DRINK IN THE NEW YEAR responsibly. Then lift a toast to some musically famous imbibers, not always responsible, like Modest Mussorgsky (right.) Click HERE
HERE’S TO THE MUMMERS
OF ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland, every December. Click HERE
AND LOREENA McKENNITT’S Mummer’s Dance
“BOOGIE WONDERLAND” & SONGFEST
PACREP’S NEW LIVE TRIBUTE celebrates ABBA, Bee Gees, Donna Summers, more. Bring your dancing shoes and rock the aisles at Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel. NOTE: limited run lasts just over one week. Click on our CALENDAR, or on ad, left. HIDDEN VALLEY MUSIC CELEBRATES the New Year with Bob Phillips and Eddie Erickson for dancing and New Years’ festivities. Click HERE, or on ad, left. Then HV immediately launches its first local edition of SONGFEST with world-class artists. Renowned Schubert scholar and pianist Graham Johnson lays the foundation for vocal artists, equally acclaimed, and up-and-coming vocal and keyboard talent (click HERE to see who they are) in a series of workshops and performances in Carmel Valley during the first week of January. Click HERE, or on ad, left.
COMPOSER/FLUTIST McGOWAN PERFORMS
ON JAN 2, CARMEL COMPOSER, now resident in Amsterdam, makes rare local appearance next Monday. Click HERE
NEW FLEXIBLE FIGARO AVAILABLE NOW
MOZART COMIC MASTERPIECE in a new version by UCSC professors emeritus Miriam Ellis and Sherwood Dudley that makes it user-friendly for small opera company productions: “The Flexible Figaro.” Click HERE
WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY, REST IN PEACE
MAKERS OF 13-TON BIG BEN and the Liberty Bell—cracked because of “incorrect hanging”—began in 1570, or possibly 150 years earlier. Click HERE
DANCING ON WATER
THE CHINESE ART of bamboo drifting.
ALVIN AILEY VISION ENDURES
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT BATTLE of Ailey’s American Dance Theater refocuses the role of dance in modern society. Click HERE
FROM 1984, GEORGE MICHAEL, who became a popstar in the 1980s with then-partner Andrew Ridgeley in the duo Wham!, found dead at age 53 on Christmas Day. Michael and Ridgeley co-wrote this classic.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor