Steinway Society — Pianist Anna Fedorova at Trianon Theatre in San Jose

Anna Fedorova

An impressive sold out audience was in store for an evening of equally impressive piano virtuosity on Saturday, February 17, when Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova performed a superb concert of favorite and well-known works sponsored by Bay Area Steinway Society. Due to the capacity plus audience, the beginning of the concert was delayed 15 minutes, but no one seemed to mind. Fedorova has won her share of competitions and has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues around the world. Now Trianon Theatre joins the list. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era

Music at All Saints Church in Carmel — Violinist Eldar Hudiyev & Pianist James Neiman in Recital

James Neiman & Eldar Hudiyev

(Photo by Andrea Neiman)

Our musical community on the Monterey Peninsula is constantly being enriched by the influx of new musicians who, when they get established, make a significant contribution to our musical lives. Two relative newcomers, violinist Eldar Hudiyev and pianist James Neiman, gave us a demonstration of their artistic gifts last night in a well attended recital at All Saints’ Church in Carmel — so well attended, in fact, that they ran out of printed programs. This event, an artistic success in its own right, also served a higher purpose. It was a benefit concert for Youth Music Monterey County (YMMC), whose President, Dorothy Micheletti, was on hand to introduce the musicians and give a well deserved plug to this organization, which has continued to grow in influence as a rich opportunity for young orchestral players to gain experience in orchestra and ensemble playing. Read full story

Archived in these categories: All Saints' Church, Baroque, Classical Era, Romantic Era

Gentle Ecstasies: Master Sinfonia in Concert

David Ramanadoff, Conductor

The Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, David Ramanadoff conducting, presented a fine concert, Sunday afternoon, January 28, at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, with a program of Vaughan Williams, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Veteran pianist Hans Boepple made excellent sense of Mozart’s valedictory Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595, ingratiating its exquisite contours in a manner that several times took this reviewer back to the “golden” pianism of Sir Clifford Curzon, especially in the E-flat Major Larghetto. The final work, Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, the “Scottish,” received from Ramanadoff a clear and controlled reading, as expansive as it proved eminently lyrical and dramatic. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Concerto, Orchestral, Piano, Romantic Era

Santa Cruz Symphony: Songs of Past, Present & Future

                        Soprano Soloist Michelle Bradley                           

Musically, the standards of the Santa Cruz Symphony have reached a strikingly high mark on January 28, as Music Director Daniel Stewart’s direct, beautifully balanced conducting continues to perform works of interest and introduce marvelous vocal talent. Case in point was found in the wonderful and impressive voice of soprano Michelle Bradley, who fills every role with finesse, awesome breath control and depth of performance.

The four songs and poets were Frühling (Spring) Hermann Hesse, September (September) Hermann Hesse, Beim Schlafengehen (Sleeping) Hermann Hesse and  Im Abendrot (In the Evening) Joseph von Eichendorff. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Orchestral, Romantic Era, Santa Cruz Symphony

Pianist Mauro Bertoli and Violinist Lucia Luque in Recital

Lucia Luque & Mauro Bertoli

Performing together for the first time in California, right here in Santa Cruz at Peace United Church on January 21st to continue the 33rd season of the Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series founded by Director John Orlando, was the delightful youngish duo of Italian-trained Argentinian violinist Lucia Luque and Italo-Canadian pianist Mauro Bertoli, a resident of Ottawa since 2009, who had made a CD back in 2010 after meeting during events that included Luque’s winning prizes for her artistry in Turn, Naples and Verona: and Bertoli being awarded not only the first Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Youth Prize, but also the Giuseppi Sinopoli Award presented personally by the president of the Italian Republic. Though the duo performed each work impeccably and to hearty applause from the full house, to these ancient ears the pianist at the big Yamaha CFX did not over all quite match the intensity of the violinist on her Italian-made 1920 Enrico Marchetti instrument. Read full story

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