Weekly Update

TWO WORLD PREMIERES; ONE US PREMIERE

DSC00147CURRENTLY at PacRep in Carmel, a stage adaptation of Daniel Dafoe’s Moll Flanders. (Photo by Stephen Moorer.) Opening this weekend, a new gospel/reggae/rock musical version of Frank Capra’s celebrated film It’s a Wonderful Life, with words by Marcus Kaufman and music by Chris Perri, at Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theater. This coming Sunday Youth Music Monterey plays the first US performance of music by Emmy-winning Vietnamese composer Van-Anh Vo. Details of each on our CALENDAR

THEATER CRITIC PHILIP PEARCE

GIVES MOLL FLANDERS a rave (click HERE) and is on assignment to cover It’s a Wonderful Life this weekend.

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

THE CREATIVE CREW for It’s a Wonderful Life, Marcus Kaufman and Chris Perri, stage director Kathryn Adkins and music director Don Adkins. Click HERE

MENAHEM PRESSLER NO-SHOW

THE GREAT keyboard artist was down with bronchitis in Boston and unable to make his much-anticipated recital for the Carmel Music Society on Sunday. Luckily Hans Boepple was available with a demanding full-scale program of Handel, Brahms, Scriabin and Chopin. Boepple is a fine artist with a national reputation.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS

AND ENSEMBLE MONTEREY offer rare fare this weekend, including many Monterey Bay premieres. Click their ads, left, or our CALENDAR

COMPOSER SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS

ANDRÉ RIEU premieres his And the Waltz Goes On. See and hear it HERE

LEONARD BERNSTEIN BIOPIC

MARTIN SCORSESE is determined to honor the great American composer/conductor in a feature film. It’s already been cast! Mark Ruffalo or Michael Keaton as Bernstein?! Hmm. Click HERE

VIOLIN ROSIN CONFISCATED IN CHINA

STRING PLAYERS traveling into or out of Chinese airports must now leave their bow rosin behind. Norman Lebrecht reports. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor