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

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Brass, Choral, Classical Era


Santa Cruz Symphony — Embracing the Dance

           

The fortunate audience at the Sunday, November 19, concert at Mello Center witnessed a performance that will be etched in the back of their craniums forever. The highly anticipated Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 (1812) under the direction of Santa Cruz Symphony Music Director Danny Stewart raised the bar for this work by what appeared to be an insurmountable measure. The orchestra performed brilliantly! Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Santa Cruz Symphony


YMMC – Violin Prodigy Nicholas Brady Performs Kabalevsky Concerto

On a sunny Sunday afternoon it was a capacity audience that turned out for the first concert of the 2017-2018 Youth Music Monterey County season at Sunset Center. The parking lot was full and the lobby was jammed with people waiting to be let in to the theater.

The concert began with Conductor Farkhad Khudyev leading the YMMC Junior Youth Orchestra in a performance of brief works by three composers active in the former Soviet Union – Lev Knipper, Dimitry Kabalevksy and Aram Khachaturian. Perhaps you have never of Lev Knipper, but I can assure you that if you heard the melody of Knipper’s “Meadowlands,” you would recognize it immediately. It has a very striking beginning with percussion effects imitating the sound of clopping hooves of horses approaching from the distance and fading into the “Meadowlands” theme. After it reaches its climax the melody begins to diminish and we hear the clopping of hooves once more, with the Red Army cavalry passing off into the distance. If this sounds like movie music, you would be correct, for its origin was from Soviet propaganda films. Read full story

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


Morgenstern Trio Triumphs!

On Friday evening November 10, the members of the Morgenstern Trio returned for the fourth time to perform for Chamber Music Monterey Bay at Sunset Center in Carmel. Every time we hear this ensemble we marvel once again at the refinement and artistic intensity of the individual players and the uncanny way they perform together in ensemble to create music that totally grabs us and holds us enthralled for the better part of two hours.

The members of the trio, pianist Catherine Klipfel, violinist Stefan Hempel and cellist Emanuel Wehse, are brilliant and accomplished musicians who started performing together during their conservatory days at Folkwang Universität der Kunste in Essen, Germany. The awards this ensemble has won in chamber music competitions is impressive and indicates that wherever they competed, their amazing gifts were instantly recognized. What was so impressive in their playing last night was the miraculous way the individual musicians listened so intently to each other, respected each others space, and always enhanced each others playing. This was ensemble playing at its best. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classical Era, Piano


Auryn Quartet at Trianon Theatre

A gorgeous and unified sound was the hallmark of the Auryn Quartet appearance at the Trianon Theater, presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society on October 22. Formed in 1981, the Quartet has had no change of personnel in its 35 years. They perform in major concert halls and music festivals around the world and produce award-winning recordings, including complete quartets of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and others. They are familiar to San Jose audiences by their performances of Beethoven quartet cycles presented in 2014 and 2015 by the SJCMS. On this visit they played quartets by Debussy, Mozart and Grieg. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, String quartet