Monterey Symphony Chamber players

Monterey Symphony Chamber Players — Zlata Grekov, Christina Mok, Chad Kaltinger, Robin Bonnell, Beth Zare & Caitlyn Smith-Franklin

Last night at All Saints’ Church in Carmel, the Monterey Symphony Chamber Players treated us to a wonderfully varied and festive program that gave us the feeling the Holidays had truly arrived. All Saints’ Church lends itself well to such an event, not only because of its superb acoustics, but also because of its naturally warm and spiritual ambiance.

At Monterey Symphony concerts, we are accustomed to hearing the musicians performing together as a large ensemble. On this occasion we heard six of the players, concertmaster Christina Mok, violinist Zlata Grekov, violist Chad Kaltinger, cellist Robin Bonnell, and hornists Caitlyn Smith-Franklin and Beth Zare, stepping into the limelight to entertain and uplift us with music of a more intimate nature. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, All Saints' Church, Chamber music, Monterey Symphony

Baritone Peter Tuff & Pianist Lucy Faridany in Recital at All Saints Church

Pianist Lucy Faridany & Baritone Peter Tuff

Baritone Peter Tuff and pianist Lucy Faridany performed a recital on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at All Saints’ Church in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The program featured Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. Both Tuff and Faridany are well-known locally for their respective contributions to the performing arts here, and the recital was not the first time Monterey Peninsula audiences have heard them perform together. Their past collaborations here have included recitals of opera, art song, and musical theater selections. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, All Saints' Church, Romantic Era, Vocal

CBF Chamber Concert – Bach Cantatas


  Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Marika Holmqvist, Margaret Jordan-Gay, Patricia Ahern, Karina Schmitz, Dongsok Shin

On Monday July 24, 2017 2:30 pm, at All Saints Church in Carmel, we heard the Carmel Bach Festival Chamber Concert, “Bach Cantatas.” This beautifully programmed concert opened with J.S. Bach’s entire sacred cantata BWV 199, Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut, scored for soprano solo, strings, continuo, and oboe, while the second part of the program consisted of tenor solo arias, and tenor and soprano duet selections from Cantatas 5, 110, 85, 43, and 145. Soprano Mhairi Lawson and tenor Tomas Cooley, formidable soloists in their own right, were a matched duet pair, happy and comfortable together, their duet sound was smiling and sparkling. The instrumental ensemble was in top form: Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Patricia Ahern, Marika Holmqvist, violin; Karina Schmitz, viola; Margaret Jordan-Gay, cello; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord. Read full story

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

Carmel Bach Festival Chamber Concert — “Summer Winds”

Peter Lemberg, Meredith Brown & Keenan Boswell

On Sunday evening, July 16, at All Saints Church in Carmel, the Carmel Bach Festival continued its series of Candlelight Chamber Concerts — this one called “Summer Winds”– in a program containing performances of Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K.452, Paul Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2, and concluding with selections from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, originally for solo piano, but arranged by Mason Jones for wind ensemble.

The players on this occasion were flutist Dawn Loree Walker, oboist Peter Lemberg, hornist Meredith Brown, bassoonist Britt Hebert, clarinetist Erin Finkelstein and pianist Keenan Boswell. All Saints Church was nicely candlelit and, as always, beautifully resonant with some of the best acoustics on the Monterey Peninsula for intimate ensemble concerts. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, All Saints' Church, Carmel Bach Festival, Chamber music

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