Renaissance man plays exciting Bach concert

Jonathan Dimmock is very impressive, as is the instrument and sanctuary at St. Dunstan’s Church in Mid Valley. Prior to the concert there was a reception in the hall with high end wines and home baked goods. About thirty minutes prior to the six pm beginning of the concert, the organist, Jonathon Dimmock came out to do a short preconcert lecture. It made all the difference in understanding the music we were about to hear. Dimmock is a graduate of Oberlin and Yale and studied with French composer, Olivier Messien, as well as other musical luminaries. Dimmock is bright and down to earth — a joy to hear, both in lecture and in concert. He has been an organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York City and at at a Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He is currently the principle organist at the San Francisco Palace of  Fine Arts as well as a frequent soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. As interesting to musicians and non musicians alike is the fact that he is the founder of the Resonance Project which seeks to use music to help resolve international conflicts. What a bargain this concert series is at $20 a ticket.

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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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Eldar Hudiyev and James Neiman in Concert

J.S. Bach’s Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016, Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 and the Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A Major “Kreutzer”, Op. 47, were on the program Sunday, January 21, at 3 pm at the Aptos home of Josef and Maria Sekon. This was the opening concert of the 2018 Aptos Keyboard Series.

As I entered the quaint home that served as the current venue, aromas of freshly brewed French espresso coffee still lingered in the air. Original art works by known artistswere highlighted by the warm sunlight coming through the windows. Many wooden folding chairs painted in bright red, blue, green and yellow filled the floor challenging one as a tight-rope walker, but added warmth to the attractive ambiance. As the minutes passed the venue became packed to the brim by some 40 guests who were in for a wonderful and rare musical treat done in a true 17th-19th century Italian or French “Salon” setting. 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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MPC String Ensemble — David Dally, Soloist and Conductor

For the past forty years violinist and conductor Dave Dally has been providing an important service to us on the Monterey Peninsula. Starting modestly from a Monday-evening string class at Monterey Peninsula College, he has created an ensemble that would be the pride of any community. It presents ambitious and artistic programs, draws in the best local area musicians and often features distinguished local artists as soloists. It may still officially be called the MPC String Ensemble, but when Dally wants to present a more ambitious work requiring a larger instrumentation, he finds winds, brass and percussion as needed. So let’s call it what it is. It has become a community orchestra, and it is a model of what a community orchestra should be. Read full story

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