Tom Lehmkuhl makes his Debut as I Cantori di Carmel’s New Director

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On December 2, I Cantori di Carmel’s WELCOME to new Music Director Tom Lehmkuhl provided a splendidly eclectic evening in the chilly but warm, lovely acoustic of the Carmel Mission. Lehmkuhl’s background, before becoming the Director of Choral Music at Carmel Middle and High School, served him well in programming choices. As the program cover had “Welcome” in four languages, so his personal languages include French and street Hindi. Read full story

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Salute to Sal! A Farewell Concert at the Carmel Mission!

As expected it was a amazing sendoff! The Carmel Mission was packed to the gills, and into many six-seat-capacity pews were squeezed one or two additional music lovers — this was the largest audience I can ever remember seeing at the Mission. It was the first of two “Farewell Concerts” celebrating Sal Ferrantelli’s 36 years with I Cantori, and, sadly to say, marking his retirement from the group. Ferrantelli has nurtured and developed I Cantori over the last three and a half decades into a professional ensemble that has consistently presented performances on the highest artistic level of choral music that spanned many centuries. It has also often included his own compositions written for I Cantori.

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Magnificat — I Cantori at the Carmel Mission

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I Cantori’s Director, Sal Ferrantelli, always proves to us that he is a fine musician with the highest standards and a loving respect for the music he performs. This is not to imply that his programming is overly academic or overly reverent, although you can be sure he would not conduct a Christmas concert wearing a floppy Santa hat and have the chorus shuffling up the aisle during the opening processional humming “I’m Dreaming of a  White Christmas.” What we heard Saturday evening at the Carmel Mission was a serious concert with some masterpieces, but also containing some works that were less serious and actually quite a lot of fun.

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I Cantori at the Carmel Mission Basilica

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I was more than a little nervous as I headed to the Carmel Mission Sunday evening to hear I Cantori di Carmel’s concert “A Winter Tapestry.” This was not due to any misgivings about the performers, as Sal Ferrantelli always puts on a good show. No, my fears were about what the climate might be like inside the historic structure on as frigid a night as I can remember in Carmel. Fortunately, the temperature inside the venerable old building was quite pleasant, and the audience was able to enjoy one of Ferrantelli’s best programs to date in complete comfort.

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I Cantori at the Carmel Mission – “Blessed be the Time”

I Cantori di Carmel presented a splendid concert Saturday night at the Carmel Mission.  Dr. Sal Ferrantelli put together a successful and satisfying program spanning the ages from the early Renaissance to the present day, entitled “Blessed be the Time.” The title comes from the text of the 15th century English carol “Adam lay ybounden,” which was featured in a delightful, albeit short, setting by Peter Warlock. Savvy readers may recognize that text as being one of the ones set by Britten in his well-known Ceremony of Carols.

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