Camerata Singers at First Presbyterian in Monterey

Music Director John Koza

Out of a gloomy misty afternoon came a warm wealth of emotion as presented by The Camerata Singers program of Dona nobis pacem at First Presbyterian of Monterey. Without an exact admission fee, audience members were encouraged to donate as all proceeds will go to the Veterans Transition Center. Under the artistic and conducting direction of John Koza, these singers continue to evoke the best in their programing. This is also the program that features high school singers as part of the Camerata Futures. For the 19thyear, young singers have had an opportunity to be side by side with seasoned Camerata singers as partners and mentors.

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Chanticleer Christmas at the Mission


For 40 years the exquisite blend of the voices of Chanticleer have entertained, recorded and traveled the world. This eloquent and elegant group brought A Chanticleer Christmas to the Carmel Mission Basilica on Friday, December 21st. Founded in 1978 by Louis Botto and named for the “clear singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, they were first known for interpretations of Renaissance music. However, this group is as likely to also include jazz, folk, and contemporary choral works. 

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Archived in these categories: Choral, Vocal ensemble

Cantiamo at the Carmel Mission

Cabrillo College choral group, Cantiamo! under the direction of Cheryl Anderson, performed its “Concert for a Winter’s Eve” at the Carmel Mission, December 15th, 2018. The concert featured an eclectic mix of repertoire. It is always a treat to hear anything by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Laus Trinitati was performed a cappella in Latin: “Praise to the Trinity, the sound and life, and creativity of all within their life, the praise of the angelic host and wondrous, brilliant splendor hid, unknown to human minds it is, and life within all things.” 

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Madregalia Christmas Concert in Monterey

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On Saturday, December 22, at 8pm Madregalia presented a Christmas concert featuring polyphonic choral Christmas music, including “This is the Record of John” by Orlando Gibbons, along with two double choir pieces, Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli and Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Michael Praetorius, as well as two Latin American pieces from the 1600’s, among others. The Pastyme Consort consists of such antique instruments as violas da gamba and violins, recorders and harpsichord, and special guests playing Renaissance drums, dulcian (an early bassoon), and well-known local traditional Jalisco harpist, William Faulkner. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Choral, Strings, Vocal ensemble

Christmas with the Camerata Singers

Director John Koza

The annual Christmas With The Camerata Singers, on December 16, is a program not to be missed and this afternoon’s concert at First Presbyterian Monterey was no exception. Under artistic director and conductor John Koza, these singers continue to prove their choral chops. One of the two numbers that was not in English, Z. Randall Stroope’s Resonet in Laudibus, crisply started off the first half with terrific diction. Minimal instrument accompaniment was used to the greatest effect in support of a variety of the following pieces. The assured harp playing of Ruthanne Adams Martinez beautifully supported a number of pieces starting with Stephen Paulus’ Hallelu. Three more Paulus numbers throughout the afternoon also benefited from Martinez’ lovely accompaniment. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Choral