“ORNITHOLOGY” takes wing at the Santa Cruz Chamber Players with composer Chris Pratorius Gómez as concert director, a world premiere and guests Ariose Singers. THE SUFFERS, Gulf Coast R&B (pictured) play Kuumbwa. Annual SANTA CRUZ MUSIC FESTIVAL takes over downtown venues and run-outs. Tom Parks’ new THE MEANING OF LIFE & OTHER STUFF opens at the Cherry in Carmel. FABIAN ALMAZAN & FRICTION STRING QUARTET play Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. CHORAL MUSIC and JAZZ at UC Santa Cruz. For links to these and all the other music, dance and theater events, click our CALENDAR
MONTEREY JAZZ NEXT GENERATION FESTIVAL
THIS WEEKEND at the new Monterey Conference Center.
ANNUAL GAIL RICH AWARDS
ARTS-FOCUSED EVENT at the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz. Recipients include IB Bayo, Janet Fine, Steve Palazzo, Cathy Warner & Paul Fleischman. Click HERE
FOUNDATION PRESIDENTS DEFEND NEA FUNDING
IT’S ABOUT COMMUNITIES more than arts. ArtPlace America and its foundation partners respond to the President’s 2019 Federal Budget Request that proposes cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, among other federal agencies. Click HERE
k.d. lang IN CARMEL
INGÉNUE REDUX” 25th anniversary tour to 19 venues throughout the US made its third stop at Sunset Center last week. Before a sold-out house lang sang all ten songs from the award-winning “Ingénue” album, plus some from her collaboration album “case/lang/veirs”—she wanted to call the trio Camel Tones but Neko Case and Laura Veirs would have none of it—and songs by fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. But for all the hi-tech production—two gigantic 18-wheelers and two huge tour buses—the sound at Sunset Center distorted lang’s spectacular voice. I’m keeping the original CD.
DE HAVILLAND LAWSUIT STICKS TRUTH TO POWER
DAME OLIVIA, at 101, in righteous indignation. Click HERE
THANK YOU Frances McDormand for invoking the “inclusion rider.” Click HERE
THANK YOU Monterey Regional Airport for your commercial inviting me to “fly to Yuma to check on the crops.”
SEE WHO THE MEMORIAM SEGMENT IGNORED
DOROTHY MALONE: Oscar-winner Best Supporting Actress for 1956’s Written on the Wind, Malone also appeared in The Big Sleep and later in Basic Instinct. DAVID OGDEN STIERS: M*A*S*H star, who performed the voice of Cogsworth in 1991’s Beauty and the Beast and appeared in several Woody Allen films. ADAM WEST: original big-screen Batman and the TV series. DELLA REESE: Touched by an Angel star’s films included Beauty Shop and Harlem Nights. CHRIS CORNELL: Soundgarden singer contributed to several film soundtracks, notably writing and performing the theme song for 2006’s Casino Royale. JOHN MAHONEY: known as Martin Crane on Frasier, Mahoney had notable roles in films like Moonstruck, Primal Fear and Say Anything. GLEN CAMPBELL: singer-songwriter was a nominee for Best Original Song in 2015 and had a supporting role in the 1969 Western True Grit. TOBE HOOPER: this horror legend directed Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. ROSE MARIE: best known for The Dick Van Dyke Show. FRANK VINCENT: actor who played Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos and had roles in Goodfellas, Casino, and Raging Bull. ROBERT GUILLAUME: star of ‘80s TV series Benson was also the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King and appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Fish. DAVID CASSIDY: ‘70s teen idol, the Partridge Family star rarely took film roles. LEWIS GILBERT: director of several James Bond films had a Best Picture nominee with 1966’s Alfie. POWERS BOOTHE: character actor had roles in Red Dawn, Nixon and The Avengers. DICK GREGORY: comedian and activist in the 1960s had small roles in a few films, including 2017’s The Leisure Seeker. NELSAN ELLIS: True Blood star played Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and other film roles. REG E. CATHEY: long TV and film career included the movies What About Bob?, Se7en and Fantastic Four.
ROY ORBISON TO TOUR UK 30 YEARS AFTER DEATH
IN THE LATEST RESURRECTION, holographic performances by the legendary singer/songwriter goes this spring.
MONTEREY PENINSULA GOSPEL CHOIR GOING TO S.A.
JOHN NASH’S MP Gospel Community Choir will fly to Johannesburg late next week. The ten-day trip will include a Woman of Today Conference. The choir will sing a Bon Voyage concert on March 15 in Pacific Grove.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF GOSPEL MUSIC
AFRICAN RHYTHMS, sin & the Hammond organ. Click HERE
VOICES FROM THE MORNING OF THE EARTH
A CYCLE OF AMERICAN SONGS (2008) is the sixth of seven American Songbooks that occupied composer George Crumb for most of the millennium’s first decade. This recording (Volume 17 of Bridge’s Crumb Edition) completes Bridge’s cycle of Crumb’s seven songbooks which constitute his magnum opus. These are well-known songs—My Lord, what a beautiful morning, A mountaineer’s sad song, Put my little shoes away (from the Ozarks), Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, When the Saints go marching in, Goodbye old paint, Pete Seeger’s Where have all the Flowers Gone—sung in the original but with Crumb’s delicate, mostly metallic percussion arrangements in a ghostly, otherworld character that sets them into a mystical timelessness. The songs are sung by soprano Ann Crumb (the composer’s talented daughter) and baritone Randall Scarlata, with pianist Marcantonio Barone and conductor James Freeman. Also on the CD is Crumb’s Idyll for the Misbegotten. The composer writes that “flute and drum are to me those instruments which most powerfully evoke the voice of nature. I have suggested that ideally (even if impractically) my Idyll should be “heard from afar, over a lake, on a moonlit evening in August.” The Sleeper with words by Edgar Allan Poe, transforms Poe’s lugubrious meditation on a dead beloved (“Soft may the worms about her creep!”) into a haunting ode to a woman slumbering beneath the “mystic moon.” (We reviewed Vol. 18 in December, HERE)
LARGEST COLLECTION OF LATIN MUSIC
IN SPAIN?! Gladys Palmera makes her vast library available to fellow music lovers.
HAMLET at MPC & A RAISIN IN THE SUN at UC Santa Cruz. Click HERE
JONAH KIM cello recital, ENSEMBLE MONTEREY Quartet for the End of Time and CAMERATA SINGERS’ Beatitude Mass. Click HERE
CONNER GRAY COVINGTON conducts the MONTEREY SYMPHONY. JEWEL THEATRE opens world premiere of Kate Hawley’s COMING OF AGE. SANTA CRUZ JAZZ FESTIVAL at Cabrillo College. MONTEREY PENINSULA COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR in Pacific Grove. PIANIST PAUL ROBERTS plays Liszt, Debussy & Ravel in Santa Cruz. SANTA CRUZ CHORALE hosts THE NEW CHOIR.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor