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THIS COMING WEEK
INTERVIEW WITH COMPOSER JOHN WINEGLASS this Wednesday, 5pm. SMUIN BALLET launches a new streaming series: ‘Virtual Fall Dance Series,’ starting this Wednesday, 7:30pm, repeating Sunday, 4pm, with the premiere of three new works created by Cassidy Isaacson. Filmed performances will continue weekly through November. DOVER STRING QUARTET with guest cellist Brook Speltz streams string quintets by Richard Danielpour and Franz Schubert, with intro preview by Kai Christiansen, Saturday starting at 7pm. JEWEL THEATRE COMPANY offers a Virtual Radio Play in Orson Welles’ adaptation of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds. FOR DETAILS AND LINKS, CLICK HERE
VIENNA STATE OPERA ONLINE
FREE WEBCASTS start November 3. Click HERE
WESTERN STAGE A.D. TO RETIRE
JON SELOVER’S Western Stage career spans 36 years, including the past 19 years in his current role. Selover, who quietly gave notice last year, will retire in December after working this year with the company’s longtime artistic program director, Melissa Chin-Parker, to navigate the storm of COVID-19. The Western Stage has shifted its entire 2020 theatrical season to 2021, with performance rights secured, casting complete and rehearsals scheduled. Hartnell is still determining how and when to transition Selover’s duties over the near and long term.
OPERA SAN JOSÉ SNAGS SUSAN GRAHAM
ACCLAIMED MEZZO stars in a new filmed production of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, to be available for online viewing starting December 3. The opera is based on Some Christmas Letters by the late Terrence McNally. Graham sang for the Carmel Music Society in 2009. Click HERE
UCSC’S CABRILLO FEST ARCHIVES COMPLETED
UC SANTA CRUZ LIBRARY has digitized its collection of Cabrillo Festival recordings in order to make them available to the public. Other New Music festival contributions to the UCSC Library collection are included. Click HERE
CABRILLO FEST VIOLINIST’S PODCASTS
ROB SIMONDS hosts Performing Labor that goes behind-the-scenes of symphony orchestras and the music industry to understand what makes the music come alive. This show is for industry professionals, students, and music lovers alike–no matter where you are on your musical journey. Providing bi-weekly interviews with acclaimed musicians. Click HERE
THE SURPRISING DELIGHTS OF 7/4 TIME
NEW MUSIC@MENLO EXPLORERS SERIES
IT BEGAN on the weekend with Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park performing a Spanish-themed program. Click HERE for the Music@Menlo Explorers Series details and ticket information.
TUBA PLAYERS’ PROBLEM FIXED AT LAST
IT’S MORE ABOUT optics than playing.
WHERE DID MUSIC COME FROM?
A NEW ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY from Harvard offers some surprising answers and ideas. Click HERE
WHERE DID GUSTAV MAHLER GO?
THE GREAT AUSTRIAN composer restored to eminence by Leonard Bernstein in the 1960s has faded from the concert stage. Why, in this time of anxiety needing solace?
THE HYPERTRAGIC NOTCH
ORLI SHAHAM’s new complete Mozart piano sonatas Volume 1 was just released on Canary Classics. It contains the three sonatas in B-flat, K.281 (1774), K.333 (1783) and K.570 (1789). She says, “Each has a truly individual and distinct voice, yet together they stand on a timeline that clearly maps Mozart’s development from his late teens to full maturity.” While the earlier two display a fearless audacity and capricious wit, the third is told in a more measured spirit, as can also be seen in his other instrumental works of those eras. Shaham adds, “I decided to go all out with the ornamentation,” meaning the trills and grace notes that elicit the drama and playfulness of the sonatas. I can add that under her fingers it dances as well. She has been labeled “a first-rate Mozartean” by more than one observer. All the sonatas have now been recorded and will be released over time, as will her Mozart concertos done with the St Louis Symphony and her conductor-husband David Robertson. Orli’s brother Gil founded Canary Classics; he explains, “The name is essentially a pun, invoking both the songbird and ‘canar,’ the Hebrew word for violinist.” In doing so, Gil Shaham poached a slew of low-hanging fruit from other labels, not least composer Avner Dorman, conductor David Zinman, pianists Yefim Bronfman and Jon Kimura Parker, cellist Truls Mørk and major orchestras including Staatskapelle Dresden, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony. That makes him an escaping classical ‘artist formerly known as Prince.’ This is good for all the artists in his écurie as it offers artistic freedoms the bigger-name labels rarely do. Meanwhile, this new CD by Orli Shaham only whets my appetite for what’s to come. SM
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COURTESY of Greenleaf Music
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor