SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY to play a world premiere by its conductor, Daniel Stewart, plus contrabass virtuoso William Langlie-Miletich in a concerto by Bottesini and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin & viola. Irving Klein String Competition director Mitchell Klein said, “The first prize winner was double bassist William Langlie-Miletich, a student of Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson at the legendary Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. His performances of music by Bach, Brahms, Bottesini, and the composer of the commissioned works at the Competition, Giancarlo Aquilanti, captivated the audience and the jury.”
CARMEL MUSIC SOCIETY hosts Israeli Chamber Project (pictured above) in music by Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Ravel and Schumann.
CELLIST COLIN CARR IN TOWN for a Thursday fundraiser: “Deetjen’s Best: Bach and Buffet” includes dinner buffet by Deetjen Inn chef Domingo Santamaria, to raise funds to repair major mudslide damage to the historic Deetjen Big Sur Inn. Carr will play two of JS Bach’s cello suites.
SMUIN DANCE SERIES 01 comes to Sunset Center.
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CONDUCTOR LÓPEZ COBOS succumbed to cancer early this month. He and the Monterey Symphony music director both worked closely with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid; Bragado made many recordings with them for the Naxos label. López Cobos was a former music director there as well as with the Cincinnati Symphony, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Orquesta Nacional de España. Bragado writes, “Without a doubt, Jesús López Cobos had a privileged memory and a great understanding of style. I would characterize his conducting as clear, concise and, above all, lyrical. The world has lost one of the great orchestra conductors of our time.” Bragado added this additional background, “Jesús was my senior by five years, but we had many of the same teachers at the Music Conservatory of Madrid, and in many instances, we had the same friends. I saw him conduct on innumerable occasions from the initial moments of his career as a choral conductor with a group from the University of Madrid, to performances with the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Orchestra of Spain and many more. He was a man with great ambition and shrewd intelligence, developed to the maximum by his early education in the Jesuit Schools in his home city of Toro in Zamora, coincidentally just five miles from the small town where my grandfather was born.”
Maria Josefa García Cirac, the Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism, announced that the symphony hall of the Miguel Delibes Auditorium in Valladolid will be named after Jesús López Cobos.
DURING Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Michael Stamp, a Santa Cruz violist groaned, “Not another viola joke!”
A NEW DOUBLE BIOGRAPHY on the men who changed the course of Broadway musicals in America and around the world. Click HERE
ARE THESE COPS BREAKING THE LAW?
LE FIGARO is the oldest national daily in France and is one of the two French newspapers of record, along with Le Monde. With its center-right editorial line, Le Figaro is the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde. Music critic Christian Merlin has been with Le Figaro since 2000.
An interviewer put this question to him: What do you think is the purpose of the concert review? Is it to put across this sensual experience to the reader? “Of course! The critic’s role is three-fold: to narrate, to analyze and to judge. To narrate, because a concert (or opera performance) is a one-off experience, an evening which is like no other. In fact, therefore, one of the functions of a critical review is to make the readers part of that experience, to make them feel as if they were there. To analyze is absolutely essential. It’s the beginning of everything, since one has to try to understand what the artist was trying to accomplish and the specifics of what one has heard and seen. And finally, to judge, because analysis on its own is not enough. The critic should evaluate, assess, do justice to what they themselves have felt. I don’t believe that a fully objective and impartial review can exist. That may sound brutal, but one has to come off the fence, to pronounce, not to hesitate to say ‘clearly, the artist wanted to do xyz, he had such and such a concept of the work, but I didn’t buy it’. But one has to explain why, that’s the number one priority, not to treat a matter of taste as an absolute. That’s why judgment comes last, after narration and analysis: in my view, a review which is not properly argued is null and void.”
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MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
CHASIDIC ROCK? Now try Perl, an all-female Hasidic religious rock band, headed up by PERL WOLFE, that performs purposefully for women.
AND DALIA SHUSTERMAN’S Bulletproof Stockings, from the same Brooklyn neighborhood.
JULIUS CAESAR in Ben Lomond and COMING OF AGE in Santa Cruz. Click HERE
PIANIST PAUL ROBERTS in Santa Cruz. MONTEREY SYMPHONY in Carmel. Click HERE
COMING UP AFTER EASTER
ENSō STRING QUARTET in Carmel. APRIL IN SANTA CRUZ new music series at UCSC. SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE festival resumes. MPC STRING ENSEMBLE in Carmel. AL JARDINE in Santa Cruz. LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE in Salinas.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor