MoSymph's newly appointed music director Kate Tamarkin ready to go.
Thursday, July 8, 1999
Last week, this column called into question the decision by the Monterey Symphony to postpone by one full concert season the full-time installation of elected music director Kate Tamarkin. In the interim, we spoke by phone with Ms. Tamarkin. About taking up the reins of the Monterey Symphony, she is "delighted" at her appointment and frustrated at having to wait a full season before taking the podium on a permanent basis. But she defended the process, saying, "They did what the said they would do." She explained that "we knew the plan from the start; the outcome of having to delay [full implementation] was already in the cards."
Is that the only way to conduct a search for a new music director? "Actually, there is more than one way to do this, but it was the method they chose, which they felt fit their situation best. Another way would have been to hold dates open."
Tamarkin will devote the next six to seven months planning her 2000-2001 season, adding, "It''s not uncommon for music directors to ease in over time." Tamarkin is expected to announce that season at a "small concert; under one hour" with the Monterey Symphony in February, 2000.
Last Week''s Quiz: What 20th-century American composer remarked, "The European boys have small ideas but they sure know how to dress ''em up"? Answer: George Gershwin.
This Week''s Quiz: In the 1950s, two world-class classical musicians died in car crashes while driving. Name them.
North Texas Wind Ensemble Thursday, 7pm. Eugene Corporon conducts a varied program, featuring violinist Ella Marie Gray, cellist Walter Gray. Music Hall, Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Free. 646-4205.
San Francisco Boys Chorus Sunday, 5:30pm. Ian Robertson conducts. Hidden Valley Theater, Carmel Valley & Ford roads, Carmel Valley Village. Free. 659-3115.