Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Monterey Symphony presents: Ovation

Music Director Max Bragado-Darman

It seemed like a gala evening at Sunset Center last night as the Monterey Symphony under the direction of Max Bragado-Darman presented its February concert: Ovation. “The 3rd Annual Women’s Night Out” attracted a whole bunch of well-dressed women for its 6:30 pm festivities, the pre-concert lecture in the theatre was well attended, and the orchestra, at the top of its form, received a well deserved standing ovation.

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Archived in these categories: Monterey Symphony, Orchestral, Romantic Era


Serenade for an Early Spring

Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra offers us a tribute to Spring with a rich program of interesting works on Saturday, February 22, at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, and on Sunday, February 23, at 7pm at Peace United Church of Santa Cruz.

The program will consist of Serenade for Strings in E-flat Major by Josef Suk, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan Williams and conclude with Falling Water, a violin concerto by Michael Daugherty inspired by one of Frank Lloyd great masterpieces, Falling Water in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. David Dally will be the violin soloist.

Conductor John Anderson invites all members of the audience to “Conductor’s Notes” — a lecture about the music on the program one hour before the concert.

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Archived in these categories: Event Previews


Music at CSUMB – Meet a new Faculty Member

Jeff Jones

Meet Jeff Jones. He is a newcomer who arrived last August to join the faculty of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). If you want to know something about his background, here is his CV.

Jeffrey A. Jones holds a Ph.D. in musicology with an emphasis in ethnomusicology from Florida State University, an M.M. in percussion performance from Appalachian State University, and a B.M. in percussion performance and music education from Appalachian State University. He is currently Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Chair of Music and Performing Arts at California State University Monterey Bay. His research on music and community development through the arts, Afro-Caribbean music, applied ethnomusicology, and world music ensemble pedagogy has been published in a variety of media and he has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Jones’s work as a composer and arranger has been featured in theatrical productions and concerts throughout the United States as well as Japan, Russia, Trinidad, and Australia. As a percussionist he has performed throughout the United States and internationally with a diverse group of artists and ensembles, including Skiffle Steel Orchestra, III MEF U.S. Marine Corps Field Band, and blues artists Thomas “Guitar” Gable, Dr. Dixon, and Charlie Bristol.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Jazz


Musical Postcards — Pianist Pianist Tien Hsieh in Recital at CSUMB

Director Joe Cardinalli introducing Tien Hsieh

In 2019, California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) celebrated its 25 anniversary. In 1994 the former Ft. Ord, home to the 7th US Army Infantry Division, by act of Congress became the newest member of the California State University System. With modest fanfare President William Jefferson Clinton was on hand (there were snipers on every rooftop) to give the new university his official blessings. In his convocation speech he said, “In converting a military installation into an institute of higher learning we are, in a way, beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.” From 600 students in its opening year to over 7,500 students today, CSUMB has become a vital presence on California’s central coast, even more so since the creation of the “Leon Panetta Institute,” which attracts the attention of the world for its contribution to international relations.

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Archived in these categories: Piano


A Steinway Celebration

Linda Mehrabian, Lucy Faridany, Judy Lee & Patty Pai

On January 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, we heard a very special concert celebrating the renovation of a splendid 115-year-old Steinway 6’4″ grand piano originally donated by parishioner Harry Ogden in 1992. This instrument was recently totally rebuilt and refinished thanks to donations from church members.

This concert was a standing-room-only sellout — there were not enough printed programs so latecomers had to share. But for those of us fortunate enough to squeeze into the limited space, it was a very rewarding concert. The featured artists on this occasion were pianist Lucy Faridany, cellist Linda Mehrabian, and vocalists Jody Lee and Patty Pai.

We heard some unusual repertoire — how often have you heard works combining voice, cello and piano? Well we heard several of them during this concert by composers Fauré, César Franck, Debussy and Poulenc. Singers Lee and Pai impressed us with their lovely voices, superb musicianship and lovely shaping of phrases.

Cellist Linda Mehrabian has a beautiful rich sound and charmed us with her elegant playing in works by Gabriel Fauré and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The player with the largest role during the concert was Lucy Faridany, who always impresses us with her ability to get to the heart and soul of any work she performs. There is a naturalness to her playing, whether supporting others in ensemble playing or as a soloist, for on this occasion she performed Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu and Waltz in E Minor, Op. Posth, and and then blew us away with a powerful performance of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5.

We can hope that there will be many more concerts in the Church’s Music Series.

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Archived in these categories: Cello, Chamber music, Piano, Vocal