DAVID KERSNAR replaces retiring Gary Bolen as the new interim Theatre Department chair. “David was selected from a truly impressive pool of over 75 applicants,” says Bolen, who himself now goes on to Emeritus status. A member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA, Kersnar is a graduate of the prestigious Theatre Arts department of Northwestern University. He is a founder of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre, where he served as artistic director from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1997 to 2000. He also worked at Chicago’s famous Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
IF DEMENTIA has become part of your life–or of anyone you know–and if you ever wondered about or believed in music therapy, then you must see this documentary. It’s available on YouTube and Hulu and Netflix.
MUSIC DIRECTOR Daniel Stewart joins his new, competition-winning concertmaster Nigel Armstrong, in a special recital on Saturday, October 22, in the Samper Recital Hall of Cabrillo College at 7:30pm. A meet & greet will follow the program of Mozart, Bach, Tartini and Debussy, as well as some original improvisations. The full Symphony season opens on October 1 and 2 with “Vox Populi,” music by Bernstein, Beethoven, Henry Mollicone and Shostakovich. The Rossini comedy, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, will follow on November 5 and 6, directed by David Paul and featuring five principal artists from the Metropolitan Opera. In mid-February, celebrated pianist Yuja Wang joins the orchestra in piano concertos by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Brahms. In late March, Stewart will conduct Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, a Haydn cello concerto with Klein Competition winner Oliver Herbert, and Gustav Mahler’s arrangement for string orchestra of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet. The May concerts are given over to the great Verdi Requiem, with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus and soloists TBA. In addition are the Symphony’s annual Youth Concerts, Family Concert (including The Carnival of the Animals) and, on June 3, “Love, Lust and Rock ‘n Roll” with Storm Large and her band. Season subscription concerts are performed at Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz and the Mello Center in Watsonville.
2016 CLASSICAL GRAMMIES
TWELVE CATEGORIES: Most of the winners can be seen/heard with video clips. Click HERE
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL
CELEBRATED by the Mariposa Symphony in Yosemite Valley.
3D PRINTED VIOLIN MAKES DEBUT
NORTH CAROLINA musician reports on its sound. Don’t trade in your real one just yet. Click HERE
KEITH CARRADINE’S Oscar-winning song from Robert Altman’s satirical 1975 film Nashville. Several female characters—four of them played by Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Cristina Raines and Geraldine Chaplin—all believe he’s singing just for them.
ANNUAL PLAY READING FESTIVAL
PAPER WING THEATRE’s third opens this weekend in New Monterey. Click our CALENDAR for a link.
Scott MacClelland, editor. Rebecca Brooks, associate editor