SARANGI VIRTUOSO comes to UC Santa Cruz on Saturday. One of the most unforgettable concerts I have heard in the last 40 years was given by Ram Narayan, Harsh’s grandfather, in the 1970s at Monterey Peninsula College. Ram Narayan was a pioneer, the first to become a virtuoso on the sarangi, a string instrument played with a (cello) bow that had previously been known only as an accompanist to sitar, sarod or other featured solo instruments or singers.
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
OPENING CHAMBER MUSIC MONTEREY BAY’S 50th season this Saturday. To correct any misimpression of our comment last week, CMMB includes at least one piece of contemporary music on each of its programs. Here’s a preview taken from a recent New York performance.
LAST WEEK’S SC SYMPHONY REVIEW
PROMINENT PHILANTHOPIST and Symphony supporter Rowland Rebele took issue with our review which called on music director Daniel Stewart to shorten his spoken commentaries from the podium. (He spoke for 15 minutes before the orchestra was allowed to play.) Rebele wrote to us, “Many in the audience don’t read the program book and were not at the pre [concert] talk. It was most appropriate that Danny gave us a ‘teaching moment’ by expressing his take on the program to come. I’m frankly very glad he did it.”
VIOLINIST NICOLA BENEDETTI
PRACTICES TCHAIKOVSKY with her dog, Bert.
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
JOHN ANDERSON’S chamber orchestra started with classical musicians who were caught in a divisive conflict over the Monterey Symphony’s choice of a new music director in the 1980s. Those in performance limbo were eager for the chance to play. Thus was born the project that became Ensemble Monterey. Their program this weekend, in Santa Cruz and Monterey, featuring pianist Lucy Faridany, includes music by Milhaud, Gershwin and Weill. See our CALENDAR for a link.
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
WE CELELBRATE Ensemble Monterey’s founder/music director John Anderson. Click HERE
ELEGY FOR THE ARCTIC, played by the composer in support of Greenpeace.
SWAN LAKE IN SALINAS
RUSSIAN GRAND BALLET was founded by and incorporated graduates from the Great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies. One performance only, Monday, at the Fox Theater on South Main Street, Salinas. The full-length ballet includes three acts with two intermissions. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Find the ticket link on our CALENDAR.
MY ATTORNEY BERNIE
BLOSSOM DEARIE (1924-2009) sings the Dave Frishberg amusement.
ROGER EMANUELS covers Espressivo’s season opener of Webern, Janáček and Schubert. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor