Weekly Update

TWO MORE CLASSICAL SEASONS TO BEGIN

SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY and Chamber Music Monterey Bay launch their 2015-16 series. CMMB presents the Cypress String Quartet and friends in music by Glazunov (150 this year), Schoenberg and Brahms. Click our CALENDAR, or on their display ad, left. Santa Cruz Symphony plays in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, with Van Cliburn gold-medalist Jon Nakamatsu in an all-American program. Click our CALENDAR, or their ad, left.

CARMEL’S NED McGOWAN’S NEW IPAD CONCERTOKaiko

INTERNATIONAL FLUTIST/COMPOSER’s concerto for iPad and orchestra, “Rotterdam Concerto II,” will be performed in Rotterdam on October 15 at De Doelen by the Sinfonia Rotterdam with conductor Conrad van Alphen and iPad soloist Keiko Shichijo (Mrs. McGowan, right) For a preview of excerpts from the concerto on YouTube, Click HERE

A YEAR BY THE SEA SCREENED IN NEW YORK

MONTEREY NATIVE ALEXANDER JANKO’s new film based on Joan Anderson’s memoir was shown last Friday in New York. His director’s cut will be edited this week and shown again on the weekend. The film has been accepted for January’s Sundance Festival in Utah and is expected to be released to theaters later next year. It stars Karen Allen, Celia Imrie and S. Epatha Merkerson. Click HERE

CARMEL BACH FEST 2016 HIGHLIGHTS ANNOUNCED

LAST SUMMER, the Festival packed more than 60 events into two weeks, more than it had when it was spread over three weeks. 2016 highlights will include local premieres of CPE Bach’s Magnificat, JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor with period instruments and a concert version of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo. Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst (with rain sticks) and Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony join JS Bach’s Ein feste Burg cantata on the Friday Main Concert. Biggest change involves the Carmel Mission: two different programs with one to be repeated at Sunset Center on the second Thursday night program. The first Thursday Main Concert will serve up a vocal solos program with piano “from Purcell to Broadway.” Details coming soon.

IS KUSP BETTER OFF WITHOUT TERRY GREEN?

STATION MANAGER for 12 years, Terry Green was released two and half weeks ago, throwing the future of the 43-year-old listener-supported FM station which carries crushing debt into further uncertainty. Some board members have resigned. In mid-August, Green had advised members of Arts Council Monterey County that a timeline had been established to reevaluate KUSP’s future at the end of 2015. Some board members want the station to quit competing with CSU Monterey Bay’s KAZU and return to live presenters of recorded music. For decades, KUSP 88.9 was the only place to go for recorded broadcasts of the Cabrillo and Monterey Jazz festivals, the Monterey and Santa Cruz Symphonies, and many other live classical concerts at Sunset Center in Carmel.

GUITARIST KENNY HILL WINS GFA AWARD

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 2015: GFA Industry Leadership Award bestowed on Santa Cruz guitarist and guitar maker. Click HERE

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE PERSON

DANCER MICHA SCOTT opens the new Tandy Beal ArtSmart Concert Series this Saturday. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

SHOSTAKOVICH 8TH STRING QUARTET heard in two different versions by the Santa Cruz Chamber Players and Ensemble Monterey. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor