Pianist John Jensen performs a recital of American music at Hidden Valley

On Monday, September 24, at 7:30 pm, John Jensen will perform Charles Ives’ Sonata #1 , Aaron Copland’s Piano Sonata, and Carl Ruggles’ Evocations. Two additional works will feature local composers and performers: Rick Yramategui’s Theme and Variations with guest violinst, Farkhard Khudyev, and the premiere of “2” for piano 4-hands by Carleton Macy, with Yramategui joining Jensen at the piano.

John Jensen combines the virtuosity of a fine classical musician with the imagination of a great jazz pianist. He is an avant-garde keyboard player who masters the most complex and esoteric styles. Referring to Mr. Jensen’s New York debut recital performance of Charles Ives’ mammoth “Concord” Sonata, New York Times critic Raymond Ericson said, “A first-rate performance of a great work.” Jensen has recorded Martinu’s “Tre Ricercari” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (London Records), and a Resphigi CD with the Minnesota Orchestra (teldec).

Mr. Jensen’s solo recordings include the piano music of Aaron Copland, Paul Reale, Carleton Macy, Charles Ives, and a solo jazz CD. Mr. Jensen received his musical training at USC studying piano with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and John Crown, and composition with Ingolf Dahl and Halsey Stevens. As a member of the Mirecourt Trio Jensen has made seventeen recordings.

Admission is $20 at the door

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Yekwon Sunwoo — Van Cliburn Gold Medalist to perform for the Carmel Music Society

Yekwon Sunwoo

At 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 30, at Sunset Center in Carmel, Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 28-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, will perform an exciting program containing some unusual works.

Richard Strauss / Percy Grainger
Ramble on the last love-duet
from Der Rosenkavalier

Franz Schubert
Four Impromptus, D. 935

Johannes Brahms
Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed by the San Franciso Examiner for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness.”  A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences. Read full story

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Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series presents pianist Garrick Ohlsson

On Sunday, September 30, at 4:00 pm at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz, pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be heard in an all-Brahms program. On his program will be the eight Capriccios and Intermezzi of Op. 76, the two rarely heard sets of variations from Op. 21, the Four Ballades , Op. 10, and end with the famous Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1.
Ohlsson is the first and only American to win first prize in the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 1970.[2] He also won first prize at the Busoni Competition in Italy[3] and the Montreal Piano Competition in Canada. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994[4] and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohlsson has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning one in 2008.
An imposing figure at a height of six feet four inches, Mr. Ohlsson has unusually large hands and can span a 12th with his left hand and an 11th with his right. He has a vast repertoire of solo and concerto works that has concentrated at times on the works of Frederick Chopin and the complete Sonatas by Beethoven, yet he astonished audiences a few year ago with a recording of Goyescas by Granadaos that matched and perhaps even excelled the historic performance by Alicia de Larrocha.
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David Gordon — “Singing My Heart Out”

David Gordon calls his new one-man show “Singing My Heart Out.” It’s a thought-provoking and progressive musical commentary on the importance of compassion, courage, generosity, taking action, believing in the future, and hope – lots and lots of hope.

David and his guitar are unveiling this new program art 3:30 pm on Sunday, October 7, at Carmel Presbyterian Church.

“Singing My Heart Out” is a diverse collection of 18 songs with a definite point of view about slavery, poverty, lying politicians, nuclear bombs, refugees, war, Mexican farm workers, building a wall, and how to stay sane in spite of it all. Actually the word “diverse” is an understatement for this eclectic playlist. Read full story

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Monterey Symphony opens its 73rd season

At Sunset Center in Carmel on Sunday, October 20, at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, October 21, at 3:00 pm, the Monterey Symphony will open its 73rd season – Sound Waves – with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great;” and a new work by composer Alex Berko, commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust, entitled Among Waves. Read full story

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