Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Cabrillo Festival Begins August 4

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Monterey County Composers Forum at Hidden Valley

On Sunday, Aug. 20th at 3:00 pm, the Monterey County Composers’ Forum will present “Shadow Across the Sun,” a concert of original compositions, at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 88 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 93924. The concert will feature works for flute, recorder, piano, guitar and voice written by local composers Benjamin Belew, Steve Ettinger, Paula Kaiser, Peter Kwiek, Mary Lesher, Carleton Macy, Manfred Melcher, Julie Roseman, Dale Victorine, and Rick Yramategui. A reception will follow. There is a $10 suggested donation for admission to the concert. Donations will also be accepted to benefit KKUP Radio. For more information, contact Steve Ettinger at (831) 385-0973 or at[email protected].

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Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Ends CBF First Week

The first week of Carmel Bach Festival 2017 ended not with a whimper, but with a bang, and quite a big bang at that. With three masterpieces on the program and seemingly a cast of thousands on stage, we were hearing the Carmel Bach Festival at its best.

In the pre-concert lecture David Gordon described the circumstances of the premier of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on May 7, 1824. It was by any standard a near disaster — hastily thrown together, under rehearsed and a bitter experience for Beethoven, not only because of his deafness, but also as a drain on his finances at a time in his life when he was most vulnerable. Read full story

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Bach in the Cathedral – “Mixed Doubles”

Concerts at San Carlos Cathedral are a special treat. More intimate than the Carmel Mission, the acoustics here are ideal and add immeasurably to the ambiance of instrumental ensembles. “Mixed Doubles” was an appropriate title since we heard four concertos, one featuring two harpsichords, one featuring two trumpets and two concertos featuring two violins. Read full story

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Carmel Bach Festival — “A Night in Vienna”

We hear grumbles from a few people who are saying, “This is the Carmel Bach Festival? But where’s the Bach? Where’s the Baroque?” And it is true that during the current festival, some of the main evening programs are completely devoid of any works by Bach. It’s time to face up to it. The Carmel Bach Festival is continuing to evolve in new directions, and this has been happening for a long time. Although some CBF programming features Bach’s influence among subsequent composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries, we are also hearing programs that are just plain fun. Such a program we heard last night at Sunset Center — “An Evening in Vienna, led by CBF Concertmaster Peter Hanson.” Read full story

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