Weekly Update

NoelYOUNG HARP VIRTUOSO NOËL WAN

WINNER of Carmel Music Society’s 2014 instrumental competition performs a solo recital of numerous composers. For details, click HERE, or on the ad, left.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

REBECCA JACKSON and distinguished colleagues present the eighth annual Music in May festival at Peace United Church, Santa Cruz, Friday and Saturday. Click HERE Click our CALENDAR for more info.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR INCREASES ARTS FUNDING

LA TIMES says state support increase is modest, as local Arts Councils urge citizens to support school districts in implementing new music and arts funding guidelines. Click HERE

THE ENLIVoltaireGHTENMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS

JACOB SOLL reviews three important new books for The New Republic: The Enlightenment: History of an Idea by Vincenzo Ferrone, The Enlightenment And Why It Still Matters by Anthony Pagden and Inventing Human Rights by Lynn Hunt. Click HERE

CARMEL HOUSE CONCERTLeoneCarol

SATURDAY AFTERNOON some 40 music lovers gathered at the Carmel Highlands home of pianists/piano teachers Lyn and Renée Bronson to hear a recital by Carol Leone, a professor of piano at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas. The veteran artist was a student of pianists Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Guido Agosti. The event brought to mind the great 15-year Keyboard Artist Series produced by the Bronsons in the 1980s and ‘90s, during which many of the finest artists in the world appeared in Carmel, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jorge Bolet and Nelson Freire. Leone’s program included sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven and Bartók, a Liszt song transcription and Prelude and (double) Fugue in E Minor by Shostakovich. A Scarlatti encore preceded a festive reception.

COULD ARCHITECTURE SAY IT BETTER?

Chinese music schoolNEW MUSIC SCHOOL in China. To promote and increase tourism to a newly developed area in Huainan, China, the local government built a house that resembles a giant piano and a giant transparent violin, which serves as the main entrance and staircase to the building. Other than promoting tourism, the house also serves as a music facility for music students in a nearby college. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor