YMM’S FARKHAD KHUDYEV SCORES MAJOR CONDUCTING PRIZE
YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY’S music director wins third prize at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 12. In his own words, “I won the 3rd prize of the 8th International Georg Solti Competition! The concert with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony today was one of the most beautiful experiences. Thank you to the incredible musicians, judges, staff members, participants and friends! It was a memorable week!” Twenty finalists were selected from 300 applicants. This is huge for Khudyev, now 31, and will open doors for him internationally. First and second prize winners were Valentin Uryupin (31) from Russia and Wilson Ng (27) from China. (photo, Khudyev receiving the award from Lady Valerie Solti.)
CHAMBER MUSIC MONTEREY BAY hosts the Daedalus Quartet on Saturday in a program of Haydn, Beethoven and the long-missing genius Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996), a Polish Jew who was absorbed into the community of Soviet composers in the last century. His music is just now coming to light and acclaim outside of the Soviet/Russian orb.“EXOTICISM IN MUSIC” is this Sunday’s Youth Music Monterey County program at Sunset Center. Farkhad Khudyev conducts the Junior Youth Orchestra, with guests from Youth Orchestra Salinas, and YMM’s Honors Orchestra, which will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece Scheherazade. The Listening Place Readers Theater is serving up Jerome Kilty’s Dear Liar, a comedy based on letters between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell, on the next two Sunday afternoons at the Monterey Museum of Art. Click our CALENDAR for details and links.
GAIL RICH AWARDS WEDNESDAY
21st ANNUAL GAIL RICH AWARDS will be celebrated at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, this Wednesday at 7:30pm. 2017 honorees are: Julia Chiapella (Writer and Executive, Young Writer’s Program); Gina Garcia (Dancer, Educator and Founder, Worldanz); Michael Leeds (Sculptor); Patti Maxine (Musician) and Mike Ryan (Actor and Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Shakespeare). The event is free.
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY
BONNIE RAITT comes to Santa Cruz Civic this Saturday.
INDIAN MUSICIAN FIGHTS PREJUDICE
AWARD-WINNING TM KRISHNA defies caste divisions with ancient classical music traditions. Click HERE
McDONALD’S NEW MAESTRO BURGER
RACHMANINOFF VIOLIN MUSIC?
I DON’T KNOW ANYONE who doesn’t like Rachmaninoff. And here is something unique: ‘Complete Works & Transcriptions for Violin & Piano.’ Annelle K Gregory and her piano accompanist Alexander Sinchuk have collected the few original miniatures and the large body of transcriptions (by Heifetz, Kreisler, Edenko and others) all in one place, totaling well over an hour of charming and memorable performances. Among them are the famous Vocalise, the 18th Variations from the Paganini Rhapsody and the second movement of the Second Piano Concerto. Here you can see and hear them play the Romance, Op 21, No. 9 “Melody.”
SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY with pianist Yuja Wang, and MONTEREY SYMPHONY with violinist Sergej Krylov. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor