ACCLAIMED CHANTICLEER RETURNS (above) for two performances on December 22 at Carmel Mission. Tomáseen Foley’s A CELTIC CHRISTMAS, featuring William Coulter & Edwin Huizinga, plays the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz on the solstice. For details and links to other live performance events, click our CALENDAR
CHAMBER MUSIC MONTEREY BAY board president Anne Fitzpatrick has just named Andy Sudol, right, as CMMB’s new executive director. A resident of Carmel Valley, Sudol previously was development director for the Monterey Jazz Festival and Stanford University’s Stanford Live performance series. He has served in related fields for USC and at UCLA, his alma mater.
REBECCA MILLER CD GETS NY TIMES ACCOLADE
CONDUCTOR MILLER, a Santa Cruz native, and her British pianist husband Danny Driver’s Hyperion CD is included in the New York Times ‘best’ 25 new classical recordings of 2017. As written by David Allen: “BEACH, CHAMINADE, HOWELL: Piano Concertos Danny Driver, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Rebecca Miller, conductor (Hyperion). Major orchestras ignored the 150th birthday this year of Amy Beach (1867-1944), but Hyperion did not in this fine release, recorded with tangible commitment by all concerned. Nor should the works by Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade be overlooked.”
SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2018 ANNOUNCED
MIKE RYAN, artistic director, describes SCS’ fifth season.
THE CHOIR THAT CAN NEVER SING TOGETHER
CYSTIC FIBROSIS VIRTUAL CHOIR keeps sufferers safe from grave health risk. Click HERE
COMPOSER GEORGE CRUMB, a Bridge Records favorite, now gets Volume 18 in his Complete Crumb Edition. I have never encountered a work by Crumb I didn’t like, immediately. He is not only an American original—who won the Pulitzer for his Echoes of Time and the River—but composes with a natural instinct for color and poetic grace. He is also extremely prolific; among his most impressive works are Ancient Voices of Children for boy soprano (to verses by Lorca), Dark Angels, Vox Balaenae, Night of the Four Moons, Apparition and his American Songbook VI Voices from the Morning of the Earth. This new release contains Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (Ruminations on Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk) played by pianist Marcantonio Barone. Three other pieces get their recording premieres: The Yellow Moon of Andalusia (Spanish Songbook III) and Yesteryear (A Vocalise for Mezzo-Soprano, Amplified Piano and Percussion) both featuring the voice of Tony Arnold, and Celestial Mechanics played by piano duo Quattro Mani.
MAKING MUSIC THE NEW WAY
AN ABUNDANCE OF NEW INSTRUMENTS. Is this the future of music? Click HERE
MARY’S LITTLE LAMB: FROM BACH TO REICH
PACREP opens “Viva Las Vegas,” Tribute Concert. CAFÉ MUSIQUE returns to Hidden Valley for a New Year’s Eve party. CHERRY TRIO plays “Our Favorite Things.” FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY parties without alcohol. OUR HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU: a bit of choice fiction.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor