MARTIAL ARTISTS & ACROBATS OF TIANJIN, Peoples Republic of China, (above) at World Theater, CSU Monterey Bay, Wednesday (tomorrow), 8pm. 60TH MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL takes over the Monterey Fairgrounds. MJF BEST BET IS FREE, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which plays the Garden Stage on Thursday, Sep 14, 11am; join area middle and high school students at the picnic tables; YES, FREE. For other live performance listings and links, click our CALENDAR (MJF artists: Chick Corea and Angélique Kidjo.)
DEATH CAME FOR ADOLPHE SAX
MANY TIMES before he invented the indispensable saxophone.
REMEMBERING BELOVED MJF photographer. He also photographed artists at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Click HERE
SELF-CONFIDENCE THROUGH MUSIC
LOVELY HOFFMAN’S “My Black is Beautiful” project.
OTHER CLASSICAL SEASONS ANNOUNCED
CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS fill indispensable niche with the best of regional and local talent as the great classical/new music progression continues.
John Anderson’s ENSEMBLE MONTEREY opens its 2017-18 season in late October with “Wally the Beard,” music by Bernard Herrmann composed for the Alfred Hitchcock Hour, plus music by Prokofiev (Overture on Hebrew Themes) and Lachner (nonet); in January, “Three’s Company” features rarities by Holst, Randall Thompson, Martinů, Debussy and Shostakovich. The March concert concentrates on Olivier Messiaen’s great Quartet for the End of Time. And “Song of Praise,” in April, presents Brahms’ Serenade in D in its original nine-piece version, plus Latvian composer Rihards Dubra’s Te Deum, with Cantiamo! chorus. Concerts are performed evenings in Carmel and Santa Cruz.
Michel Singher’s ESPRESSIVO orchestra offers two matinee programs. On October 15 at UC Santa Cruz, “Stringing You Along” will include a masterpiece by Elgar, Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings, and JS Bach’s Brandenburg No. 5. On April 15 “Eight, Nine, Ten—Go!” includes a Beethoven octet, Lachner’s nonet (yes, the same piece mentioned above) and Francaix’s dixtuor.
Barbara Day Turner’s SAN JOSÉ CHAMBER ORCHESTRA uses many of the same Monterey Bay musicians and favors even more new music. Their 27th season begins on October 8 at their home, Le Petit Trianon, one-half block from San José city hall, with works by Ahmed Alabaca, Henry Mollicone, Jeremy Cohen and Giovanni Solima, plus a sampler of short premieres by Craig Bohmler, Jeremy Cohen, Vivian Fung, Anica Galindo and Mona Lyn Reese. SJCO also promises a Halloween-themed program on October 29 of Vivaldi, Mozart, Edgar Allan Poe and the world premiere of Well-Enclowned by Gil Katz. As their season unfolds, we’ll keep you apprised.
FRESH DESPERATION AT OREGON SHAKESPEARE
THE TROULBED FESTIVAL is now recruiting a new sales and advertising manager. Click HERE
THE LONG ISLAND VEGETABLE ORCHESTRA
WHY DOESN’T SALINAS have one? New Yorkers depend on Castroville for their artichokes! Otherwise, try a Watsonville raspberry!! Click HERE
COMPOSER PAUL CHIHARA
BORN IN SEATTLE in 1938, prolific Japanese/American composer endured life in an American concentration camp, as a child, in Idaho. He took his revenge as a major composer across the spectrum of American music from classical to jazz, with nearly countless commissions and awards. This newly released CD features such superb artists as the Lark Quartet (Ellington Fantasy), Gavin String Trio, pianist Jerome Lowenthal (Bagatelles) and the David Starobin Trio (The Girl from Yerevan.)
ARTHUR MILLER’S All My Sons has opened at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. Our Philip Pearce was there. Click HERE
SPECTORDANCE premieres its long-anticipated OCEAN TRILOGY. ORGAN RECITALS compete in Carmel. Update on local CLASSICAL RADIO. Classical “conductors are the most ignorant,” says the late, great Romanian maestro Sergiu Celibidache. THE LISTENING PLACE readers’ theater announces its new season.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor