Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

I Cantori Winter Concerts at the Carmel Mission Basilica


Tom Lehmkuhl

At the Carmel Mission Basilica on Saturday, December 2, at 8 pm, and on Sunday, December 3, at 8 pm, I Cantori will be presenting two Holiday Concerts.

These concerts are a welcome to I Cantori’s new conductor Tom Lehmkuhl and a welcome to the holiday season! Enjoy a joyful evening of song including Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Michael Haydn’s Lauft ihr Hirten allzugleich, and Morten Lauridsen’s Prayer. Also to be performed  will be Zikr, a Sufi prayer for peace, plus Christmas songs both old and modern, all conducted by I Cantori’s amazing new conductor, Tom Lehmkuhl.

Tickets may be reserved by calling (831) 644-8012, or by email at

Tickets will also be available at the door.


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Electrifying Performance by pianist David Jae-Weon Huh with Monterey Symphony

David Jae-Weon Huh

Pianist David Jae-Weon Huh

Appearing last night at Sunset Center with the Monterey Symphony under the direction of Max Bragado-Darman, Korean pianist David Jae-Weon Huh gave us an electrifying performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 that was overflowing with pent up energy, explosive virtuosity, rampant expressive romanticism and a spontaneous joy of music making. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Concerto, Monterey Symphony, Piano

YMMC – Violin Prodigy Nicholas Brady Performs Kabalevsky Concerto

On a sunny Sunday afternoon it was a capacity audience that turned out for the first concert of the 2017-2018 Youth Music Monterey County season at Sunset Center. The parking lot was full and the lobby was jammed with people waiting to be let in to the theater.

The concert began with Conductor Farkhad Khudyev leading the YMMC Junior Youth Orchestra in a performance of brief works by three composers active in the former Soviet Union – Lev Knipper, Dimitry Kabalevksy and Aram Khachaturian. Perhaps you have never of Lev Knipper, but I can assure you that if you heard the melody of Knipper’s “Meadowlands,” you would recognize it immediately. It has a very striking beginning with percussion effects imitating the sound of clopping hooves of horses approaching from the distance and fading into the “Meadowlands” theme. After it reaches its climax the melody begins to diminish and we hear the clopping of hooves once more, with the Red Army cavalry passing off into the distance. If this sounds like movie music, you would be correct, for its origin was from Soviet propaganda films. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Concerto, Orchestral

Morgenstern Trio Triumphs!

On Friday evening November 10, the members of the Morgenstern Trio returned for the fourth time to perform for Chamber Music Monterey Bay at Sunset Center in Carmel. Every time we hear this ensemble we marvel once again at the refinement and artistic intensity of the individual players and the uncanny way they perform together in ensemble to create music that totally grabs us and holds us enthralled for the better part of two hours.

The members of the trio, pianist Catherine Klipfel, violinist Stefan Hempel and cellist Emanuel Wehse, are brilliant and accomplished musicians who started performing together during their conservatory days at Folkwang Universität der Kunste in Essen, Germany. The awards this ensemble has won in chamber music competitions is impressive and indicates that wherever they competed, their amazing gifts were instantly recognized. What was so impressive in their playing last night was the miraculous way the individual musicians listened so intently to each other, respected each others space, and always enhanced each others playing. This was ensemble playing at its best. Read full story

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

Paderewski Festival 2017 — Gala Recital by pianist Magadalena Baczewska

As the Paderewski Festival 2017 wound down, one of the most eagerly anticipated events was the final Gala Recital by distinguished pianist Magadalena Baczewska on Saturday evening, November 4, in the Grand Ballroom of the Paso Robles Inn. In introductory remarks by the Honorable Mariusz M. Brymora, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, we were reminded that we are approaching next year the centenary of the 1918 restoration of the Independence of the Polish Republic, when Ignacy Jan Paderewski, as the representative of Poland signed the Versailles Treaty restoring Polish sovereignty after 123 years of partioning and subjugation by foreign powers. Influenced by the dramatic success of the historical musical, “Hamilton,” there are plans in the making to produce an English-language musical inspired by the life and elegance of Paderewski — hopefuly to appear next year on Broadway. Read full story

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