- Cellist Janneke Hoogland & Pianist James Neiman at Del Mesa
- Fulfilling Mahler’s Ninth at the San Francisco Symphony
- Pianist Sofya Gulyak’s Triumphant Return
- Recital by Organist Vlada Volkova-Moran in Aptos
- Music of Jubilation: Symphony Silicon Valley Finale
- Pianist Jura Margulis Returns to Hidden Valley
- Monterey Peninsula College Orchestra — Spring Concert
- Monterey Symphony ends its 2018-2019 Season
- Gallery Showings by Lucas Blok and Mel Prest
- Monterey Peninsula Voices
- Camerata Singers — Wrapped in Song
- YMMC – Love Side Stories
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Opening night at the 2013 Carmel Bach Festival, “Bach to Fauré,” was a great success. It started with David Gordon’s pre-concert lecture, a standing-room-only event, that gave us an entertaining perspective on the music we were to be hearing and an introduction to the Festival’s featured contemporary composer, Thea Musgrave. Another always-popular pre-concert feature at the Festival was the performance of “Tower Music” on Sunset’s upper terrace by trumpets, horns, sackbuts, tuba and percussion performed by members of the Festival Orchestra.
I Cantori di Carmel presented a splendid concert Saturday night at the Carmel Mission. Dr. Sal Ferrantelli put together a successful and satisfying program spanning the ages from the early Renaissance to the present day, entitled “Blessed be the Time.” The title comes from the text of the 15th century English carol “Adam lay ybounden,” which was featured in a delightful, albeit short, setting by Peter Warlock. Savvy readers may recognize that text as being one of the ones set by Britten in his well-known Ceremony of Carols.
In promoting concerts music presenters have learned some tricks from the commercial world of merchandising. For example if you go shopping for a new car, the beefier SUV models often have seductive names like “Tahoe” and “Tundra” and there is one family car on the market that has the sobriquet, “Sonata.” Borrowing from the world of merchandising, the Carmel Bach Festival has assigned to its main evening concerts theme names such as “The Power of Music, Old and New,” “Cathedral of Angels,” “Baroque to Bluegrass,” and “Music of Dance.”
About 200 people turned out last night at the Carmel Mission Basilica to hear an “Evening of Brass & Organ” featuring Tiffany Truett Bedner, Carmel Mission Basilica organist, and the newly-formed “Pinnacles Brass Quintet,” consisting of James Dooley and Kale Cumings (trumpets), Alex Camphouse (horn), Alex Bedner (trombone) and Forest Byram (tuba).
What do you think? Does a concert featuring a work for three trombones and tuba sound like fun? Well, maybe not everybody thought so, for there were some empty seats at Sunday afternoon’s concert by the Monterey Symphony in Sunset Center yesterday.