Youth Music Monterey County (YMMC) Presents Eclectic Delight

Cello Soloist Katrina Yang Bauer & Conductor Farkhad Khudyev

On a beautiful and warm Sunday afternoon, November 4, Sunset Center was filled to capacity with enthusiastic friends and supporters of YMMC, which is a 501c3 organization that has provided high-caliber music education and ensemble-playing opportunities for young people throughout Monterey County for many years. Music Director and Conductor Farkhad Khudyev led YMMC’s Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras in this special 30th anniversary event, which lived up to the organization’s goal of enriching the lives of students and their communities and facilitating greater appreciation of music through preparing and sharing superior music performances.  Read full story

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


Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents Music from Copland House at Sunset Center

On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, we were treated to a truly spiritual and breathtaking performance by Music from Copland House. The concert contained four works spanning neo-romanticism to more contemporary styles, all with their own entrancing narratives and emotional undertones, and all referencing the principal theme of the night’s concert — A Journey. The members of the ensemble, violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Michael Boriskin, were playing Shostakovich’s very first Piano Trio in C Minor and Fauré’s very last Piano Trio in D Minor, as well as two commissioned works where clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein was added to the mix: one by Chamber Music Monterey Bay (Puts’ Living Frescoes) and one by Music from Copland House (Lam’s Fragrance of the Sea).  Read full story

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


Chamber Music Monterey Bay opens with Van Kuijk Quartet

CMMB opened its 2018-2019 season at Sunset Center last night with a performance by the Van Kuijk Quartet. These young musicians charmed us with their youthful exuberance, instrumental mastery and compelling rendering of the three works performed during the evening’s concert. In case you were wondering how Kuijk is pronounced, it is very simple — “Kuijk” is pronounced like “Quick.” The founder of the quartet is violinist Nicolas Van Kuijk, who despite his Dutch-appearing name is French. In fact the other members of the quartet, violinist Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violist Emmanuel François and cellist François Robin, are also French. Read full story

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Ensō Quartet performs for Chamber Music Monterey Bay


Photo by Erica Horn

Passionate enthusiasm and youthful vitality added a heightened dimension to Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s presentation of the Ensō String Quartet at Sunset Center last night. The four young players, violinists Susie Park & Ken Hamao, violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Richard Belcher, are seasoned masters of their craft and treated us last night to some of the finest quartet playing I have ever heard. It was a remarkable combination of style, refinement and artistry in equally generous amounts. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 21st Century, Chamber music, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classical Era, Romantic Era, String quartet


Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents a return engagement by the Claremont Trio

Chamber Music Monterey Bay (CMMB) has a long tradition of presenting the crème de la crème of chamber ensembles and also of commissioning significant new works by contemporary composers. In last night’s concert at Sunset Center CMMB once again hit it out of the ballpark. The Claremont Trio was at the top of its form, and the commissioned work, Four Folk Songs for piano trio by Gabriela Lena Frank, was a hit with the audience. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 21st Century, Chamber music, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classical Era, Piano trio