Howls of outrage appeared as letters to the editor over the Monterey Herald’s negligence toward local theater productions. Meanwhile, our theater critic, Philip Pearce, has been extra busy with the late-spring and early-summer theater season now well along. Philip has two updates on our Theater Reviews page covering the current productions of Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Cherry Center in Carmel, and PacRep’s The Glass Menagerie. On our Music Reviews page, Heather Morris sees off the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, embarking on a new tour to Italy and the Balkans.
Meanwhile, it’s confirmed that 14th Van Cliburn gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko will open the Carmel Music Society season October 6 as previously announced. Yet, one might hope that silver medalist, Beatrice Rana, the audience favorite who won ‘best’ kudos from numerous critics will grace the stage with her artistry in a future CMS season, and/or in John Orlando’s Distinguished Artists series in Santa Cruz.
Left: Jeff DeMarco of Monterey’s premiere Renaissance music ensemble Pastyme talks about the unique properties of his viola da gamba in a concert on Fathers’ Day at Monterey’s Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Pastyme was joined by Madrigalia vocal ensemble for a program called Twelfth Night in June.
Now here’s a look ahead at ambitious summer performance events around the Monterey Bay:
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, running from August 2 through 10 in Santa Cruz, and August 11 at Mission San Juan Bautista, features nine composers in residence, two world premiere Festival commissions, two US premieres, two West Coast premieres, the 40th Anniversary of the Kronos Quartet plus many outstanding solo performers. www.cabrillomusic.org
Cabrillo Stage’s summer lineup at Cabrillo College in Aptos opens on July 12 with La Cage aux folles, followed by Escaping Queens on July 25 and Oklahoma! on July 26. All three shows continue in repertory; La Cage closes August 11; the other two run through August 18. www.cabrillostage.com
Carmel Bach Festival runs from July 13 through 27. Large-scale Main Concerts are performed at Carmel’s Sunset Center Theater and, on Wednesday nights, Carmel Mission Basilica. More intimate programs use other venues at Sunset Center, All Saints Church in Carmel, Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach and San Carlos Cathedral and Wave Street Studios, both in Monterey. In a season called “The French Connection,” program highlights include JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a world premiere by Thea Musgrave, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem mass, Milhaud’s La création du monde and Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz. www.bachfestival.org
CSU Summer Arts, at CSU Monterey Bay. Begun in 1985, CSU Summer Arts enters its second season (month of July) at CSUMB. A series of workshops, lectures and concerts, many open to the public will be described in detail by Dr. Rob Klevan in next Tuesday’s Weekly Update at www.performingartsmontereybay.com
Monterey Jazz Festival, September 20-22 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, headlines Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, Bobby McFerrin, George Benson, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano and the Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra featuring Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa. Also, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra directed by Paul Contos. www.montereyjazzfestival.org
Pacific Repertory Theatre, in Carmel, currently staging The Glass Menagerie (see a critique on our Theater Review page) will open Buddy Holly and Friends on August 1, and Peter Pan at Carmel’s outdoor Forest Theatre on August 22. www.pacrep.org
Paper Wing Theatre, 230 Hoffman, New Monterey, corner of Lighthouse Avenue, presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth, from July 12 to August 10. http://www.paperwing.com/
Shakespeare Santa Cruz opens with The Taming of the Shrew, on July 26 (with previews the three nights before). It then adds Henry V August 9, with two performances only of Tom Jones, opening August 20. The two Shakespeare plays close September 1. Afternoon and evening performances in the outdoor glen at UC Santa Cruz. www.shakespearesantaccruz.org
Western Stage, at Hartnell College in Salinas, started its season in early June with The Grapes of Wrath, which closes June 30. Next, it will open Side by Side by Sondheim on July 6. Its season will run right up the end-of-year holidays and includes Zoot Suit, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Song for my Father and Crazy for You. www.westernstage.com
Scott MacClelland, editor