Every year we have the opportunity to hear the YMMC Fall and Spring orchestra concerts at Sunset Center in Carmel, and, as always, we marvel at the levels of instrumental skill and musical maturity the young players of the Youth and Honors orchestra display so naturally. But also twice a year we have occasion to hear individual players come together in more intimate ensembles to perform chamber music, which gives us a whole different perspective of their instrumental and musical skills.
Last night at Hidden Valley Music Seminars Theater in Carmel Valley we had just such an opportunity to hear the skills of individual players as selected members of the YMMC Chamber Players performed a benefit concert consisting of four carefully chosen works that not only showed off the individual players mastery, but also how they blended together and played off each other in demanding ensemble works.
For the series of concerts by the YMMC Chamber players we are very much indebted to the tireless efforts of Erica Horn, the Chamber Players Music Director, Dorothy Micheletti, President of YMMC, and Peter Meckel, Vice President of YMMC, who so generously donates the facilities of Hidden Valley Music Seminars as a rehearsal and performance space for many YMMC activities.
Last night we enjoyed hearing the ensemble playing by violinists: Lance Yang Bauer, Elizabeth Mendoza and Hannah Shu; violist: Serenai Dincer; and cellists: EB Diallo and Taylor Dincer. The works performed on the program were Friedrich Hermann’s Capriccio for Three violins, two movements of David Popper’s Suite for Two Cellos, the first movement of Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major and as a closing finale to the program Erica Horn’s arrangement for Sextet of Schubert’s Op. 161 Cello Quintet.
All of us who are musicians have at one time or another in our lives experienced getting together informally with our colleagues to read over and perform scores as a form of “House Music.” We generally scramble through the scores, playing too loudly and not knowing our scores well enough to be also to listen to each other in order to achieve the high levels of polish and refinement the scores deserve. Thus, it was so specially satisfying to hear these young musicians listening to each other so intently and achieving such refined music making. This level of performance also reflects great credit on the music teachers in our community who have helped these young musicians achieve their high levels of mastery.