MONTHLY JAZZ JAM at Embassy Suites in Seaside, two days ago. Vocalist Jeannie Liu sings The Shadow of Your Smile with, from left, David Morwood, Pete Lips and Michael Lent. The monthly event, popular with jazz-lovers and artists alike (usually the last Sunday of each month) is sponsored by Richard and Susan Helsten.
SF SYMPHONY CANCELS NORTH CAROLINA
TWO TOUR CONCERTS to Chapel Hill in April cancelled in protest of the state’s anti-LGBT legislation, announced by Symphony executive director Brent Assink, with approval by the board of directors and music director Michael Tilson Thomas.
WORLD’S OLDEST SURVIVING PIANO
THIS PRICELESS INSTRUMENT was made in 1720 by the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The video features pianist Dongsok Shin performing one of the first pieces ever written for the piano—a Sonata composed in 1732 from the Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Op. 1, by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743).
THEODOR ADORNO GOT SOME THINGS RIGHT
GERMAN PHILOSOPHER/HISTORIAN/SOCIOLOGIST famously anointed Arnold Schoenberg as the savior of classical music in the 20th century and dismissed Igor Stravinsky as a fraud, and lived long enough to see his judgment repudiated by popular taste. But he accurately predicted Donald Trump. Alex Ross explains in The New Yorker. Click HERE
BARENBOIM’S DREAM COMES TRUE
THE WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA persistently, doggedly, has embarrassed both Israelis and Palestinians with music. Barenboim and Edward Said, who taught for many years at Columbia University, founded the orchestra, a project uniting Israeli and Arab musicians, in Weimar in 1999, against ongoing political resistance and ongoing artistic support. Click HERE
THE ‘ACQUIRED’ SAVANT
HOW A SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY completely changed one man’s life for the better.
CARMEL BACH FEST DROPS 2017 HINTS
NAMESAKE’S “Ascension” Cantata and Handel’s Messiah are featured. More adventurous fare may be, “Andrew Megill leading the orchestra, chorale and chorus for special Tuesday evening concerts at the Sunset Center featuring Bach, Barber and Bernstein. Andrew will also conduct Monteverdi’s Vespers at the traditional Wednesday Carmel Mission concerts.”
LOUIS LEBHERZ finds Chanticleer comes close to perfection, but with a professional’s caveat. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor