Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Cellist Janneke Hoogland & Pianist James Neiman at Del Mesa

In a late afternoon recital, we had an opportunity yesterday to hear a performance by two relatively new arrivals on the Monterey Peninsula, cellist Janneke Hoogland and pianist James Neiman. They performed works for cello and piano by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff for a capacity audience of family, friends and residents of Del Mesa Carmel.

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Archived in these categories: Cello, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Piano


Carmel Composer Mark Mancina to be featured at 2019 Carmel Bach Festival

Mark Mancina
Multiple award-winning Carmel composer Mark Mancina created a Suite in Three Movements for solo guitar and orchestra based on his film scores and additional new music. The Suite will be presented as part of the Friday main concerts, “Guitar Hero,” July 19 and 26, at the Sunset Center. Guitarist Jason Vieaux is the soloist for the Suite and Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez, also on the program. 
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Archived in these categories: Event Previews


Choral Project Ending Season Concerts

Photo credit: r.r. jones photography

The Choral Project, the award-winning Silicon-Valley-based choir announces the last concert of its 2018-19 season, EARTHSONGS : NEW DAYS, June 22 (Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz) and June 23 (Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara).

The Choral Project’s Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor Daniel Hughes says, “We conclude our season with hope for a better tomorrow by bringing awareness to the horrific issue of human trafficking in the Bay Area and the world. We shall respond with music that reminds us of our own power to affect change.”

The concert will call attention to the important work being done by The Bay Area Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, an organization that works to eradicate human trafficking. EARTHSONGS : NEW DAYS will also include the winning composition from our annual Rachel Moore Choral Competition for Young Composers.

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Pianist Sofya Gulyak’s Triumphant Return

Sofya Gulyak

Yesterday afternoon, by popular demand, the brilliant Russian-trained pianist Sofya Gulyak returned for a triumphant fifth recital appearance in central California. The event was jointly sponsored by Joseph Sekon’s Aptos Keyboard Series and the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist at 125 Canterbury Drive in Aptos.

Gulyak has won many prestigious piano competitions — among them first prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition — the first woman to achieve this in the history of the competition. She has also won first prizes at the William Kapell International Piano Competition (USA), the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition (Copenhagen), Gyeongnam International Piano Competition (South Korea) and the Allegro vivo International Piano Competition (SanMarino).

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Piano, Romantic Era


Pianist Jura Margulis Returns to Hidden Valley

Pianist Jura Margulis

Having heard pianist Jura Margulis fifteen times previously in recital at Hidden Valley, we had every reason to believe his solo recital yesterday afternoon would take us on a special musical journey. We were not to be disappointed. Not only did his recital contain some very significant music, but it also displayed his mastery that enhanced the music he performed rather than merely showing off his brilliant technique. Not surprisingly he attracted a capacity audience.

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Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era