Weekly Update

THE WESTERN STAGE’S 40TH

William Inge’s Picnic opens the 40th anniversary season of The Western Stage this weekend. (See our Calendar HERE.) Following in order, in one or the other stages on the Hartnell College campus, are Woodie Guthrie’s American Songs, West Side Story, The Arsonists, Harvey and A Christmas Story, the Musical.

I caught up with TWS Artistic Program Director Melissa Chin-Parker who is responsible for education and community outreach programs. (The season of plays and musicals is the purview of Artistic Director Jon Selover.)

Chin-Parker (photo by Marissa Merrill) shared exciting news: This fall, credits for an Associates Degree (AA) in Hartnell’s theater arts will be fully transferable to CSU theater Melissa03arts programs for matriculated students. She also was pleased to say that since TWS was taken under the authority of the Hartnell Foundation, following the termination of its independent non-profit status in 2009, its popular programs now have a stable basis for current and future operations.

Special 40th anniversary season events also fall under Chin-Parker’s responsibilities. You can find more about them HERE.

PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Terrterry75x75y Green, KUSP general manager, informed us that two weeks ago the Radio Television Digital News Association awarded the non-commercial station two Edward R. Murrow awards, one for Best Broadcast Related Website and the other for Continuing Coverage of a Developing Story, specifically The Water Squeeze, which was begun last year and has consolidated coverage of regional water supply issues, including desal and the razing of the San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River. Congrats to Terry and his indefatigable team!

SPEAKING OF KUSP

This week’s Performing Arts People person is Brett Taylor, host of KUSP’s Sunday afternoon feature, “In the Latin Quarter.” Meet him HERE.

“THE COLORS OF MUSIC”

Max Bragado’s Monterey Symphony 2014-15 season subscriptions are now available HERE. The season begins in October with Walt Disney’s Fantasia on the big screen with podium guest Juan Felipe Molano (of Youth Orchestra Salinas) conducting the Symphony live. In November, Christian Lindberg’s trombone concerto, Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout, will feature Chicago Symphony principal trombonist (for whom it was written) Charlie Vernon, and Gershwin’s American in Paris. In February, pianist Joaquin Achúcarro will solo in Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody. In March, Judith Ingolfsson will play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The April program will include Roberto Díaz in the Viola Concerto by Walton and Prokofiev’s Seventh (last) Symphony. Bragado conducts an all-orchestral concert of Weber, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak and Ginastera to wrap up the season in May.

FRESH REVIEWS

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han and Ensemble Monterey with Cantiamo! in Carmel HERE. Jewel Theatre’s What the Butler Saw HERE.

Scott MacClelland, editor