HOLIDAY MUSIC CONTINUES with the SANTA CRUZ CHORALE at Holy Cross and MP GOSPEL CHOIR (above, with soloist Amy Treadwell) in lower Carmel Valley. FOUR DANCE COMPANIES CRACK NUTS in Aptos, Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz. APPALACHIAN FIDDLER Mark O’Connor returns to Kuumbwa. GERSHWIN EXTRAVAGANZA on MPC’s Morgan Stock Stage. OUR THEATER/COMEDY page includes stage, theater plus reading and standup with music; click our CALENDAR
HAWAIIAN PANIOLO COWBOYS PLAY
SLACK KEY MUSIC, a long tradition introduced to the islands by Spaniards. Two slack key masters perform this Friday at Kuumbwa.
MONTEREY SYMPHONY’S NEW TROMBONE
WILL BAKER specializes in the bass trombone. Visit his website and listen to the concerto he commissioned from young composer Robert Tindle. Click HERE
YEAR BY THE SEA
MONTEREY NATIVE Alexander Janko’s movie based on the Joan Anderson memoir, recently screened in Monterey, is now available at iTunes, Amazon and on DVD. Janko’s soundtrack from the film is also available at iTunes and on CD.
INTERNATIONAL OPERA SINGER
PAYS BILLS as a Chicago janitor. Keanon Kyles at both ends of the working spectrum.
WIKIPEDIA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
YOU KNOW YOU USE IT, but only 1 percent of us users support them with tax-deductible contributions. Performing Arts Monterey Bay has sent a paltry $50 annually, then $100 last year, to acknowledge and affirm the value Wikipedia holds for us. Here is founder Jimmy Wales’ appeal: “I can’t afford to feel embarrassed, asking you to renew your donation, just like you shouldn’t be embarrassed when you’re caught red-handed, checking Wikipedia. We do it in the pursuit of open knowledge that’s always ad-free, never tracks your data, and is never sold off to corporate big-wigs. Imagine if everyone gave? We could transform the way knowledge is shared online. Every year, I’m happily stunned by the response from our donors. But we haven’t reached our fundraising goal, and we don’t have a lot of time left. We’re not salespeople. We’re librarians, archivists, and information junkies. We rely on our readers to become our donors, and it’s worked for fifteen years. This year, please consider making another donation to protect and sustain Wikipedia.” Click HERE
MAKING MUSIC THE OLD WAY, PART 3
DEAN SHOSTAK plays with glass, old and new.
FROM BROOKLYN TO LA. Gabriel Kahane’s 2089: Book of Travelers (see AMTRAK DINING CAR… in last week’s Weekly Magazine) opened to acclaim for a brief run at BAM. It travels to the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Jan. 20. For more, click HERE
O (NLY IN) CANADA
WHY STRESS when your flight is delayed? Click HERE
DOZING AUDIENCE MEMBER WAKES
WITH A SCREAM. Kastchei’s Infernal Dance from Stravinsky’s Firebird shocks a snoozer at a concert in Redding. Good to know Redding enjoys fine performance art to complement its outstanding Sundial Bridge over the Rio Sacramento.
CAMERATA SINGERS CHRISTMAS, click HERE
JEFF GARRETT’S one-man Scrooge: the Haunting of Ebenezer, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE
CELEBRATED CHANTICLEER returns to Carmel Mission. A CELTIC CHRISTMAS on the solstice in Santa Cruz.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor