Hidden Valley Ends its Master Artist Series with cellist Mark Kosower in recital

Mark Kosower

On Tuesday evening Hidden Valley Music Seminars presented the last of its Master Class concerts with a splendid recital by cellist Mark Kosower and pianist Jee-Won Oh. The parking lot was full and there was not an empty seat inside the hall. In fact, shortly after 7:40 pm, Peter Meckel himself had to bring in a few more single chairs. I had seen seldom the house so full. 

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Chamber music, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Piano

Elastic Brio: Menlo’s Overture Concert

An inspiring, rare moment of collaboration marked the Friday, August 2nd Overture Concert at [email protected]’s Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, the occasion’s inviting young, International Program artists to share the stage with seasoned veterans, in the spirit of musical pedagogy and performance-practice. In music by Beethoven, Franck, and Brahms, the participants emanated a thoroughly integrated and often feverishly intense series of performances that point to the active musicians’ futures as much as to their appreciation of past masters, a thoroughly happy meeting of youthful hopes and experienced professionals.                                             

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Pianist Ko-Eun Yi at the Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John’s

Pianist Ko-Eun Yi

Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi thrilled an audience of piano lovers yesterday afternoon as she performed a recital for the Aptos Keyboard Series at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist. Artistic Director of the series Josef Sekon continues to surprise us by discovering new young talented artists and bringing them to central California.

Juilliard trained pianist Yi may have looked very young, fragile and vulnerable as she sat down at the piano. However, from the first notes of her opening work, Scarlatti’s Sonata in c-sharp minor, K. 247, L. 256, she revealed not the demeanor of a playful kitten, but that of a ferocious tiger, as she devoured each work on the program and left us thirsting for more by the end of the program.

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Masterful: [email protected]’s Concert Program V

Photo by Anna Kariel

A quartet of diverse, post-Romantic composers comprised the July 26 Concert Program V of [email protected]enlo’s ongoing survey of Incredible Decades, 1890-1900: Moscow to Montmartre, held at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton. Music by Joseph Suk, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Sergei Rachmaninov provided masterful vehicles for a literal pageant of accomplished participants while expanding our own horizons on the repertory of this fertile period of imaginative creation.

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Emil & Nozomi Khudyev at Hidden Valley

Emil & Nozomi Khudyev

Since it is always a privilege and a pleasure when clarinetist Emil Khudyev and his pianist wife Nozomi share their extraordinary musical gifts with us, we were not surprised that last night’s concert at Hidden Valley added more luster to an already exalted reputation. How often do you attend a concert where you don’t know any of the music, and yet the selection of mostly contemporary repertoire totally exceeds our anticipation while taking us on an exciting musical journey? Well, it the capacity audience that turned out last night at Hidden Valley was not to be disappointed, for it was a concert that will linger long in our memory.

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