Weekly Update


This week it’s YOU, as we celebrate our first anniversary, May 1, and the hundreds of subscribers and thousands of readers who have confirmed our vision for comprehensive coverage of live performing arts in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Over the last several months we have increased our service to the Monterey Bay community, including the addition of more contributors—with more in the wings—and increased, complementary editorial content. And we’ve been rewarded with new readers subscribing every week. While we officially launched Performing Arts People two months ago, we previously anticipated it with profiles of Julie James (Jewel Theatre) and John Nash (Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir.)

Here’s a small sampling of feedback from some of our Constant Readers, from many months ago and from just this week:

“Congratulations on a truly outstanding performing arts journal. This is my first reading and I was impressed by the coverage of so many art forms. Bravo!” Walt Defaria, theatrical producer/director, who adds more recently “Susan Meister is a great addition to your guest staff. Her letter to the editor in today’s Herald is another example of her excellent writing talent on any subject including even piano tuning.”

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“I really enjoyed the story on Doris Day and I am reading the others too! Good for you to be doing that! I am going to send it to my friend Charles Berrard who lives in Santa Cruz, I’m sure that he and his friends and family there would really enjoy it and also know what is going on in their town.” Heather Evans, California jazz vocalist

“Thank you for coming to our Choreographers Showcase and for writing a wonderful review! You are breaking new ground in Monterey County! We need you!” Fran Spector, Spectordance.

“Thank you for taking notice of the arts…for helping them live in front of people. Thank you for caring about art and writing about art! Gracias.” Tandy Beal, Tandy Beal & Company.


Marin Alsop returns to her Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music at the start of August, after last year’s unplanned sabbatical. The world-renowned conductor welcomes returning composers-in-residence—with their new works in parentheses—John Adams, Clarice Assad (Dreamscapes), Michael Daugherty–below–(Fallingwater violin concerto), Brett Dean, Jennifer Higdon (Concerto 4-3), and Mark Anthony Turnage, and introduces newcomers TJ Cole, Béla Fleck, Stacy Garrop (Thunderwalker), Detlev Glanert, Dylan Mattingly, Andrew Norman (PlMichael_Daughertyay), Jonathan Sheffer and Gabriella Smith. Guest artists include banjoist Fleck, saxophonist Timothy McAllister, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Time for Three string trio.

For 2014, the Festival presents three world premieres, two US premieres and four West Coast premieres. The world premieres are by Dylan Mattingly (Sky Madrigal), Gabriella Smith (Tumblebird Contrails) and Jonathan Sheffer (The Conference of the Birds). PreBela Fleck 038– eminent composers Brett Dean (Fire Music) and Detlev Glanert (Three Songs Without Words) offer up the season’s US premieres, and West Coast premieres are by Béla Fleck–right–(The Imposter banjo concerto), TJ Cole (Megalopolis), Mark-Anthony Turnage (Speranza) and John Adams (Saxophone Concerto).

Details at www.cabrillomusic.org


Carmel’s outdoor Forest Theater is closed for the rest of 2014 due to electrical and safety concerns. California’s First Theatre, built in 1845, and located at the corner of Pacific and Scott streets near Monterey’s Custom House, is now under restoration after being shuttered for the last ten years due to safety issues.


Botstein is well-known in classical music as conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and a vigorous advocate for the cause of music. He is also the president of Bard College, and in the March 7 issue of Time Magazine his scathing op-ed on the notorious college placement test, calls it “Part hoax, part fraud.” Read it here.


PAMB contributor Heather Morris will hear the premiere of her new Memoirs during the Spring Festival of Bands at Cabrillo College, this Sunday at 3pm. And Susan Meister reminds that London’s National Theatre production of King Lear will be screened at the Del Mar in Santa Cruz this Thursday and Sunday.


See our Music Reviews page for coverage of the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s premiere of a new work by George Tsontakis, and I Cantori’s performance of Fauré’s popular Requiem. Visit our Theater Reviews page for a critique of PacRep’s current production, Venus in Fur.

Scott MacClelland, editor; photos: Alsop, vivoscene.com; Fleck, Jan Persson