PACREP FOUNDER Stephen Moorer takes the Forest Theater stage in the title role of Cyrano. GOSPEL MUSIC HERITAGE MONTH celebrated by the Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir with guest soloists and gospel choirs from Oakland and Watsonville. LeANN RIMES makes good on the original date she was forced to cancel. IRMA THOMAS coming to the Rio Theatre and NEIL SEDAKA laughs in the rain. THE MOUNTAINTOP opens at Center Street Theater in Santa Cruz. Philip Glass’ wandering DAYS & NIGHTS FESTIVAL this year chooses the Golden Bough Playhouse. For more events and links, click our CALENDAR
YO-YO MA DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE
JS BACH MAY BE LOSING CURRENCY in Carmel and Eugene. But apparently not in LA. Mark Swed was there when the famous cellist singlehandedly filled Hollywood Bowl. Click HERE
NEW YORK PHIL’S NEW FIREBRAND
JAAP VAN ZWEDEN has already made his mark even though his directorship doesn’t start till a year from now. Click HERE
SYMPHONY NO. 12 “THE YEAR 1917”
MONDAY MARKED THE 111TH birthday anniversary of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. His 12th Symphony was premiered on 1 October 1961 in the cities of Kuybyshev and Leningrad. Like the 11th Symphony, the 12th is programmatic; its four movements, titled Revolutionary Petrograd, Razliv, Aurora and The Dawn of Humanity, represent events around the Bolshevik Revolution, 100 years ago. The work is dedicated to Vladimir Lenin. Shostakovich remained an idealistic socialist—he had joined the Communist Party in 1960—but spent most of his life after 1936—when Pravda ran a harshly threatening critique of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk— despairing over Stalin’s suppression of artists, free expression and, ironically, truth (Pravda.) While the 12th Symphony has never enjoyed the huge popularity of many of Shostakovich’s symphonies, it is nevertheless a fine work that displays the extraordinary talent and craftsmanship of its composer. To paraphrase a recent headline in The Economist—an article about a Gorbachev biography—Shostakovich was “a good Soviet man.”
RINGING CHURCH BELLS IN UNALASKA
AN ANCIENT TRADITION passed from one generation to the next.
CLAY COURI’S THANKSGIVING PRAYER
ASSOCIATE ORGANIST at All Saints’ Church celebrated his recovery from a medical near-death experience last year with a Sunday recital—he promised it was his last—on the incredibly versatile Allen Renaissance organ. The ebullient Couri, a natural showman, loves people and filled the church with friends and fans and regaled them (us) with a bunch of potboilers and chestnuts, among them Excelsior, The Lost Chord and Virgil Fox’s outrageous arrangement of Battle Hymn of the Republic. He also played some personal favorites by JS Bach, Joh. Rudolf Ahle, GF Handel and the rare and complex masterwork by Leo Sowerby, Requiescat in Pace, dedicating several of them to friends and family members. He was joined by tenor Jeffrey Thompson in Malotte’s The Lord’s Prayer and Schubert’s Ave Maria, and Thompson’s barbershoppers The Cannery Rogues.
CLASSICAL AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
HOW THE CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY reinvented itself and is producing startling results. Click HERE
THE 50 BIGGEST SELLING musical artists of all time. Garth Brooks (right) has outsold everybody except The Beatles. Click HERE
CLASSICAL MUSIC ATTRACTS WOMEN TO MEN
IT’S A ‘MORE SO’ PHENOMENON, reported by Tom Jacobs. Click HERE
SPECTORDANCE’S Ocean Trilogy. Click HERE
THE BOONDAWGLE ESTATE in Salinas. Click HERE
MIRÓ QUARTET opens Chamber Music Monterey Bay season. PIANIST ORION WEISS celebrates 90th Carmel Music Society Season (before joining the Monterey Symphony a week later.) Vocalist MICHAEL ANDREW sings the Gershwin songbook. BIG BAND DINNER DANCE at Hidden Valley.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor