PAUL CONTOS GETS 2017 DOWNBEAT AWARD
MONTEREY JAZZ FEST EDUCATION DIRECTOR awarded DownBeat Magazine Jazz Education Achievement Award recognizing his impact on students at the MJF, UC Santa Cruz and SFJAZZ. The DownBeat Jazz Education Achievement Award winners, chosen by its editors, acknowledges jazz instructors who have made significant contributions toward the development of future jazz artists and positively impacted their school’s jazz programs through their commitment to jazz education. Click HERE ALSO, ROB KLEVAN, left, MJF’s Education Director from 2003-2011 and current MJF Middle School and Honor Vocal Ensemble Director and York School instructor, was recently given the Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music’s 2017 John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award. (Photos by Edie Ellis.)
COMING UP THIS WEEK
ENSEMBLE MONTEREY and Cabrillo Touring Chorus are taking their new commission, Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Sunset in My Hand, for chamber orchestra, chamber choir and youth choir, to Carnegie Hall in New York. They’re performing it at a kick-off to the tour on Saturday at Cabrillo College. Jazz at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz includes a ukulele masterclass by Tim Egan. Summertime Bands on the Beach series starts up this Friday at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with two shows by Eddie Money. SpectorDance holds its Spring Performance with four opportunities to watch in Marina. Details and live links on our CALENDAR PACREP opens Peter and the Starcatcher at the Golden Bough Playhouse in Carmel.
FOOD FOR DANCERS
IF YOU’VE EVER WONDERED how male dancers lift their partners with such grace and ease, study their diets. Click HERE
THE SOUNDS OF EXTINCTION
RACHEL CARSON warned us in her SILENT SPRING, published in 1962. BERNIE KRAUSE proves her prediction, alarmingly.
CELLIST JEREMY TAI WINS THE 2017 KLEIN COMPETITION
LOOK FOR HIM to join the Santa Cruz Symphony as a soloist in a coming season. Click HERE
DANIEL HSU TAKES CLIBURN AWARDS
AT JUST 19, BAY AREA NATIVE won Bronze plus Best Performance in Chamber Music and Best Performance of a New Work. Click HERE
CARMEL NATIVE, now resident of Amsterdam, has joined the Eighth Blackbird chamber ensemble at the Ojai Festival as a guest artist for the two-week Blackbird Creative Lab through Sunday, June 24.
THE WORLD’S LONGEST string instrument, an 800-foot musical skyscraper. Click HERE
REI HOTODA, currently assistant conductor of the Utah Symphony, was the unanimous choice from a field of six by both the orchestra’s board and its musicians’ search committee. See her in action.
LARA DOWNES, INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
UC DAVIS pianist/artist-in-residence wins 2017 annual Chancellor’s Award.
FRESH THEATER REVIEWS
LAYNE LITTLEPAGE in Carmel and Born Yesterday in Salinas. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca RC Brooks, associate editor