Carmel Music presents its 2019-2020 Season

Pianist Olga Kern

Since 1927 the Carmel Music Society has presented concerts by more that 500 great classical music artists and ensembles from around the world, and its 93rd Season continues this long tradition. Welcomed back are three Carmel Favorites: British violinist Daniel Hope, Russian pianist Olga Kern, and Nicolas McGegan plus the Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, with soprano Sherezade Panthaki. New to its series are the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, the Modigliani String Quartet from Paris, and American pianist Vanessa Perez.

Especially impressive this season is the Carmel Music Society’s spectacular new web page (https://www.carmelmusic.org/) redesigned by David Gordon, containing not only in-depth details about each event, but with links to performances and interviews by each performer.

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Carmel Composer Mark Mancina to be featured at 2019 Carmel Bach Festival

Mark Mancina
Multiple award-winning Carmel composer Mark Mancina created a Suite in Three Movements for solo guitar and orchestra based on his film scores and additional new music. The Suite will be presented as part of the Friday main concerts, “Guitar Hero,” July 19 and 26, at the Sunset Center. Guitarist Jason Vieaux is the soloist for the Suite and Rodrigo’s iconic Concierto de Aranjuez, also on the program. 
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Cabrillo Festival’s 2019 Season

Cristian Măcelaru

A big, bold, women-centric season is testament to Music Director and Conductor Cristian Măcelaru’s conviction that music should reflect the world around us, and ignite our social conscience and our imaginations. From a brand new work about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to a cello concerto inspired by Rumi, to a multimedia piece about a secret women’s language from 13th century Hunan province, to Wynton Marsalis’s epic symphonic journey through African-American music history, each evening’s program will spark excitement and conversation. Twelve of our 14 composers will be in residence, and a super-star line-up of soloists will join the incredible Festival Orchestra under Maestro Măcelaru to bring the music of our time to spectacular realization. The ‘special sauce’ at the Cabrillo Festival is always our audience! Don’t be left out of a blockbuster season, plan now to attend this summer.

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Carmel Bach Festival — Highlights of the 2019 Festival

  • Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation on Saturday night. The performances feature the Festival’s entire company of musicians and will be sung in a Haydn-approved English translation. The work is part of the grand orchestral/choral tradition of the Festival, as represented by such audience favorites as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Bach Passions, and Carmina Burana. 
  • Two titans of Western culture—J.S. Bach and William Shakespeare—are paired in the Sunday afternoon main concerts. The first two cantatas of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio open the celebratory performances. This program kicks off a complete presentation of the Christmas Oratorio throughout the week, with two of the remaining cantatas scheduled for Monday at All Saints’ directed by Andrew Arthur, and the remaining two cantatas Wednesday night at the Carmel Mission Basilica with Andrew Megill, conductor.The second half of the program is Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with actress Francesca Faridany providing Shakespeare’s narration. Faridany is an international film, TV and theater actor. “This concert places Bach’s most colorful and pastoral cantatas alongside Mendelssohn’s magical masterpiece, a Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Paul Goodwin. “A concert that encapsulates the beauty of Carmel-by-the-Sea, looking both to the spirit and to nature.”
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