The New Music Works’ Watermusic, this Friday at San Lorenzo Park on Dakota Avenue in Santa Cruz, will celebrate the city’s primary waterway and American music’s primary iconoclast, John Cage. Between noon and 3pm, music will echo up and down the San Lorenzo River from Duck Island, and will also appear in various locations along Pacific Avenue downtown. There’s also a Kickstarter element to this mini-festival. NMW has set itself a fundraising goal of $2500 that will extend one week after Watermusic. As of today, pledges of nearly half that amount have been confirmed, but September 12 is do or die. No town in the Monterey Bay Area is more into new music than Santa Cruz. Find details of the Friday events at NMW’s website: www.newmusicworks.org, and learn more about the fundraiser at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/philipcollins/watermusic
JUAN FELIPE MOLANO JOINS L.A. PHILHARMONIC
The music director of Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL) has been named the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s conductor of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Both programs are based on El Sistema, the Colombian music education program created to provide young people with an alternative to gangs, drugs and violence. El Sistema’s superstar pupil is the LA Philharmonic’s music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Joanne Taylor Johnson, president of YOSAL’s Board of Directors, said in a press release “Juan Felipe has been extremely important in the growth of the YOSAL program in both the number of students participating and the quality of their musicianship. He has been residing in Salinas, since coming to us from Colombia a year and a half ago and began working with our YOSAL musicians as Artistic Director and Conductor. Most recently, he has been very instrumental in developing a new YOSAL Nucleo in the Alisal School District in East Salinas.” In October, Molano will open the Monterey Symphony season as guest conductor in three performances that will feature screenings of the classic 1940 Disney film, Fantasia.
TOP CHICAGO SYMPHONY MANAGEMENT GOING COASTAL
The Chicago Sun Times reports on an unexplained flight of administrative talent.
JEWEL THEATRE OPENS SEASON WITH SAINT JOAN
George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan opens this weekend at Santa Cruz’ Center Stage. Susan Meister profiles the company’s leader, Julie James, as our Performing Arts People person of the week. Click HERE.
The composer is hardly a household name, but when honoring James Primosch with its Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters noted that “A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch… through articulate, transparent textures, he creates a wide range of musical emotion.” Primosch’s music has been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Collage, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Network for New Music. This recording includes four song cycles, featuring the leading American singers soprano Susan Narucki and baritone William Sharp with the 21st Century Consort conducted by Christopher Kendall. The CD includes four song cycles, From a Book of Hours, Four Sacred Songs, Dark the Star and Holy the Firm.
Scott MacClelland. editor