking to “achieve their higher educational goals and contribute to the county’s greater vitality and rich artistic heritage,” in a wide range of disciplines. For more info, click HERE

NEA, NEH & PBS CUT AGAIN FROM TRUMP BUDGET

CULTURAL GRANTS are “wasteful and unnecessary” he says, even though Congress doesn’t agree. Click HERE

MORE MUSIC TRACKS FROM ICELAND’S OSCAR-WINNER

COMPOSER Hildur Guðnadóttir. Click HERE to read and listen.

SONY CLASSICAL CAN’T TELL ITS J.W.s APART

IT HAS TWO John Williamses in its stable, one of whom just turned 88. Guess which one. (Click image to enlarge.)

 

 

 

 

GLASS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

THEY STARTED with Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. Dean Shostak plays them all. To see and hear them, click HERE

PHILADELPHIA ORCH CONCERTS FREE

A BOON TO lovers of classical music, free on demand. Click HERE

‘MISOGYNOIR’ AND THE QUEEN OF SHEBA

WHAT SHEBA MEANS to women of color. Click HERE

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

THIS WEEKEND, February 21-23, the Robinson Jeffers Association will hold its annual meeting in Carmel with events at Jeffers’ Tor House, the Carmel Woman’s Club and Il Fornaio. Copies of Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli’s song-cycle Continent’s End will be available to those attending the conference. Like Jeffers, Anderson-Bazzoli has deep local roots. (He graduated from Stevenson School before going on to a major career composing music for television and film.) The Association commissioned the song-cycle which was recorded and released by Delos last year, with this introduction: “The work successfully captures nine poems in which Jeffers, in characteristic fashion, combined striking nature imagery with powerful metaphysical musings and depictions of humankind’s transitory, conflicted role in the planet’s future.” Mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Kevin Korth fulfill the character of the Jeffers poems and their musical settings, which range from surging tides of ecstasy—“White-maned, wide-throated, the heavey-shouldered children of the wind leap at the sea-cliff”—to quiet circumspection. The music makes staccato allusions to the wild coast and serene redwood forests from Pt Lobos to Big Sur—“Male-throated under the shallow sea-fog moaned a ship’s horn quivering the shorelong granite”—waves crashing against the rocky coast, to the chatter of birds around small rivers. Jeffers’ words and phrases also contemplate the stars, brilliant against the black night. The songs are a welcome addition to Anderson-Bazzoli’s growing body of concert works.

KINDER CREATURES

FEATURING LILLIE LEMON, innovative Monterey-based duo.

 

FRESH REVIEW

MONTEREY SYMPHONY’S Elgar and Rimsky-Korsakov. Click HERE

NEXT WEEK

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS in Aptos. JAZZ BIG BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE at UC Santa Cruz. LEO KOTTKE at the Rio. THE CHIEFTAINS say goodbye in Carmel. SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY Family Concert at Civic Auditorium. SAXOPHONIST DAVID SANBORN at Kuumbwa; likewise TOM PAXTON & THE DON JUANS. SPRINGFEST opens at Hartnell College.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor