BRIDGE PIANO QUARTET plays Santa Cruz. MADREGALIA celebrates Twelfth Night. PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA (above) at Cocoanut Grove. 8 TENS @ 8 play festival opens in Santa Cruz. Click our CALENDAR and on the ads, left, for links to more live events.
LOVE’S LABORS NOT LOST
AMONG HOLIDAY AND NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS we’ve received was this from subscriber Miriam Ellis of UC Santa Cruz. “Thank you for the fine job you do on your Weekly Magazine. It’s an enormous amount of work, I’m sure, but you carry it out it with taste, clarity and excellent editing. There are probably many silent fans who don’t take the trouble to express their appreciation for your efforts but I wanted to be a vocal one.”
AND LIKEWISE A GREAT BIG THANK YOU
TO OUR TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS IN 2017: DON ADKINS, REBECCA BROOKS, ROGER EMANUELS, PHILIP PEARCE, OUR DOZENS OF FAITHFUL ADVERTISERS AND OUR HUNDREDS OF LOYAL SUBSCRIBERS, plus the many others behind the scenes who have enriched our pages, coverage and service to our readers and our Monterey Bay communities.
MEET THE PERSONAL CRISTIAN MĂCELARU
CABRILLO FESTIVAL MUSIC DIRECTOR answers 20 questions posed by The Violin Channel. (The 2018 Festival begins at the end of July.)
LEONTYNE PRICE, MOVIE STAR AT 90
LEGENDARY OPERA SOPRANO, who last sang in Carmel in 1986, is featured in “The Opera House,” a new documentary about the construction of the Metropolitan Opera’s new home in 1966 and the ill-fated opera by Samuel Barber that inaugurated it. Anthony Tommasini describes the film HERE
MEXICO’S PAPANTLA FLYERS
PRE-COLUMBIAN spiritual tradition. Its ‘dancers’ make it look, uh, queasy.
STUNNING NEW L’ORFEO
THE INVENTION OF RECITATIVE made it possible to turn narrative text into melody. The first great opera composer, Claudio Monteverdi, seized on it to create and stage the first great opera, in 1607, at the ducal court in Mantua. He had already done his homework in several books of madrigals, mostly for five voice parts, but some that were highly theatrical standalone operatic scenes. This hair-raising production puts all actors on the stage, including Cyril Auvity as Orfeo, Hannah Morrison as Euridice (and La Musica), Paul Agnew (the music director) as Apollo (dressed in white) and Eco, Antonio Abete as Pluto (dressed in black) and Cyril Costanzo as Charon. The orchestra of Les Arts Florissants consists of two each recorders, renaissance cornets, lutes and theorboes, four sackbuts (trombones), harp, harpsichord and organ, also appear on stage and in costume as does the chorus. The set consists of a circle of stone monoliths, Stonehenge-style, but on a human scale. The ensemble scenes were inspired by the paintings of Monteverdi-contemporary Nicolas Poussin, with side-lighting as the artist often favored. By this point in his life, Monteverdi had mastered the art of representing intense emotion in music; the tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice was a well-known and natural choice (as it would continue to be across later centuries) and the ambitious Italian master draws sharp contrasts between music of celebration, dance, brokenhearted despair and comforting consolation. The release includes the colorful 105-minute performance in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats and provides production background information and an online link to the entire libretto.
CATGUT STRINGS FOR VIOLINS
REAL GUTS from cats? If you’re not fainthearted, check it out.
IMAGINE…IT’S EASY IF YOU TRY
FROM 1980, shortly before he was assassinated in New York.
CLAREMONT TRIO comes to Chamber Music Monterey Bay in Carmel with a menu of Beethoven, Smetana and California composer Gabriela Lena Frank. SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS presents “Czech, Please” in Aptos including music by Smetana, Dvořák and Suk. FOR THE LOVE OF BACH: A preliminary look at the 2018 Carmel Bach Festival.
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor