GEARING UP FOR CABRILLO
OPEN REHEARSALS start this Sunday evening and continue every day next week at Santa Cruz Civic until Friday’s Festival opener, “Departures” on Aug. 4. On Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Del Mar Theatre downtown, renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie (see above photo) will attend a screening of Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie, and a Q&A to follow with the artist. The profoundly deaf Glennie will be soloist on Friday’s concert in the World Premiere of Clarice Assad’s Percussion Concerto, AD INFINITUM. Assad is a returning Festival Composer-in-Residence. Cristian Măcelaru makes his official debut as Festival Music Director in this first of four orchestral concerts which also includes another Festival commission and World Premiere, Michael Gandolfi’s Points of Departure, plus the Second Symphony by Aaron Jay Kernis, another returning Festival Composer-in-Residence. Măcelaru was selected from an original field of some 300 applicants, winnowed down to 60, then to three finalists, on the strength of his experience, charisma and strong commitment to advancing the cause of living composers and new music. Here is his personal introduction to his first season at Cabrillo.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
HIDDEN VALLEY hosts flutist Keith Underwood tonight in Carmel Valley Village. CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL plays all this week, finishing up on Saturday with “The Best of the Fest,” based on audience faves. The last-Sunday MONTHLY JAZZ JAM has now bounced back from its brief interruption and has moved to the Elks Club Monterey Lounge, 150 Mar Vista in Monterey. SPECTORDANCE in Marina hosts its 20th annual Choreographer’s Showcase twice this weekend. The Bard’s Two Gentlemen of Verona goes into repertory at SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE. For details and links click our CALENDAR
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
PARAPHRASE PRODUCTIONS put a short but hugely popular run of Man of La Mancha at Carmel’s Forest Theater, starring Justin Gaudoin in the title role, Taylor Rhoades as Aldonza/Dulcinea and Colin Skerritt at Sancho Panza. For the 1972 film with Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren, Simon Gilbert sang O’Toole’s “The Impossible Dream.” Here is Gilbert, many years later, reprising the inspirational song, and if anything sounding more than ever like the aging Lord of La Mancha.
DUDAMEL BLASTS VENEZUELA’S MADURO
STUNG BY CRITICS for being ‘too little, too late’ in his previous defense of human rights in his native country, LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel faces its crises with more force. Click HERE
HOW ANOTHER DEAF MUSICIAN MAKES MUSIC ‘VISIBLE’
MEET MYLES DE BASTION of Portland and his Audiolux visualization system.
BERNSTEIN SOLO PIANO WORKS
COMPLETE on two CDs performed by Andrew Cooperstock, in celebration of Lenny’s centenary, next year. It’s an important document that opens a window on Bernstein’s more intimate musings. Like such miniature portraitists François Couperin (1668-1733) and Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) Bernstein’s Anniversaries pay homage to numerous close friends, loved ones and famous musicians of his time including composers Aaron Copland, William Schuman, David Diamond, Paul Bowles, Lukas Foss and Leo Smit, conductor Serge Koussevitzky, and pianist William Kapell. He expresses deep affection for his wife, Felicia Montealegre, and West Side Story librettist Stephen Sondheim. The set also includes Touches: Chorale, Eight Variations and Coda (inspired by Copland’s early Piano Variations), Sonata for the Piano, Four Sabras, Bernstein’s arrangement of Copland’s El Salon Mexico (Bernstein’s first published work), and the witty Bridal Suite: In 2 Parts with 3 Encores. Cooperstock, on the piano faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, gives a fine and reverent account of this almost unknown repertoire. Expect to see more new recordings of Bernstein’s music and to hear it performed during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 concert seasons.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on the Cabrillo Stage, and MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; associate editor, JJ Raasch.