Author Archives: Reg Huston

Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra filled with Virtuosi

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.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, Orchestral

Susanne Mentzer Shines Vocally at Hidden Valley


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.   

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Archived in these categories: Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Master class, Vocal

Chanticleer is a Star in the Heavens

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.

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Archived in these categories: Choral, Vocal, Vocal ensemble

Chanticleer a Joy to the Ear!

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.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Choral, Vocal ensemble

Camerata Singers….. and Dancers

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!

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Archived in these categories: Choral, Dance