Weekly Update

chenSEAN CHEN TO RETURN

SNAPPED UP by the Santa Cruz Symphony, and recent Carmel Music pianist, the Van Cliburn winner will give a masterclass and solo recital at the beginning of April. Click HERE

SC SYMPHONY YOUTH CONCERTS

PLAY THIS WEEKEND in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, culminating their in-school program for 4000 4th & 5th graders. Click the video.

IN MEMORIAM HARPER LEE

“ATTICUS TOLD ME to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.” She could have added: and a better writer as well.

MUSIC FROM THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON

APOLLO 10’s bizarre encounter is explored by Science Channel’s new series. Click the video.

CARMEL’S FOREST THEATER UPDATE

FT GUILD’S WALT DEFARIA visited the renovation scene last Wednesday and reports: “I was very pleased to see that things are moving forward. The cement work is finished and they began a major asphalt pour that morning. One of the things that softens the look of the new ADA pathways is the Carmel-like stone work facing the cement that defines the pathways. ADA-required handrails are just beginning to be installed. And new low-level path lighting system is part of the handrail instillation.

“The aisles between seats now have a solid foothold eliminating the old dust and dirt footpaths. The look is still rustic but now much cleaner without the dirt falling down into all the pathways. The stage has been stabilized and a new, safer electric system has been installed throughout. There is every indication that the Forest Theater will be open prior to the May 1 load-in set for the Forest Guild as they begin their half of the summer season.”

THE DANCING CONDUCTOR RETURNS

IRRESISTABLE this time for Kismet, in Vienna. To watch, click the video.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

KING CITY’S BRUCE GRAHAM is about to wrap up a four-decade career teaching kids from elementary through high school. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

THEATER CRITIC PHILIP PEARCE reports on intimate new openings of The Tempest & Crimes of The Heart. Click HERE (Be sure to scroll down.)

MONTEREY SYMPHONY plays Mozart, Beethoven and world premiere of conductor Farkhad Khudyev’s The Sounds of Eternity. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor