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- Opera San Jose — Die Fledermaus
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- The Joy of Modern & Traditional Music
- Hidden Valley Ends its Master Artist Series with cellist Mark Kosower in recital
- Celebration Choir: Walkin’ Together — Changing Our World
- Elastic Brio: Menlo’s Overture Concert
- Pianist Ko-Eun Yi at the Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John’s
- Masterful: [email protected]’s Concert Program V
- Sonorous Sweep: The Romantic Revolution at Menlo
- CBF 2019: Virginia Best Adams Masterclass Showcase
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Dr. John Anderson, conductor
Monterey County has reason to be proud to have a performing group of the caliber of the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra. Their fine sound was heard at the St. Philip’s Lutheran Church on Saturday evening to a packed sanctuary which gave a well-deserved standing ovation to performances of Strauss’ Suite in B flat, Op 4 and the Serenade No. 10 in B flat, the Gran Partita, K. 361 by Mozart.
The Hidden Valley Music Seminars Masters’ Festival series continued with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer on Saturday in an evening of sensitive world-class vocalism. Ms. Mentzer was in Carmel Valley leading a vocal master class for five extremely talented singers who, after three days of expert tutelage, were treated to an evening of “their master’s voice.” Her concert consisted of German fare, including Strauss, Brahms, Berg and Mahler in the first half, and a series of French composers (Debussy, Boulanger, Faure, DuParc and Chausson) in the second half.
For those of you living under a rock, or who just think it is too much of a hassle to go out at night, you simply must rethink your respective lives. Especially now, in the season of comfort and joy, there is no more comfort and joy to be found than that which you will receive as a precious gift gently placed in your heart by the incredible Chanticleer.
As my wife and I climbed into our car for the ride home after hearing the incredible concert at the Carmel Mission by Chanticleer, all we could say was, “That was so beautiful, I never have to hear another concert as long as I live!” It’s true. This evening was a treat; a joy to the ear for which I have no other choral comparison.
Director John Koza
It’s that time again; that time where every choral group whips up its own way of saying Happy Holidays and we wish you the very best! Most do so with great fanfare and lots of relatives in the audience. Isn’t it nice to know that some local ensembles have a reputation of always delivering a first-rate, interesting and entertaining evening of sound that is good for the ears, heart and soul? The Camerata Singers have shown, once again, that, like Santa Claus, they deliver.
Friday night, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas was the site for their most recent event. How nice it was to be greeted by very young, polite children (probably 3-7 years old) who handed out programs and a sweet “Happy Holidays.” Thank you!