PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE, 23-strong, brings the music of old Venice to Carmel. OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS readers theater production opens this weekend in Salinas and Monterey. George & Ira Gershwin’s NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT begins its run at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater. Noël Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER takes the Morgan Stock Stage at Monterey Peninsula College. For details and links to these and other live performance events, click here>> CALENDAR
ELDAR HUDIYEV ANNOUNCES
LURKING AMONG the string players of the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies is a solo violinist of prodigious achievements. Eldar Hudiyev and his young family made their home in Monterey just last year. Armed with a lengthy international résumé, Hudiyev (older brother of conductor Farkhad and clarinetist Emil, all now with well known local credentials) teamed up with James Neiman, a widely recognized API technical writer and consultant and passionate amateur pianist, in a Neiman house-concert Saturday in Carmel Valley. The purpose was to introduce Hudiyev to an invited audience of local classical movers/shakers, and fans. None of the 40 guests crammed into the Neiman living room left unimpressed. In a program of rarely heard sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, and the monumental Sonata in A by Cesar Franck, they bore witness to an artist of distinctive gifts and ambition, a man whose musical prowess ranged from soulful circumspection to fiery temperament. Hudiyev has already established himself in the greater SF Bay Area. Notice is now posted that he is available, and should be well-considered, as a valuable artist in his own right. Meanwhile, he still takes students at his Monterey studio. Photo: Andrea Neiman, CADAFOTO Photography.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS adds smokeworks to the skulls and costumes.
YES, YOU CAN SING
SO SAYS Lorna MacDonald, professor of voice at the University of Toronto. Click HERE
FATS DOMINO, 1928-2017
MOST HATED OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
STILL THE BEAT goes on. (But the story does not reveal Beethoven’s utterly witty portrait of it in his 8th Symphony.) Click HERE
MAGNUS TOREN RETURNS TO BIG SUR
AFTER FIRE, FLOODS, LANDSLIDES, A FAILED BRIDGE and other temporary irritations, Henry Miller Memorial Library is once open and accessible. But, library-director Toren says, it’s “a light at the end of the tunnel.” He now has to get the popular bookshop/cultural museum/performance venue back up to ADA (American with Disabilities Act) code. He describes all the interruptions as “so many scabs torn off,” and access from the south remains very limited—only via Nacimiento-Fergusson Road now, with Highway 1 further south not expected to open until late summer, 2018. Meanwhile, he says he expects to relinquish the Henry Miller LAB that opened a year ago in Carmel as the Library’s interim venue awaiting the now-open Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1.
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
BREWER & SHIPLEY distinctive harmonies in their 1972 Weeds album’s original studio recording of Bob Dylan classic. Too bad harmony is no longer valued in contemporary pop music.
FRESH THEATER REVIEW
STEVE MARTIN’S Picasso at the Lapin Agile, at Hartnell College. Click HERE
ALWAYS PATSY CLINE will open at the Colligan in a new Jewel Theatre production. Popular MORGENSTERN TRIO returns to Chamber Music Monterey Bay. Mezzo-soprano SOLMAAZ ADELI takes charge of Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ second concert of their season. The SANTA CRUZ COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY takes over the Music Recital Hall at UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, Nov. 12, when Nathaniel Berman conducts Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY will present its Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras at Sunset Center, on Sunday, Nov. 12, featuring 8-year-old solo violinist Nicholas Brady. Composer NED ROREM compares German and French aesthetics, “A German joke is no laughing matter.”
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor