YMMC Chamber Players at Hidden Valley

Elizabeth Mendoza, Lance Yang Bauer, Hannah Shu, Serenai Dincer,
EB Diallo & Taylen Dincer

Every year we have the opportunity to hear the YMMC Fall and Spring orchestra concerts at Sunset Center in Carmel, and, as always, we marvel at the levels of instrumental skill and musical maturity the young players of the Youth and Honors orchestra display so naturally. But also twice a year we have occasion to hear individual players come together in more intimate ensembles to perform chamber music, which gives us a whole different perspective of their instrumental and musical skills.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Strings, Youth Music Monterey


Catalyst Quartet

Violist Paul Laraia, cellist Karlos Rodriguez, violinist Karla Donehew Perez
and violinist Jessie Montgomery

When the Catalyst Quartet appeared at Sunset Center last night, courtesy of Chamber Music Monterey Bay, we heard four fabulous musicians and a fabulous program — by any standard, a great combination. Every once in a while, we hear a concert in which the polish and refinement of the musicians’ individual mastery combined with their ability to respond to each others individual artistic skills produces a concert in which there is an inevitability about the playing. Simply said, it was difficult to imagine the works they performed being played any other way.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Strings


Madregalia Christmas Concert in Monterey

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On Saturday, December 22, at 8pm Madregalia presented a Christmas concert featuring polyphonic choral Christmas music, including “This is the Record of John” by Orlando Gibbons, along with two double choir pieces, Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli and Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Michael Praetorius, as well as two Latin American pieces from the 1600’s, among others. The Pastyme Consort consists of such antique instruments as violas da gamba and violins, recorders and harpsichord, and special guests playing Renaissance drums, dulcian (an early bassoon), and well-known local traditional Jalisco harpist, William Faulkner. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Choral, Strings, Vocal ensemble


Ensemble Monterey — Serenades for Strings

On Saturday evening, October 13, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley, Ensemble Monterey opened its 2018-2019 concert season with a program of works exclusively for strings. Dr. John Anderson not only directed the ensemble, but was also most likely the person who selected the works we heard. It was an interesting program, especially since the first half featured two composers seldom heard in live or recorded performances — Arthur Foote and George Antheil. Very likely I was not the only person in the audience to be hearing the works by Foote and Antheil for the first time. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Romantic Era, Strings


Carmel Bach Festival 2018 — Eight Seasons

On Monday, July 16, the Carmel music community enjoyed two beautiful and contrasting performances of the Four Seasons at Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The first half of the program was Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and the second half was Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Under the leadership of concertmaster and director Peter Hanson, members of the Festival Orchestra presented a fascinating and ultra-clear characterization of nature, elements and people. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Carmel Bach Festival, Orchestral, Strings