- Camerata Singers – Considering Matthew Shepard
- Chamber Music Monterey Bay — Escher String Quartet
- Aizuri String Quartet — Fabulous Artistry
- YMMC March Concert – Migration
- Ensemble Monterey’s Tribute to an Early Spring
- Pianist Kevin Lee Sun in Aptos Keyboard Series
- Monterey Symphony presents: Ovation
- The Thoughtful Muse: A Recital by Pianist Daria Rabotkina
- Stravinsky – Music & Dance in Miami
- Ehnes Quartet in Beethoven Quartet Cycle
- Heavy Stuff – A Recital by Vladimir Feltsman
- Santa Cruz Symphony: Catharsis
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Composer Heather Morris
There is nothing like the sound of a concert band. Not that I have anything against the full orchestra timbre, but the sound that come from the combined brass, woodwinds and percussion (minus the strings) is inherently festive and rousing. Such was the case for Cabrillo College’s Concert Band and Symphonic Winds on Sunday, May 4, under the direction of instructor Jon Nordgren. Along with familiar works by Mozart and John Phillips Sousa, the program spotlighted an outstanding ensemble of percussionists in Vaclav Nehybel’s Festivo. More percussive virtuosity followed, featuring Paul Kuhn, in Variations on a tune for Tympani by Maurice Garner. Into the Storm by Robert Smith was expertly conducted by assistant conductor Nicholas Marinovich.
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).