Weekly Update

IN MEMOjane orzelRIAM JANE ORZEL

THE MONTEREY BAY’S senior bassoonist and teacher died in her sleep on April 2. She was principal bassoon for the Santa Cruz Symphony and Ensemble Monterey, with whom she played their most recent concerts, and previously principal bassoon for the Monterey Symphony. She served as lecturer in bassoon at UC Santa Cruz and at Monterey Peninsula College. Jane was an outstanding musician upon whom many of her colleagues depended. She is survived by her husband John, who plays horn with the SC Symphony, and two daughters. The entire Monterey Bay classical music community and her many students are mourning her untimely passing. Her memory will be celebrated at a service, this Saturday, 2pm, at First United Methodist, 404 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas.

CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS WORLD PREMTheofanidis by jekowskyIERE

CHAMBER MUSIC Monterey Bay returns the Miró Quartet to play music by Haydn, Schubert and the premiere of “Five,” a new commission by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, the latest in CMMB’s Arc of Life world premieres. See our CALENDAR, or click on the ad, at left.

SC CHAMBER PLAYERS HOSTS DEL SOL QUARTET

THIS SUNDAY, Santa Cruz Chamber Players welcomes the Del Sol Quartet in Santa Cruz to premiere Aptos composer Josef Sekon’s Adendo, which the composer describes as “a one-movement, 12-minute work that was completed in December, 2013 [that] alternates between virtuosic, angular moments that serve as a counterpoint to the more tranquil, absorbing textures that blend and interchange with each other.” Del Sol violist IMG_8629BCharlton Lee describes the piece as “quite wild, very intense, dynamic, almost acrobatic, with a lot of color variations and textures, and compact with a lot of material.”

Del Sol was founded in 1992 and, like the Kronos Quartet and now many others, specializes in new and neglected music. Lee told me, “We really felt that we wanted to help propagate what’s happening now, to bring that to our audiences, to treat these composers as if they are the traditional repertoire.” The older composers Del Sol have performed and recorded are largely 20th century Americans, like George Antheil, Marc Blitzstein and Ruth Crawford Seeger. “We are the only group to have recorded Antheil and Robert Erickson, the teacher of Pauline Oliveros and Terry Riley,” says Lee. “We like working with living composers, like Jack Body and John Adams. And we have a new piece for quartet and guitar coming this year from Riley, for his 80th, and from the Bay Area’s Gabriella Lena Frank.” For more details, click on the ad, left.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE

JSBachAN ‘ASTONISHING’ variety of JS Bach’s virtuoso instrumental works for Baroque violin, Baroque flute and viola da gamba with harpsichord, played by the Festival’s resident ensemble, topped off with the celebrated trio sonata from The Musical Offering. See our CALENDAR, or click on the ad, at left.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

VIOLINMAKER David John Morse has populated many symphony orchestras with his instruments. Former San Francisco Symphony music director Herbert Blomstedt is only one among his many clients. Click HERE

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LAST FRIDAY evening the founder of Clarinets for Conservation, Michele von Haugg, introduced her charity to a gathering ready to both learn and pony up. Von Haugg was joined by Gary Sperl, principal clarinet for the Knoxville Symphony, Bear Valley Music Festival and Assisi Chamber Music Festival in Italy. To read more, click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor