Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Vocalist Heidi Van der Veer & pianist Hart Smith – Arias & Art Songs redefined through Jazz Improvisation


On Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 2:00 pm, at the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula vocalist Heidi Van der Veer & pianist Hart Smith can be heard in a joint recital. The concert will consist of original programming of piano and vocal jazz pieces derived from classical repertoire, including a beautiful French art song by Fauré, a J.S. Bach oratorio aria, and an aria from a Verdi opera, among others. Read full story

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Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents “Decoda”

On Saturday, February 24, at 8 pm in Carmel’s Sunset Center, violinists Owen Dalby and Anna Elashvilli, violist Meena Bhasin, cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, and clarinetist Carol McGonnell will present a program that includes Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12, Brahms’ signature clarinet quintet, and “Gumboots”, a hauntingly beautiful, evocative and original new work for string quartet and by David Bruce. Decoda will also lead a master class for Youth Music Monterey County musicians at York School in the Chapel at 9501 York Road in Monterey on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The general public is invited to attend this free event. Read full story

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Youth Music Monterey County at Sunset Center

Pianist Simon Xinyun Liu

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 3:00 pm at Sunset Center in Carmel, YMMC will present a concert featuring the YOUSAL and Honors Orchestra Concerto Competition winner, Simon Xinyun Liu, in a performance of the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Simon was born in China and moved to the United States in 2016. He is a junior at Everett Alvarez High School and has been studying piano for the past two years with pianist Lyn Bronson of Carmel. Read full story

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Monterey Symphony — Concert Grand, Concert 3

Continuing the theme of the Monterey Symphony’s present season — “Concert Grand” — a season that includes in each concert a piano concerto soloist, we had the pleasure of hearing pianist Josu de Solaun returning to perform for us for the third time. Joining Conductor Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony musicians, Solaun was soloist in a rarely heard concerto, the Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103 by Camille Saint-Saëns. Accessing the music streaming website YouTube, you can hear over 130 different performances of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, but only a handful of the Concerto No. 5. It is safe to assume that most of the audience at Sunset Center last night (myself included) was hearing this concerto in a live performance for the first time. Read full story

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Carmel Music Society – American String Quartet

Yesterday afternoon at Sunset Center in Carmel, we had an opportunity to hear the American String Quartet, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the world. The players — violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel — were at the top of their form and impressed us with their ability to breath new life into some very familiar masterpieces. Read full story

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