JOY! A HOLIDAY SHOW Tandy Beal & Company strike again with a holiday spectacular in Santa Cruz, then extend the run to San Jose. THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (abridged) opens at Mountain Community Theater, directed by Kathie Kratochvil, in Ben Lomond.
PACREP launches a new series of CABARET SUNDAYS at the Indoor Forest Theater in Carmel, hosted by well-known chanteuse Barbara Brussell who will be joined by a troupe of stage veterans and music director George Peterson. LOUIS LEBHERZ, retired opera basso, hosts a short recital of opera scenes for soprano and tenor on Sunday at Community Church in Carmel. For links to other live performance events, click our CALENDAR
TANDY BEAL’S ODD LOVE AFFAIR
WITH “THE NUT.” Unquenchable choreographer/dancer who made a defunct railroad station in the Santa Cruz Mountains into her home, Tandy Beal has been turning heads, and scratching them, for more than “40-odd years.” Like anyone else, she loves The Nutcracker ballet, but insists on having her way with it. Joy! A Holiday Show is only the latest reincarnation of her iconoclastic ‘respect’ for tradition. What does she want with this new version? “To uplift our hearts, with moments of laughter, and, especially in these times, to make things possible again.” Since last year’s Nutz RE-Mixed!, Beal has winnowed down the Nutcracker bits to only three. The show features two “physical comics” from the legendary Cirque du Soleil, now with solo careers, as well as her favorite vocal group, SoVoSó. Calling it “multi-national,” Beal cites “two dancers from Cuba, contortionists from Mongolia and a foot juggler from Ethiopia.” With a cast of 30, with music, dance, circus and unique design and costumes, Beal says you can expect “bites of beauty.”
LEONARD BERNSTEIN’S Thanksgiving greeting, from his Divertimento.
GOOD ART BY BAD PEOPLE
THE MORAL DILEMMA of our time, and other times. (The Monterey Bay performing arts community has endured its own cases of sexual harassment.) Russell Smith argues the question for The Globe and Mail; not for the faint of heart. Click HERE
BEETHOVEN 7TH FOR VIOLA QUINTET
IF YOU HEARD IT IN THE ORIGINAL at the Santa Cruz Symphony last weekend, see if the second and fourth movements, played by the Borromeo Quartet from a recently found 1816 arrangement, works for you.
INDISPENSIBLE FERDE GROFÉ
VERSATILE AMERICAN COMPOSER wrote his best-known works for Paul Whiteman, a famous bandleader from the 1920s and ‘30s who premiered George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Grofé orchestrated the Gershwin, as well as Second Rhapsody, on this CD its premiere recording with Lincoln Mayorga at the piano. Even more startling is Grofé’s own Grand Canyon Suite in the original Whiteman orchestral version—before the more famous large-orchestra version—in its first complete recording. The disc also contains the first recording of Grofé’s Gallodoro’s Serenade, featuring Whiteman’s longtime saxophonist Al Gallodoro, recorded in 2004.
FROM MAHLER TO SCHOENBERG
SOME WILL BE SURPRISED to discover a direct line between these two Viennese master composers, but shouldn’t be. Here, from 1934, Schoenberg conducts the second movement from Mahler’s Second Symphony, in echt-Viennese, totally Mahlerian style.
MONTEREY SYMPHONY & SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY, with Beethoven symphonies by each. Click HERE
MAMMA MIA! at PacRep in Carmel. Click HERE
HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA to play Debussy, Schoenberg, Ponce. I CANTORI DI CARMEL introduces its new Conductor Tom Lehmkuhl. SMUIN’S ‘THE CHRISTMAS BALLET’ comes to Carmel.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor