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

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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

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Pianist Péter Tóth – Elegance and Authority

In his recital last night at All Saints’ Church in Carmel, we heard two quite different pianists — Péter Tóth the purist who gave us elegantly clean Bach and Mozart, and Péter Tóth the dramatic pianist who stormed the heavens to breathe new meaning into works by Beethoven and Brahms. Tóth has played in twice in Carmel before and each time impressed audiences with his artistic sensitivity and commanding virtuosity. We were not to be disappointed on this occasion. Read full story

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Monterey Symphony Chamber Concert – Myriad Faces of Russia

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Photo by John Wineglass

Anna Petrova, Rebecca Anderson & JeongHyoun Christine Lee

The Monterey Symphony Chamber Concert series continued last night at All Saints’ Church in Carmel with performances by the three soloists we will be hearing this coming weekend in the Monterey Symphony’s opening season program. What an excellent idea! The three young soloists: pianist Anna Petrova, violinist Rebecca Anderson and cellist JeongHyoun Christine Lee were already planning to be here to rehearse with the Monterey Symphony, so why not invite them to come a few days earlier and play a chamber music concert at All Saint’s Church.

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Monterey Symphony Chamber Players – Sanchez Excels

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Clarinetist Steve Sánchez joined the string players Christina Mok and Tina Minn (violins), Chad Kaltinger (viola), and Drew Ford (cello) on Friday evening, October 7th for the inaugural concert of a series presented by the Monterey Symphony Chamber Players in the friendly acoustic of All Saints’ Church, Carmel.

While there is no shortage of high-quality chamber music concerts in the area, they are typically performed by groups who play and tour together full-time, and hence tend to program works for their exact combination of instruments. This new venture of the Monterey Symphony has the opportunity to fill a niche by offering greater variety of ensembles within each program, and so we heard three works, all with different instrumentation – two of them rarely heard, while the third was an acknowledged masterpiece.

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