NIGEL ARMSTRONG makes his Monterey Bay debut at Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall on Saturday, with Symphony music director Danny Stewart. See our CALENDAR
WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE of Big Sur: The Night Son by well-known local composer John Wineglass (left). Program features the Petrova-Anderson-Lee piano trio in Beethoven’s Triple. The three guest artists also play a chamber music program tonight in Carmel. Details on our CALENDAR
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
AT LONG LAST, a local production of the brilliant Brit-style musical by American composer Rupert Holmes (“I play second saxophone” & “Letters that cross in the mail”) based on Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished novel. It plays this weekend at Santa Catalina School in Monterey. ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL opening this week is the One-Act Play Festival at Aptos High. See our CALENDAR for links. And Shakespeare’s KING LEAR opens this week at PacRep’s intimate Circle Theatre in Carmel.
STEALING A BASS
WHEN TO SHOOT THE OPERA LIBRETTIST
A CLASSIC COMPLAINT for opera lovers disgusted by lousy librettos. Like what’s up with the ‘happy’ ending of Ambroise Thomas’ setting of Hamlet? Click HERE
PLAYING THE MOONLIGHT SONATA
NOT AS EASY as you may think, says Daniel Barenboim.
NED MCGOWAN, CONTRABASS FLUTE
CARMEL NATIVE, now living in Amsterdam, commissions odd species of flutes, composes for himself and colleagues and makes CDs. Here’s the newest:
NEW S.T.A.R. GRANTS ANNOUNCED
S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION recently awarded grants to the following:
Caminos del Arte, Salinas: $4724 for festivals and workshops
Camerata Singers: up to $1000 for youth tickets
Carmel High School: $5617 for drama department needs
Colton Middle School, Monterey: $3000 for musical instruments and supplies
Monterey Jazz Festival: $5000 for Next Gen Jazz Festival, focus on South county
Orchestra in the Schools, Monterey: $5000 for scholarships
Occhiata Foundation, Monterey: $5000 for youth at the opera experience.
YOSAL, Salinas: $5000 for musical instruments
The next grant deadline is February 15, 2017. Scholarship application deadline for graduating High School Seniors: April 30, 2017. For more information click HERE
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
SAM COOKE’S haunting and far more personal song is a greater homage to Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind than the Nobel Prize.
WHAT’S A FORENSIC MUSICOLOGIST?
MUSICAL PLAGIARISTS prepare to defend yourselves in court. It happened when Andrew Lloyd Webber pinched a chord-progression for Phantom from the last act of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Click HERE
BLITHE SPIRIT at Monterey Museum of Art. Click HERE
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY at Corral de Tierra. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor