Pianist Halida Dinova in Aptos

It was an enthusiastic audience that greeted pianist Halida Dinova at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos yesterday afternoon. Since Ms. Dinova has appeared several times previously on the Aptos Keyboard Series, her fans had high expectations, and she certainly did not disappoint them on this occasion. A Russian trained virtuoso with a blistering technique equal to any challenge, she also demonstrated that she could on demand spin magic moments of expressive and poetic playing.

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


The Santa Cruz Symphony: Invocations

Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Sunday, April 7 performance of the Santa Cruz Orchestra offered a unique treat in that two of today’s finest leading composer-conductors were represented: Maestro Danny Stewart on the podium conducting Karawane (2014), a composition by fellow colleague, Finnish Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2020, Salonen will become Music Director/Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. With the passing of Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen seemed the likeliest leading active composer-conductor to assume that honor and the many challenges associated with it. 

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Orchestral, Santa Cruz Symphony


Montrose Trio at Sunset Center

Montrose Trio

Wow! Chamber Music Monterey Bay ended its season with a sizzler. The Montrose Trio’s performance was smoking’ hot and just got better and better as the concert went along. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith played up a storm and held us enthralled for the better part of two hours. These magnificent musicians, each a great master of his craft, played together as an ensemble with compelling artistry.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay


Borodin Quartet in Miami

Borodin Quartet

On Tuesday March 19, 2019, the Borodin Quartet played a program of works by Miaskovsky, Haydn, and Borodin at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami. Over the years, many of Russia’s most famous musicians have played in the Borodin Quartet, Russia’s most famous quartet, which will celebrate its 75th Anniversary next season. Among the great Russian musicians who played in the quartet have been violist Rudolf Barshai (1945 -1953), Mstislav Rostropovich (1945), the Borodin’s original first cellist, who was succeeded by the legendary cellist Valentin Berlinsky who was then the quartet’s cellist for over 60 years.

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Monterey Symphony: A Whale of a Concert!

Conductor Jung-Ho Pak

This was an extraordinary event and unlike any other concert I have ever attended! Monterey Symphony guest conductor Jung-Ho Pak had selected four innovative works for this program, the fourth in a series themed with the title “Sound Waves.” Not unexpectedly, two of the four compositions we heard last night at Sunset Center immersed us in the sound and images of sea in a major way with a video by Feo Pitcairn to accompany the Hovhaness work and a video by Annie Crawley to accompany Stella Sung’s Oceana (2018). The videography was projected on a screen above the Monterey Symphony players. Both Pitcairn and Crawley were in the audience and were introduced.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Monterey Symphony, Orchestral