Salute to Sal! A Farewell Concert at the Carmel Mission!

As expected it was a amazing sendoff! The Carmel Mission was packed to the gills, and into many six-seat-capacity pews were squeezed one or two additional music lovers — this was the largest audience I can ever remember seeing at the Mission. It was the first of two “Farewell Concerts” celebrating Sal Ferrantelli’s 36 years with I Cantori, and, sadly to say, marking his retirement from the group. Ferrantelli has nurtured and developed I Cantori over the last three and a half decades into a professional ensemble that has consistently presented performances on the highest artistic level of choral music that spanned many centuries. It has also often included his own compositions written for I Cantori.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Baroque, Choral, Classical Era, I Cantori, Romantic Era, Strings, Vocal ensemble

Camerata Singers feature works by John Rutter

John Rutter

The March 5th Camerata concert was truly a Rutter extravaganza as programmed by John Koza, Artistic Director and Conductor. While the REQUIEM was the focal point of the second half of the program, there were more works by John Rutter and others. Rutter has gained a reputation of having his works truly accessible for choirs of all ages and strengths. An added bonus was the number of young musicians featured. The March concert has become the program including the Camerata Futures. This is the seventeenth year of auditioned high school students rehearsing along side the adults in the group. By the overall sound of the group, these young singers were more than holding their own. Speaking with a couple of them afterwards also proved that it was fun for them as well. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Choral, Vocal ensemble

Carmel Bach Festival 2016 Grand Finale — Best of the Fest

Paul Goodwin July 2016

The program of the final concert of the Carmel Bach Festival is always a surprise. Members of the audience entering Sunset Center have no idea what works will be performed, for there is no printed program. However, our Emcee for the evening, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival, Paul Goodwin, is constantly onstage to inform us of his choices of works that have been heard durning the previous two weeks at various venues around Carmel. Except possibly for Dramaturge David Gordon, there could be no more endearing host at a concert than Paul Goodwin. He is charming with his intelligent and witty comments that enhance and enlighten us at every step along the way.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Chamber music, Choral, Classical Era, Harpsichord, Oboe, Opera, Orchestral, Romantic Era, Strings, Violin, Vocal ensemble, Woodwinds

Camerata Arts In Harmony Gala at Hidden Valley

Camerata Singers at The Farm

A beautiful sunny Carmel Valley on May 8 was the setting for the annual Camerata Arts In Harmony Gala at Hidden Valley. While this is the groups’ main fundraiser, it is also an afternoon of tempting morsels and wine catered by Jeffrey’s of Carmel Valley, a silent and live auction and of course the music of these well polished singers under the direction of John Koza, Artistic Director and Conductor. Considering that their last program was a short eight weeks ago, the variety and new repertoire showed all the finesse of a much longer rehearsal time.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Choral, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Vocal ensemble

Camerata Singers — Music of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

Music of Downton Abbey – quite the title for this concert presented by the Camerata Singers under the direction of John Koza! As pianist and organist Tiffany Bedner played the theme from this immensely popular series, Koza made his stately entrance in formal attire complete with top hat. Welcoming the audience, Koza made mention of all the possibilities of music the folks of the Abbey might have heard during their time. Program notes and Koza’s comments between the sets made for a terrific perspective of what else was going on in the world at the time of these music selections. Bedner’s organ accompaniments gave the impression as close as the audience could get to the feeling of English Cathedrals.

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Archived in these categories: Choral, Vocal ensemble