Halida Dinova performs on the “Aptos Keyboard Series @ St. Johns”

Pianist Halida Dinova has been a familiar presence both in the Santa Cruz area and on the Monterey Peninsula in several solo recitals during the past ten years. Thus, it was no surprise that enough of her fans showed up to hear her perform on Sunday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos so that the presenters ran out of printed programs.

Tatar born Russian pianist Halida Dinova studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with legendary pianist Anatol Ugorski and at the Kazan State Conservatory with Natalia Fomina (a student of the famed Heinrich Neuhaus). Ms. Dinova also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Artist Diploma. She is the prize winner of three International Piano Competitions. Read full story

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Cabrillo Festival: Notes from a Journey

The Cabrillo Festival concert on Saturday, August 11, Notes from a Journey, was dedicated to the many incredible Host Families who are an intrinsic part of the Festival. They open their homes to these orchestra’s fantastic musicians. Thank you!

Liguria, (2012) by Andrea Tarrodi (b.1981) (US Premiere) opened the evening’s program. Two works in this concert followed the idea Modest Mussorgsky used in his Pictures at an Exhibition where a tour of art works served as musical illustrations. In this case five small Italian fishing villages were the models. As with Mussorgsky’s Promenade through the art works, Tarrodi used the pathway connecting the villages as a musical walking tour. Maestro Macelaru’s keen ear led the orchestra through adventurous texturing of Waves, the Horizon, The Blue Path, Colours, Mountains and Stars. Superb orchestral balance of sound filled the Civic. An enjoyable composition to be sure. Read full story

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Carmel Bach Festival 2018 — I Hear America Singing

I Hear America Singing, by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be, blithe and strong,

The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,

The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The woodcutter’s song, the plowboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission, or at sundown,

The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,

Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

Singing with open mouths their strong, melodious songs.

On Thursday, July 26, at Sunset Center in Carmel, Choral conductor Andrew Megill led the twenty-eight professional singers of the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale in a mostly a cappella concert of American vocal music, for one main stage performance only. The texts for all of the pieces were projected above the stage, and helped to make the experience more poetically immediate (and to allow us to check the singers’ diction in English).  Read full story

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Pianist Yoonie Han in Aptos

On Sunday afternoon, July 22, Korean pianist pianist Yoonie Han performed a recital in Aptos sponsored jointly by the Aptos Piano Series and the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist. Ms. Han received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald, and her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook, studying with pianist Eduardus Halim. In addition to being an Assistant Professor of Piano at Bilkent University in Turkey, she has given lectures and masterclasses at Harvard University, New York University, and the San Francisco Conservatory. Read full story

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From Russia, With Love

The [email protected] Festival staged a diversely colorful, eminently successful concert Saturday, July 21 as part of the “Creative Capitals” rubric for the summer season.  The concert at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton focused on St. Petersburg, which Peter the Great (1703) meant to serve as a “Western” mecca of artistic culture, and which composer-virtuoso Anton Rubinstein guaranteed with his having established the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in 1862.  Read full story

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