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

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Carmel Music Society — Daniel Hope & Friends: “Air — A Baroque Journey”

Every once in a while we encounter a group of musicians who present a concert so polished and so masterful that it grabs us by the throat and holds us spellbound for the better part of two hours. Just such a concert we heard yesterday afternoon at Carmel’s Sunset Center as violinists Daniel Hope and Simon Papanas, cellist Nicola Mosca, lutist Emanuele Forni, harpsichordist Naoki Kitaya, and percussionist Michael Metzler, put together a rich “Baroque Journey” that was as entertaining as it was profound. Read full story

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Curtis on Tour in Miami

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Curtis on Tour played a stunning concert on Thursday October 25, 2018 at Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami at FIU (Florida International University). The concert, attended by judges from over 50 countries, was given during the Conference of Hague Convention Network Judges which was held at FIU, the location for which had been made possible by Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU’s CARTA (College of Communications, Architecture, Music, Art, and Theater). Read full story

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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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Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music 2018 — “In the Blue Room with the Kronos Quartet”

“In The Blue Room with the Kronos Quartet”

This annual tradition has really gained quite the following as part of the Cabrillo Festival. David Harrington, the first violinist and typically the speaker for the group, guessed that it was back in 1978 when they first collaborated with the festival. The San Francisco based group has always maintained strong political views and this concert was no different. They opened with a short piece by Egyptian composer, Islam Chipsy. Zaghlala, loosely translated as meaning blurred vision cause by strong light in the eyes, was full of glissandos and fast passages. Perhaps this choice of piece was a nod to the song and dance man in charge at the moment distracting from the real issues at hand. Friend of the festival, Missy Mazzoli, was up next with a piece named ‘Harp and Altar’ for string quartet and recorded sound. The recording began as low vocal intonations and grew stronger into full words, which began to overpower the sound of the quartet and eventually overtook them in prominence. Read full story

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