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Pianist Misuzu Tanaka concludes Distinguished Artists Series

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On April 17, Misuzu Tanaka, concluding pianist in the always excellent Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series 31st season, presented an appreciative audience with a fine final recital, much of it in quick tempo, by way of early Schumann, late Beethoven (along with his previous “Rage Over a lost Penny),” young 20th century Prokofiev with “new” music, and Rachmaninoff with his aching for old Russia even years before he fled. Tanaka is a very mature, sure performer, one who afterwards told series director John Orlando that playing at the magnificent Yamaha CFX concert grand here was like riding a sensitive race horse, lowering the reins a little, and letting the champion take over for a winning run. In preparation for our “sound ride” she has studied at Juilliard, in the Czech Republic, and with a performance degree from Michigan. And besides playing in large venues, she also graces small festivals like ours here.

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


Great Pianist Strikes Gold

 

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Alon Goldstein, seasoned Israeli-born pianist, gave a gold medal performance in the second of Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series 31st anniversary events at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz on October 18th. Goldstein, a loving pupil of living legend Leon Fleisher, carries on an ever vital “Viennese” tradition through straightforward performance, clean and clear sound, with sparing pedal to “let the music speak for itself,” as it did under his super-capable hands.

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


Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi Returns in Triumph to conclude Distinguished Artists 30th season

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Bravos not only to pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi on his superb all-romantic piano recital, his first here in 15 years, but also to Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series founder and director John Orlando for 30 years of first-rate musical adventures. The recital was on June 4 at Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, site of the spectacular Yamaha CFX concert grand; the proceeds of the concert going towards the balance on this ultra world-class instrument. We were treated to lots of familiar Chopin, some unusual sounds from a big Edward Grieg sonata, a brilliant take off on Liszt by the contemporary Roberto Piana (not “piano”), and what was almost a Viennese waltz by none other than Avant Guard 20th-century French innovator Francis Poulenc. And present at the end of the concert to award a triumphal bouquet of flowers was native San Lorenzo Valley pianist Chetan Tierra, himself an award-winning pianist, who reveled in the presence of Pompa-Baldi, his teacher and mentor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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


Czech Pianist Veronika Bohmova Inaugurates Aptos Keyboard Series

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On Sunday, May 17, the APTOS KEYBOARD SERIES was inaugurated at the Rio Del Mar home of Josef and Maria Davico Sekon, in a splendid piano recital featuring the World Premiere of Joe’s “Eccetera for Piano Solo.” This “Czech-Mated” house concert featured extraordinary young virtuosa Veronika Bohmova from that country’s Republic, who performed one piece from her homeland along with Slovak-American Joe’s own witty number, plus a full program by famous composers and an encore lifted from Horowitz and played as impressively. Co-heroine with Ms. Bohmova was the Sekon’s newish RX 2 Kawai grand, perfect for the brightly-windowed alcove where it reposed, lid open, with an especially rich bass and just the right size sound for this home gathering that was filled with folding chairs for this event, then opened up for snacks along with Joe’s own 2012 Vino Rosso and discussions with Bohmova.

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


Aptos Composers Shine Through Del Sol Quartet

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Local lovers of classical music were treated on Sunday April 12 to a marvelous concert at Peace Church when the Del Sol String Quartet performed a program of works that were so modern the earliest one was from the 1970s and the others all from the 21st century. Two Aptos composers were featured: the late, great Lou Harrison (1917-2003) and current Cabrillo music faculty Josef Sekon (1937). The San Francisco based quartet, founded in 1992 when musicians were very young, features Benjamin Kreith and Rick Shinozaki violins; Charlton Lee viola and Kathryn Bates cello. This ensemble has twice been top winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and has performed all over the world, so they were ideal for the music we heard. And they did not disappoint.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Strings