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FIFTY SEVEN STUDENTS from the band, orchestra, choir, pit orchestra, and rock band classes at Stevenson School, Pebble Beach. Participants represent many US states, as well as Germany, Vietnam, China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. John Lennon’s vision arranged and conducted by Robert Klevan, well known music educator at Stevenson, U C Santa Cruz, CSU Monterey Bay and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Just IMAGINE!

NEW THIS WEEK

TANDY BEAL & COMPANY RECEIVE NEW CAC GRANTS

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL awarded Tandy Beal & Company two grants for 2020-2021: “Artists in Schools” and “Exposure”. These grants will support ArtSmart, the Company’s multi-faceted and long-running arts program. ArtSmart brings dance residencies and excellent Bay Area artists to perform for young people in K-12 classes, reaching approximately 20,000 children, teachers and families each year, both in schools and in the communities of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. Jaqui Hope, the Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, who has brought the program for five years to every third grade, said this about ArtSmart: “A program that emphasizes awe and acceptance in other cultures, and builds empathy and understanding in each classroom, is exactly the tonic we need in the world today.”

GUITARIST GIACOMO FIORE LIVESTREAM

THIS THURSDAY, June 11, 7:30pm, Fiore will perform Catherine Lamb’s Point/Wave (2015) for acoustic guitar and electronics at St Ignatius Parish in San Francisco. Watch and listen at youtube.com/c/stignatiusparishsf

PERFORMING ARTS: DON’T FOLLOW NEWSPAPERS

WHY GIVING IT AWAY for free is dangerous. Caitlin Vincent gives fair warning in The Conversation. Click HERE

HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY FLICKA

FREDERICA VON STADE LAST PERFORMED in Carmel with Jake Heggie during the 2016-17 Carmel Music Society season. Click HERE

FRENCH TWIST FROM SMUIN ON WEDNESDAY

MUIN CONTEMPORARY BALLET presents Ma Cong’s fast and flirtatious French Twist as the next installment of its popular Hump Day Ballets series, which aims to brighten mid-week spirits with free video streaming of works from the company’s archives. Inspired by the American cartoon “Tom and Jerry,” French Twist (photo by Keith Sutter) uses contemporary movement set to five musical selections by the late French composer Hugues Le Bars. Ma Cong’s French Twist will be offered beginning Wednesday, June 10, accompanied by a video introduction with current company dancer Mengjun Chen, who attended Beijing Dance Academy a generation after Cong. The recorded performance 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).

ORNETTE COLEMAN, MANIC JAZZ RADICAL

JOSEPHINE LIVINGSTONE reviews a new book about the avant-garde master for The New Republic. It begins with a famous joke. Click HERE

PAUL ROBESON IN SCOTLAND

HEARTILY welcomed by coal miners, and rewarded, in 1949

 

THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH

LAST FALL KQED aired the four Great Performances series “Now Hear This,” hosted by violinist and conductor Scott Yoo. They explored four contemporary masters of the European Baroque, in and around where they lived and worked. Yoo is a master musician with the curiosity and enthusiasm of a young child. He shares his ‘wow’ moments on discovering many unexpected surprises. The four episodes, on two DVDs, each lasting less than an hour, are titled: Vivaldi: Something Completely Different; The Riddle of Bach; Scarlatti: Man out of Time; Handel: Italian Style. Many of Yoo’s guides have even greater depths of knowledge on their subject than Yoo himself, with delightful results for the viewer. (In Bergamo he plays a Stradivari violin now worth $15 million.) Here is a sample from the series. SM

 

MAKING ART WHILE HOUSEBOUND

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

INTERMEZZO played by Jonah Kim with dancer Julia Rowe

 

A CURE FOR THE STAY-AT-HOME BLUES

THE BAROQUE TRIO SONATA is a spirit-lifter. So suggests the Economist. We agree. PS We wonder why its jazz descendent—piano, bass and drums—wasn’t mentioned. Click HERE

IN THE STREET OF THE OULED NAÏLS

LIKE NOTHING you’ve ever heard or seen.

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor