Pianist Jon Nakamatsu Spins Some Magic

Apparently we had a close call. In the week before his recital at Sunset Center for Chamber Music Monterey Bay On April 8, pianist Nakamatsu came down with the flu and a few days before the recital was still fighting a temperature of 103º F. CMMB Director Amy Anderson speaking to the audience after intermission said that their board members had been frantically searching up and down the west coast for a group to possibly substitute for Nakamatsu. However, they were relieved that he rallied at the last moment. Well, so were we, for a recital by Nakamatsu is a special event and not one we would have wanted to miss. Read full story

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Daedalus Quartet Shines

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When I read a preview of Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s presentation of  the Daedalus Quartet, the first question in my mind was: am I going to enjoy this concert? The program consisted of what appeared to be piece of juvenilia by Haydn (his very first quartet), a contemporary work by Mieczysław Weinberg (never heard of him), and ended with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, (at 40 minutes duration, sort of the Hammerklavier of string quartets). Was I ever wrong! These four amazing musicians — violinists Min-Young Kim and Matilda Kaul, violist Jessica Thompson and cellist Thomas Kraines — spun magic right from the opening of the Haydn to the very last note of the Beethoven. Read full story

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Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Triumphs in Return Engagement

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Chamber Music Monterey Bay continued its 2016-2017 season last night at Sunset Center with a return visit by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. This year Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson are celebrating the 4oth anniversary of joining to become a trio, and during their long career they have established themselves as the world’s premiere piano trio. In welcoming the audience at the beginning of the concert Executive Director Douglas Ambort reminded us that there was another significant milestone, for CMMB this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Trio Solisti performs for Chamber Music Monterey Bay

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Alexis Bachman, Fabio Bidini & Alexis Pia Gerlach

Trio Solisti gave us compelling performances yesterday evening at Sunset Center.
The three musicians, violinist Maria Bachman, pianist Fabio Bidini and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, were at the top of their form, both individually as virtuosi in their own right and as ensemble musicians responding to each other’s sensitive nuances in performances that kept us deeply involved for an hour and a half.

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Chamber Music Monterey Bay and Youth Music Monterey in Joint Venture

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Trio Solisti players: Maria Bachman, Fabio Bidini & Alexis Pia Gerlach

Last night at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Carmel, the three members of Trio Solisti (violinist Maria Bachman, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Fabio Bidini) treated us to a brief open rehearsal plus a master class with several young performing musicians from Youth Monterey Music’s Chamber Players. Although we will be hearing Trio Solisti this evening at Sunset Center in a formal concert presented by CMMB, this informal event gave us an opportunity to see the players interacting with each other and mentoring some talented young musicians from our community.

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