Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents a return engagement by the Claremont Trio

Chamber Music Monterey Bay (CMMB) has a long tradition of presenting the crème de la crème of chamber ensembles and also of commissioning significant new works by contemporary composers. In last night’s concert at Sunset Center CMMB once again hit it out of the ballpark. The Claremont Trio was at the top of its form, and the commissioned work, Four Folk Songs for piano trio by Gabriela Lena Frank, was a hit with the audience. Read full story

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Fervent and Fanciful — Pianist Daniel Hsu in Recital for the Steinway Society

Responding to the acclamation of an enthusiastic audience at Le Petit Trianon, pianist Daniel Hsu graced the audience with one encore, a Horowitz staple, Träumerei, from Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15. The sweet reverie extended the passionate and poised ambiance of the entire recital during this December 9 recital at Petit Trianon in San Jose presented by the Steinway Society the Bay Area. The Bronze Medal winner at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Mr. Hsu demonstrated in an essentially Romantic repertory that his taste and technical arsenal would justify his having selected the Cliburn Competition test-piece, Marc-Andre Hamelin’s Toccata on L’homme armé, as an example of the prowess and canny lyricism he can apply within the parameters of an honest virtuoso. Read full story

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Horszowski Trio at the Trianon Theater in San Jose

The San Jose Chamber Music Society presented a superb concert of the Horszowski Trio on November 12 at the Trianon Theater in San Jose. The program leaned heavily on the early Romantic period with trios by Schumann and Mendelssohn. But the central work was the world premiere of Night Migrations by Lisbon-born Andreia Pinto-Correia, commissioned by Chamber Music America for the Horszowski Trio. Read full story

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Aria Women’s Chorus Presents “Missa Femina”

Sean Boulware

Aria Women’ Chorus presented the program “Missa Femina “on at 3:30 pm on November 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Monterey. Two major works, one newly composed in 2012, and one, Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” newly arranged for women’s voices, provided the audience with many beautiful and uplifting choral moments. Terre Johnson’s 2012 work “Missa Femina” filled the first half. This work follows the traditional order of the Catholic Latin mass form using five movements. Because this was written as a women’s mass, references to “father” were changed to feminine or “mother.” Read full story

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Miró Quartet – Ensemble playing at its best

Last night at Sunset Center in Carmel, Chamber Music Monterey Bay initiated its 2017-2018 season with a return engagement by the Miró Quartet (this concert represented its fifth appearance for CMMB). The Miró Quartet consists of Daniel Ching, violin, William Fedkenheuer, violin, John Largess, viola, and Joshua Gindele, cello. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet takes its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century. Read full story

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