Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

Aria Women’s Choir Announces New Audition Kind

Now instead of stressful one on one auditions for Aria, you can now audition in a group of ladies and not have to be by yourself! Just come to the first rehearsal of the current concert season on Tuesday August 27 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm and sing with Aria, then stay for a short group hearing. That’s all. No more one on one, scary, stressful auditions. Aria sings 3 concert per year, and you can sing any one or all 3 of those concerts. You do not have to commit to the full year! We have between 10-12 rehearsals for each concert and you can pick the concerts you want, or yes, you can sing all three if you want!

Sign Ups for the group audition are needed. We just need to know if you are coming! Click on the link below to sign up for a group audition!

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Ensemble Monterey’s New Season for 2019-2020

Ensemble Monterey, which likes to advertise that its mission is to bring you “the best music you’ve never heard, has announced its new concert season for 2019-2020.

Concert 1 – Songs for Fall – September 28 and 29, 2019

Barber – Knoxville, Summer 1915 – Diane Syrcle, Soprano Soloist
Hahn – Concerto Provençal
McGushen – A Queer Alphabet – Diane Syrcle, Soprano Soloist
Rubbra – Suite from the Buddha
Hahn – A Cloris – Peter Lemberg – English Horn Soloist

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Pianist Ko-Eun Yi at the Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John’s

Pianist Ko-Eun Yi

Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi thrilled an audience of piano lovers yesterday afternoon as she performed a recital for the Aptos Keyboard Series at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist. Artistic Director of the series Josef Sekon continues to surprise us by discovering new young talented artists and bringing them to central California.

Juilliard trained pianist Yi may have looked very young, fragile and vulnerable as she sat down at the piano. However, from the first notes of her opening work, Scarlatti’s Sonata in c-sharp minor, K. 247, L. 256, she revealed not the demeanor of a playful kitten, but that of a ferocious tiger, as she devoured each work on the program and left us thirsting for more by the end of the program.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


Emil & Nozomi Khudyev at Hidden Valley

Emil & Nozomi Khudyev

Since it is always a privilege and a pleasure when clarinetist Emil Khudyev and his pianist wife Nozomi share their extraordinary musical gifts with us, we were not surprised that last night’s concert at Hidden Valley added more luster to an already exalted reputation. How often do you attend a concert where you don’t know any of the music, and yet the selection of mostly contemporary repertoire totally exceeds our anticipation while taking us on an exciting musical journey? Well, it the capacity audience that turned out last night at Hidden Valley was not to be disappointed, for it was a concert that will linger long in our memory.

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Carmel Bach Festival — Bach and the Lute

Dongsok Shin and Daniel Swenberg

As expected, it was standing room only in the foyer of Sunset Center on Wednesday afternoon for the much anticipated recital by Daniel Swenberg playing lute and Dongsok Shin performing on a lautenwerck. Anyone attending the Carmel Bach Festival in recent years has gotten an earful (and eyeful) of the lute and its cousin the theorbo, but the lautenwerck is a horse of a different color. It is basically a harpsichord, but strung with gut instead of steel strings, and they are rare — I am sure that most of us in the audience had never seen or heard one before.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival