The Joy of Modern & Traditional Music

            Our little corner of the World is a quiet one. We have many opportunities to savor live performances of wonderful music. While those concerts would probably not demand the attention of those hungry for elite spectacles, I enjoy an hour or two of carefully chosen music competently prepared for our listening pleasure. Those who gathered at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel on Sunday, August 18, 2019 experienced a lovely afternoon of music. Cortez Montalbo, trumpet and Steve Denmark, organ shared with us their Joy of Modern & Traditional Music. Dr. Denmark did double duty by accompanying on the piano as well as the organ. Mr. Montalbo used a collection of three instruments, cornet and two trumpets (B-flat and C) to play a variety of compositions.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Brass, Organ


Hidden Valley Ends its Master Artist Series with cellist Mark Kosower in recital

Mark Kosower

On Tuesday evening Hidden Valley Music Seminars presented the last of its Master Class concerts with a splendid recital by cellist Mark Kosower and pianist Jee-Won Oh. The parking lot was full and there was not an empty seat inside the hall. In fact, shortly after 7:40 pm, Peter Meckel himself had to bring in a few more single chairs. I had seen seldom the house so full. 

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Piano


Pianist Ko-Eun Yi at the Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John’s

Pianist Ko-Eun Yi

Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi thrilled an audience of piano lovers yesterday afternoon as she performed a recital for the Aptos Keyboard Series at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist. Artistic Director of the series Josef Sekon continues to surprise us by discovering new young talented artists and bringing them to central California.

Juilliard trained pianist Yi may have looked very young, fragile and vulnerable as she sat down at the piano. However, from the first notes of her opening work, Scarlatti’s Sonata in c-sharp minor, K. 247, L. 256, she revealed not the demeanor of a playful kitten, but that of a ferocious tiger, as she devoured each work on the program and left us thirsting for more by the end of the program.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


CBF 2019: Virginia Best Adams Masterclass Showcase

            We caught a glimpse of a future generation of musicians during the afternoon of July 27, 2019. Each year, the Carmel Bach Festival invites four promising vocalists to study and perform with the Festival Orchestra, Chorale and Chorus. This year, Michael Beattie took on the task of directing the Masterclass sessions and the Showcase Program. Every Monday and Thursday during the Festival, six seasoned professionals worked with the young stars. The mentors this year have been: David Newman, Andrew Megill, Mhairi Lawson, Meg Bragle, Thomas Cooley, and Dashon Burton. The Virginia Best Adams Fellows for this year are Nola Richardson, soprano; Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano; Corey Shotwell, tenor; and Will Prapestis, baritone. For the Showcase that Saturday afternoon, we experienced the fruits of their labor.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Choral


CBF 2019: Sacred Treasures of Spain and England

            The tradition of English choral singing is very rich. One expects to hear clear bell like tones of boy trebles. The harmonies of Tudor England reign in the motets and anthems. One even expects a bit of Latin. We were treated to a good measure of this tradition during Week 2 of the 82ndCarmel Bach Festival. The Carmel Mission Basilica opened its doors once more to share their wonderful space. The acoustics came alive with singing from The Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School on Friday, July 26, 2019. The 40 young boys, ages 7 – 18, gave us a taste of Sacred Treasures From Spain and England. Directed by Charles Cole, the musicians are traveling for 10 days in California, and Utah. We are so lucky The Carmel Bach Festival partnered with them to bring us this concert.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Choral