Carmel Music Society – American String Quartet

Yesterday afternoon at Sunset Center in Carmel, we had an opportunity to hear the American String Quartet, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the world. The players — violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel — were at the top of their form and impressed us with their ability to breath new life into some very familiar masterpieces. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Carmel Music Society, Chamber music, Classical Era, String quartet

Eldar Hudiyev and James Neiman in Concert

J.S. Bach’s Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016, Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 and the Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A Major “Kreutzer”, Op. 47, were on the program Sunday, January 21, at 3 pm at the Aptos home of Josef and Maria Sekon. This was the opening concert of the 2018 Aptos Keyboard Series.

As I entered the quaint home that served as the current venue, aromas of freshly brewed French espresso coffee still lingered in the air. Original art works by known artistswere highlighted by the warm sunlight coming through the windows. Many wooden folding chairs painted in bright red, blue, green and yellow filled the floor challenging one as a tight-rope walker, but added warmth to the attractive ambiance. As the minutes passed the venue became packed to the brim by some 40 guests who were in for a wonderful and rare musical treat done in a true 17th-19th century Italian or French “Salon” setting. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Violin

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

Monterey Symphony Chamber players

Monterey Symphony Chamber Players — Zlata Grekov, Christina Mok, Chad Kaltinger, Robin Bonnell, Beth Zare & Caitlyn Smith-Franklin

Last night at All Saints’ Church in Carmel, the Monterey Symphony Chamber Players treated us to a wonderfully varied and festive program that gave us the feeling the Holidays had truly arrived. All Saints’ Church lends itself well to such an event, not only because of its superb acoustics, but also because of its naturally warm and spiritual ambiance.

At Monterey Symphony concerts, we are accustomed to hearing the musicians performing together as a large ensemble. On this occasion we heard six of the players, concertmaster Christina Mok, violinist Zlata Grekov, violist Chad Kaltinger, cellist Robin Bonnell, and hornists Caitlyn Smith-Franklin and Beth Zare, stepping into the limelight to entertain and uplift us with music of a more intimate nature. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, All Saints' Church, Chamber music, Monterey Symphony

Horszowski Trio at the Trianon Theater in San Jose

The San Jose Chamber Music Society presented a superb concert of the Horszowski Trio on November 12 at the Trianon Theater in San Jose. The program leaned heavily on the early Romantic period with trios by Schumann and Mendelssohn. But the central work was the world premiere of Night Migrations by Lisbon-born Andreia Pinto-Correia, commissioned by Chamber Music America for the Horszowski Trio. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 21st Century, Chamber music, Piano trio, Romantic Era