Weekly Update

BOOMERIA ORGAN EXTRAVAGANZA

Each year at this time, the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival hosts a fundraiser at Boomeria, in Bonny Doon. The estate, built decades ago by a now-retired teacher at San Lorenzo High School, features a full-scale tracker organ housed in a barn, plus dungeons and catacombs, a spooky black castle in the woods, good food and drink and, for the first time, a guillotine demonstration. You need to procure your $50 ticket before this Saturday’s event in order to get directions to the legendary place. It’s a hoot of a time and something to lose your head over. See our Calendar for ticket info: click HERE.

NEW THEATER OPENINGS THIS WEEKEND

Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey puts on a staged version of George Orwell’s cautionary 1984, starting this Friday. Three collaborators dramatized the novel.

Cabrillo Stage, now showing Altar Boyz, adds Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together to its repertory, also beginning Friday. Michael McGushin, well known Santa Cruz musician, is stage- and music-directing the show.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare previews its Merry Wives of Windsor on Sunday.

For details, see our Calendar: click HERE.

BACH FESTIVAL OPEN REHEARSALS START THIS WEEK

Artistic Director Paul Goodwin, Concertmaster Peter Hanson and Associate Conductor Andrew Megill lead these onstage working sessions for their concerts. Gather in the Sunset Foyer 30 minutes beforehand for an introduction by Festival Dramaturge David Gordon.

Wednesday, July 9 7:00 PM: Inside the Music: Italian Opera
Monday, July 14, 7:00 PM: Concertmaster Peter Hanson Presents
Friday, July 25, 2:30 PM: Fresh Voices

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

International opera mezzo-soprano, Susanne Mentzer, a Carmel resident, appears as a guest in the current PacRep production, Hello Broadway!. Get to know her HERE.

THE ANDALUSIAN PHRYGIAN TETRACHORD

It’s your oldest musical friend: the most common musical sequence in history, from Greensleeves to the Moonlight Sonata to the Beach Boys to Rihanna. David Garland explores it on Spinning On Air. To read and listen, click HERE.

PRACTICING MUSIC WITHOUT THE RIGHT GENES IS “USELESS”

The current issue of The Economist reports on research that suggests that practicing music without the right genes is “useless.” The research, by Miriam Mosing of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, was published in Psychological Science. To read the Economist report, click HERE.

BLUES GOOD NEWS

The late, lamented Monterey Bay Blues Festival isn’t totally dead. Some diehard fans and organizers have announced a new all-star Blues, Brews and Barbecue at the Monterey Fairgrounds on the weekend of July 26, opening at 1pm, and 27, starting at 12 noon. To visit their website click HERE.

CHAMBER MUSIC MONTEREY BAY ANNOUNCES SEASON

CMMB’s 2014-15 season opens with the Casals Festival Soloists on Oct. 25. The following artists include the Escher String Quartet, solo pianist Jon Nakamatsu, the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio and the Miro String Quartet. Season subscriptions are now on sale. Find out more HERE.

FRESH REVIEWS

Philip Pearce reports on As You Like It at Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Susan Meister covers Hello Broadway! at PacRep: click HERE.

Scott MacClelland, editor