Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents “Decoda”

On Saturday, February 24, at 8 pm in Carmel’s Sunset Center, violinists Owen Dalby and Anna Elashvilli, violist Meena Bhasin, cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and clarinetist Carol McGonnell will present a program that includes Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12, Brahms’ signature clarinet quintet, and “Gumboots”, a hauntingly beautiful, evocative and original new work for string quartet and by David Bruce. Decoda will also lead a master class for Youth Music Monterey County musicians at York School in the Chapel at 9501 York Road in Monterey on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The general public is invited to attend this free event.

Decoda, Carnegie Hall’s first ever affiliate ensemble, has been called by Time Out New York “A new collective of some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world…”  Decoda is a New York City-based modular chamber ensemble dedicated to creating meaningful musical experiences through dynamic performances, education, and a quest for social impact.

Decoda provides engaging performances, interactive concerts, and enlightening discussions serving the widest possible types of audiences. Now in its fifth season, Decoda’s projects and performances have taken place in the South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, and across the United States.

Decoda is committed to supporting the international community of artists who wish to deepen their community involvement and understanding of high-level interactive performance. In order to effectively serve this community of burgeoning teaching artists, Decoda has established annual chamber music and leadership institutes at Skidmore College, in South Africa, and as the Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Music for Transformation, Decoda’s new criminal justice initiative, has been extensive and transformative. Over the past three years, Decoda has cultivated a model for long-term creative projects in two of our country’s largest maximum security prisons for male offenders. This initiative will connect with other emerging trends in rehabilitation and anti-recidivism for adults, juvenile offenders, and at-risk youths in correctional programs around the nation.

Learn more about the music on the program by attending Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s popular pre-concert lecture with musicologist Kai Christiansen at 7:15 p.m. Kids up Front and Free! Students in grades 3-12 receive FREE tickets and $15.00 discounted tickets for their adult companions through Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s education program.

CMMB Ticket prices: $44.00 – $64.00; $15.00 for adult students and active military. Tickets are available at or (831) 625-2212. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the concert.


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