CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY AT 90
FOUNDED BY Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous, the anniversary season of favorites opens this Sunday afternoon with the world-renowned Romero Guitar Quartet. For details, click the ad, left. Other favorites of the CMS season include mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, pianist Jean-Philippe Collard and the Setzer-Finckel-Wu Han piano trio. The SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY and conductor Daniel Stewart also open their season this weekend with performances in Santa Cruz and Watsonville that include Leonard Bernstein’s Slava!—a tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich—Beethoven’s seething Egmont overture, Henry Mollicone’s Celestial Dance and Shostakovich’s highly charged and still controversial Fifth Symphony. For details, click on the ad, left. NOTE: the Saturday performance starts at a new time, 7:30pm.
SHAKESPEARE’S HOLIDAY COMEDY opens this weekend at the outdoor Forest Theater in a new production by Pacific Repertory Theatre. Also, Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond opens the Feydeau/Ives farce A Flea in Her Ear. Click our CALENDAR for details and live links.
THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
ANGELA HEWITT’S new edition of the JS Bach masterpiece, due for release this Friday, was recorded last year in Berlin. For her 1999 recording of the same work—also for Hyperion—the Canadian pianist used a Steinway. In this one she plays a Fazioli, now the brand of choice when money is no object. (Fazioli pianos range from $100K to $300K, pushing the briefly-touted Yamaha CFX—no-less expensive—to the back burner.) In deciding to make the finest pianos possible, Paolo Fazioli uses red spruce for his sound boards, the same wood from the same source in the Italian Dolomite Alps used by the great Cremona violinmakers for more than 300 years. Like her great Canadian Bach-specializing predecessor Glenn Gould, Hewett’s different performances do and have changed over time. (Gould was always a showoff, much adored and unforgettable for it, while Hewett prefers to keep the focus on the substance of Bach’s music.) In the new release, you can choose between loving Bach’s inspired music or intellectually probing his astonishing counterpoint and invention within the thirty variations. Then again, why not do both?
ON SATURDAY, Oct 1, from 4 to 7:30pm, SpectorDance, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, MBARI scientist George Matsumoto and dancers from the Diablo Ballet will participate in a fundraising event at the Monterey Museum of Art’s La Mirada galleries. Titled Ocean Trilogy, this is also an update on a work-in-progress that, when finished, will make its debut in spring 2017. Fran Spector Atkins is a visionary choreographer who has created many major works that deal with social and environmental issues. She uses dance to confront current events in unique ways and for it has won the support of many regional institutions and foundations. This event includes wine, dinner and dessert. Tickets for individuals are $75, or $120 for couples. For a link, look under Dance on our Calendar. Click HERE
THE CYBER CONDUCTOR
CAN’T DECIDE whether to laugh or cry.
CHAMBER MUSIC ON THE HORIZON
CHAMBER MUSIC MONTEREY BAY begins its new season in Carmel on October 15 with a concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In addition to quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn, they will play Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, featuring clarinetist Todd Palmer. The season also includes Trio Solisti, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Daedalus String Quartet and a solo recital by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. These programs offer mostly traditional fare familiar to chamber music audiences. For more adventuresome programming, the SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS take exquisite delight in going into overlooked, often unfamiliar music. Their first program, on October 29 and 30 in Aptos, is titled “Lesser Known Gems of the Great Composers.” Their fifth (of six) programs is titled “The Greatest Music You’ve Never Heard.” The personnel for these programs is always different. We’ll have more on both series soon.
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
RAY CHARLES gave the Stuart Gorrell/Hoagy Carmichael classic a whole new inflection—like so many other songs he sang. When he decided at the last minute not to play to a segregated audience in his home state, he was banned from ever performing there again. But largely thanks to Ray Charles, the Georgia General Assembly, in 1979, voted to make Georgia on My Mind its official state song. After his death in 2004, Time Magazine ran a cover image of Charles on a dollar bill with the motto, “In Ray We Trust.”
ROGER EMANUELS covers cellist Amit Peled. Click HERE
PHILIP PEARCE reviews Six Degrees of Separation. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca Brooks, associate editor