Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Aptos Keyboard Series at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Aptos presents pianist Robyn Carmichael

Pianist Robyn Carmichael

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine at 125 Canterbury Drive in Aptos has recently become an important venue for music events. The Reverend Tracy J. Wells Miller, who prefers to be addressed as “Mother Tracy,” was on hand yesterday to welcome music lovers who had come to hear pianist Robyn Carmichael present a piano recital on the newly-acquired, brand-new, Kawai semi concert grand piano. Although this event was an inaugural celebration for the new piano, acquired through the generosity of donors, Mother Tracy also pointed with pride to the recently-installed tracker organ, which had been acquired from another church and undergone significant renovation. It also will be celebrated and honored in an inaugural organ recital event coming up in the very near future. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era

Ensemble Monterey — Serenades for Strings

On Saturday evening, October 13, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley, Ensemble Monterey opened its 2018-2019 concert season with a program of works exclusively for strings. Dr. John Anderson not only directed the ensemble, but was also most likely the person who selected the works we heard. It was an interesting program, especially since the first half featured two composers seldom heard in live or recorded performances — Arthur Foote and George Antheil. Very likely I was not the only person in the audience to be hearing the works by Foote and Antheil for the first time. Read full story

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

Chamber Music Monterey Bay opens with Van Kuijk Quartet

CMMB opened its 2018-2019 season at Sunset Center last night with a performance by the Van Kuijk Quartet. These young musicians charmed us with their youthful exuberance, instrumental mastery and compelling rendering of the three works performed during the evening’s concert. In case you were wondering how Kuijk is pronounced, it is very simple — “Kuijk” is pronounced like “Quick.” The founder of the quartet is violinist Nicolas Van Kuijk, who despite his Dutch-appearing name is French. In fact the other members of the quartet, violinist Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violist Emmanuel François and cellist François Robin, are also French. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber music, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classical Era

Organ Concert Series Concludes Oct. 24 with Britain’s Svyati Duo

Organ and Cello Magic at St. Dunstan’s Church in Carmel Valley

Music at St. Dunstan’s 2018 organ concert organizers anticipate an elegant finish to this year’s series with the performance of the Svyati Duo from England— a magical and powerful pairing of Julian Collings at the church’s Dobson Tracker organ and Rebecca Hepplewhite on cello.  Their performance at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal church will be part of a U.S. tour. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Event Previews

Clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu substitute for pianist Vladimir Ovchinnikov

At 7:30 pm on October 13, at the McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu will be substituting for the previously announced recital by Vladimir Ovchinnikov


Brahms:,Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F Minor, Opus 120 No. 1

  1. Allegro appassionato
  2. Andante un poco Adagio
  3. Allegretto grazioso
  4. Vivace

Chopin:  Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante, Opus 22


D’Rivera: Lecuonerias from The Cape Cod Files (commissioned for the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, 2009)

Goodwin: Four Views for Clarinet and Piano (commissioned . for the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, 2012)

Novacek: Full Stride Ahead+ from Four Rags for Two Jons (commissioned by the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, 2006)

Pre-concert lecture: 6:45

Time to meet the artists follows the concert



Archived in these categories: Event Previews