While waiting for that new concert hall to open in 2006, don't miss
the Nashville Symphony's ongoing season at TPAC. One of the most
exotic programs on the spring bill - directed by longtime symphony
music director Kenneth Schermerhorn for whom the new hall is being
named - arrives in March. Soprano Rosana Lamosa and pianist José
Feghali join the maestro for two programs of music including the
ravishing, rain forest evocations of Heitor Villa-Lobos'
. In May, pianist Jon Kimura Parker is
the guest for Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of
followed by Gustav Mahler's towering Symphony No. 1 in
D major, the Titan
And hey, cousin, the Grand Ole Opry is still very much in business,
right across the square. Check ahead at www.opry.com
to see what's playing.
Santa Cruz, California
Shakespeare festivals pop up like mushrooms in the summer, most
bowing to the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park in New York
and Ontario's Stratford Festival as twin-peak pinnacles of such
efforts. One warm-weather Bard-bash that may be less known than it
should be, though, is Shakespeare Santa Cruz, led by Artistic
Director (and formidable actor) Paul Whitworth. This year's
performances under the towering redwoods of the troupe's exotic
outdoor Festival Glen run from July 21 through August 29 and will
feature one Shakespeare production, The Taming of the Shrew
and one non-Shakespearean offering, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid
of Virginia Woolf
Santa Cruz is hardly all theater - the Santa Cruz County Symphony,
for example, plays Antonin Dvorák's beautiful Stabat Mater
on May Day this year.
And look, you want real culture, dude? Check out the Santa Cruz
Surfing Museum at the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse on West Cliff
Drive. Monterey Bay looks its best from the spot, and inside you
can peruse close to a century of surfing images and artifacts.