Hidden Valley Ends its Master Artist Series with cellist Mark Kosower in recital

Mark Kosower

On Tuesday evening Hidden Valley Music Seminars presented the last of its Master Class concerts with a splendid recital by cellist Mark Kosower and pianist Jee-Won Oh. The parking lot was full and there was not an empty seat inside the hall. In fact, shortly after 7:40 pm, Peter Meckel himself had to bring in a few more single chairs. I had seen seldom the house so full. 

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Piano


Elastic Brio: Menlo’s Overture Concert

An inspiring, rare moment of collaboration marked the Friday, August 2nd Overture Concert at [email protected]’s Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, the occasion’s inviting young, International Program artists to share the stage with seasoned veterans, in the spirit of musical pedagogy and performance-practice. In music by Beethoven, Franck, and Brahms, the participants emanated a thoroughly integrated and often feverishly intense series of performances that point to the active musicians’ futures as much as to their appreciation of past masters, a thoroughly happy meeting of youthful hopes and experienced professionals.                                             

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


Masterful: [email protected]’s Concert Program V

Photo by Anna Kariel

A quartet of diverse, post-Romantic composers comprised the July 26 Concert Program V of [email protected]’s ongoing survey of Incredible Decades, 1890-1900: Moscow to Montmartre, held at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton. Music by Joseph Suk, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Sergei Rachmaninov provided masterful vehicles for a literal pageant of accomplished participants while expanding our own horizons on the repertory of this fertile period of imaginative creation.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


Sonorous Sweep: The Romantic Revolution at Menlo

Photo by Anna Kariel

While only three chamber music works comprised the [email protected] concert of the July 26 Concert Program No. IV at The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton, the brilliant artistry by which these works – Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D MinorOp. 63; Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65; and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87 – found realization so illuminating that they seemed to exemplify their motivic rubric, “1840-1850: The Romantic Revolution.”

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Romantic Era


CBF 2019 — Community Concert at St. Francis Xavier Church in Seaside

St. Francis Xavier Church

As magical as it is to experience concerts when the audience is enthralled from the first to the last note, it is also magical to experience concerts when the audience is discovering a new experience with ooh’s and aah’s. Each year, the Carmel Bach Festival presents a Community Concert. This has been held in previous years at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Seaside. Thank you to the good people of this church for welcoming one and all to hear music. Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, was the latest of these informal free concerts. We heard a kind of “tasting menu” of pieces played by a string quintet and woodwind octet. Providing behind the scenes help was Suzanne Mudge, Director of Community Engagement. These concerts are planned to inspire people to experience the music of the Carmel Bach Festival. 

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era