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MONTEREY AT 250

JUNE 3 marks the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Monterey as the first US capital of California. A 15-foot abalone sculpture to commemorate the city’s historic milestone will be installed soon at San Carlos Beach park. It was designed and created by Cara Byrd, John Mason and Lance Boen.

RECIPE FOR DISASTER

SMUIN CONTEMPORARY BALLET dancer Terez Dean Orr combines her love of dance with cooking in her latest short film, Recipe for Disaster. Filmed entirely with cellphones and video chat, Terez and her husband John cavort in their kitchen, shaking up cocktails and stirring up a saucy gnocchi recipe (included below) while also making stunning use of the small space with their quirky choreography. But…what happens when they run out of salt?

FOR TEREZ’ gnocchi and sauces recipes, click HERE

MONTEREY COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL AWARDS

THE ARTS COUNCIL FOR MONTEREY COUNTY has awarded five $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors to support their higher educational goals. These scholarships are creating an investment in a student right at the beginning of his or her artistic and academic career in order to contribute to the county’s creative vitality and rich artistic heritage upon graduation. Awardees are: Daisy Swanson, Joshua Cho, Isabella Jolie Apodaca, Vanessa Stacy Valenzuela Berumen and Mariah Trinity. They represent York School, Pacific Grove High, King City High, Seaside High and Marina High. To watch a video of the recipients after the awards were announced, click HERE

TANNERY WORLD DANCE ROUNDTABLE THIS FRIDAY

ON JUNE 5 at 5pm, Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (TWDCC) presents Creating Dynamic Resilience In The Professional Dancer: A Virtual Roundtable. The Roundtable will feature TWDCC’s Founder & Executive Director Cat Willis as moderator, and three former principal dancers with world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance: TWDCC Artistic Director and Virtual Theater Soloist Micha Scott, Bessie-Award winner Sharon Skepple-Mayfield and Evidence Dance’s Annique Roberts. The premiere of Virtual Theater at the beginning of May was a huge success for TWDCC, reaching over 2,000 viewers between its initial live showing and its continued digital presence. TWDCC’s second installment of Virtual Theater will tackle the vital question of how we, as dancers, can diversify our resiliency tactics. We will explore what it means to develop “dynamic resilience” as a professional dancer. Questions will be submitted from selected students pursuing professional careers in dance. The one hour roundtable discussion will stream live on the TWDCC Facebook page. Click HERE

SMUIN BALLET WEDNESDAY

SMUIN CONTEMPORARY BALLET presents a special presentation of two short works choreographed by company dancers for the next installment of its popular Hump Day Ballets series. Smuin artist Brennan Wall’s Nocturne will make its first-ever appearance since its premiere during Smuin’s sold-out Choreography Showcase earlier this year. Smuin will also present former Smuin artist Rex Wheeler’s Sinfonietta (photo by Keith Sutter), developed in Smuin’s Choreography Showcase and then premiered on its mainstage in 2018. Smuin’s Hump Day Ballets aim to brighten mid-week spirits with free video streaming of works from the company’s archives. Nocturne and Sinfonietta will be offered beginning Wednesday, June 3, accompanied by a video introduction with both Wheeler and Wall. The recorded performances will be available for 48 hours only, with streaming instructions announced through Smuin’s email list (sign up at smuinballet.org), or via Smuin’s Facebook (facebook.com/SmuinBallet) and Instagram (instagram.com/smuinballet).

CREATING ART UNDER LOCKDOWN

WE JUST HEARD FROM Alex Berko, the composer commissioned by the Monterey Symphony to write Among Waves, which was premiered to open the Symphony’s 2018-19 season, with Max Bragado-Darman conducting. Berko had spent time at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur soaking up inspiration. For Alex’s update, click HERE

A GIFT FROM HOMEBOUND JOYCE DiDONATO

REYNALDO HAHN’S À Chloris. She sang Romeo in the SF Opera archive stream a couple of weeks ago of Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues.

 

THOUGHTS DURING S.I.P.

A PENDULUM PRESENCE AND THE ARTS

“EVERY WEEK I eagerly anticipate opening Performing Arts Monterey Bay Weekly Magazine. It continually broadens my awareness. I look forward to PAMB’s take on the Arts and this converting world. In a daily patchwork arena of stay-at-home programming, of binges, unlikely explorations and predictable reruns. This past month, increasingly grew with its missing the company of others, memories of our favorite kinds of social gatherings at concerts, favorite coffee shops, old bookstores and happy walking places. I have spent most of my life juggling a number of careers in the arts. Like many others, I read my tea leaves recently with mixed optimism. I have had past visitations of high times and low times. Those of us who have been periodically unemployed have no doubt that the pendulum is always swinging. At times like this, the only question is, how long could the duration of this particular swing last?”  ~Carey Crockett, Unicorn Theatre Monterey

THERAPIST TO AILING ARTS ORGANIZATION

MICHAEL M KAISER, late of Kennedy Center management, has been guiding arts organizations under COVID-19 panic. Click HERE

IN MEMORIAM

CELLIST LYNN HARRELL, died April 27. (Composer Krzysztof Penderecki, died March 29.) Remembered by eight cellists of the National Symphony Orchestra

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

SAMUIL FEINBERG PIANO SONATAS

MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN has released the first six of Feinberg’s 12 piano sonatas on Hyperion label. Feinberg (1890-1962) was born in Odessa, became an exceptional pianist and prolific composer of solo piano music, three piano concertos, two violin sonatas and a large body of songs for voice and piano. As this new disc reveals, he carried forward the influence of Sergei Rachmaninoff, 17 years his senior, and Nicolai Medtner, who was born in 1880. Like Medtner, Feinberg lacked Rachmaninoff’s entertainer’s ambition and instead left music that is more richly concentrated and subtly nuanced. Of these six sonatas, composed between 1915 and 1934, five are single-movements of, on average, ten minutes performance time apiece. However the Third Sonata, of 1916-17, consists of three movements, titled Prélude, Marche funèbre and Sonate: Allegro appassionato. Indeed, the three movements sound very much like stand-alone pieces. The Second Sonata, in A Minor, of 1916, seems to have attracted the most interest among contemporary pianists. All of these works are tonal and thematic but lavish with harmonic digressions that blur the underlying chord progressions. There is so much going on within the texture of each that it takes a virtuoso of extraordinary brilliance to reveal their riches. Hamelin is certainly the man for the job, an artist who has tackled music that most pianists find technically too difficult to conquer, much less artistically interpret. That makes for a listener’s adventure. Three times through and I know I haven’t discovered all the goods they contain. SM

 

HUGE EXPLOSION OF ONLINE ARTS

SILVER LINING OF COVID-19 as arts consumers turn to the internet. Music critic Barbara Jepson calls attention to an unanticipated development. Click HERE 

COVID-19 STRANDS BOLIVIAN ORCHESTRA

FOLK-INSTRUMENT ENSEMBLE stuck in a German castle for more than two months. Click HERE

TAKING UP THE MARIMBA

WITH ALONDRA DE LA PARRA and colleagues

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor