AT THE SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY
ON SUNDAY in Watsonville, I espied a dark gray carbon fiber cello in that section of strings. During the interval I was able to coax its player, Eileen Sordyl, to the edge of the stage. She told me she acquired the instrument from its maker, Luis and Clark, in Milton MA, a Boston suburb. She also spoke glowingly about it, proclaiming its powerful voice—“loud” she said, a desirable quality in an orchestral cello—but that playing it softly was a particular challenge. The company’s founder, Luis Leguia, had had a long career as a cellist at the top of his game, a frequent soloist and orchestral musician (including in the Boston Symphony from 1963.) In retirement, “Louie” loved sailing—still does—and after trying his hand at making instruments out of fiberglass he hooked up with Steve Clark, a veteran carbon fiber boat-builder. Clark’s name with the string instrument company is merely a ceremonial honorarium. Louie makes all sizes of string instruments, formed in two pieces: the back, sides and neck is one, the top another. Price is determined by size. Cellos are available for about $7K. By the way, like all cellos made the old-fashioned way, Louie’s carbon fiber cellos come with a wolf, that pesky spot where E howls on the G string.
THIS WEEK ON THE MONTEREY BAY
THEATER PRODUCTIONS continue: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Cabrillo Stage, PETER & THE STARCATCHER at Pacific Rep, MUSICAL COMEDY with Layne Littlepage at the Cherry Center, BORN YESTERDAY on The Western Stage, and BIG, THE MUSICAL at Forest Theater. Racy HIJAS DE SU MADRE plays the Fox in Salinas. MONTEREY POPS! orchestra celebrates Independence Day at the Golden State in Monterey. For more useful info and links, visit our CALENDAR
THE THOUSAND YEAR SYMPHONY
COMPOSER JEM FINER‘S LONGPLAYER will come back into phase for a split second on December, 31, 2099, and then begin again. Mark your calendar.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE ARTS
AN IMPORTANT NATIONAL UPDATE by Richard Florida. Click HERE
TURNING SIMON RATTLE INTO A ‘SPAGHETTI’ LIGHT SHOW
FAMED CONDUCTOR, as Transformer Rattle, leads the London Symphony in real-time Elgar. AKA, how to promote your new symphony season.
“PERFORMANCE ART” LIVES AGAIN
WAS THE ECONOMIST the first to notice? Click HERE
ANOTHER SLUMDOG ‘MILLIONAIRE’
TEENAGE BOY FROM Mumbai now dancing with the NYC Ballet. Click HERE
BRITNEY SPEARS & THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
TOXIC, live cover videoed in Bangkok (where the original version would probably be banned.)
THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Cabrillo Stage. Click HERE
YUJA WANG & SC SYMPHONY in Watsonville; JUDITH LeCLAIR & ROBERT WALTERS at Hidden Valley. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor