Donato Cabrera, Music Director of the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic, has launched two new online projects - MusicWise and The Music Plays On. MusicWise - Conversations about Art and Culture with Donato Cabrera is a weekly series on Facebook Live, featuring interviews with engaging artists and civic leaders who influence and shape the cultural landscape. The Music Plays On is a new daily series on Cabrera's blog. Both initiatives are part of the continued commitment by Cabrera, California Symphony, and Las Vegas Philharmonic to promote engagement and connection with their audiences.
The daily posts for The Music Plays On feature selections of Cabrera's favorite performances and recordings, which are readily available on YouTube or elsewhere. Cabrera uses his wealth of musical knowledge and experience to provide commentary and analysis. Selections so far have included everything from Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony to Allegri’s Miserere to 1980s pop group Aha’s smash hit Take On Me. According to the Mercury News, Cabrera provides "an engaging mix of music history, insights into the lives of composers, and the pleasures of discovering works we seldom get to experience." SF Gate, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Classical KDFC have also highlighted Cabrera's effort to continue connecting to audiences.
With each of his MusicWise guests, Cabrera will explore their background and upbringing, and how these touchstones influence their projects and initiatives, past and present. Guests will showcase and share their favorite performances and recordings, as well as responding to selected questions from the Facebook Live audience.
Recent and upcoming guests include pianist Maria Radutu on April 14; timpanist David Herbert on April 21; composer Katherine Balch on April 28; violinist Alexi Kenney on May 5; and violist Gerhard Marschner on May 12. More information about each guest is below. Follow Cabrera on Facebook to be notified when he goes live. www.facebook.com/donatocabrerapage.