La Orquesta Roja, by Salvador Dalí
ROBERT GREENBERG ON BEETHOVEN, MAY 7
SPECIAL LIVE PRESENTATION at All Saints Church in Carmel by one of the nation’s preeminent classical music historian-musicologists. His talk is titled: Beethoven-Innovation with Attitude. Click HERE
COMING UP THIS WEEK
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY is proud to present the world premiere of Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Sunset in My Hand, for chamber orchestra, chamber choir and youth choir. Cantiamo Cabrillo! director Cheryl Anderson wrote this introduction to the work, “Deeply spiritual and extremely sensitive to environmental stimuli, Mr. Ešenvalds uses unusual sound sources to evoke a mood or stimulate imagination: tuned crystals, ceremonial bells and singing bowls, triangles played with knitting needles, rain sticks, and jaw harp, for example. He also interpolates indigenous chant into the body of the compositions, enhancing the existing harmonic treatment of the texts and honoring our past.” The title is derived from the last of seven poems Ešenvalds set to music, a verse called “I Hold the Sunset in My Hand” by Grace MacGowan Cooke, who settled in Carmel at age 45 in 1908. Other poets represented in these settings are Paulina Barda, Sara Teasdale, Pablo Neruda, Robinson Jeffers and Dana Gioia. A short description of coast redwoods by John Steinbeck is also included. Some of the titles flavor the work: “The Storm”, “Ode to the Smell of Firewood”, “Prayer at Winter Solstice.” The program, with performances in Corral de Tierra and Santa Cruz, will include an appearance by the composer. Also included is the piano concerto by the late Stephen Tosh, with Leah Parker Zumberge as soloist. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY orchestras will perform “Dances of the World” on Sunday at Sunset Center, including music by Brahms, Grieg, Borodin, Dvořák and more. ESFERA ARMONIOSA, an early-music ensemble from Columbia, will perform at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. SAN LORENZO HIGH SCHOOL stages Grease in its new performing arts center in Felton. See our packed CALENDAR for details, numerous other events, and links.
STREISAND TURNS 75
RECORDED IN 1973, she sings Claude Debussy
CNN’S NEW “SOUNDTRACKS”
SUBTITLED SONGS THAT DEFINED HISTORY, this important new eight-part series proves once again the relevance of art and music as the paramount documentarian of history. Last Thursday’s series premiere surveyed the assassination of Martin Luther King with the music and artists of that era, including Stevie Wonder’s now-iconic Happy Birthday. Click HERE
OSCAR WINNER, BEST SHORT FILM 2017. From Hungary. For a trailer, click HERE
INATTENTIVE journalist Barbara Rose Shuler last Thursday dismissed the Monterey Symphony’s final 2016-17 season concert program, which somehow still remains on the Symphony’s books for May 19-21. In its weekly entertainment tab Go! she wrote that last weekend’s program “brings…to a close” their current ‘Shakespeare in Music’ season. While BRS also calls it “our world-class Monterey Symphony,” she seems to suggest that they’ve already outlasted their current welcome. Meanwhile, next month the rest of us will get the Merry Wives of Windsor (the season’s Shakespearean theme continued) by Otto Nicolai, and music by Dvořák and César Franck.
HOW TO RUN AWAY AND JOIN THE CIRCUS
KRISTIN FINLEY left a good job in LA for the high wire, and never looked back.
SPANISH-BORN pianist releases new CD of Schubert sonatas, one from the composer’s early 20s (D664) and one late (D960) as death was invading him at age 28. The 40-minute D960 begins with a sprawling molto moderato that proves to be far more profound than its opening suggests when a menacing growl challenges the first idea. At midway, a development section wanders into unprecedented shadows and doubts, certainly as original as anything from contemporary late-Beethoven. The andante sostenuto movement gives an opposite impression; down-turning to begin, then up-tempo. The manic scherzo is marked “delicatezza” and contains a darkly contrasting trio. The final allegro is too cheerful to extend the ‘visible darkness’ that seeps into the work overall. The early (1819?) D664, in A, is all good cheer. Schubert was still finding his way in sonata form but you can’t tell from this; it is equally self-assured. The later Michael Kennedy called Perianes “a natural Schubertian.” Reviewing an earlier Schubert CD, Kennedy wrote “Perianes’ playing captures its magic to perfection.” Ditto this understated and elegant new issue.”
NOT SALVADOR DALÍ, but David Rivinus, Portland luthier, whose grotesque approach actually protects string players from injuries. Guess why it has taken many years for his instruments to catch on, which they are doing now. Click HERE
FROM QUEST FOR CAMELOT, 1990. At a radio station in Quezon City, Marcelito Pomoy covers both Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at MPC, and Tom Parks’ THE LAST WORD at the Cherry in Carmel. Click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY with soprano Cyndia Sieden, Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor