Organist Paul Carmona at St. Dunstan’s

Paul Carmona

It’s Springtime. But what can you do in the garden or where can you hike when it’s blustery and grey? Listen to some organ music! Readers know that if there’s an organ concert in the area, that is my first choice of activity, rain or shine. 

With rain threatening, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel, CA opened its doors on March 3, 2019 to host a wonderful afternoon of Organ Plus. The pews were comfortably full with curious listeners. The venue is accessible, pleasant nibbles are offered, and with the stop list in the program one can get to know the instrument. Organist Paul Carmona, an Episcopal priest from the San Diego area, kicked off the Saturday afternoon with a few pre-concert thoughts. Starting promptly at 3 PM, he moved to the organ bench to present “Making Music with Friends and By Friends.”

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Organ


MPC String Ensemble & MPC Chorus

Cyril Deaconoff – MPC Chorus Music Director 

A capacity audience turned out last night at the MPC Theatre to hear a double header — David Dally directing the MPC String Ensemble and Cyril Deaconoff directing the MPC Chorus. David Dally I have known and admired for over three decades, but this was my first opportunity to observe the artistry of Cyril Deaconoff, who has succeeded Dr. Sal Ferrantelli both as Director of the MPC Chorus and also I Cantori di Carmel. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Classical Era, Orchestral


Carmel Music Society — Daniel Hope & Friends: “Air — A Baroque Journey”

Every once in a while we encounter a group of musicians who present a concert so polished and so masterful that it grabs us by the throat and holds us spellbound for the better part of two hours. Just such a concert we heard yesterday afternoon at Carmel’s Sunset Center as violinists Daniel Hope and Simon Papanas, cellist Nicola Mosca, lutist Emanuele Forni, harpsichordist Naoki Kitaya, and percussionist Michael Metzler, put together a rich “Baroque Journey” that was as entertaining as it was profound. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music


[email protected] — Ich bin Berliner

The city of Berlin provided the cultural venue for the indubitably successful concert from [email protected], Saturday, July 28, at the Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton. Music by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and Mendelssohn elicited a series of dazzling ensembles in seamless harmony, since each of the representative composers had found in Berlin receptive sponsors who fostered their artistic growth or challenged their native ingenuity. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Classical Era


Carmel Bach Festival 2018 – Virginia Best Adams Vocal Master Class

David Gordon, Master Class Director

This year’s sessions of the Adams Master Class are being led by Master Class Director David Gordon, Festival Associate Conductor Andrew Megill and Festival Vocalists Mhairi Lawdon, Meg Bragle and David Newman. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the last of the sessions on Thursday, July 26, at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Carmel. The culmination of these sessions will be the Virginia Best Adams Masterclass Showcase Concert at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon, July 28, also at Carmel Presbyterian.

All too often master classes involve distinguished performers lording it over young students, who become victims of the master class teacher’s vanity and ego. Nothing could be further from the truth during the Adams master classes. The participants we heard today are young professionals already successful in their careers, and the Adams Master Classes represent advanced coaching from a seasoned professional to younger colleagues. The interaction between David Gordon and the young young singers was always warm, courteous, respectful and gently inspiring.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Master class, Vocal