JAZZ JAM AT EMBASSY SUITES
About three weeks ago, Lee Durley (see Performing Arts People, Sep 9) insisted that I should come to the Cypress Lounge at Embassy Suites in Seaside on the last Sunday afternoon of September for the monthly ‘Jazz Jam.’ Since I prefer my jazz to be intimate, not with mega-crowds like the Monterey Jazz Festival, and especially to be in the company of jazz lovers who know the art deeply, I accepted Durley’s invitation. I was prepared to write a couple of paragraphs for this update, but, like a small tsunami, a surge of local jazz talent kept showing up over the next hour and a half, each of whom was prepared to participate for the same love of it. Among them was guitarist Mike Lent (left.) This event deserves full coverage on our Music Reviews page. Click HERE.
LOL comedienne and regular on NPR’s Saturday feature “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” does a one-nighter in Monterey this Friday. Better move fast if you hope to get a seat at the Golden State Theatre. See our CALENDAR page HERE.
NEW THEATER OPENINGS
Mountain Community Theater’s production of Spamalot opens this weekend at Ben Lomond’s Park Hall. PacRep launches their 25th annual Shakespeare Festival with The Winter’s Tale at the Golden Bough in Carmel. See our CALENDAR for details. (Or click on the PacRep display ad, left.)
Stephen Moorer of PacRep urges theater-lovers to keep the pressure on the Carmel City Council at its meeting next Tuesday when the status of the shuttered Forest Theater comes up. Moorer says the negative impact of losing the historic outdoor venue on PacRep alone is well up into five figures.
Danny Stewart’s impact during 2013-14 as music director of the Santa Cruz Symphony makes it hard to believe that he is beginning just his second season here. We are delighted to catch up with this gifted young musician as our PAP person this week. Click HERE.
For his opening program, this weekend, Stewart is offering the Northern California premiere of In Seven Days, the opening narrative from Genesis as composed for piano and orchestra by Thomas Adès, with projections (in the Santa Cruz performance only.) At its premiere in New York, Times critic Anthony Tommasini wrote, “This riveting, restless and kaleidoscopically colorful 30-minute orchestra piece, written in 2008, incorporates projected videos by Tal Rosner to illustrate the Genesis story through music and imagery. Mr. Adès, also a skilled conductor and a brilliant pianist (as he proved in his solo recital at Carnegie Hall last March) played the piano part.” Nicolas Hodges, who gave the work its London and American (Los Angeles) premieres, will be soloist in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
As if in step with us, The Economist this week profiles the new and youngest-ever music director of the Boston Symphony, Andris Nelsons, in an article that cites a similar youthful breeze in Philadelphia (Yannick Nézet-Séguin) and Los Angeles (Gustavo Dudamel), and adds the comment: “This new raft of conductors also reflects a wider desire to rebrand an art form that has come to be seen as the exclusive property of the grey-haired and well-heeled.” To read it, click HERE.
For PAMB’s theater critic, what goes on backstage is as important as what you see from the orchestra seats or the galleries. Click HERE.
Scott MacClelland, editor