NEW THIS WEEK
Two new play openings: The Full Monty at PacRep in Carmel; My Three Angels at Mountain Community Theater in Ben Lomond.
Four orchestra programs: Monterey Symphony plays West Coast premiere of Christian Lindberg’s Chick-a-Bone Checkout* featuring Chicago Symphony principal trombone Charlie Vernon; Hidden Valley String Orchestra debuts; UC Santa Cruz Orchestra & Chamber Choir in Haydn & Brahms; Ensemble Monterey dances the tango with Astor Piazzolla. See our Calendar for details.
* (What the heck does Chick-a-Bone Checkout mean? Daniel Wakin in the NY Times explains: Mr. Lindberg asked Mr. Vernon detailed questions about his favorite notes and intervals in different registers and volumes. He e-mailed fragments of music, and Mr. Vernon chose the ones he liked. They settled on seven fragments, and Mr. Lindberg built a movement around each, evoking the rhythm and energy of Chicago with the title “Chick ‘a’ Bone Checkout.” The title plays on the words Chicago and trombone, and the idea of “Let’s check it out,” Mr. Vernon said.)
BACH FESTIVAL STRING MASTER CLASSES
Carmel Bach Festival violinist Emlyn Ngai and cellist Paul Rhodes will hold master classes for string players interested in Baroque performance practice this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Carmel Presbyterian Church, Junipero & Mountain View, Carmel. The public is invited to observe. Contact Julia at the Bach Festival for more info: 624-1521 x 17.
MONTEREY COUNTY THEATRE ALLIANCE UPDATE
Philip Pearce attended the Monday night’s Annual Meeting and reports in detail. Click HERE.
International conductor Stewart Robertson, a longtime Carmel Valley resident, launches the Hidden Valley String Orchestra. Click HERE.
PHILANTHROPY DAY AWARDS LUNCHEON
This Friday marks Annual National Philanthropy Day. The Central Coast chapter holds its Awards Luncheon at the Inn at Spanish Bay, starting at 11:30am. Click HERE. Honorees include Bob Johnson (Philanthropist), Chevron North America (Philanthropic Corporation), S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Philanthropic Foundation), Agricultural Leadership Council (Philanthropic Service Organization), Diego Espinoza (Outstanding Young Adult) and Austin Eaton (Outstanding Philanthropic Youth).
S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION GRANTS ANNOUNCED
S.T.A.R. (Support The Arts Regionally) have announced their Fall Edition, totaling $70,679, of its semiannual grants, as follows:
• Pacific Repertory Theatre: $5,000 for SoDA; $5,000 for on-going grant for their building improvement (and $5,000 for SoDA promised for next spring);
• Monterey Bay Charter School: $6,000 for instruments;
• Orchestra in the Schools: $5,350 for instruments;
• Community Partnership for Youth: $500 for their performing arts performance costs;
• Monterey High School Drama Department: $11,209.40 for a sound system (and $4829.50 for lighting in the spring);
• Monterey High School Dance program: $10,000 matching grant for a new floor;
• North Salinas High School: $2,000 theater productions costs;
• Hartnell College Choir: $5,000 matching grant for portable sound system and $2,960.00 for outreach to South County;
• Sacred Heart School: $2,830 production costs;
• CSUMB Summer Arts: $5,000 towards scholarships for Monterey County students
Philip Pearce ‘glows’ with A Christmas Story, now at The Western Stage. Click HERE.
Scott MacClelland, editor