Weekly Update

PACREP TOWN HALL MEETINGS THIS WEEK CANCELED

MORE LIKELY POSTPONED until after Forest Theater contract bids are submitted by next Monday’s deadline. Stay tuned.

ARTS HABITAT’S ‘ARTS IN PROGRESS PRESENTS’

ON TUESDAY (March 24), 7pm, guest speaker is conductor/music educator Rob Klevan, education director emeritus of the Monterey Jazz Festival, former director of bands at UC Santa Cruz and marketing director for Summer Arts at CSU Monterey Bay. The event will be held at The Press Club, 1123 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. $10 admission fee.

SUMMER ARTS RETURNING TO CSUMB

COURSES IN “The Classical Guitar” with Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery, Scott Tennant and others; “Audition! A Recipe for Musical Theatre Success” with Tony-winning Broadway music director Rob Fisher; “Romantic Lieder in Germany” featuring acclaimed baritone Olaf Baer and other fine professionals; and “Perspectives in Jazz Improvisation: From Louis Armstrong to Radiohead.” For details, click HERE

2015-16 SC SYMPHONY SEASON ANNOUNCED

AMID LOTS OF familiar fare (Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, Bach’s Brandenburg 5, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) are local rarities, including Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto with a recent Klein International String Competition winner, HK Gruber’s Frankenstein with the composer as “chansonnier” and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s NYX. The third program features Mahler’s First Symphony. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue on the opening program, Oct. 10 and 11.

CARMEL BACH FEST PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED

MAJOR WORKS include JS Bach’s St. John Passion, “Wachet auf” cantata, complete Brandenburg concertos, Haydn’s “Harmony” Mass, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Also Bártok’s Divertimento for Strings, Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, Benjamin Wallfisch’s Margrave Interludes, György Ligeti’s Concerto Romanesc and Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir. For the festival’s on-line calendar, click HERE

CULTURE CRASH: THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS

NEW BOOK of that title by Scott Timberg is reviewed in the New York Times by Ben Yagoda. Click HERE

PAMB’S PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE PERSON

IS KRISTEN THOMPSON, musical polymath/educator who has blazed her own trail. Click HERE

CAN YOU TELL IF THE COMPOSER IS A WOMAN OR A MAN?

I GOT ONLY seven of twelve answers right, and they were guesses. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

MPC’S Jungle Book. Click HERE
SANTA CRUZ and Monterey Symphonies. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor