UNFORGETTABLE JANE ORZEL MEMORIAL
FIRST UNITED METHODIST in Salinas, where Jane was organist, was packed with church members and musicians from two counties, both performing and in the audience last Saturday. More than 30 members of Cheryl Anderson’s Cabrillo Chorus sang music by Lauridsen, grieving widower John Orzel conducted seven members of the Monterey Horns in his own arrangement of the adagio from Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, members of Ensemble Monterey played a concerto movement for oboe and violin by JS Bach, and members of Jane’s bassoon class and three singers performed a laugh-out-loud bit of musical comedy by PDQ Bach. Two of the church choirs sang and Stephen Tosh played an extraordinarily personal new piano piece, titled Jane, as full of love as with pain and grief. (He later told me “I wrote it weeping.”) Bob Hylton, one of the Monterey Horns, said, “We will not soon see her like again.” One of Jane’s pupils, Alan Truong, who has played for two years in Youth Music Monterey’s Honors Orchestra, sent me a card, just days ago, writing, “For many more years I have worked exceptionally hard to become a fantastic bassoonist.” Could there be a better tribute to Jane?
FUTURE AUDIENCE NETWORK MEETING
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GARRISON KEILLOR AND BILL MAHER IN THE SAME WEEK?!
GO TO Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz for one or the other, or both. Click on our CALENDAR and scroll to THEATER, STORIES & STAND-UP.
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
LUCY FARIDANY, sought-after Monterey County classical pianist best known for partnering with solo performers, in chamber music and orchestras, is now planning solo programs. Click HERE
MONTEREY SYMPHONY FEATURES SOLO VIOLIST
ROBERTO DIAZ joins Max Bragado and the orchestra for William Walton’s Viola Concerto. Also a first regional performance of Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony. Click our CALENDAR, or on ad, left.
CABRILLO FEST NAMES COMPOSERS & ARTISTS
THIS SUMMER’S 53rd Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music has announced its twelve composers-in-residence as Mason Bates, Sebastian Currier, Charles Halka, Ana Lara, Hannah Lash, David T. Little, Huang Ruo, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Jonathan Newman, Sean Shepherd and Nathaniel Stookey. Also on the program are works by Philip Glass, James MacMillan, Christopher Rouse and Joby Talbot. The Festival’s roster of guest artists this year includes Colin Currie (percussion), Tim Fain (violin), Matt Haimovitz (cello), Tine Thing Helseth (trumpet), The Kronos Quartet, Nathaniel Stookey (narrator) and Wu Wei (sheng).
DEL SOL Quartet (Santa Cruz) & Miro Quartet (Carmel). Click HERE
PACREP’s Mulan, Jr. Click HERE
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SO WARNS international American conductor Kent Nagano. He tells Vienna’s Kurier that the art form is losing social relevance. Most young people consider it elitist and ‘belonging to the past.’ (Reported by Norman Lebrecht)
ZUBIN MEHTA: ISRAEL HAS LOST EUROPE, NOW LOSING AMERICA
ACCLAIMED CONDUCTOR, who enjoys a long and close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic, despairs Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent political gambits. In an interview with Amit Slonim published in the Hebrew-language Mako magazine, Mehta said, “I’m so worried about Israel’s global isolation. It’s happening on a daily basis. I think Israel has already lost Europe. Now it’s on the point of losing America. I read in the papers that support for Israel has declined among Americans. Half of all Americans do not support Israel. It didn’t used to be like that.” (Reported by Norman Lebrecht)
ALEX ROSS REMEMBERS ANDREW PORTER
NEW YORKER MUSIC CRITIC remains in awe of his late predecessor. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor