JEWEL THEATRE’S popular production of AR Gurney’s Sylvia returns by popular demand, this time at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THEATER opens Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Ben Lomond. DANIEL STEWART and the SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY present Giuseppe Verdi’s great “Manzoni” Requiem in Santa Cruz and Watsonville on the weekend, with soloists from the Met and the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus. I CANTORI (pictured above) says farewell to its much-loved music director SAL FERRANTELLI in his final appearances, after 36 years, at Carmel Mission. RENOWNED musicologist/lecturer ROBERT GREENBERG (right) presents “Ludwig van Beethoven-Innovation with Attitude” on Sunday at All Saints Church in Carmel. For more information, details and links, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left
LA PHIL’S GUSTAVO DUDAMEL SPEAKS OUT
VENEZUELA’S CULTURAL AMBASSADOR appeals to the Maduro government to back away from violence and find a peaceful resolution to his country’s national crisis. Click HERE
A TALE OF TWO SYMPHONIES
NEW MARKETING STRATEGIES ARE ON THE MOVE BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MONTEREY AND SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONIES
THE 2017-18 seasons of the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies are now published and current subscribers are being actively solicited to renew their subscriptions. This task falls mainly to the marketing staff, which basically comes down to two people: Nicola Reilly in Monterey and James “JD” de Leon in Santa Cruz. Though they are both fairly new in their posts, each brings a considerable depth and background to their tasks and both will be spending part of their summer putting new faces on their respective institutions, most obviously with new websites. For the rest of the story, click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY ON PBS’S “IN AMERICA”
A DOCUMENTARY made during the November, 2015, concert by pianist Orion Weiss and the Monterey Symphony, with student musicians from Youth Music Monterey in the orchestra and commentary from Symphony artistic and administrative staff.
ANOTHER NEW SERIES from National Geographic advocates a music designed to increase concentration and creativity inspired by Einstein. Hmm. I doubt it would work that way for me.
SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS
SFCV’S 2017 UPDATE of music festivals of California and the upper West Coast, organized by opening dates. Click HERE
GREAT LATVIAN VIOLINIST DRAWS THE LINE
GIDON KREMER distinguishes between musicians who live music and those who use it. In the former category he names the late Nikolas Harnoncourt and the late Leonard Bernstein, both acclaimed giants in their field. He discretely declines to name those in the other, much larger, group. Click HERE
16-YEAR-OLD RENATA FLORES covers Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys in her native Quechua to keep the Incan language of Peru alive.
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY COUNTY. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor