PIANIST YUJA WANG
ALL THIS ENERGY at the Santa Cruz Symphony this weekend!
AND PETITE fashionista. Click HERE
THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical comedy written and composed by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, and based on the endearingly ghoulish characters created by Charles Addams, famed New Yorker cartoonist, first in 1932, and then, regularly from 1938 until his death in 1988. For more click HERE
BOB DYLAN’S 27-MINUTE NOBEL SPEECH
AUDIO RECORDED in Los Angeles, June 4, 2017, it has been discredited for evidence of plagiarism.
CONVOLUTED HISTORY OF YOUNG CAESAR
APTOS COMPOSER LOU HARRISON’S GAY OPERA, composed in 1971, has advanced in fits and starts, and now opens in what may be its first transcendent production tonight at Walt Disney Hall in LA. John Rockwell reports. Click HERE
CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL AT 80
WITH ITS SEVERELY LIMITED inclusion of the festival namesake’s music, the shrinking Oregon Bach Festival may offer a cautionary tale. Click HERE
LIVING WITH CRITICS, LIKE IT OR NOT
CRITICAL DONALD TRUMP ATTACKS TRUMP CRITICS, noted by Adam Kirsch (who is a professional critic). Meanwhile, Trump voters attack depiction of him as Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, while Trump channels King Lear by requiring that his cabinet genuflect at his feet while cameras rolled. Click HERE
NEED TO STAGE A SEX SCENE?
THERE’S a professional choreographer for that. Click HERE
FRESH BREEZE FROM THE LEVANT
TRUE PLEASURE blew in from Duo Sabȋl—Ahmad Al Kathib and Youssef Hbeisch, oud and percussion respectively—in their new Harmonia Mundi CD, “Zabad, Twilight Tide.” The oud is the deep-throated, fretless Middle Eastern lute—source of our word lute—a collection of nine tracks (62 minutes) that represents “the endurance of Arabic musical tradition.” Here, Duo Sabȋl are joined by Elie Khoury on buzuq, a long-necked, higher pitched lute related to the Greek bouzouki, and Hubert Dupont, double bass, in a swirl of instrumental song and dance of irresistible seduction, pinched exquisitely by the natural scale that sounds out of tune to occidental ears. Most of these tracks begin beguilingly slow then ramp up in pace and swirling energy. Their balance of tradition and improvisation clears the auditory palate just when it needs such cleansing most. Click HERE
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at PacRep. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor