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ORNETTE COLEMAN, 1930-2015
JAZZ GIANT answers the question, What is sound? in a 9-year-old interview. Click HERE
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE that the late Aptos composer Lou Harrison, among many others, advocated. NPR provides an audio update. Click HERE
SPECTORDANCE PRESENTS TWO NEW WORKS
THEIR SPRING PERFORMANCE will premiere Fran Spector Atkins’ The World of Beatrix Potter and introduce a new update by Amy Byington of the Fokine classic Les Sylphides. Featured guest artist, Austin Moholt-Siebert from Ballet San Jose (pictured), will join dancers from SpectorDance School and Youth Company this weekend at their studios in Marina. See our CALENDAR for more information.
S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS awarded in May 2015 include $5,000 to provide $500 scholarships for ten students of Youth Music Monterey County; $5,000 to subsidize tickets for school students to attend SpectorDance performances in Salinas and King City at no charge; $10,000 to provide a new portable dance floor for students at Monterey High School; and $2,750 to help Caminos del Arte procure musical instruments for their annual festival in Salinas. Additionally, ten new Monterey County high school graduates will receive $1,000 for each of their four years in college or university. Since 2009 S.T.A.R. has distributed grants totaling over $750,000.
PIANO, VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO
“MORTON FELDMAN was a big, brusque Jewish guy from Woodside, Queens. To almost everyone’s surprise but his own, he turned out to be one of the major composers of the twentieth century.” So wrote Alex Ross in The New Yorker, in 2006. The composition whose title is the headline above was composed in 1987. He could have called it a piano quartet but that was not his way. He could have organized it into multiple movements. But, no, it’s a single track on this new Bridge CD, the fifth in a Feldman series, and plays straight through for 75 minutes. It is “imbued with luminous melancholy” says the program note. In its slow, quiet way, it can induce trance, meditation and/or sensuality.
PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE
JOHN ORLANDO, pianist and Santa Cruz concert presenter, and founder of the Distinguished Artists and Lecture Series. Click HERE
MICHAEL FRAYN’S Copenhagen, staged by SEETheatre at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, gets a rave from our Philip Pearce. Click HERE
Scott MacClelland, editor