- Pianist Chetan Tierra — Return of a Native Son
- Opera San Jose — Die Fledermaus
- Santa Cruz Symphony — Souvenir de Florence
- Danko Druško — Newly Appointed Director of Youth Music Monterey County
- The Joy of Modern & Traditional Music
- Hidden Valley Ends its Master Artist Series with cellist Mark Kosower in recital
- Celebration Choir: Walkin’ Together — Changing Our World
- Elastic Brio: Menlo’s Overture Concert
- Pianist Ko-Eun Yi at the Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John’s
- Masterful: [email protected]’s Concert Program V
- Sonorous Sweep: The Romantic Revolution at Menlo
- CBF 2019: Virginia Best Adams Masterclass Showcase
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Director Jeff Demarco & the Madregalia Singers
Hearing the Madregalia Singers presentation of “Twelfth Night – Renaissance Music for Christmas” at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Monterey last night was my first opportunity to observe the artistic craft of Jeff DeMarco, whose work with “Madregalia” and “The Pastyme Consort” has been much admired. I would have preferred to have one of our other reviewers more conversant with choral music cover the concert, but since they were unavailable, I was the last man standing.
Being by profession a pianist deeply immersed in “the truly expressive music of the 19th century,” leaving my comfort zone to hear music from the 15th and 16th centuries initially left me feeling about as out of place as a gunman at a garden party. But early on, some magic happened. Read full story
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.
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
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.
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.