Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Halida Dinova performs on the “Aptos Keyboard Series @ St. Johns”

Pianist Halida Dinova has been a familiar presence both in the Santa Cruz area and on the Monterey Peninsula in several solo recitals during the past ten years. Thus, it was no surprise that enough of her fans showed up to hear her perform on Sunday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos so that the presenters ran out of printed programs.

Tatar born Russian pianist Halida Dinova studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with legendary pianist Anatol Ugorski and at the Kazan State Conservatory with Natalia Fomina (a student of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus). Ms. Dinova also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Artist Diploma. She is the prize winner of three International Piano Competitions. Read full story

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

Days and Nights Festival Returns to Big Sur

Big Sur / Carmel, California – the highly acclaimed Days and Nights Festival, founded and curated by Philip Glass, returns to Big Sur for its seventh edition from September 30th – October 7th with 5 days of world-class performances.

The festival begins with a two part concert entitled Indigenous World. Part One inhabits the musical and spiritual tradition of the Wixarika indigenous people from Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán – a relationship that Philip Glass has cultivated for over two decades; during a 3 hour break festival goers are encouraged to explore Big Sur and return to Philip & Friends, the second part of the Indigenous World concert featuring the music of Tibet as performed by Lavinia Meijer and Tenzin Choegyal. On Tuesday, October 2nd, Festival goers will be guided by Victor Sanchez through an interactive show called Second Attention accompanied with a performance by Philip Glass. On Wednesday, experimental film maker, Enid Baxter Ryce, will show her work-in-progress: War & Weather, a hand-painted, animated film that features the music of Philip Glass and explores the relationship humans have with the environment. To finish the festival, Philip Glass, in co-production with San Francisco-based Opera Parallèle, will perform Franz Kafka’s short story In the Penal Colony and the audience will be wowed at An Evening of Glass Music with 3 Pianos featuring Philip Glass, Dennis Russell Davies and piano virtuoso Maki Namekawa at Carmel’s intimate 300 seat Golden Bough Theatre. Extended information on ticketed events can be found below – tickets are on sale at on beginning on Wednesday, August 8th.


Archived in these categories: Event Previews

Carmel Bach Festival 2018 – Virginia Best Adams Vocal Master Class

David Gordon, Master Class Director

This year’s sessions of the Adams Master Class are being led by Master Class Director David Gordon, Festival Associate Conductor Andrew Megill and Festival Vocalists Mhairi Lawdon, Meg Bragle and David Newman. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the last of the sessions on Thursday, July 26, at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Carmel. The culmination of these sessions will be the Virginia Best Adams Masterclass Showcase Concert at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, July 28, also at Carmel Presbyterian.

All too often master classes involve distinguished performers lording it over young students, who become victims of the master class teacher’s vanity and ego. Nothing could be further from the truth during the Adams master classes. The participants we heard today are young professionals already successful in their careers, and the Adams Master Classes represent advanced coaching from a seasoned professional to younger colleagues. The interaction between David Gordon and the young young singers was always warm, courteous, respectful and gently inspiring.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Master class, Vocal

Pianist Yoonie Han in Aptos

On Sunday afternoon, July 22, Korean pianist pianist Yoonie Han performed a recital in Aptos sponsored jointly by the Aptos Piano Series and the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist. Ms. Han received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald, and her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, studying with pianist Eduardus Halim. In addition to being an Assistant Professor of Piano at Bilkent University in Turkey, she has given lectures and masterclasses at Harvard University, New York University, and the San Francisco Conservatory. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano

Carmel Bach Festival 2018 — Heroic Symphony

What a great way to end the first week of Carmel Bach Festival 2018! We were observing a capacity audience and an exciting, varied program to send us on our way. In historical perspective, had this been forty years ago in 1978, when Dr. Sandor Salgo was Music Director, we would not have been hearing excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town, Copland’s “Appalachian Spring ” and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. The last music ringing in our ears as we departed Sunset Center would more likely been one of the triumphant Brandenburg Concertos capping a program that might also have included works by Handel and Telemann. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Carmel Bach Festival, Orchestral