Weekly Update

MORTEN LAURIDSEN RESIDENCY AT CABRILLO

lauridsen cropRECLUSIVE in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound, Lauridsen spends his summers there composing. A longtime friend of Cheryl Anderson and her Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, Lauridsen will make two appearances as Artist in Residence, tomorrow and Saturday. Click HERE

JAZZ WITH AN ARMENIAN ACCENT

TIGRAN HAMASAYAN has infused his jazz with the folk music of his native country. The result is most distinctive. His trio appears this Thursday at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz. Click HERE

ELIZABETH BLUMENSTOCK, PROFESSIONAL

Elizabeth-Blumenstock-1-13-13WHILE I didn’t stay for the entire concert, I did detect a slightly careful edge to the Philharmonia Baroque Ensemble concert on Sunday. I later learned that lead violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock played the whole program with a cut on the leading finger of her left hand, leaving tracks of blood on the strings and fingerboard of her instrument. Brava to her for toughing out what must have been a very painful afternoon.

ART & POLITICS “WHIFF OF A NEW BLACKLIST”

WEDNESDAY, 6:30pm, Monterey 13 cinemas at Del Monte Center is screening an encore of last Saturday’s Live from the Met broadcast of the Tchaikovsky/Bartók double bill, in a production conducted by Valery Gergiev and starring Anna Netrebko, both targets of protests again the policies of Vladimir Putin. James Panero examines the relationship between Gergiev and Putin and its consequences. Click HERE

2 DESPLAT SCORES NOMINATED FOR OSCARS

HIS scores for The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel are both in line for Academy Awards. Meanwhile, pianist Gloria Cheng’s new Harmonia Mundi CD, MontageMontage, contains 17 new solo piano pieces played by Gloria Cheng, including Desplat’s Embrace (from Trois Etudes), a thoughtful turn that sounds at first like late Debussy. The solos were all written by composers best known for their film music, including Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes), Don Davis (The Matrix films), Desplat (The Queen, The King’s Speech, Argo), Michael Giacchino (Up, Ratatouille), Randy Newman (Monsters, Inc, Toy Story 3) and John Williams (Star Wars films, Jaws, E.T.).

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

MONTEREY County resident Jung-Ho Pak is a symphony orchestra conductor with an international reputation. You can meet him HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor