2016-17 SEASON honors the Bard of Avon on the 400th anniversary of his death. Romeo and Juliet—by Prokofiev, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky—joins A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Othello and Falstaff, all in music. Music director Max Bragado-Darman and the orchestra will be joined by guest artists Rebecca Anderson, JeongHyoun Christine Lee and Anna Petrova for the opening concerts in late October, featuring composer John Wineglass’ premiere, Big Sur: The Night Sun. In November, actors and singers—Mary Young Bragado, Angelique Zuluaga, Michael Jacobs and Doug Toby, plus I Cantori—will participate in the Midsummer Night’s Dream music by Mendelssohn. Sergej Krylov will play Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in February with guest conductor Bruno Aprea appearing in March. Soprano Cyndia Sieden is April’s solo artist and pianist Michael Noble will perform the rare Dvořák Piano Concerto in May. The season actually begins with two programs of chamber music, October 7th and 18th, featuring musicians from the orchestra and the visiting piano trio. A new association with the Curtis Institute will bring two programs of the complete violin concertos of Mozart to Sunset Center in January. The season brochure contains all the details, including other events. Bragado-Darman (right) notes that Miguel de Cervantes also died in 1616, just two weeks before Shakespeare. Maybe Don Quixote music next season?
STRANGE AND STRANGER
‘PRODUCER’ BILKS INVESTORS in a non-existent Broadway musical on the life of “combustible” soprano Kathleen Battle. Click HERE
THE ‘CRAZY’ HISTORY OF ENGLISH
IN TEN quick minutes.
NEW COMPETITION ‘ROCKS’ MUSIC WORLD
AMUSING SATIRE BY VIOLIN SUPERSTAR GIDON KREMER
“AN EXCITING new classical music competition held last week in Las Vegas has broken with long-established traditions. Its thoroughly innovative approach left audiences mesmerised, the winners speechless and jury members ecstatic. To start with, the rules for selecting the winner incorporated a vitally important element that had previously been ignored or dismissed as irrelevant. The standard criteria of technical merit and artistic ability were supplemented by a “physical appearance” requirement… To read the complete spoof, click HERE
GUITARS NOT GUNS
A MCAET Talk by Steve Vagnini. Vagnini produces the annual West End Celebration festival, this weekend, in Sand City.
MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS
WEST END HEADLINER Maria Muldaur’s playfully naughty 1974 hit, written by TV composer and Shambhala Buddhist teacher David Nichtern.
A WARNING for wind musicians. Click HERE
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER
PRODUCES Kathryn Chetkovich’s The Other Night at Park Hall in Ben Lomond this weekend. Click our CALENDAR for a link.
THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Outdoor Forest Theater. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor. Rebecca Brooks, associate editor.