DECODA! strings with clarinet (above) includes Brahms quintet and David Bruce’s Gumboots. (See below.) SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY presents “The Orchestra Rocks,” a family concert with guest artists at SC Civic. Brian Johnston is concert director for SC CHAMBER PLAYERS’ “Arc of Romanticism” program of Beethoven, Schumann & Brahms in Aptos. YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY presents “Peace & Drama” in Carmel with piano competition winner Simon Xinyun Liu playing Rachmaninoff. WINTER DANCE FEST 2018 at the Colligan on Saturday. For links to these and other events click our CALENDAR or the ads, left.
DECODA MASTER CLASS
FOR STUDENT MUSICIANS is open to the public, Saturday, 11am, in the chapel at York School, 9501 York Road, Monterey.
DAVID BRUCE’S 2008 quintet for strings and clarinet(s) will be included in Decoda’s program for Chamber Music Monterey Bay.
SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY SOUNDS THE ALARM
OF COURSE it applies equally to the other non-profit arts institutions in our communities. THANK YOU SC SYMPHONY for taking the lead.
DO YOUR PART TO SAVE FUNDING FOR THE ARTS! This past week, the Trump Administration announced its proposed budget for 2019 which calls for a drastic reduction in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an independent federal agency that supports arts learning and strives to “promote equal access to the arts in every community across America” (Arts.gov). The NEA provides support for music, media arts, theater, and more. To keep the NEA funded, we need your help! Call your representatives and urge them to vote in favor of protecting our arts. You can find the congressperson for your district here and the contact information for your senators here.
GIBSON GUITARS FACING BANKRUPTCY
IN BUSINESS, including the famous Les Paul guitar, for 116 years. Click HERE
PAUL SIMON’S “HOMEWARD BOUND” FAREWELL TOUR
CLOSEST APPEARANCE to Monterey Bay is Oracle Arena, Oakland, May 25.
STILL CRAZY at Hyde Park, London, 2012
RUBE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
AMERICAN-BORN DMITRI TYMOCZKO is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book A Geometry of Music has been described as a “tour de force” and a “monumental achievement.” Taking his place among other American Mavericks composers, this new CD follows two previously acclaimed releases, Beat Therapy and Crackpot Hymnal. Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was an American cartoonist, writer and inventor who developed an ingenious yet convoluted mechanical methodology for accomplishing just about anything. He inspired such ultimate DIY heroes as the mythic MacGyver. The three works on this fabulous new release, I Cannot Follow, Rube Goldberg Variations and S Sensation Something were all composed in 2014. The first, in three movements and inspired by a 16th century madrigal, features Flexible Music, and ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and piano. Synthesizing classical and jazz, its instrumentation leans toward jazz/rock, but its delicate bell tones are flavored Asian. The second, in four movements—one of which is titled Stravinsky Fountain that recalls jazz in Paris in the ‘20s with New Orleans processional thrown in—is performed by the virtuosic Atlantic Brass Quintet with pianist John Blacklow. The piano is ‘reinvented’ with various foreign items—bits of erasers, paper clips—set loose on the strings. S Sensation Something is a single-movement piano quintet in classical character, with the Amernet String Quartet and pianist Matthew Bengtson. But with Stravinsky, Ornette Coleman and Dmitri Shostakovich in its DNA, expect some attitude. Tymocszko displays great confidence and craft. One of his tricks is to move different voices forward at different speeds, a well-known technique of JS Bach. Repeated listening reveals more treasure.
SIXTY MUSICIANS PERFORM IN 500 SQ FEET
IT GIVES INTIMACY a whole new meaning.
THEY WERE WORKING ON…
GABRIEL KAHANE’S EMPIRE LIQUOR MART (9127 S. Figueroa St.) from Kahane’s album The Ambassador. Talented singer/songwriter is the son of eminent concert pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane.
TEACHING J-LAW HOW TO ‘BALLERINA’
KURT FROMAN transformed her for Red Sparrow. He prepped Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis for Black Swan. Click HERE
LILY, A SERPENTINE DANCE, CIRCA 1900
BY LOÏE FULLER, dance pioneer who left a big influence on post-ballet dance in America. Reconstructed by choreographer Jessica Coxe-Lindberg and danced by Laura Miller.
SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at the Cherry. Click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY & Josu de Solaun. Click HERE
CAMERATA SINGERS present Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass, a work written specifically to benefit the homeless. His great hit, Hear Me Redeemer, will be included. ENSEMBLE MONTEREY quartet will play Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time, in Carmel and Santa Cruz. SC SYMPHONY principal cellist Jonah Kim performs a special concert at Cabrillo College with colleagues including violinist Nigel Armstrong, violist Danny Stewart, and others. K.D. LANG concert in Carmel is sold out. MILES ELECTRIC BAND coming to Kuumbwa. Monterey’s annual JAZZ BASH BY THE BAY.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor