Ensemble Monterey Presents: Schubert

Franz Schubert

On Saturday, March 9th, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Carmel, we were privileged to hear a unique program offered by Ensemble Monterey under the direction of Dr. John Anderson. The program, titled Schubert, was comprised of works by Carl Nielsen, Richard Strauss, and Franz Schubert. Dr. Anderson led the group of highly talented and dedicated musicians through a progression of works culminating in one of Schubert’s masterpieces, the Octet in F Major. The musicians who made this successful evening possible were Erica Horn (clarinet), Gail Selburn (bassoon), Scott Hartman and Jeff Fowler (horn), David Dally (violin and concertmaster), Shannon D’Antonio (violin), Susan Brown (viola), Margie Dally (cello), and Kelly Beecher (bass).

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Orchestral, Youth


San Francisco Symphony — Crouching Tigers, Gentle Dragons

Francoise-Xavier Roth

Making his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, guest conductor Francoise-Xavier Roth led a spectacularly successful concert Saturday, March 9 at Davies Hall of music by Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms. The relatively traditional, Romantic fare had the benefit of French pianist Cedric Tiberghien in the solo part of Liszt’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Tiberghien’s remarkable panache in the Concerto warranted one encore, at which conductor Roth sat thoughtfully, the Oiseaux tristes from Ravel’s set of Miroirs.  

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Concerto, Orchestral


Duo Papillion — Music for Piano Four Hands

We were treated to piano synergy Friday night, March 8, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Carmel. Pianists Barbara Ruzicka and Kumiko Uyeda debuted as a newly-founded, four-hand piano ensemble to be known as Duo Papillion.They filled the sanctuary with wonderful music for an attentive audience performing on a Steinway concert grand piano that sounded very nice indeed. I have fond memories of playing duets as a piano student, but my efforts didn’t come close to the fine musicianship exhibited by Duo Papillon.

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


Aptos Keyboard Series — Pianist Daria Kiseleva

Pianist Daria Kiseleva

In presenting the truly gifted Russian star pianist Daria Kiseleva, Artistic Director Josef Sekon has lifted the artistic bar another notch. Ms. Kiseleva’s two-hour performance Sunday, February 3, at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos was beyond exhilarating. 

Saint John’s Episcopal Church is an excellent acoustical and intimate venue well suited for the Aptos Keyboard Series’ highly talented artists. In the words of Roy Malan, Concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet “the most superb acoustics in Santa Cruz County” rang true.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era


YMMC Winter Concert at Sunset Center

Soloist Amadeus Soria & Conductor Farkhad Khudyev

The last two weeks have been challenging for Youth Music Monterey County orchestras, for this was a time during which rehearsals were inconvenienced by a series of violent storms bringing widespread power outages, downed trees and impassable roads. Somehow the young musicians participating in YOSAL and YMMC got it all together in time to present a Winter Concert that was as refreshing as it was inspiring.

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Competition, Orchestral, Youth Music Monterey