BALLETOMANES CHECK IN
Smuin Ballet’s XXCentric concludes their season this weekend with two premiere productions. See our CALENDAR.
AVANT GARDEN PARTY
The New Music Works 33rd annual showcase/benefit is this Sunday in Soquel. See our PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE page for our profile of NMW director Phil Collins.
CARMEL MUSIC COMPETITION
Top prize of $5,000 and a full recital during Carmel Music Society’s 2014-15 season went to harpist Noël Wan, 20, a native of San Jose. Second and third prize winners at the Saturday event were saxophonist Jeff Siegfried, 26, from the University of Oregon, and Armenia-born cellist Vardan Gasparyan, 24, from Los Angeles. A field of six musicians competed.
MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL’S NEW EDUCATOR
Samantha Samuels has been named Education Specialist. Her credentials include 12 seasons producing the Jazz for Young People concerts for the Jazz at Lincoln Center education department. She developed JALC’s early-childhood education series, WeBop. “I look forward to working with Samantha, and know firsthand that jazz and its sensibilities are a passion for her,” said Paul Contos, Education Director for Monterey Jazz Festival. “She’s worked on a continual basis with some of the most recognized names in jazz, organizing and implementing innovative programs to a wide audience.”
Elsa Con, artistic director of Magic Circle Theatre in Carmel Valley, has notified patrons that the popular company may shut down after its next production, The Mountaintop, due to a growing deficit. Meanwhile, Julie James of Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz has announced an ambitious 2014-15 season to include Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, Bohmler & Adler’s musical Enter the Guardsman, Simon Stephens’ Harper Regan, the world premiere of Kate Hawley’s Complications from a Fall, and Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind.
WHY WE NEED MUSICAL DISSONANCE
New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini’s The Art of Setting the Senses on Edge includes seven video clips of Tommasini illustrating his points. Click HERE.
Scott MacClelland, editor