Violinist Oliveira Shines with Monterey Symphony

Elmar Oliveira

World renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira held the audience in the palm of his hand last night as he gave a luscious and powerful rendition of Bruch’s famous Violin Concerto No. 1. This is a work heard more often in recordings, thus it was a special pleasure to hear it on this occasion in live performance by the Monterey Symphony conducted by Max-Bragado-Darman for a capacity audience at Sunset Center.

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Archived in these categories: Concerto, Monterey Symphony, Orchestral


The Santa Cruz Symphony: Invocations

Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Sunday, April 7 performance of the Santa Cruz Orchestra offered a unique treat in that two of today’s finest leading composer-conductors were represented: Maestro Danny Stewart on the podium conducting Karawane (2014), a composition by fellow colleague, Finnish Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2020, Salonen will become Music Director/Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. With the passing of Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen seemed the likeliest leading active composer-conductor to assume that honor and the many challenges associated with it. 

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Monterey Symphony: A Whale of a Concert!

Conductor Jung-Ho Pak

This was an extraordinary event and unlike any other concert I have ever attended! Monterey Symphony guest conductor Jung-Ho Pak had selected four innovative works for this program, the fourth in a series themed with the title “Sound Waves.” Not unexpectedly, two of the four compositions we heard last night at Sunset Center immersed us in the sound and images of sea in a major way with a video by Feo Pitcairn to accompany the Hovhaness work and a video by Annie Crawley to accompany Stella Sung’s Oceana (2018). The videography was projected on a screen above the Monterey Symphony players. Both Pitcairn and Crawley were in the audience and were introduced.

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Ensemble Monterey Presents: Schubert

Franz Schubert

On Saturday, March 9th, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Carmel, we were privileged to hear a unique program offered by Ensemble Monterey under the direction of Dr. John Anderson. The program, titled Schubert, was comprised of works by Carl Nielsen, Richard Strauss, and Franz Schubert. Dr. Anderson led the group of highly talented and dedicated musicians through a progression of works culminating in one of Schubert’s masterpieces, the Octet in F Major. The musicians who made this successful evening possible were Erica Horn (clarinet), Gail Selburn (bassoon), Scott Hartman and Jeff Fowler (horn), David Dally (violin and concertmaster), Shannon D’Antonio (violin), Susan Brown (viola), Margie Dally (cello), and Kelly Beecher (bass).

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San Francisco Symphony — Crouching Tigers, Gentle Dragons

Francoise-Xavier Roth

Making his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, guest conductor Francoise-Xavier Roth led a spectacularly successful concert Saturday, March 9 at Davies Hall of music by Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms. The relatively traditional, Romantic fare had the benefit of French pianist Cedric Tiberghien in the solo part of Liszt’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Tiberghien’s remarkable panache in the Concerto warranted one encore, at which conductor Roth sat thoughtfully, the Oiseaux tristes from Ravel’s set of Miroirs.  

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