Author Archives: Heidi Van der Veer

Carmel Bach Festival 2018 — I Hear America Singing

I Hear America Singing, by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be, blithe and strong,

The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,

The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The woodcutter’s song, the plowboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission, or at sundown,

The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,

Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

Singing with open mouths their strong, melodious songs.

On Thursday, July 26, at Sunset Center in Carmel, Choral conductor Andrew Megill led the twenty-eight professional singers of the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale in a mostly a cappella concert of American vocal music, for one main stage performance only. The texts for all of the pieces were projected above the stage, and helped to make the experience more poetically immediate (and to allow us to check the singers’ diction in English).  Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano


Aria’s “Divagain”

On June 9 and 10, Aria Women’s Choir, led by Dr. Sean Boulware, presented the second concert in their “Diva” series, “Divagain,” at the New Wharf Theatre in Monterey. The show consisted of heart-felt and entertaining renditions of songs from musicals such as Hello Dolly, Funny Girl, Into The Woods, Annie, Rent, Mame, Waitress, West Side Story, The Fantastiks, A Chorus Line, and 9 to 5 The Musical, among others. Many of the numbers were lightly choreographed, and the singers were bedecked in eye-catching sparkle and/or sequin dresses. In a contrast other choral concerts, the highly orchestrated accompaniment was canned. Throughout the concert, some of the singers used sheet music while others used iPads, though some had their music memorized. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Choral, Opera


Carmel Music Society presents Israeli Chamber Project

Presented by the Carmel Music Society, the internationally-acclaimed chamber ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Project, completed its most recent tour at Sunset Center in Carmel on Sunday March 25th. According to the program notes, the ICP commissioned Yuval Shapiro to create an abbreviated musical arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Petrushka, specifically scored for flute, clarinet, violin/viola, cello, harp, and piano. The players were Daniel Bard, violin, Michal Korman, cello, Guy Eshed, flute, Tibi Cziger, clarinet, Silvan Magen, harp, and Assaff Weisman, piano. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Carmel Music Society, Chamber music


Carmel Music Society presents Philharmonia Baroque

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 pm in Carmel’s Sunset Center, the Carmel Music Society presented a return engagement by Philharmonia Baroque. This is the fourth time the San Francisco Bay Area-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has appeared on a Carmel Music Society concert season, and although the personnel may change from concert to concert, concertmaster Elizabeth Blumenstock has remained a constant. The concert line-up for the first half included works by baroque composers Locatelli, Pisendel, Veracini, and Vivaldi, however, it was announced before the concert began that the Vivaldi work to be included would not be the “Autumn” movement from the Seasons, but the Double Oboe Concerto in D Minor instead, due to Blumenstock feeling cramps in her arm the day before. We were assured that she was fully up to the rest of the concert, but to prevent further injury, just not up to the extreme taxing of “Autumn.” And by a few movements in, we forgot about being concerned for her as she simply played consistently and beautifully.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Music Society, Concerto, Orchestral


Baritone Peter Tuff & Pianist Lucy Faridany in Recital at All Saints Church

Pianist Lucy Faridany & Baritone Peter Tuff

Baritone Peter Tuff and pianist Lucy Faridany performed a recital on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at All Saints’ Church in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The program featured Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. Both Tuff and Faridany are well-known locally for their respective contributions to the performing arts here, and the recital was not the first time Monterey Peninsula audiences have heard them perform together. Their past collaborations here have included recitals of opera, art song, and musical theater selections. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, All Saints' Church, Romantic Era, Vocal