Fervent and Fanciful — Pianist Daniel Hsu in Recital for the Steinway Society

Responding to the acclamation of an enthusiastic audience at Le Petit Trianon, pianist Daniel Hsu graced the audience with one encore, a Horowitz staple, Träumerei, from Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15. The sweet reverie extended the passionate and poised ambiance of the entire recital during this December 9 recital at Petit Trianon in San Jose presented by the Steinway Society the Bay Area. The Bronze Medal winner at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Mr. Hsu demonstrated in an essentially Romantic repertory that his taste and technical arsenal would justify his having selected the Cliburn Competition test-piece, Marc-Andre Hamelin’s Toccata on L’homme armé, as an example of the prowess and canny lyricism he can apply within the parameters of an honest virtuoso. Read full story

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Monterey Peninsula Voices — Winter Program in Pacific Grove

A glorious season for a program aptly named GLORIA presented on December 9  by the Monterey Peninsula Voices under the direction of Dr. Sean Boulware with the inimitable piano gifts of Michelle Galindo. A dozen selections featuring a variety of musical styles from Palestrina to contemporary arrangers of the older styles graced the program. The one hundred plus singers joyfully sang through the repertoire with ringing voices in the wonderful acoustic of the Butterfly Church – First United Methodist Church in Pacific Grove. Within the selections, all with “Gloria” in the title, were a number of familiar carols that Boulware encouraged audience sing-along. A special touch for the “South African Gloria” by William Bradley Roberts was the debut of Isaiah Boulware as conductor with his Dad on percussion. Young Boulware shows terrific promise as an all around musician in conducting and then later in the program as percussionist. Read full story

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Christmas with Camerata Singers

A lovely afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey was the setting as the brass players warmed up, the Church began to fill, amidst the anticipatory hubbub of audience members greeting each other and reading over the printed program of Christmas With the Camerata Singers. Under the direction of John Koza, Artistic Director and Conductor, these singers presented a program filled with old texts and new settings and rhythms. Mixed meters and syncopation dominated many selections. Ably accompanied by Organist Tiffany Bedner and a Brass Quintet, the singers rose to the rhythmic as well as dynamic demands. Read full story

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Tom Lehmkuhl makes his Debut as I Cantori di Carmel’s New Director


On December 2, I Cantori di Carmel’s WELCOME to new Music Director Tom Lehmkuhl provided a splendidly eclectic evening in the chilly but warm, lovely acoustic of the Carmel Mission. Lehmkuhl’s background, before becoming the Director of Choral Music at Carmel Middle and High School, served him well in programming choices. As the program cover had “Welcome” in four languages, so his personal languages include French and street Hindi. Read full story

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Aria Women’s Chorus Presents “Missa Femina”

Sean Boulware

Aria Women’ Chorus presented the program “Missa Femina “on at 3:30 pm on November 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Monterey. Two major works, one newly composed in 2012, and one, Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” newly arranged for women’s voices, provided the audience with many beautiful and uplifting choral moments. Terre Johnson’s 2012 work “Missa Femina” filled the first half. This work follows the traditional order of the Catholic Latin mass form using five movements. Because this was written as a women’s mass, references to “father” were changed to feminine or “mother.” Read full story

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