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SC SYMPHONY GIVES PLAYERS RAISE

UNDER TERMS of a new three-year contract negotiated with Local 6 American Federation of Musicians, Santa Cruz Symphony musicians will get an eight percent base wage rise.

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PBS NEWSHOUR reports on a new space at Davies Symphony Hall that removes the traditional, stereotypic formality of classical concerts. To read or listen, click HERE Click on the photo to enlarge it.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

TODAY’S MONTEREY HERALD reports that the Monterey Peninsula College faculty union disputes by a wide margin the administration’s claims for deficit spending. Overworked and underpaid MPC Theatre Company chief Gary Bolen talked with Philip Pearce. Click HERE

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ENCHROMA has developed eyeglasses that allow the colorblind to see colors for the first time. (There are 300 million colorblind people worldwide. Among them, opera, theater, movie, television and other visual arts lovers can rejoice. Click HERE

18 YEAR OLD JAZZ PIANIST PATRICK HOGAN

REMEMBER THE NAME. He dazzled listeners and seasoned performers alike at last Sunday’s Jazz Jam at Seaside’s Embassy Suites. When he got a solo he soared; this is a star in the making.

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BEFORE weighing in on an outstanding recent recording, I must acclaim last summer’s production of the great work by the Carmel Bach Festival under its music director Paul Goodwin; it was thrilling, dramatic and deeply affecting.

What is it about this work that continually transcends all operas of the period, that flies above and beyond the stage works of its time, the actual laboratories of innovation?

Rene Jacobs and the Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin made the recording in 2012 and Harmonia Mundi released it in 2013, but only recently announced local distribution. Any fresh ‘go’ at the Bach masterpiece will draw enthusiasts like moths to a flame, and some, like myself, will embrace this one as the best of the bunch. To read more, click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

THE EGO MACHINE at Paper Wing Fremont. Click HERE

SMUIN BALLET at Sunset Center. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor