Music at All Saints Church in Carmel — Violinist Eldar Hudiyev & Pianist James Neiman in Recital

James Neiman & Eldar Hudiyev

(Photo by Andrea Neiman)

Our musical community on the Monterey Peninsula is constantly being enriched by the influx of new musicians who, when they get established, make a significant contribution to our musical lives. Two relative newcomers, violinist Eldar Hudiyev and pianist James Neiman, gave us a demonstration of their artistic gifts last night in a well attended recital at All Saints’ Church in Carmel — so well attended, in fact, that they ran out of printed programs. This event, an artistic success in its own right, also served a higher purpose. It was a benefit concert for Youth Music Monterey County (YMMC), whose President, Dorothy Micheletti, was on hand to introduce the musicians and give a well deserved plug to this organization, which has continued to grow in influence as a rich opportunity for young orchestral players to gain experience in orchestra and ensemble playing. Read full story

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Hartnell Community Choir at All Saints’ Church

Robin McKee Williams

Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel was the acoustically lovely and festively dressed setting for the Hartnell Community Choir December 17 Concert. For small groups this venue has the ability to accent and amplify a special richness of sound. Although not one of the larger groups on the Monterey Peninsula, this group of singers under the direction of Robin McKee Williams is certainly one of the most dedicated in its pursuit of performing great choral repertoire. Ambitious choral works included in the afternoon’s program were Ralph Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas, and Kim Andre Arnesen’s Requiem. Read full story

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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

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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

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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

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