Author Archives: Robin McKee Williams

Songs and Dances of Renaissance Italy – Madregalia and the Pastyme Consort

Jeff DeMarco’s Madregalia and Pastyme Consort are among of the most interesting musical events on the Monterey Peninsula, as they so dramatically demonstrated on June 10, 2017, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Carmel. DeMarco plans each detail of his concerts so that every moment has entertainment, education, inspiration and delight. DeMarco is comfortable conducting, playing multiple instruments, and educating his audience with wit and drama derived from his vast understanding of Renaissance Music. Read full story

Archived in these categories: All Saints' Church, Baroque, Choral

Mozart’s Idomeneo, Specially Adapted for Carmel

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On Tuesday, July 19, Carmel Bach Festival 2016 presented Mozart’s Idomeneo in a special adaptation for Sunset Center Theatre. Conductor Paul Goodwin began the orchestral overture with a sense of drama, energy and vision that enabled the opera to unfold in a magical way right from the very first note. Because of the brilliant playing of the orchestra members, the overture instantly began to reveal dynamic, melodic and rhythmic motives that symbolize the colorful characters in the ensuing plot. Mozart’s drama delves into unresolved human conflicts, which troubled Ancient Greeks as much as they continue to trouble contemporary man today. Love, hate, jealousy, duty and honor dominate this opera, and the manifestation of these qualities involved the listener from start to finish.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Classical Era, Opera

Bach B Minor Mass on Period Instruments

J.S. Bach statue

The Carmel Bach Festival presented Bach’s B Minor Mass on period instruments with soloists and the Bach Festival Chorale at Sunset Center in Carmel on Sunday, July 17th.   Conducted with admirable skill by Paul Goodwin, this masterpiece highlighted and showcased soloists, chorale and instrumentalists. Possibly the intent of Mr. Goodwin was to allow the musicians to shine in the brilliance of Johann Sebastian Bach as each group or soloist achieved solid and inspiring performances.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Choral

Madrigalia and the Pastyme Consort at All Saints Church


Madrigalia and the Pastyme Consort presented their annual Renaissance Music concert at All Saints Church in Carmel on Saturday, June 4. The audience was welcomed to All Saints Church with its wonderful gardens and pleasing acoustics for the outstanding evening of delightful musical selections by Thomas Morley, John Dowland, William Cornyshe, Orlando Gibbons and others. With musicians dressed in period costumes the audience was swept away into the gentle world of recorders, mandolin, harpsichord, treble and bass viol, violin, percussion and lovely singing voices giving us their love of the music from the Renaissance period. Jeff DeMarco is truly an outstanding artistic director with a generous vision for the treasures of the Renaissance world. DeMarco was equally comfortable directing singers and his consort, as well as joining the consort ensemble on his bass viol. He entertained his listeners in between his selections with wit, history and insight which added to the charming evening and impressed all with his knowledge.

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Archived in these categories: All Saints' Church, Choral

Carmel Bach Festival 2015 — The Magic Flute

Magic Flute

The Carmel Bach Festival presented Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in a concert version Tuesday night at Sunset Center. This production benefitted greatly from the splendid artistic efforts of Paul Goodwin (Conductor of the Festival Orchestra), Andrew Megill, (Associate Conductor and Director of the Chorale) and John Koza (Assistant Conductor of the Chorale and Chorus and Director of the Youth Chorus). Right from the first notes of the Overture, we knew our evening was going to be magical journey.

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Archived in these categories: Carmel Bach Festival, Opera