I'd like to take a moment to remember actor Ed Hermann, who died as the last embers of 2014 were fading. He was a colleague of mine at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, heralded as the world's most prestigious collector car event and the crown of the Car Week that happens every August on the Monterey Peninsula.
For nearly a quarter of a century, serving as the Concours' morning announcer, I have taken my position at the microphone in front of the ramp area, where the car show takes place.
Beginning in 1999, as the Concours' distinguished emcee, Ed would arrive at the ramp, before my duties were finished, to get ready for his part in the grand spectacle. We always chatted a bit before his work began.
We met 15 times in this unique setting, settling into the rhythm of a brief ongoing conversation that seemed to pick up where it left off each summer. Ed was a kind, gracious and thoughtful person with a lovely sense of humor. He was also an enormously talented man and consummate professional.
A Tony and Emmy winner, Ed's acting career spanned decades. You will see his face frequently in films and television. The star of "The Lost Boys" and "Gilmore Girls," he also recently appeared on "The Good Wife," ABC's "Black Box" and "How I Met Your Mother." He can be heard as the voice of FDR in Ken Burns' documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," which aired in September.
He died at a hospital in New York City at the age of 71. I know he will be deeply missed by all of his colleagues at the Concours. He was a fine, fine human being.
More upcoming classics
We are still in the January quiet zone, so there is little to tell you about that is happening this week. But here are a few additions to the roster of upcoming events.
• "Artists in Exile: New Beginnings That Transformed the Performing Arts in America" will be presented at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. The concert features the talents of soprano Katherine Edison and pianists Mark Neiwirth and Melinda Coffey Armstead.
During the 20th century, artists, writers, dancers, composers and cinema directors came to the U.S. in pursuit of artistic freedom. The performers will give backgrounds and tell stories about how these immigrants influenced the history of the performing arts in America.
Neiwirth and Armstead will perform four-hand duets of Dvorak, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Edison will sing songs of Kurt Weill, Rachmaninoff and a Korngold aria.
Tickets are available at Bookmark Music in Pacific Grove and at the church: $20, or $15 for seniors and students.
• Here's Huizinga: On Feb. 12, the popular Carmel Bach Festival violinist Edwin Huizinga will be in town with musical friends for a performance at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley.
"Evening with Edwin Huizinga" begins at 5:30 p.m. and delivers music from the last 400 years, including works by Bach, Brahms, Ravel, John Adams and a dollop of Celtic music. Huizinga will be joined by pianist Ian Scarfe and guitarist William Coulter.
Call 624-1521 for tickets and more information.
• For an afternoon interlude with your favorite musical Valentine, you might want to attend "Love in the Afternoon: A Tribute to St. Valentine In Music and Verse" at Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada at 2 p.m. Feb. 14.
"Love in the Afternoon" features songs from musical theater including gems by Richard Rodgers, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.
The music will be accompanied by short poems and commentary by Susan Meister. Well-known Central Coast singers Reg Huston, Lydia Lyons and Nancy Williams will perform. Pauline Troia joins in from the keyboard.
Tickets are $20 for museum members and $25 for others, available at the door until they sell out.
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