CELEBRATED BALLERINA recreates famous impressionist’s dance paintings and sculpture. Click HERE
VESUVIO CARMEL EATERY GETS PLUG ON BBC NEWS
‘GOLFER’ BILL MURRAY threw a pissy and other people’s phones off the roof. Blame it on Crosby weather. Click HERE
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY TO YOUR TV
SAMSUNG IS LISTENING TO YOU and recording every word. Click HERE
NEW GRAMMY WINNER UPTOWN FUNK
WE HAD IT ON OUR WEEKLY UPDATE, December 22. Don’t believe me? Just watch.
WHERE MUSIC GOES IN THE BRAIN
NEW RESEARCH claims to hit the spot. Click HERE
SC SHAKESPEARE GETS ITS NEW HOME
LAST TUESDAY the Santa Cruz City Council approved a two-year lease of DeLaveaga Park to Santa Cruz Shakespeare, the company that rose phoenix-like from the ashes of UC Santa Cruz’ Shakespeare Santa Cruz and has been held at arm’s length by the university ever since, as one might hold one’s nose driving past a road-killed skunk.
MARIN ALSOP’S NEW BERNSTEIN CD
BERNSTEIN PROTÉGÉ conducts her Baltimore Symphony in Lenny’s Kaddish Symphony, and even rarer works. Like many great composers, Bernstein’s music always immediately sounds like Bernstein. His harmonies, voice-leading, counterpoint and, perhaps especially, syncopated rhythms are a dead-giveaway. You hear them in his Missa Brevis of 1988 for solo alto, mixed chorus and percussion. (Its final slow-paced Dona nobis pacem is set in counterpoint against a wild, high-speed dance.) The Lark, from 1955, in a concert version from 2008, alternates episodes from the mass with Lillian Hellman’s adaptation from Jean Anouilh’s narrations by Joan of Arc, as recited by actor Claire Bloom. Tubular bells, virtually nonexistent in Bernstein’s music, appear in both which are performed by members of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
The main event, however, is the Third Symphony Kaddish, described in the notes as “the least performed and most misunderstood” of the composer’s three symphonies. In fact, the work is an oratorio with an ongoing narration, originally done by the composer’s actress wife, Felicia Montealegre, a role taken with authority by Claire Bloom. Bernstein wrote his version of the Kaddish prayer which figures in each of the three movements. The speaker addresses God face to face in a personal, even blunt manner, “not with fear but with a certain respectful fury.” Those exotic dance syncopations and distinctive melodies make several appearances in the 42-minute piece. The Maryland State Boychoir and Washington Chorus share the material along with the gorgeous solo soprano voice of Kelley Nassief. This is a timeless exciting work, full of drama, powerful music and rich content, and performed spectacularly under Alsop’s intensely dedicated leadership.
FUTURE AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
NETWORK MEETING with guests Alex Richardson, marketing director Sunset Center and Douglas Ambort, executive director Chamber Music Monterey Bay. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 8:30—10am, UC MBEST Center, 3180-A Imjin Road, Marina (between Reservation Rd. and the Marina Airport.)
MONTEREY SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR’S PREMIERE
PODIUM GUEST Farkhad Khudyev has composed The Sounds of Eternity in celebration of the Symphony’s 70th anniversary. Click our CALENDAR, or on ad, left.
FOUR NEW STAGE OPENINGS
OUR CALENDAR lists new shows: an “intimate” The Tempest at Paper Wing Fremont, The Waiting Room at UCSC, The Little Mermaid at Cabrillo College and Crimes of the Heart at the Monterey Museum of Art. Click HERE
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
PAULETTE LYNCH, visionary executive director Monterey County Arts Council. Click HERE
SC CHAMBER PLAYERS including a Barry Phillips world premiere. And
PIANIST SEAN CHEN, Van Cliburn medalist plays Carmel. Click HERE (Be sure to scroll down.)
Scott MacClelland, editor