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Scott MacClelland

Scott MacClelland has written on music and, in Monterey County, taught on the subject for more than three decades.  

Articles by this Author

Opera Review
September 9, 2012

Opera San Jose is a first-rate demonstration of why opera companies have been rediscovering this pearl of an opera by the young Georges Bizet.

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Festival Review
July 20, 2012

Fine playing at the Carmel Bach Festival brings sparkle to Stravinsky and the odd choice of valveless horns to Brahms.

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Festival Review
July 15, 2012

Handel’s Alexander’s Feast made a welcome debut on opening weekend of the Carmel Bach Festival.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 4, 2012

The San Jose Chamber Orchestra acquits itself well playing a reduction of Mahler’s score of his Fourth Symphony, revealing insights into the original.

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Opera Review
December 18, 2011

Love and sacrifice gone awry lie at the heart of a famous short story, now set as a one-act opera.

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Festival Review
July 22, 2011

Imaginative programming choices mark the Carmel Bach Festival’s “Landscapes of the Soul” program.

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Festival Review
July 18, 2011

The multifaceted Peter Hanson emerges as a gracious, accessible concertmaster of the Carmel band.

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Festival Review
July 17, 2011

Carmel Bach’s new director, Paul Goodwin, leads a powerful “rethink” of Bach’s St. John Passion that won the audience over.

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Festival Review
July 18, 2010

Bruno Weil’s 19th, and last, season as music director of the Carmel Bach Festival happens, by timely rotation, to include the St. Matthew Passion. Heard Sunday at Carmel’s Sunset Center, this production of the great work was the most satisfying of the many times he has performed it there.

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Festival Review
July 28, 2009

Festival namesake Johann Sebastian Bach constitutes roughly 18 percent of the current Carmel Bach Festival’s total programs, now spanning just over two weeks, down from three weeks over the last several years. By a careful selection of one “Main” concert and several recitals, the intrepid Bach-hound will find two harpsichord concertos, one violin concerto, “Brandenburg” Concerto No.

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Festival Review
July 17, 2009

The search for a new Carmel Bach Festival music director is already under way, even while Bruno Weil has one last Festival to lead in 2010. One local wag lately suggested in a letter to the Monterey County Herald that Weil might give serious thought to a mostly-Bach program next year.

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Archive Review
July 22, 2008

Bach's Mass in B Minor can be a work of grandeur, just as it can be a miscellany of movements gathered from various of his cantatas with the original words replaced by those of the Latin Mass. Either, and even more possibilities, can readily be justified, or at least rationalized. The sprawling work opened the 71st season of the Carmel Bach Festival Saturday night at Carmel's Sunset Center with Music Director Bruno Weil conducting the orchestra, a Festival Chorale of 28 voices, and a solo vocal quartet.

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Archive Review
December 4, 2007

For a change, a Handel oratorio other than Messiah sounded seasonally sweet at UC Santa Cruz — with an added performance in San Francisco — this past weekend. Jephtha, the composer’s last major work, flowered into a satisfying evening in Nicole Paiement’s first production of the work since she studied it with acclaimed conductor John Elliot Gardiner years ago.

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Archive Review
November 20, 2007

Even though it revolves around a love triangle, Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther would not have appealed to Verdi because of its lack of a higher moral or sociopolitical conflict. But for Jules Massenet, making a stage work of such a personal, barely dramatic dilemma was just his musical meat. Massenet's Werther, heard and seen Sunday afternoon at San Jose's California Theatre, gives Opera San José a new high-water mark.

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Archive Review
October 2, 2007

An institutional rarity, the Ives String Quartet is its own nonprofit corporation, and produces its own "Home Series" Bay Area season of concerts. Currently, these include three programs played twice, at St. Mark's Church in Palo Alto and at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose. The paid staff are the musicians themselves, answerable to a volunteer board of directors.

Ives Quartet

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Archive Review
September 11, 2007

Making her debut with Opera San José last Sunday afternoon, Khori Dastoor dominated the stage in the coloratura title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, blazing through her shrewdly conceived mad scene with theatrical abandon and scenery-chewing panache. If Dastoor joined the company to gain stage experience — the stated mission of OSJ — then her colleagues can expect to learn even more from her.

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Archive Review
August 7, 2007

Choral directors who tackle Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responses do so at their own peril. Andrew Megill went out on that limb to introduce himself to the Carmel Bach Festival, and, no doubt, to put his colleagues everywhere on notice that he’s prepared to play for high stakes.
In a program titled "From Darkness to Light," Megill, the festival’s new associate conductor, directed his youthful 24-voice Festival Chorale three times at Carmel Mission, and once in memory of the late Sandor Salgo at Stanford Memorial Church, between mid-July and August 1.

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Archive Review
July 17, 2007

Sunday's matinee performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, a feature of the 70th anniversary season of the Carmel Bach Festival, memorialized Sandor Salgo. In doing so, Music Director Bruno Weil demonstrated a lack of insight into the great work's dramatic arch — the very insight Salgo was famous for during his long tenure at this festival's helm.

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