Author Archives: Jordi Faxon

Pianist Keiko Shichijo in Aptos

Keiko Shichijo

In the close and intimate space of The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos, which handed out warm and delicious apple cider, a cozy afternoon audience was treated to a world-class piano performance from Keiko Shichijo. Her repertoire was far from conventional; most of the composers weren’t household names, but still carried a substantial torch among their own people. From the pianist we heard a performance of cultural exuberance: 6 Dances by Armenian composer Komitas, Feux d’artifice by French composer Claude Debussy, Charmes by Catalan composer Frederic Mompou, Meditations by Dutch composer Rosaline Hirs, and 6 Moments Musicaux by Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Piano, Romantic Era


Carmel Bach Festival 2019: Young Artists’ Showcase

Young Artists’ Showcase Performers

On Saturday Afternoon in Sunset Center the Carmel Bach Festival presented its annual Young Artists’ Showcase Concert, which, as the name would imply, is designed to showcase talented young musicians from four counties on the Central Coast. Participating in this concert were nine string players, five pianists, three vocalists, and a woodwind octet selected from a larger group of applicants, who had auditioned in May. These auditions were judged by CMMB Artistic Director Erica Horn and YMM Music Director Farkhad Khudyev. The Young Artists’ Showcase is managed and administered by Barbara Priest, the instrumental Music Director at Pacific Grove Middle School.  

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Cello, Chamber music, Piano


Carmel Bach Festival: A Century of Venice

On July 17, at All Saints’ Church in Carmel, an afternoon audience was treated to a showcase of the proliferation of musical creativity that took place in Venice in the 17th century. Two violinists, two violists, one cellist (all five using baroque bows), a lutist, and a harpsichordist/organist played Baroque sonatas in various configurations among themselves.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music


CBF – Concertmaster Peter Hanson presents Psycho

Concertmaster Peter Hanson

On Monday, June 15th, at Sunset Center, with the Bach Festival well under way, audiences attended “Psycho!,” where Peter Hanson and his string orchestra played a wide variety of pieces: “Holberg Suite” by Edward Grieg, “Shaker Loops” by John Luther Adams, and after intermission, extracts from the soundtracks of PsychoDunkirkThe Deer Hunter,The Lord of the RingsSchindler‘s List, and an encore (which we’ll get to), as well as the famous Air on the G String by this festival’s namesake, Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Strings


Carmel Music Society presents guitarist Manuel Barrueco

Manuel Barrueco

On May 5, 2019, at Sunset Center in Carmel, classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco sat on his throne, guitar in hand, and positively wowed audiences at the Sunset Center. Playing various selections by Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Ignacio Cervantes, his Spanish and Cuban music was like a warm and intimate embrace, each note plucked as if it was loved individually and played explicitly for each member of the audience.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Carmel Music Society, Guitar