RUPERT HOLMES’ award-winning 1985 musical comedy, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, finally made landfall in Monterey as a new production at Santa Catalina High School. It’s a terrific show that you’ve got to see. But you only get two more chances, this Friday at 12:45pm and Saturday at 8pm in the SC School Performing Arts Center on Mark Thomas Drive. For a review from Saturday night, click HERE
SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS opens their season with chamber music rarities for strings and piano by Dvořák, Gershwin and Rachmaninov, the latter represented by a piano trio written in memory of Tchaikovsky. Performances take place at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos on Saturday and Sunday. CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY hosts the chamber ensemble from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on Saturday in a Dvořák string quintet and Schubert’s octet for strings and winds. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY begins its season Sunday afternoon, promising to “bring you music from numerous countries all while staying in your seat.” Guest soloist from the Atlanta Symphony, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, will join YMMC’s Honors Orchestra in Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C. For details and links on these events, and many more, click on our CALENDAR.
OTHER HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTIONS
FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, some area high school music and stage productions are not actively promoted by their school administrations. Searching and discovering them by other means, and pursuing links for inclusion in our Calendar has proved largely frustrating. Among the most embarrassing is the lack of response from the Millennium Charter High School in Salinas, whose declared mission is performing arts education and includes Sherwood Hall among its campuses.
YUJA WANG NAMED ‘ARTIST OF THE YEAR’
MUSICAL AMERICA awards “a new breed–the complete, thoroughly modern package.” She plays with the Santa Cruz Symphony in February. Click HERE
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RUTH BADER GINSBERG OPERA DEBUT
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE to appear in the Donizetti comedy, Daughter of the Regiment, on Nov 12 at the Washington National Opera. Anne Midgette of the Wash Post explains HERE
DUOJALAL, violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick have released a fascinating and beautiful new Bridge CD, ‘Shadow & Light,’ of six contemporary works inspired by 13th century Persian poet Jalal al-din Rumi, including two commissions. Delicate as they are colorful, the duo delivers polished and haunting performances. Sheronick’s percussion palette is vivacious.
THE RIGHT TO LOVE
TONY BENNETT recorded it in 1965. Music by Lalo Schifrin, lyrics (after the fact) by Gene Lees, from a time of racial taboos,
LATER REPLACED by other taboos, here is k.d. lang’s version from 2008.
MONTREAL SYMPHONY ACQUIRES AN OCTOBASS
TO SEE AND HEAR this 1849 novelty invented by famed violin-maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. The octobass stands 12 feet tall. Click HERE
KING LEAR at Circle Theatre; MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Santa Catalina School. Click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY season-opener; regional debut of VIOLINIST NIGEL ARMSTRONG, new concertmaster of SC Symphony. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor