Carmel Bach Festival 2019: Young Artists’ Showcase

Young Artists’ Showcase Performers

On Saturday Afternoon in Sunset Center the Carmel Bach Festival presented its annual Young Artists’ Showcase Concert, which, as the name would imply, is designed to showcase talented young musicians from four counties on the Central Coast. Participating in this concert were nine string players, five pianists, three vocalists, and a woodwind octet selected from a larger group of applicants, who had auditioned in May. These auditions were judged by CMMB Artistic Director Erica Horn and YMM Music Director Farkhad Khudyev. The Young Artists’ Showcase is managed and administered by Barbara Priest, the instrumental Music Director at Pacific Grove Middle School.  

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Cello, Chamber music, Piano


Carmel Bach Festival: A Century of Venice

On July 17, at All Saints’ Church in Carmel, an afternoon audience was treated to a showcase of the proliferation of musical creativity that took place in Venice in the 17th century. Two violinists, two violists, one cellist (all five using baroque bows), a lutist, and a harpsichordist/organist played Baroque sonatas in various configurations among themselves.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music


[email protected]: Incredible Decades

Photo credit: Anna Kariel

Under the rubric “Incredible Decades,” [email protected] presented Concert Program II of its Seventeenth Season on Wednesday, July 17, with a veritable feast of Classical color, manifested in the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. This night’s decade, 1790-1800, entitled “Beethoven Launched,” had the audience at The Center for the Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton in consistent thrall as a grand array of musicians realized diversely rich scores in vivacious and infectious ensemble. 

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era


Ensemble Monterey — The King Shall Rejoice

Director John Anderson

The Season Finale of Ensemble Monterey was a wonderful collection of regal music. The title for this concert is taken from the last piece offered: Handel’s Coronation Anthem. Included in the program material was a graphic featuring “The Fab Five.” This refers to 5 composers who wrote mostly in the 18thCentury with one work from the 17thCentury. I attended the Saturday evening concert on April 27, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Monterey, CA. The day was a lovely Spring day, so the room grew warm as the evening progressed. Still, I thank the church for opening their doors and sharing the good acoustics of their space.

As is the custom of Ensemble Monterey, Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. John Anderson offered his insights prior to the concert as a short talk with question/answer session. This opportunity to learn about the music and performers is so vital. Dr. Anderson has a gift for conveying information that engages those literate in music while being accessible to those just beginning their musical journey. It makes concerts more enjoyable when the audience is as attentive and engaged as they were Saturday. These talks along with the excellent printed program are gems we should encourage and take advantage of regularly. 

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Choral, Vocal, Vocal ensemble


YMMC Chamber Players at Hidden Valley

Elizabeth Mendoza, Lance Yang Bauer, Hannah Shu, Serenai Dincer,
EB Diallo & Taylen Dincer

Every year we have the opportunity to hear the YMMC Fall and Spring orchestra concerts at Sunset Center in Carmel, and, as always, we marvel at the levels of instrumental skill and musical maturity the young players of the Youth and Honors orchestra display so naturally. But also twice a year we have occasion to hear individual players come together in more intimate ensembles to perform chamber music, which gives us a whole different perspective of their instrumental and musical skills.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Strings, Youth Music Monterey