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Big Sur Fiddle Camp presents “From Russia with Love”

On Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 pm, at Hidden Valley Seminars in Carmel Valley, there will be a concert to benefit the Big Sur Fiddle Camp. Ir will feature the artistry of Georgy Gusev, cello, Dimitri Illarionev, guitar and Boris Andrianov, cello.

“From Russia with Love” is a benefit concert for Big Sur Fiddle Camp, donated by Georgy Gusev, Boris Andrianov and Dimitri Illarionov. All are world reknown musicians and collaboraters. Georgy has lived and performed in Russia, Italy, and recently in the USA. Georgy is our master cello teacher this year and last at BSFC. His dramatic playing of the cello and his lively creative spirit greatly inspire his students.

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Pianist Juan Pérez Floristán to Perform Brahms Second Piano Concerto with the Monterey Symphony

On Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 pm and on Sunday, April 22, a 3:00 pm, Juan Pérez Floristán – First Prize winner of the prestigious Santander Piano Competition in 2015 – will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Monterey Symphony. Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (‘Italian’) will also be featured. Mendelssohn wrote in a letter from Rome to his sister, Fanny, that he thought Symphony No. 4 was the “jolliest” he had ever composed, inspired by the rich countryside and culture of Italy as he toured there from 1829-31. Johannes Brahms waited twenty-two years before writing his second piano concerto following his first, and it was worth the wait. Brahms himself premiered Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1881, which only furthered his reputation as a great composer and a great pianist, and it has been an audience pleaser since. Don’t miss this chance to hear Brahms’ stormy concerto and Mendelssohn’s delightful symphony in this compelling Monterey Symphony concert.

One hour prior to the performance there will be a pre-concert lecture presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra

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Ensemble Monterey – “Song of Praise” featuring Cantiamo! Cabrillo

Ensemble Monterey once again joins forces with the elite vocal ensemble, Cantiamo! for the season finale concert. The program will begin with Serenade Number 1 in D Major by Brahms — originally written for 9 instruments, the version heard in this concert. In this nonet orchestration the Serenade takes on an intimate charm lost in the later orchestral transcription.

Rihards Dubra is a contemporary Latvian composer who has gained fame for stunning compositions for voices and orchestra. His Te Deum text is ancient, but its contemporary setting is an overwhelming and moving testament to the value of faith itself.

April 28th, 2018 – All Saints’ Church, Carmel, 8:00 PM, Conductor’s notes at 7:00 PM

April 29th, 2018 – Peace United Church, Santa Cruz. 7:00 PM, Conductors notes at 6 PM

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Carmel Music Society to present pianist Jeremy Denk at Sunset Center

On Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm, the Carmel Music Society will be presenting world-famous pianist, Jeremy Denk, at Sunset Center, Carmel. Mr. Denk, one of America’s foremost pianists, is a winner of a McArthur ‘genius’ Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award. His schedule is crowded with performances with some of the most prestigious orchestras in America and Europe. And his recital tours take him regularly to Carnegie Hall but also to Boston, Washington Philadelphia and San Francisco. Read full story

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Ensō Quartet performs for Chamber Music Monterey Bay

Photo by Erica Horn

Passionate enthusiasm and youthful vitality added a heightened dimension to Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s presentation of the Ensō String Quartet at Sunset Center last night. The four young players, violinists Susie Park & Ken Hamao, violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Richard Belcher, are seasoned masters of their craft and treated us last night to some of the finest quartet playing I have ever heard. It was a remarkable combination of style, refinement and artistry in equally generous amounts. Read full story

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