CAMERATA SINGERS OF MONTEREY COUNTY are but one of numerous seasonal and holiday musical performance events. Jeff Garrett’s one-man SCROOGE, THE HAUNTING OF EBENEZAR opens at the Colligan in Santa Cruz. CANTIAMO! sings in Carmel and Santa Cruz. First of several NUTCRACKER ballet productions takes over Sunset Center in Carmel. KITKA Bulgarian-Slavonic chorus from San Francisco (pictured above) visits Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. MONTEREY SYMPHONY musicians play a “Christmas Potpourri” in Carmel. PACIFIC GROVE POPS ORCHESTRA performs. Gifted flutist MONICA MENDOZA (right) plays at Hartnell College. Girls of Notre Dame High School in Salinas serve up Sherlock Holmes WEST END HORROR. New ‘family opera’ XOCHITL AND THE FLOWERS composed by Chris Pratorius at UC Santa Cruz. See the busiest week of live performances in the entire year by clicking on our CALENDAR
THE MET’S JAMES LEVINE ACCUSED OF ABUSE
DECADES-LONG REPUTATION AS PEDOPHILE. Metropolitan Opera suspends him, launches investigation. Numerous heads here and abroad expected to roll. Click HERE
MEET GAELYNN LEA
A VICTIM OF “BRITTLE BONES” makes a career in music. Same genetic disease afflicted the late jazz genius Michel Petrucciani.
MAKING MUSIC THE OLD WAY, PART 2
CLARE SALAMAN is a British multi-instrumentalist and composer. Many of the instruments she plays date back to medieval times – among others she plays the hurdygurdy, nyckelharpa, Hardanger fiddle and medieval vielle. Click HERE
THE LAST THING YOU’LL EVER HEAR
KATE MOLLESON writes for The Guardian. Click HERE
AMTRAK DINING CAR COULD HEAL THE NATION
THE DAY AFTER DONALD TRUMP was elected President, composer Gabriel Kahane set out on a nearly 9,000 mile Amtrak journey through 31 states and took meals in the dining cars with some 80 strangers. The resultant song collection, 8980: Book of Travelers, just concluded a brief run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Click HERE
REMEMBERING CAROL NEBLETT
INDEFATIGABLE OPERA STAR, native of Modesto, died on Thanksgiving Day, age 71. She sang Thaïs in the nude at the Metropolitan Opera. Often partnered with Placido Domingo, as you can see here.
FRESH MUSIC REVIEWS
HIDDEN VALLEY STRING ORCHESTRA in Carmel Valley. I CANTORI DI CARMEL introduces their new conductor. Click HERE
MPC CONCERT BAND plays a “Gershwin Spectacular” featuring pianist Lucy Faridany. MONTEREY PENINSULA GOSPEL COMMUNITY CHOIR offers “Christmas with a Gospel Flava.” NUTCRACKER productions by Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre at Civic Auditorium and Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s inaugural production at Sunset Center, Carmel. Ballet Fantasque performs at Santa Catalina School in Monterey.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor