MPC String Ensemble — David Dally, Soloist and Conductor

For the past forty years violinist and conductor Dave Dally has been providing an important service to us on the Monterey Peninsula. Starting modestly from a Monday-evening string class at Monterey Peninsula College, he has created an ensemble that would be the pride of any community. It presents ambitious and artistic programs, draws in the best local area musicians and often features distinguished local artists as soloists. It may still officially be called the MPC String Ensemble, but when Dally wants to present a more ambitious work requiring a larger instrumentation, he finds winds, brass and percussion as needed. So let’s call it what it is. It has become a community orchestra, and it is a model of what a community orchestra should be. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Baroque, Concerto, Monterey Peninsula College, Orchestral, Romantic Era


YMMC – Violin Prodigy Nicholas Brady Performs Kabalevsky Concerto

On a sunny Sunday afternoon it was a capacity audience that turned out for the first concert of the 2017-2018 Youth Music Monterey County season at Sunset Center. The parking lot was full and the lobby was jammed with people waiting to be let in to the theater.

The concert began with Conductor Farkhad Khudyev leading the YMMC Junior Youth Orchestra in a performance of brief works by three composers active in the former Soviet Union – Lev Knipper, Dimitry Kabalevksy and Aram Khachaturian. Perhaps you have never of Lev Knipper, but I can assure you that if you heard the melody of Knipper’s “Meadowlands,” you would recognize it immediately. It has a very striking beginning with percussion effects imitating the sound of clopping hooves of horses approaching from the distance and fading into the “Meadowlands” theme. After it reaches its climax the melody begins to diminish and we hear the clopping of hooves once more, with the Red Army cavalry passing off into the distance. If this sounds like movie music, you would be correct, for its origin was from Soviet propaganda films. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Classical Era, Concerto, Orchestral


Carmel Music Society presents Philharmonia Baroque

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 pm in Carmel’s Sunset Center, the Carmel Music Society presented a return engagement by Philharmonia Baroque. This is the fourth time the San Francisco Bay Area-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has appeared on a Carmel Music Society concert season, and although the personnel may change from concert to concert, concertmaster Elizabeth Blumenstock has remained a constant. The concert line-up for the first half included works by baroque composers Locatelli, Pisendel, Veracini, and Vivaldi, however, it was announced before the concert began that the Vivaldi work to be included would not be the “Autumn” movement from the Seasons, but the Double Oboe Concerto in D Minor instead, due to Blumenstock feeling cramps in her arm the day before. We were assured that she was fully up to the rest of the concert, but to prevent further injury, just not up to the extreme taxing of “Autumn.” And by a few movements in, we forgot about being concerned for her as she simply played consistently and beautifully.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Music Society, Concerto, Orchestral


The Eternal Feminine: A Concert by Symphony Silicon Valley

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Mayuko Kamio

Two talented musicians, each a master of her trade, graced the California Theatre Saturday, October 21, in a fine concert by Symphony Silicon Valley. Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen led music by Dvorak, Khachaturian and Brahms that had verve and elastic energy, supported by violin soloist Mayuko Kamio, gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition. The high spirits of the evening found welcome expression in two encores, each performed by the respective artists: Kamio performed the unaccompanied Caprice No. 24 from Paganini’s Op. 1, that in A Minor, the very inspiration of compositions by Liszt, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Rachmaninov. After an absolutely rousing ovation following an expansive performance of the Brahms Third Symphony, conductor Chen and her responsive, enthusiastic Symphony Silicon Valley performed the complement of the Dvorak Slavonic Dances, the famous Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor, in the Martin Schmeling arrangement. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Concerto, Orchestral, Romantic Era


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

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Jazz, Orchestral, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds