Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Santa Cruz Symphony — Mahler Symphony No. 5

Gustav Mahler

Join us during the first weekend of February to hear the iconic performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on February 1 & 2 and experience this breathtaking event firsthand!

Mahler wrote this symphony at a pivotal time of this life. It begins with the most famous four notes since Beethoven’s 5th, includes his greatest love song, the Adagietto, and charts the course from inner agony to ecstasy of the soul. As Herbert von Karajan once said, “When you hear Mahler’s Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is transforming experience. The fantastic final almost forces you to hold your breath.”

Tickets at Mini-Subscriptions are also available for the remaining three concerts of the season. Inquire at the Box Office: 831-420-5260

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Stage Door — Opening Night at Santa Catalina

The Footlights Club

Last night Santa Catalina Theatre Arts presented the opening night of its winter production, Stage Door, a play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman. Magically we were transported back to the year 1936 to the Footlights Club, a boarding house for young girls aspiring to make a career in the theater. I say “magically” because the combination of an magnificently elaborate set, costumes mimicing the styles of the 1930s, and an excellent cast capturing the essence of what it was like to be naive and hopeful young actors during this period were so effectively portrayed.

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Santa Catalina presents its Winter Play — Stage Door

Stage Door poster

At 7:30 pm, this coming Friday, January 17, Santa Catalina School will present the opening night performance of its Winter Play Stage Door. This play revolves around a group of young girls who have come to New York to study acting and find jobs. The setting is Mrs. Orcutt’s boarding house in 1936, where the hopes and ambitions of 16 young women are revealed. The plot centers on the courageous Terry Randall, who fights against discouragement one audition at a time.

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Monterey Symphony’s Concerts for February 15 & 16

Monterey Symphony
Monterey Symphony

On Saturday, February 15, at 8 pm and on Sunday, February 16, at 3 pm, the Monterey Symphony, under the direction of Max Bragado-Darman, will present a concert featuring two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work.

The second work on the program, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos — it is not to be missed!

One hour prior to each performance there will be a pre-concert lecture in Sunset Center’s theatre.

For tickets call (831) 646-8511

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Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents the Horzsowski Trio at Sunset Center

Horszowski Trio

At 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020, Chamber Music Monterey Bay will present the Horszowski Trio at Sunset Center in Carmel. The program will consist of Erich Korngoldls’s Suite for two Violins, Cello and Piano left hand, Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2 in D Minor and lera Auerbach’s Trio No. 1.

The Trio takes its inspiration from the musicianship, integrity, and humanity of the pre-eminent pianist Mieczysław Horszowski (1892–1993); the ensemble’s pianist, Rieko Aizawa, was Horszowski’s last pupil at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In New York City, Ms. Aizawa met violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, who had a decades-long musical partnership going back to their days at Juilliard and Marlboro, and the three immediately felt the spark of a unique connection.

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