Carmel Trio in Aptos

Sometimes you find a wonderful experience when you least expect it. I had the pleasure of listening to a fine collection of Sonatas for piano and strings in the afternoon of Feb. 10, 2019. The Carmel Trio (Nicola Samra, Violin; Christopher Healy, Cello; and James Neiman, Piano) presented 3 works: Two Sonatas for piano and violin (Mozart and Beethoven) and a Sonata for piano and cello (Rachmaninoff). Our thanks to the community of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos for sharing their space. I thoroughly enjoyed the fine performance.

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Archived in these categories: Cello, Chamber music, Piano, Violin


Brentano Quartet & Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo at Sunset Center

It was a pleasure to welcome back the Brentano Quartet for a return engagement after its highly acclaimed performance for the Carmel Music Society in 2013. On this occasion, the quartet was joined by 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who had recently appeared on the Carmel Music Society’s series in September 2018.

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Archived in these categories: Carmel Music Society, Chamber music, Classical Era, Piano trio


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


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


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

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music