- Stage Door — Opening Night at Santa Catalina
- Philharmonia Baroque — Music of Shakespeare
- Melancholy and Mirth: Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung in Recital
- Choral Artists of Carmel — Winter Concert
- Pianist Keiko Shichijo in Aptos
- Christmas with the Camerata Singers
- CSUMB — Gospel Choir
- Monterey Peninsula Voices — Remembering Decembers
- I Cantori di Carmel at the Mission
- Bay Area Steinway Series — Pianist Albert Cano Smit
- Easy Panache: Symphony Silicon Valley Concert
- Chamber Music Monterey Bay — Inscape: A Mixed Ensemble
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It was a full house yesterday afternoon in the Recital Hall at MPC — 250 loyal fans, none of whom would miss an opportunity to hear David Gordon at his best. He fills all the roles of entertainer, raconteur, “dramaturge” (if he didn’t invent that term, he certainly owns it) and knock-em-dead singer in every style and genre known to man. Simply stated, he is a great and natural all-around musician, plus, incidentally, his guitar playing ain’t bad, either.Read full story
On May 5, 2019, at Sunset Center in Carmel, classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco sat on his throne, guitar in hand, and positively wowed audiences at the Sunset Center. Playing various selections by Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Ignacio Cervantes, his Spanish and Cuban music was like a warm and intimate embrace, each note plucked as if it was loved individually and played explicitly for each member of the audience.Read full story
A substantial and very enthusiastic audience turned out yesterday afternoon to hear the the Romeros at Sunset Center in Carmel (the third time they have appeared for the Carmel Music Society). It was a gala, season-opening occasion with guitarist Terrence Farrell playing softly in Sunset’s lobby, plus a post concert lovely reception with wine and sweets that included an opportunity to meet the artists.
Well, there is no doubt that the 2014-2015 concert season has truly begun. The Carmel Music Society launched its new season yesterday afternoon with an exciting concert by the Romero Guitar Quartet, consisting of Celin, Pepe, Lito and Celino Romero, in a program of Spanish, Italian, and Brazilian masterpieces.
João Luiz and Douglas Lora – Brasil Guitar Duo
Every once in awhile we encounter musicians whose playing is so perfectly conjoined, matched, polished and perfected that we are drawn into the music and become a part of it. This happened last July when the Carmel Bach Festival presented its Thursday evening concert – “Baroque to Bluegrass.” The magicians who mesmerized us on that occasion were Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall, two wizards of the mandolin, whose delicate control of an awesome variety of beautifully shaped sounds and phrasing was every bit as impressive as their blazing virtuosity.
This same phenomenon happened last night when “Music at All Saints” presented “Brasil Guitar Duo” at All Saints’ Church in Carmel. The two magicians who held us in their spell during this concert were classical guitarists João Luiz and Douglas Lora, whose mastery of their instruments is so effortless and natural that their virtuosity merely reinforced and enhanced the glorious music they produced.