Weekly Update

2015-16 CLATrebleSSICAL SEASONS BEGIN

FIRST OUT OF THE GATE: Ensemble Monterey (including a world premiere,) the Santa Cruz Chamber Players and Carmel Music Society. See our CALENDAR. Clicking on any of their display ads, left, will take you directly to their event pages.

S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION GRANTS ANNOUNCED

RECIPIENTS from King City to Salinas, from Monterey to Carmel, from jazz to theater and more. Click HERE

WHAT CRITICS WANT

READERS HAVE many expectations, often contradictory ones, of critics. Former NY Times music critic Allan Kozinn turns the spotlight on his own profession. Click HERE

PREPARING TO MISS MARIN ALSOP

WE CAN’T IMAGINE the Cabrillo Festival’s maestra, who leaves after the 2016 festival, as anything less than the anointed queen of new music and equal opportunities for women musicians. You can hear her Last Night at the BBC Proms for a few more days, Click HERE

CROWDFUNDING A NEW COMPOSITION

JEFF GALLAGHER, a Santa Cruz area clarinetist, is trying to make good on raising funds to pay for a new composition by Grammy-winning Barry Phillips before the Kickstarter deal times out. Gallagher is artistic director for the fourth concert program, next February, in the Santa Cruz Chamber Players current season and plans to give the Phillips piece its world premiere at that time. But to raise the $2,500 to satisfy the commission, the Kickstarter terms require that contributions be received by the end of the second full week of October. Click HERE

SPECTORDANCE’S EAST WEST

SEEN AT at Hartnell College last Saturday night, East West demonstrated how relevant to contemporary society dance can be. This work, inspired by Monterey County’s unenviable reputation as home to the most violent gang-culture in California, enacts all the raw emotional content of gang warfare, prison life and grieving families. Envisioned by creative director Fran Spector Atkins, it includes commentaries from youth who are Prison Chains_9103svulnerable to gang culture, soul-searching words from affected people in the community and firsthand accounts of gang-violence. The production includes stunning visual imagery integrated by William Roden and gripping contextual recitations by rap artist Baba Brinkman. The dancers bring their highly physical talents to the co-creative process. Colton Pierson Geiger, Anne-Marie Talmadge, Phillip Wainwright (hip hop choreographer) and associate director Jones Welsh are as much calisthenic athletes as creative artists. Talmadge’s solo performance as the grieving mother brought some in the audience to tears, including me. Any city that suffers from gang-culture should see this program. In less than one hour, it makes an unforgettable, perhaps life-changing, impact. (Jones Welsh photo by William Roden)

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

THIS WEEK it’s composer Josef Sekon whose music serves up a boldly original voice. He has also launched a new keyboard series in Aptos. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEW

RICHARD LYNDE took great pleasure from hearing Aptos Keyboard artist Anna Dmytrenko. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor