Weekly Update

Radu-Lupu1HAPPY 70TH RADU LUPU

THE GREAT Romanian pianist makes live music only, allows no recordings and refuses to talk to the press. That makes him a hero in my book, but also frustrates journalists like me. Click HERE

CSPAN VISITS MONTEREY

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, over this past weekend CSPAN did a fabulous job of covering Monterey, its early history, its many contributions to local culture and its generations of movers and shakers. Catch up by clicking HERE

DANIEL STEWART RENEWED AT SC SYMPHONY

GOOD NEWS: Music director’s contract has been extended until 2020. Watching this talented young conductor grow into his art has been an adventure on both sides of the podium and one for going along with the ride. Click HERE

CLIMATE CHANGE PERFORMANCE EVENT

THIS FRIDAY AT 7:30PM, the final day of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, various Santa Cruz theater companies and citizens will join for a multi-discipline performance at Center Stage, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, designed to “entertain and inspire.” Short plays, comedy, music, short films and speakers are included.

“UGLY OLD SINGERS NEED NOT APPLY”

KNOXVILLE OPERA sets new rules favoring ‘attractive.’ Lebrecht leads the laughter. Knoxville recants. Click HERE

REBECCA MILLER PREMIERES ANOTHER AMERICAN

HENRY KIMBALL HADLEY, Boston-born and the first conductor of the San Francisco HadleySymphony, was a prolific composer. Miller, born and raised in Santa Cruz, has whipped up a Hadley program, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, of six major orchestra works, only one of which, Salome, has been previously recorded; the rest are world premier recordings. She asserts her musicianship with flare and authority that immediately reveals Hadley (1871-1937) as a consummate craftsman with romantic and highly dramatic instincts for his generation, whose only true American radical was Charles Ives.

THE ONLY WOMEN COMPOSERS TO GET HEARD ARE ALIVE

MARIN ALSOP’S Baltimore Symphony’s annual survey of US orchestral repertoire never fails to throw up depressing statistics: Almost one-fifth of the music performed is by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms; Less than two percent of the music, 1.8% to be precise, is written by women; All those women are presently alive. Dead women composers do not exist. That rules out Bacewicz, Kapralova, Ustvolskaya, Amy Beach, Ruth Seeger, Lizzie Lutyens, Ethel Smyth, Maconchy, Fanny Mendelssohn, Hildegard of Bingen, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke and Vivian Fine. Click HERE

PERFORMING ARTS PEOPLE

CLAY COURI, church organ technician and player, extols the infinite capabilities of All Saints, Carmel’s new Allen instrument. Click HERE

FRESH REVIEWS

HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS at Carmel’s Cherry Center. Click HERE

GIFT OF THE MAGI at Hidden Valley Opera. Click HERE

SMUIN’S CHRISTMAS BALLET. Click HERE

Scott MacClelland, editor