PACREP opens “Viva Las Vegas” Tribute Concert. CAFÉ MUSIQUE (above) returns to Hidden Valley for a New Year’s Eve party. CHERRY TRIO plays “Our Favorite Things.” FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY parties without alcohol. For links to these and other live performances, click our CALENDAR. Plus see OUR HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU: a bit of seasonal fiction and a delightful New York memoir.
PACREP’S “VIVA LAS VEGAS!”
FAMED SOPRANO McNAIR AMONG ACCUSERS
CONDUCTOR CHARLES DUTOIT, accused by several women of sexual abuse. Artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has agreed to part ways at least temporarily. Likewise Philadelphia. Click HERE
‘80s ROCK STAR CRASHES, resurrects himself as a classical composer.
A DESERVED STAKE IN HOLLYWOOD’S HEART
TOO MANY carrion regurgitaters in Tinseltown. Click HERE
PAIGE LONG’S HUGE FLUTES
ONCE THERE WAS a puny little Czech concert violinist named Rudolf, who lived in Sweden. Some of his friends thought he was not the best of musicians because he was restless; others thought he was restless because he was not the best of musicians. At any rate, he hit upon a way of making a living, with no competitors. Whether by choice or necessity, he used to sail about Scandinavia in his small boat, all alone, giving concerts in little seaport towns. If he found accompanists, well and good; if not, he played works for unaccompanied violin; and it happened once or twice that he wanted a piano so badly that he imagined one, and then he played whole sonatas for violin and piano, with no piano in sight. One year Rudolf sailed all the way out to Iceland and began working his way around that rocky coast from one town to another. (To read the entire tale, click HERE)
AND A 1950s JEWISH CHRISTMAS MEMOIR
BY DAVID SIPRESS, from the New Yorker three years ago. Click HERE
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAVE A WHISKEY SOUR, courtesy Oded Zehavi.
CLAREMONT TRIO comes to Chamber Music Monterey Bay with a menu of Beethoven, Smetana and California composer Gabriela Lena Frank. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS presents “Czech, Please,” including music by Smetana, Dvořák and Suk. BRIDGE PIANO QUARTET plays Santa Cruz. MADREGALIA celebrates Twelfth Night. PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA at Cocoanut Grove.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor