MPC Concert Band gives us an evening with Gershwin

Pianist Lucy Faridany & Conductor John Anderson

A capacity audience turned out to hear the MPC Concert Band in its Gershwin concert last night in MPC’s Theater, and it was a supercharged audience that tended to linger around after the concert was over. This was a larger than life band — I mean five tubas, five trombones, four trumpets, and more versions of a clarinet than I even knew existed, and everybody played their hearts out.

Over the years Conductor John Anderson has built what amounts to a community band with a span of ages from age 16 to 70’s plus  (actually I think I saw in the ensemble on stage one man in his eighties). We can assume that for enthusiastic professional and amateur jazz players an opportunity to perform in the MPC Concert Band under the direction of veteran John Anderson ranks up there with the more important events in their lives. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Concerto, Jazz, Monterey Peninsula College, Piano

Ensemble Monterey Presents the First Concert of its new Season

Last night at St. Philips Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley conductor John Anderson demonstrated once again how he can assemble a group of the finest orchestra players on the Monterey Peninsula and create a program that was as strong in innovation as it was in charm and individual virtuosity. Although I attend a lot of concerts, on this occasion I was hearing three works of novelty and substance I had never heard before. Read full story

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Carmel High School — “Around the World in 60 Minutes”

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Brian Handley conducting the finale

VAPA (Visual & Performing Arts) was in the spotlight last night at Carmel High School as a capacity audience had an opportunity to see what their kids have been up to on campus when not cracking the books or engaging in gladitorial combat on the playing fields. This was an evening to honor students’ artistic creativity, and I mean creativity in just about every medium and genre you could imagine. It involved song, dance, poetry, drama, animation, photography, art, costumes, masks and some tongue-cheek-clowning

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Choral, Dance, Jazz, Orchestral, Youth

Fall Concert at Carmel High School

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We sometimes need a reminder that our high school years are not just all about sports. And, if you were at Carmel High School’s CUSD Center for the Performing Arts Theater last night to hear the CHS Fall Concert, you would have had ample proof that music is a vital part of the CHS curriculum. On hand to welcome the audience and announce that the evening’s concert was dedicated to the memory of Nancy Fowler was Tom Lehmkuhl, Director of Choral Music at CHS.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Jazz, Strings, Vocal ensemble

Sophisticated Ladies — Aria Women’s Chorus

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As befitting the Sophisticated Ladies theme, the women of Aria Women’s Chorus under direction of Sean Boulware entered the stage at the Pacific Grove High School Student Union on Sunday afternoon, June 21st, in lovely glittery and “sophisticated” attire. Without introduction, this lively group of women launched into the old Benny Goodman favorite “Sing, Sing, Sing” arranged by Mark Brymer. Next was the first of several arrangements by Kirby Shaw that were liberally sprinkled throughout the afternoon – “All or Nothing at All” featured Abby Warburg as the soloist. This was indeed an afternoon of old standards in great arrangements. This enthusiastic group did great “scat.” Perhaps scat is thought of as an easy breezy way to jazz things up. Individually this may be so, but group scat style written out in choral terms still has to have the “off the cuff” sound. Surprisingly, this can be more difficult to rehearse than lyrics. This group more than handled these “improvs.”

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