NEW THIS WEEK
MC WEEKLY’S WALTER RYCE JUMPS SHIP
LONGTIME and valued performing arts editor at The Monterey County Weekly announced in a Zoom call Saturday to members of the Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir that he was leaving the Weekly for a position as Public Information Officer at CSU Monterey Bay. The Weekly’s loss is CSUMB’s gain, since that position has been virtually lifeless in its communications with the public and the media for the last 25 years.
SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY UPDATE
LIKE MANY OTHER performing arts presenters and producers, the Santa Cruz Symphony is waiting for the opportunity to begin live performances during its 2020-21 season. Music Director Daniel Stewart provided his plans for the season, including “the return of superstar pianist Yuja Wang in her third all piano concerto program with the Santa Cruz Symphony, currently scheduled for February.” Other highlights include an all-Beethoven program in honor of his 250th birthday, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, LIFE: A Journey Through Time with music by Philip Glass and images by local National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. Moncayo’s Huapango will include the dance group Esperanza Del Valle. “In addition, we are proud to present a new digital series which will directly connect our audience with our musicians and special guest artists in a variety of formats,” Stewart said. In a recent announcement Executive Director Dorothy Wise explained, “We felt it was prudent to not sell subscriptions when we can’t be 100 percent certain we can actually perform all those concerts as the safety of our patrons and musicians is our top concern. Instead we will perform individual concerts if and when we are cleared to do so. Those concerts we are not able to perform, which most likely will include our scheduled 2020 dates, will be postponed to a later date.” The Symphony will exclusively sell single tickets to any events held this season. Meanwhile, the Santa Cruz Symphony Association Board of Directors announced on June 2 that Dorothy Wise is stepping down as Executive Director and that a search committee has been formed to identify her replacement. Wise is returning to her roots in software development with her daughter, Jess Wise, in technology startup company Mesh Communities. She will remain with the Symphony through July and will be available for consultation after that, according to Linda Burroughs, Board President. Applications for the position of Executive Director are now being accepted. For further details, click HERE
S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIPS
SEVEN graduating high school seniors will receive $1,000 per academic year for a four-year college or $500 per year for a two-year college for each of their consecutive years in college. They are Isabella Apodaca (King City H.S.), Joshua Berndt (Monterey H.S.), Adrian Clark (Pacific Grove H.S.), Noah Conklin (Carmel H.S.), Cherrie Paghasian (Monterey H.S.), Mia Poletti (Carmel H.S.) and Yarelie Ruelas (Gonzales H.S.) To date the S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County has distributed $125,500 in scholarship awards to fifty-three students. The S.T.A.R. Foundation college scholarship program began in 2012 to encourage Monterey County students to actively participate in the performing arts regardless of their major. For more information, click HERE
SMUIN’S HOMAGE TO 9/11 VICTIMS
SMUIN CONTEMPORARY BALLET presents Michael Smuin’s uplifting Stabat Mater (photo top of page by David DeSilva) as the next installment of its Hump Day Ballets series, which aims to brighten mid-week spirits with free video streaming of a ballet from the company’s archives. The powerful piece is a response to the events of 9/11, offering affirmation to the perseverance of the human spirit, with the San Francisco Examiner calling it “completely satisfying, almost cathartic. Gorgeous.” Stabat Mater, set to the eponymous music by Antonín Dvořák, will be offered beginning Wednesday, June 17, accompanied by a video introduction from Smuin Artistic Director Celia Fushille. 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).
RECOVERING THE MUSIC OF TEOTIHUACÁN
THE ANCIENT MEXICAN CITY had lots of musical instruments. Replicas will be fairly easy to make. Restoring the music will be tougher. Click HERE
MANHATTAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
STREAMING for you.
THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
AFTER A BRIEF STAY at Stanford University in the late 1960s, Mark Abel was active on the New York rock scene during the 1970s and early 1980s, leading his own groups, producing the bands The Feelies and The Bongos, and playing on albums of Tom Verlaine and former Left Banke mastermind Michael Brown. He returned to California in 1983 and worked in mainstream journalism for two decades, eventually becoming foreign editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He moved away from rock during that period, immersed himself in classical and gradually began developing his hybridized style. Six CDs of Abel’s music have appeared in the past dozen years. The Dream Gallery, a 69-minute song cycle for seven soloists and chamber orchestra depicting the lives of imaginary archetypal Californians, caught the interest of pianist Carol Rosenberger, director of the Delos Productions label, leading to its recording by the La Brea Sinfonietta. This is Mark’s fifth release on Delos and is devoted to chamber, including Four Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva with soprano Hila Plitmann, the first of which provides the album with its title.
The Sybil (1922) is a powerful and unusual poem depicting the ancient oracles, which some mythologies contend were decayed trees into which God breathed a temporary life and human form — only to disappear into an astral whirlwind when their time of service elapsed.
Sibyl: burnt out, sibyl: stump. All birds perished, but God has come.
Sibyl: drunk up, sibyl: waste. All veins shriveled: the zealot prays!
Sibyl: has-been, Sybil: gape Of fate and death — Ancient tree among maids.
Sovereign tree in the naked wood – At first, fire rustled as foliage should.
Then under closed eyelids – rushed and stunned, Through dried-up channels God spewed in.
And, swiftly despairing of outside help: With heart and voice fallen: into myself!
Sibyl: all-seeing! Sibyl: vast! Annunciation was done in that
Immortal hour, when grass turned gray, And fleeting maidenhood became a cave
Of wondrous voice… A whoosh of stars — Sibyl: as she quits this earth.
FELIX’S OCTET AS HE NEVER HEARD IT
FELIX MENDELSSOHN composed it at age 16, one of his earliest masterpieces. Two string quartets not available? No problem.
GOT AN UNEASY FEELING ABOUT THIS
THE TWO-METER RULE for musicians performing together might work with masks on. Click HERE
RIVER OF NO RETURN
ARTISTS STUCK AT HOME
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY emeritus conductor Herbert Blomstedt, 92, has contracted to record the complete symphonies by exact contemporaries Franz Schubert and Franz Berwald. He is interviewed by New York Philharmonic emeritus conductor Alan Gilbert. (Be sure the sound is turned on.) Click HERE
McCARTNEY EXPLAINS McCARTNEY
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor