SOUGHT-AFTER CONDUCTOR-TEACHER, he worked closely at CABRILLO FESTIVAL with Marin Alsop in composer/conductor workshops. On retirement as head of conducting at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore he handed over those duties to Alsop.
COMPOSER STEPHEN TOSH DIES
JUST GOING TO PRESS we learned that popular Monterey Bay composer Steve Tosh died this afternoon at the Westland House hospice in Monterey while recovering from surgery to remove a toe, the result of a long history of diabetes. He is survived by his wife Barbara. CORRECTION: Steve was at home at his passing. We profiled Steve in our Performing Arts People feature in May, 2014. Click HERE
CLASSICAL MUSIC ‘IS DYING’
CLASSICAL PIANIST CHARLIE ALBRIGHT makes a compelling case. Click HERE
WHAT 2CELLOS CAN DO
CLASSICAL CROSSOVER gets teenage girls screaming. Click HERE
SELENA, NO ME QUEDA MÁS
“NOTHING LEFT FOR ME.” LA REYNA DE TEJANO, assassinated at age 23.
MEXICAN TENOR VARGAS DEFENDS HIGH STANDARDS
“WE MUST BE CAREFUL not to popularize opera to the degree of banality,” he warns. Click HERE
DAVID CHESKY STRIKES AGAIN
PROLIFIC NEW YORK COMPOSER releases new “The Venetian Concertos,” four three-movement pieces in the style of Vivaldi concerti grossi but with denser textures and counterpoint. We reviewed his “Joy and Sorrow” last September; deeply felt and personal, it followed an earlier disc called “Ubanicity” which included that title, an electric guitar concerto and New York Variations. Chesky’s music is nothing if not intense. Same with The Venetian Concertos, whose outer movements’ “dense chromatic polyphony” can at times also feel relentless. It helps when you get yourself into a New York state of mind.
SURFING WITH THE SYMPHONY
PAPA DOO RUN RUN (Beach Boys cover band) joins the Santa Cruz Symphony on Saturday at Civic Auditorium for great music of many kinds. Find the link on our CALENDAR
DESCRIPTIVES V PRESCRIPTIVES
THE WAR OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE USAGE may be winding down. Ain’t that grand! Click HERE
WIES NORBERG IS TRAVELING
HER WIES NOTES UPDATES will resume on our weekly Calendar when she returns.
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
ALFRED HARRIS of Prunedale is on a quest to discover, sing and record obscure Italian songs and arias from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Click HERE
PHILIP PEARCE praises A View from the Bridge at Hartnell College. Click HERE