Aptos Keyboard Series at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine in Aptos presents pianist Robyn Carmichael

Pianist Robyn Carmichael

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine at 125 Canterbury Drive in Aptos has recently become an important venue for music events. The Reverend Tracy J. Wells Miller, who prefers to be addressed as “Mother Tracy,” was on hand yesterday to welcome music lovers who had come to hear pianist Robyn Carmichael present a piano recital on the newly-acquired, brand-new, Kawai semi concert grand piano. Although this event was an inaugural celebration for the new piano, acquired through the generosity of donors, Mother Tracy also pointed with pride to the recently-installed tracker organ, which had been acquired from another church and undergone significant renovation. It also will be celebrated and honored in an inaugural organ recital event coming up in the very near future. Read full story

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Korean Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo Opens Season for Carmel Music Society

The Carmel Music Society opened its 92nd season Sunday afternoon, September 30, at Sunset Center in Carmel with a recital by Gold Medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. The Carmel Music Society has adopted a proactive tradition in recent years of sending a few board members and officers to attend each quadrennial Van Cliburn Competition in Ft. Worth to make a selection on the spot. On this occasion we observed that they had not only chosen well — they had really hit one out of the ballpark. Read full story

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Pianist, Garrick Ohlsson part of the distinguished Artists series at Peace Church

With the rich, full-bodied opening chords played by pianist, Garrick Ohlsson at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz on Sunday afternoon, September 30, we were hearing an all Brahms recital demanding extra concentration from the audience and the most refined technical and expressive mastery from the performer.

Just as Garrick Ohlsson’s uniquely rich tone resounded in every crevice of the church his ability to bringing out the many complex expressive inner melodies of this music filled the hearts of all those who were in attendance. Fortunately, it was good attendance for a small community like Santa Cruz and they were able to show their enthusiastic appreciation with a standing ovation after every set. Read full story

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Clash of the Titans — Franz Liszt v. Sigismond Thalberg

On Thursday September 27, 2018, an interesting recital was presented at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall. The program, titled “Clash of Titans” was a recreation of The Pianistic Encounter in 1837 between Franz Liszt and  Sigismond Thalberg at the Salon of Princess di Belgiojoso. In this recreation of the event the pianists standing in for Liszt and Thalberg were Asiya Korepanova and Mark Viner. Read full story

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Flutist Trudy Kane in recital in Miami

On Sunday afternoon Sept 16, 2018, Trudy Kane, who will retire at the end of this academic year as Flute Professor of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, played a flute recital  at the University’s Gusman Concert Hall. Kane, who was Principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera for 30 years before coming to Miami played an interesting and diverse recital Read full story

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