CABRILLO FEST COMPOSERS-IN-RESIDENCE
A HOMECOMING GATHERING to celebrate the 25th and final year under Marin Alsop. This summer Alsop favorites include John Adams, Mason Bates, Anna Clyne, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, Christopher Rouse and Gregory Smith. Joining them are composers Michael Kropf, Alexander Miller and Marlos Nobre. (Pictured, the young Alsop with her mentor, Leonard Bernstein, in the late 1980s. Photo by Walter Scott.)
MILESTONES TO CELEBRATE
ANNIVERSARIES are rampant just now. The Carmel Music Society is 90, Carmel Bach Festival just turned 80, Monterey Symphony is 70 and Chamber Music Monterey Bay is 50. All are programming to complement the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s centennial. The Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus is 55, Hidden Valley Music Seminars is 50 and both I Cantori di Carmel and Camerata Singers are 35.
AN EXTRAORDINARY CHORAL SPRING
THE SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY ended its 2015-16 season with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Ninth Symphony. It overlapped two choral events on the weekend, Camerata Singers performance/benefit and a first-time choral program by Youth Music Monterey County, and came on the heels of I Cantori’s “Musica Primavera” program a week earlier. Coming up this weekend Cantiamo! Cabrillo will sing with Ensemble Monterey and on May 21 and 22 the Ariose Singers of Santa Cruz will perform. Then, just at the start of summer, the Santa Cruz Chorale concludes its current season.
FOR YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY’S program in Carmel, visionary music director Farkhad Khudyev enlisted the high school choirs from York and Santa Catalina Schools in Monterey, directors Murray Walker and Mark Purcell respectively. The large combined chorus sang a beautiful performance with YMM’s Honors Orchestra of Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, a finely made setting of several poems by Robert Frost. Khudyev’s mostly-American program included the Orchestra in the Schools, with YMM’s Junior Youth Orchestra, South County Strings plus Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble and String Quartet. Concerto competition winner Elizabeth Mendoza was soloist in a Vivaldi concerto movement. The audience was as high on the day as the student musicians themselves. About a dozen of the Honors Orchestra students, many who have become well-known in local musical circles, are now graduating from high school and will be leaving the orchestra behind.
50 CLASSICAL PUNS IN 2 MINUTES
CLICK HERE to listen, watch and groan. Try to keep up.
THE BERNIE SANDERS OF AMERICAN COMPOSERS
FREDERIC RZEWSKI plays a Chilean protest anthem in a New York fish market. Watch & listen here.
SHOULD STEINWAY BE WORRIED?
THE PRICEY FAZIOLI piano has caught the attention of many of the best artists. Read about it HERE
CABRILLO COLLEGE EVENTS
THEIR PUBLICISTS have their act more together than most regional educational institutions. See our CALENDAR page for documentation.
SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY surveyed by Susanne Mentzer. Click HERE
TALLEY’S FOLLY at the Colligan Theater in Santa Cruz is put into perspective by Philip Pearce. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor