- Santa Cruz Symphony — Embracing the Dance
- Electrifying Performance by pianist David Jae-Weon Huh with Monterey Symphony
- Horszowski Trio at the Trianon Theater in San Jose
- Puccini’s La Rondine at Opera San Jose
- Aria Women’s Chorus Presents “Missa Femina”
- YMMC – Violin Prodigy Nicholas Brady Performs Kabalevsky Concerto
- Morgenstern Trio Triumphs!
- Carmel Music Society presents Philharmonia Baroque
- Korean Pianist Ji at Steinway Society the Bay Area — A sonic Artist!
- Pianist Nikolai Lugansky
- Paderewski Festival 2017 — Gala Recital by pianist Magadalena Baczewska
- Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles — Youth Piano Competition: Awards Winners Recital
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The fortunate audience at the Sunday, November 19, concert at Mello Center witnessed a performance that will be etched in the back of their craniums forever. The highly anticipated Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 (1812) under the direction of Santa Cruz Symphony Music Director Danny Stewart raised the bar for this work by what appeared to be an insurmountable measure. The orchestra performed brilliantly! Read full story
Concert Master Nigel Armstrong
The Santa Cruz Symphony under the direction of Maestro Danny Stewart opened its 60th season with its new orchestral members included in a most impressive performance of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (ca. 1725) and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” (1916). To sum up this concert in one word would be quite impossible, however, I believe “brilliant” would lead one in the correct direction! The addition of new musicians has already paid huge dividends in raising the performance bar and only furthers the fact the orchestra’s reputation under Stewart has spread like wildfire. Read full story
On Sunday afternoon, September 17, at the elegant home of Lyn and Renee Bronson, an invited audience had the unique pleasure of hearing an intimate recital performed by distinguished Santa Clara University pianist Hans Boepple, who has frequently appeared as a soloist on the Carmel Music Society’s series at Sunset Center in Carmel and as a concerto soloist with the Santa Cruz Symphony. The idyllic setting with views of the Pacific Ocean proved to be perfect for meaty program consisting of the following works: Bach’s Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (1710), César Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (1884), Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4 (1903) and Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 (1844). Read full story
On Friday, August 11, at the Civic, Maestro Macelaru and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra performed four fine works of diverse character. The West Coast Premiere of William Bolcom’s (1938) Symphony No. 9 (2012) opened the evening’s concert. In a conversation with friends about this work, Bolcom mentioned that this symphony would round off his composition of symphonies. The list of composers who composed nine symphonies and no more, is extensive: Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Spohr, Bruckner, Mahler, Vaughn Williams and the list goes on. The “curse of the 9th Symphony” has been attributed to Arnold Schoenberg and began with Gustav Mahler, who after having composed his Eighth Symphony composed Das Lied von der Erde, structurally in symphonic form, then composed his ninth symphony, but no more. Read full story
Conductor Cristian Macelaru
After a most successful opening concert, the Cabrillo Festival continued with its second exciting concert at the Civic on Saturday, August 5. The concert began with Three Latin American Dances (2003) by Gabriela Lena Frank (1972); Violin Concerto Tributes (2009) by James Stephenson (1969) featuring highly distinguished violinist Jennifer Frautschi (West Coast Premiere); The Conjured Life (2017) by David T. Little (1978) and Double Play (2010) by Cindy McTee (1953). Read full story