Chamber Music Monterey Bay — Inscape: A Mixed Ensemble

As the air turns crisp and the leaves rustle as they fall to the sidewalk, I tend to notice music around me more often. Hardly a minute goes by in public that music is not offered for your listening pleasure. Our ears are full. Modern music from the 20th and 21st Century is challenging at times. Modern life is challenging at times. This listener does not begrudge a Classical Music fan for taking a “bye” on a concert when life has just been too challenging. Life happens. Music happens. Sometimes one just wants the music to speak to one’s heart. No brain stretching harmonies, no new instruments, no clash of instrumental techniques; just music to stir the ear and the mind and of course, the heart. No in-depth conversations of differences, just the chance to hear old friends. When the promotional Press Release mentions that a group “is pushing the boundaries of classical music” one may need to pause and reframe your ears and mind before entering the concert hall. This listener has often been in that “just give me easy listening” frame of mind. Last night, I was ready for some new experiences; a concert of all modern stuff.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay


Cellist Janneke Hoogland & Pianist James Neiman at Del Mesa

In a late afternoon recital, we had an opportunity yesterday to hear a performance by two relatively new arrivals on the Monterey Peninsula, cellist Janneke Hoogland and pianist James Neiman. They performed works for cello and piano by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff for a capacity audience of family, friends and residents of Del Mesa Carmel.

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Archived in these categories: Cello, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Piano


Montrose Trio at Sunset Center

Montrose Trio

Wow! Chamber Music Monterey Bay ended its season with a sizzler. The Montrose Trio’s performance was smoking’ hot and just got better and better as the concert went along. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith played up a storm and held us enthralled for the better part of two hours. These magnificent musicians, each a great master of his craft, played together as an ensemble with compelling artistry.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay


Catalyst Quartet

Violist Paul Laraia, cellist Karlos Rodriguez, violinist Karla Donehew Perez
and violinist Jessie Montgomery

When the Catalyst Quartet appeared at Sunset Center last night, courtesy of Chamber Music Monterey Bay, we heard four fabulous musicians and a fabulous program — by any standard, a great combination. Every once in a while, we hear a concert in which the polish and refinement of the musicians’ individual mastery combined with their ability to respond to each others individual artistic skills produces a concert in which there is an inevitability about the playing. Simply said, it was difficult to imagine the works they performed being played any other way.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Strings


Chamber Music Monterey Bay — Borromeo String Quartet with Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

On January 19th, 2019, at Sunset Center, the Borromeo String Quartet performed the Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet by Jean Françaix, the String Quartet in G Minor by Claude Debussy, Etude #6 and Lullaby #2 by Sebastian Currier, (both west coast premieres), and Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings by Mozart. The members of the quartet were violinists Nicholas Kitchen and Kristopher Tong, violist Mai Motobuchi, and cellist Yeesun Kim, and on the Françaix and Mozart pieces, Richard Stoltzman was featured on clarinet.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber music, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classical Era