Weekly Update

THIS WEEK’S PAMB CALENDAR

When we launched PAMB a year ago, we didn’t realize how rich performing arts in the Monterey Bay Area actually were, in both quality and quantity. Our Calendar documents 47 live performances this week alone. You’d have to attend nearly seven each day to account for them all.

CMMB HINTS AT ITS 2014-15 SEASON

Chamber Music Monterey Bay has posted a preview to its 2014-15 season:
Festival Pablo Casals Prades, October 25; Escher String Quartet, November 14;
Jon Nakamatsu solo piano recital, January 31; Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, March 6;
Miró Quartet, April 10. The season includes works by familiar chamber music composers as well as Golijov, Shostakovich, Bielawa, Vine and a world premiere by Chris Theofanidis. All concerts at Sunset Center, Carmel. Details promised soon at www.chambermusicmontereybay.org

THIS WEEK’S PERFORMING ARTS PERSON

Reg Huston, well-known as a singing actor of opera and musical theater is also a major benefactor of performing arts in Monterey County. Click HERE.

BERNARDA FINK’S NEW MAHLER CD

I was surprised to discover that the fabulous mezzo Bernarda Fink is only this MI0003730210week making her New York Philharmonic debut. Born first-generation in Buenos Aires to Slovenian parents, and the younger sister of professional bass-baritone Marcos Fink, she enjoys a worldwide career on the opera stage, in the concert hall and in recordings made with at least a dozen internationally renowned conductors. To honor Fink’s NYP debut, Harmonia Mundi has just issued her new “Bernarda Fink sings Mahler Lieder,” a generous single CD that samples songs from the different periods of the composer’s career. She’s accompanied by pianist Anthony Spiri, the Gustav Mahler Ensemble in the Schoenberg reduced orchestration of Songs of a Wayfarer, and the Tonkunstler- Orchester Niederösterreich conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada. Included are the complete Kindertotenlieder, four of the five popular Rűckert-Lieder, one from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and some from the composer as a teenager.

YOUTH MUSIC MONTEREY’S MOTHER’S DAY

Pure celebration! A crowd of family members and YMMC supporters at Carmel’s Sunset Center bore witness and viscerally reacted to what had to be one of most upbeat and optimistic demonstrations of Monterey County’s musical future. Young musicians from YMMC’s South County Strings program joined a large contingent from the Orchestra in the Schools program and YMMC’s own Junior Youth Orchestra, prefaced with a splendid fanfare from YMMC’s new brass ensemble. Five-year-old Nicholas Brady played a movement from a Bach violin concerto. But what heartened us oldsters was the extraordinary playing by YMMC’s senior Honors Orchestra–a  professional-level reading by its string quartet of Astor Piazzola’s Tango for Four followed by Dvořák’s popular Eighth Symphony conducted by YMMC’s Farkhad Khudyev in an extraordinarily imaginative interpretation. This was a fiery, stormy and thrilling performance.

BYRON JANIS EXPLAINS HOW MUSIC HEALS

Click the link HERE to read the famed pianist’s Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal.

NEW PHILIP PEARCE REVIEWS

Click HERE to read his coverage of The Western Stage’s Picnic and MPC’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Scott MacClelland, editor