- Monterey Symphony: A Whale of a Concert!
- Benjamin Grosvenor in Miami
- Joyful Atavism: Benjamin Grosvenor in Recital
- Ensemble Monterey Presents: Schubert
- San Francisco Symphony — Crouching Tigers, Gentle Dragons
- Duo Papillion — Music for Piano Four Hands
- Aptos Keyboard Series — Pianist Daria Kiseleva
- Camerata Singers at First Presbyterian in Monterey
- Organist Paul Carmona at St. Dunstan’s
- YMMC Winter Concert at Sunset Center
- Symphonic Fire: The Santa Cruz Symphony
- Catalyst Quartet
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On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Benjamin Grosvenor gave a remarkable recital
to a a very enthusiastic audience in Miami. Although still in his mid-twenties, Grosvenor has developed a large, enthusiastic following of sophicaticated pianophiles in Miami since his first recital at age 17. Grosvenor, who had met the late Ivan Davis when he first played in Miami, remarked that Davis had encouraged him to play more Schumann. As a tribute to Davis, Grosvenor played Schumann’s Blumenstücke and Kreisleriana in the first half and ended the recital with Liszt’s Norma Paraphrase, for which Davis had made a legendary recording.
Unlike many pianists, Grovenor’s programs are fascinatingly balanced
with a wide range of repertoire. On this occasion, the program ranged
from the Schumann to a Janacek Sonata, excerpts from Prokofiev’s
Vision Fugitives and Liszt’s Norma Paraphrase.
The Kreisleriana in the first half of the recital was reminiscent of
an unforgetable Kreisleriana that Horowitz played at Carnegie
Hall in November 1968, while his stunning rendition of Liszt’s
Reminiscences de Norman was the most memorable since Davis over 30
years ago. The audience exploded with enthusiasm!
On February 6, 2019, Yoel Levi conducted the Israel Philharmonic
at Miami’s Arsht Center. The program consisted of Schubert’s Third
Symphony and the Bruckner Seventh Symphony. The featured work, Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, written between 1881 and 1883, was played after intermission. It is a work of gigantic dimensions, fullness of sound and richly complex harmony.
On February 4, 2019, Nikolai Lugansky played a recital at Miami’s Temple Beth Am for The Friends of Chamber Music of Miami in a program consisting of works by Debussy, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff.
Pianist Ken Noda & Soprano Michelle Bradley
On Thursday December 6, 2018, Michelle Bradley and Ken Noda presented a vocal recital in Miami. The audience was absolutely mesmerized. Bradley, whose glorious voice brought to mind the voice of Jessye Norman, is emerging as a superstar who is perfoming major roles at the Metropolitan Opera and Europe in Aida, Trovatore, Turandot, Forza del Destino, Don Giovanni and Ernani. Present in the audience was Bradley’s 90 year-old first teacher, Lois Alba, who flew to Miami from Houston to hear the recital. Read full story
On November 19, 2018, Misha Rachlevsky and the Russian String Orchestra (formerly called the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra) presented a most unusually varied and interesting program at Florida International University’s (FIU) Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami. To begin the program, the 14 string players played Elgar’s Serenade for Strings,in E minor, Opus 20. Interestingly, Rachlevsky noted in a program note that he found the second movement “utterly captivating” – and his affection for it, which he projected, “only grew stronger with time.” Read full story