Originally posted at : Local Santa Cruz
By Fleur Williams
What makes Giuseppe Verdi one of the world’s most popular opera composers is his ability to create magnificent melodies that blend gracefully with the human voice. What makes the Santa Cruz Symphony (SCS) so widely respected is how brilliantly it interprets that virtuosity on the modern stage.
Last weekend, the Symphony, Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, and Metropolitan Opera soloists transmitted the soulful quality of Verdi’s Messa de Requiem in concerts at the Civic Auditorium and Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts. Requiem was created as a memorial in honor of two artists Verdi greatly admired – composer Gioachino Rossini and writer Alessandro Manzoni. The emotional intensity and majestic serenity of Verdi’s composition was powerfully expressed in the Symphony’s collaborative performance.
Guided by Maestro Daniel Stewart’s commanding stage presence, the operatic, choral, and orchestral voices were consistently balanced and in harmony with each other. Stewart’s understanding of Requiem’s theatricality was apparent in his precise direction of each rhythmic contrast. Requeim’s challenging elements highlighted the strength and focus of each musician, in tandem with the singers of Director Cheryl Anderson’s acclaimed Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus. Collectively, the orchestra and chorus conjured up Requiem’s atmosphere of gravitas, which was further evoked by the dramatic sensibility of each soloist.
SCS successfully presented its first ever opera in concert with the orchestra and guest soloists performing Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia earlier this season. The recent concert of Verdi’s Requiem was yet another indication of the Symphony’s ability to bring classic opera to life through partnership with remarkable contemporary singers. The featured soloists Soprano Michelle Bradley, Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, Tenor Stuart A. Neill, and Bass Peixin Chen performed with superior technical skill and passionate conviction. Their repertoires include many roles on the world’s most famous opera stages and all four artists are recipients of prestigious accolades.
The Symphony orchestra, Cabrillo Chorus, and guest soloists supported each other in service to Verdi’s music, making the profound quality of Requiem palpable. Despite the text being in Latin and the music having a solemn weight to it, Stewart, the singers, and musicians conveyed the spiritual meaning and depth of mood. SCS performances go beyond entertainment to create an experience of music that is compelling and accessible to a modern audience.
Before the final curtain falls on the Santa Cruz Symphony’s 59th season, there are two more special events to look forward to. Don’t miss SCS in concert with two internationally-renowned artists: singer Storm Large and her band on June 3rd, and pianist Yuja Wang on June 24th and 25th, 2017.
Visit santacruzsymphony.org to purchase tickets.]]>
Local Santa Cruz, the local art website has done a great job of going back and reviweing some of the highlights of last years Ebb and Flow.
Here are some of the artists that have been featured at Ebb & Flow:
Check out the artists and keep your eyes open for info about Ebb and Flow 2016.
BANDALOOP Performance at Ebb & Flow from Arts Council Santa Cruz County on Vimeo.]]>
Join us this Thursday May 8th, 7PM at the Del Mar Theater in Santa Cruz to watch short films for and by women, while supporting a great cause.
If you don’t have tickets yet, you can buy them here: http://lunafestsc.brownpapertickets.com/
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, our program of nine films filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor will travel to over 150 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people. Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFESTs to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as our main beneficiary – Breast Cancer Fund.
About a year ago the City of Santa Cruz approved a large temporary basketball arena, now publicly known as the Kaiser Permanente Arena, to be constructed on Spruce Street. This was to become the home of the D-League basketball team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. In the beginning of the construction process there were many Santa Cruz residents that opposed to the arrival of the arena and the new basketball team, but I believe after having gone through the ups and downs of the inaugural season the Santa Cruz Warriors have brought a new life to the city.
The second season for the Santa Cruz Warriors is just about to tip-off, with the first game being on November 22nd against the Austin Toros. If you have not been to a game you ought to highly consider going. Grab a work buddy or even the family and enjoy an evening at some of the most enjoyable community events of the year. Some of you non-sports fans might be thinking, “why would I ever want to go to a basketball game”? What you have to understand is that its more than just a game of basketball. It is a gathering of community members, business owners, families, friends, athletes and more! Even if you aren’t a basketball fan, being under the same roof with the 5000 Santa Cruz Community members all cheering for the same thing is an amazing experience.
Concessions are provided by the Santa Cruz Seaside Company; including popcorn, Marini’s Candies, nachos, drinks and more. Half time shows are always fun. Last season half-time shows ranged from dancing to dunk squads, BMX tricks to X-Factor alumn Chris Rene performing…Im looking forward to the lineup of performances this year. They also have plenty of Santa Cruz Warriors merchandise to grab at the games for all of you true fans. Can’t find what you are looking for? They have a wide variety of merch right down the street at their headquarters on Pacific Ave.
Have I convinced you yet? Wondering what this season’s schedule is and where to buy tickets?
There are 2 ways:
Way #1: go to www.santacruzbasketball.com and purchase single game or season tickets. you can also find a season schedule on their site.
