Tuesday, April 15, 2008

When there’s room in the heart, there’s room in the house.

"When there’s room in the heart, there’s room in the house."

This is the inspiration and theme for the newly commissioned opera for San Diego North Coast Singers. Riding the current wave in the world of children’s choirs, North Coast Singers joins the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus as front-runners in developing and performing a children’s opera.

Jung-Ho Pak, conductor of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra wrote,“I believe this opera project is an excellent vehicle for exposing children firsthand to the wonderful world of opera. They will discover the power of being part of a full theatrical production. This is a rare opportunity for a San Diego arts organization to produce an important addition to the children's choir repertoire. I have full confidence that Sally Dean will be able to execute this project with great skill and enthusiasm.”

The chorus’s Board of Directors has commissioned New York composer, Cary Ratcliff, to write an opera based on the award-winning book, Mice and Beans, by acclaimed San Diegan author, Pam Muñoz Ryan. The opera will feature the children’s chorus in an innovative, audience-friendly format. Even those who do not think of themselves as opera buffs will be swept away by the comedic characters and splendid music. Ratcliff is a brilliant choral composer and looks forward to setting this piece specifically for the excellent children’s chorus. The world premier of Mice and Beans: The Opera, will debut at the Birch North Park Theater in San Diego on April 26th and 27th, 2008. In the fall of 2008, NCS hopes to revive the opera for school children in San Diego County.

To order tickets call 619-239-8836 or visit www.birchnorthparktheatre.com/
The Timmstrom Foundation is a long-time donor to and supporter of SDEMS.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lucidarium - April 28th

Lucidarium La Istoria de Purim io ve Racconto“La Istoria de Purim io ve Racconto”

Monday, April 28, 2008 - 7:30 P.M.
Congregation Beth El, Jacobs Family Community Hall

Lucidarium is one of Italy's premier early music ensembles devoted to the music and poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy. It makes its San Diego debut with “La Istoria de Purim,” a richly-nuanced program of rarely heard repertoire which has delighted audiences and critics from Budapest to San Francisco. Lucidarium won the award for musical creation from the European Association for Jewish Culture.

For more information, visit The San Diego Jewish Music Festival website.

Monday, April 7, 2008

40th Annual Weekend Workshop

40th Annual Weekend Workshop
May 23-25, 2008
Early Music of Germany and the Netherlands

Our workshop is held at the San Diego County School Camp on Palomar Mountain, in the State Park, and near the 200 inch Hale Telescope. This beautiful mountain valley provides fresh air, hiking trails, and even a fishing pond close by. You will be provided warm dormitory sleeping facilities and wholesome family style meals.

Check-in begins at 4:00PM on Friday. You will receive class assignments and schedule at that time, and can set up in your favorite dorm. We will have potluck snacks only on Friday evening, followed by informal playing and singing. Join the group in the main hail or form your own ensemble. Meals and Classes begin Saturday morning at 8:00AM. We will have a conducted “grand consort” for all on Saturday evening.

Faculty includes Rebekah Ahrendt (viols), Janet Beasley (recorders and flute), Inga Func (recorders), Richard Glen (lute & guitar), John mark Rozendaal (viols).

Return of the Crumhorns: the Third Annual California Crumhorn Conclave will take over the main hall for a bit of fun and music of the (mostly) capped double reed variety on Saturday night. Bring your crumhorns, cornamusen, racketts and dulcians to play and share. We again will have Madrigal and Part Song singing on Saturday afternoon. The workshop will wind up by 4:00 PM on Sunday, after class “show and tell” (optional) and a concert by the faculty.

We will have a table for your sale/trade of instruments, sheet music and used CDs. The cost for this exciting weekend is $225 for SDEMS members and early bird registrants, $235 for non-members, and $100 for students. Details, including a map and the application can be downloaded here (600K).

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Artistic Director Laurent Planchon in the Spotlight

San Diego's Union Tribune newspaper featured an article by music critic Valerie Scher about SDEMS artistic director Laurent Planchon in today's paper. The focus of this article is Laurent's "moonlighting" in producing solo harpsichord recitals. We have, in fact, hosted many of the the World's top harpsichordists here in San Diego, including probably of the two top young rising stars today: Mahan Esfahani and Benjamin Alard.

As the article mentions, Laurent has been coordinating about three concerts per year. The final one for this season is will be by a personal favorite of mine, Laurent Stewart. While Stewart is not particularly well known in North America, this will be his third concert in San Diego. Seats for that recital are filling up fast and it looks like we will have a full house: literally.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

April 9th: The Goliards at the Carmel Valley Library

April’s free family music program sponsored by The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wed., April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature the Goliards, who will present a program of authentic medieval music on period instruments. The music comes mainly from the 13th and 14th centuries, and includes bouncy dances, drinking songs, and hauntingly beautiful devotional and art melodies. The performers will be vocalist Wendy Greene, flutist Janet Parish-Whittaker, and harpist David Parish-Whittaker.

Wendy Greene is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, sung for many years in the San Diego Opera Chorus, and presently teaches voice at San Diego City College and Southwestern College. Janet Parish-Whittaker has a master’s degree in performance (flute) from UCSD, and is also a composer. David Parish-Whittaker is a specialist on ancient brass-strung harps and has performed with several early music groups.

The Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668.

The popular Athenaeum Mini-Concerts series is now in its 38th season of free one-hour concerts in La Jolla. At the same time, the Athenaeum San Diego Mini-Concerts continue downtown at the Lyceum Theater and in adjacent Horton Square for the 35th year. Performances at both venues feature some of the finest local musicians and ensembles in San Diego. Concerts alternate between the two venues. fall through spring, except for a break during the winter holidays.
Mini-concerts take place every other Monday at Noon and last about an hour.

The Goliards will be performing at noon on on April 21 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla and April 28 downtown at the Lyceum Theater.