Weekly Update, Jan 21

MPC THEATRE’S URGENT CALL TO ATTEND BD OF TRUSTEES WEDNESDAY. SCROLL DOWN.

Bach Festival 2014

This summer the Carmel Bach Festival introduces its world premiere commission by Caroline Adelaide Shaw, 30-year-old American violinist and singer who won the 2013 music Pulitzer Prize for her Partita, a four mcaroline-shawovement suite she composed for her singing octet, Room Full of Teeth. (You can hear the work by clicking the link here, and on our Links of Interest page.) As a composer with a growing catalog she wrote Entr’acte for the Brantano Quartet, which performed last November for the Carmel Music Society.

Theme of the 2014 (77th) Carmel Bach Festival, which runs from Jul 19 through Aug 2 (with pre-festival events the week of Jul 12) will be “Bach and the Italians.” The influence of Vivaldi and other Italians on the German composer is huge. Anyone heard to complain that Vivaldi wrote one concerto 600 times deserves to be told, “If he was good enough for Bach, he ought to be good enough for you.”

Music director Paul’s Goodwin’s opening night’s program includes the new Shaw commission plus Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243) and Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV 589.) Violinist Peter Hanson’s Monday program is all Italian concertos and sonatas, David Gordon will narrate “Inside…Italian Opera” on Tuesday, while choral director Andrew Megill’s Carmel Mission Chorale concert “La Serenissima” reaches back into the Renaissance and early Baroque. The Sunday matinee is Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Goodman’s Friday program includes Bach, Corelli, Rossini and Mendelssohn.

Magic Circle’s Theatre’s 2014 season announced

Eric Coble’s For Better (opens Feb 21) and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People (opens May 16), the Central Coast premiere of Katori Hall’s fictional account of Martin Luther King’s last day on earth, The Mountaintop (opens Aug 15), followed in turn by Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit (opens Nov 14). Each production runs weekends for one month. www.magiccircletheatre.net/current-season/

Calling all theater lovers: MPC Theatre and Shakespeare Santa Cruz could get new life

MPC box office guy, Henry Guevara, sent out, “YES!! We're STILL having auditions for our final show of spring 2014!!"

Meanwhile, the Friends of the MPC Theatre & Save MPC Theatre Facebook Group made this urgent call:

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LEND BOTH YOUR VOICE AND YOUR PRESENCE AT THE JANUARY 22ND BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING AT 5:00 PM IN THE MPC CAMPUS LECTURE FORUM (LF 103) TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE MPC THEATRE PROGRAM AND THE FUTURE OF LIVE THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS AT MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE. WE ENCOURAGE LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO THE MPC GOVERNING BOARD (GoverningBoard@MPC.edu), LOCAL MAYORS, SAM FARR, DAVE POTTER, AND LOCAL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS & BUSINESSES.

Their email for more info is SaveMPCTheatre@gmail.com.

Famed actor Sir Patrick Stewart has agreed to join an advisory panel to support Shakespeare Play On, the group whose mission is to rise Phoenix-like from the ashes of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, which closed down at the end of 2013. Shakespeare Play On has set itself the ambitious goal of raising $855K by the end of this month in order to mount productions this summer. According to Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, members of the new advisory board include UCSC geneticist David Haussler, philanthropist Rowland Rebele, Plantronics vice president Darrin Caddes, and finance director Christa Stiner of the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, among others.

Scott MacClelland, editor; photo of Caroline Shaw by Dashon Burton, 2012