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Catalyst Quartet

At 7:30 pm on Saturday February 23, at Sunset Center in Carmel, Chamber Music Monterey Bay will present the Catalyst Quartet in a program of contemporary music for string quartet with a decided Latin flair.

Learn about this concert’s composers and their works. Gain deeper insights into the music with Kai Christiansen, noted San Francisco musicologist and founder of an online chamber music exploratorium.

Lecture starts at 6:45 PM in the Sunset Center concert hall, and is free-of-charge.


Diego Vega : String Quartet

Heitor Villa-Lobos : Quartet No. 1

Astor Piazzolla : Angel Suite

Alberto Ginastera : Quartet No. 2

Chamber Music Monterey Bay
3785 Via Nona Marie, Suite 307
Carmel, CA 93923 USA

Telephone: 831.625.2212 


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Monterey Symphony — Sound Waves, Third Concert

Conductor Max Bragado-Darmen

During my 45 years on the Monterey Peninsula I don’t remember ever experiencing such a powerful set of storms as we have just witnessed during the past two weeks. And, it has had its toll, for at the Monterey Symphony concert last night at Sunset Center there were pockets of empty seats throughout the audience. Even though the brunt of the storm has hopefully passed, there are still people on the Peninsula without electricity, and some of us are still without telephone landlines and internet access (I am able to write and post this review thanks to my being able to tether my iPhone’s internet hotspot to my computer).

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Monterey Symphony, Orchestral

Brentano Quartet & Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo at Sunset Center

It was a pleasure to welcome back the Brentano Quartet for a return engagement after its highly acclaimed performance for the Carmel Music Society in 2013. On this occasion, the quartet was joined by 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who had recently appeared on the Carmel Music Society’s series in September 2018.

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Archived in these categories: Carmel Music Society, Chamber music, Classical Era, Piano trio

Ensemble Monterey at St. Philips Lutheran Church

Music Director/Conductor John Anderson has a reputation for “knocking ’em out of the ballpark” with his extraordinary ability to find and present outstanding soloists and the best musicians from our community in a series of innovative programs. Well, he did it again last night at St. Philips Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley where an SRO audience was alternately thrilled, enlightened and entertained in Ensemble Monterey’s program, “Song and Dances.”

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Kevin Lee Sun — Winner of the 2018 Carmel Music Society Piano Competition

2018 Carmel Music Society Biennial Piano Competition winner Kevin Lee Sun appeared in recital yesterday afternoon at Sunset Center. It was, in retrospect, an oddly chosen program. The works on the first half, consisting of a Prelude & Fugue from Bach’s WTC II, the Fantasia nach J.S. Bach by Busoni and Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy,” were totally involving and demonstrated Sun’s ability to paint with a stunningly beautiful palette of colors while demonstrating a seemingly effortless total keyboard mastery. At the end of the first half, spontaneous bravos erupted from members of the audience, and he received a thunderous standing ovation.

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