SMALL ORCHESTRAS’ NEW SEASONS
THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON of John Anderson’s ENSEMBLE MONTEREY, with performances in Carmel and Santa Cruz on October 15 and 16, begins with the earliest jazz concert works: Milhaud’s Creation of the World and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (from 1923 and ’24 respectively), plus Weill’s Three Penny Opera suite. This is the first of their four programs spread across the 2016-17 season. Click HERE
Michel Singher’s ESPRESSIVO chamber orchestra has scheduled two programs for its second season, both at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz. The first, on October 6, includes Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Janáček’s Piano Concertino (featuring John Orlando) and Schubert’s Octet for Winds and Strings. The second program, in March, surveys great works by 20th century Americans, including the original chamber orchestra version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Click HERE
LAURIE ANDERSON IN MONTEREY
HER LAST APPEARANCE in Monterey, in 1990 at Santa Catalina School, packed the house with her Empty Places concert. Philip Glass has struggled to get traction with Monterey Peninsula audiences; his Golden State Theatre gig last summer was cancelled at the last minute. But Anderson’s draw has sold out their concert at Sunset Center this Friday. Could she be his ticket to reviving his Days & Nights Festival?
SCIENCE EXPOSES HUMAN CREATIVITY
SEVEN SURPRISING FACTS about the brain and its creative stimuli. John Paul Titlow reports in Fast Company. Click HERE
MOZART BIG BOX
SETS A RECORD with 200 CDs, to be released next week in anticipation of the 225th anniversary of his death, this December.
A STYLISH AND SPIRITED new two-disc release (as of Sept. 30) by violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien, complements their earlier set that documents the composer’s childhood sonatas (16 in all, composed between ages six and ten) and mature works (20 in all). The early works are largely arrangements under the watchful eye of Leopold Mozart. Ironically, several of the late sonatas were left unfinished and completed by other hands.
A GOOD BARBECUE BE WITH YOU
THE CONFUSING and inconsistent Subjunctive Clause, Part 2. Click HERE
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT
IN 1944 THE ROSS SISTERS far outstripped anything AGT has shown us since it began in 2006.
TRISTAN & ISOLDE OR DONALD & HILLARY?
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA’S opening-night dilemma. Click HERE
WHEN Earle Brown collided with Henry Mancini in 1958, an unknown subatomic particle was discovered. Soupy Sales and Kermit later slipped into it, banana-peel wise.
TOM PARKS’ new play, He Said, She Said, They Said. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca Brooks, associate editor