Way #2: The Santa Cruz Warriors have partnered with Grind Out Hunger as their charity of choice. Grind Out Hunger has their own 60 seat section in the arena. If you buy tickets from that section 100% of the money from those ticket sales goes to benefit the cause. You can buy those tickets at www.grindouthunger.org/warriorstickets Grind Out Hunger section seats are limited, so if you want to sit in that section grab em fast.
The season runs through April…Hope to see you all at a game!
It’s Saturday morning, you slept in a couple hours, it’s about 10am and you are ready to get out of the house to enjoy that nice Santa Cruz weekend fresh air. You are thinking of an ideal place to go that can has a mix of fresh food, friends/community, being outside, and music. You, my friend, are wanting to go to the Aptos Farmer’s Market.
Every Saturday from 8am-12pm, rain or shine, farmers, vendors, musicians and community members head over to the main parking lots at Cabrillo College for a great morning of fresh food, conversations, laughs, and entertainment. The farmers market is always full of color. The array of fruits, vegetables, breads, dairy products, and meats make for great local shopping. Many of the vendors are certified Organic and offer a wide variety of in-season fruits and veggies.
If you are a parent don’t let that stop you from enjoying the market festivities. Feel free to bring them! Kids can enjoy the variety of free produce samples to munch on, live music to keep them entertained, extra kid friendly instruments for them to join in, and sometimes there are street performers such as the Great Morgani or a friendly clown making balloon animals. There is always something to smile about at the Aptos Farmers market for both adults and kids!
The Aptos Farmers Market is the perfect way to kick off your weekend.
See you on Saturday!
A full list of participating Farmers and vendors can be found here: http://www.montereybayfarmers.org/aptos_vendors.html
This is the 5th annual handmade gift sale, where vendors will be selling all kinds of wonderful items and nothing is priced over $25! The event is at the Center Street Grill at 1001 Center Street in Santa Cruz.
Lat year was a ton of fun, and thousands of Santa Cruz Locals were able to get their holiday shopping well under way all at once with this clever, well organized, and affordable $25 gift festival. Come check it out this year and easily find gifts for even the hardest to shop for people!
Join these vendors and more:
OrignauxMoose Prints – http://orignauxmoose.com/
Sandra Cherk – http://www.sandracherk.com/
The Art Factory – http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Factory
We look forward to seeing you there!
In the 90s when the 9-plex came in, as well as the revamp of the riverfront twin, by whichever major theater and movie chain owns them this theater was on a short hit list of theaters that would most likely be put out of business, and I am thrilled that they survived. Actually, I am thrilled that they survived in the form that they did, showing small run and independent films that we may not otherwise have access to in Santa Cruz. If you get a chance seeing a movie at the Del Mar is worth it to at least get in a check out a piece of Santa Cruz history, but even better if you happen get to support gem of a film that would have otherwise skipped Santa Cruz all together.]]>
Since this is a new project just getting started most of you are people who I know well or have recently met, and almost all of you are right here in Santa Cruz. Since our official launch January first we have received our first visitor from Google, and it was for the search phrase “What to do in Santa Cruz 2012” [UPDATE: a week later as our SEO work has started to kick in our traffic from google has jumped to just over 300 visitors] which may not sound like much, but it is a start, a start that will be multiplying VERY quickly!
A little about why we are doing this; Santa Cruz and the surrounding area has an amazing community, and I feel it is really the people and businesses that make it so great. After several years out of the area I have built a Graphic Design and Branding company and done quite a bit of social media marketing. Upon returning to Santa Cruz I have been shocked how far behind the curve we, as a community are in embracing the web and social media. Many of the people I have talked to in town don’t want to put the massive time and effort it takes to embrace the social web themselves. While I think that is o.k. to not want to learn it yourself at the same time everyone knows that the web and social media is where commerce is moving. Choosing to ignore Social media and e-commerce may be easier in the short term, but for most businesses it is certainly the beginning of the end.
Santa-Cruz-Ca.Org is my way of helping the Best local businesses participate in online conversations without having to embrace the web or put forth the effort required themselves. I am excited to be a strong positive intermediary, to help direct traffic and customers to local businesses while being a solid resource for the community. There are several other people and sites doing similar things in Santa Cruz, but I don’t believe that there are enough, and the more people we have talking about how great YOU are, the better!
In the mean time, Guest bloggers are already starting to come out of the woodwork, including a possible Mystery Bartender who has some unbelievably funny stories to tell. While continuing to post here I will also be launching several sister sites including the first addition to this The Local Guide to Santa Cruz project Local Guide to Soquel. Soquel.Org is far from being fleshed out, but will be the next step towards improving Santa Cruz’s online Presence.
Thank you again for checking us out, and even more for being part of the project!
On the Web: First Friday Art Tour
On Facebook: First Friday Art Tour
Downtown Santa Cruz has been hosting one of the best events in recent Santa Cruz history. Since the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts started First Friday’s downtown we have all really benefited from the culture, art and socialization that has been developing in town.
First Friday happens on the first Friday of every month in downtown Santa Cruz, with new art, artists and venues participating every month there are always fresh new things to see. Since every venue handles their own artists and schedules it is a good idea to check their schedule on their website http://www.firstfridaysantacruz.com/ although you can still find good art by wandering around downtown too.]]>