Arias and Art Songs Redefined through Jazz Improvisation

The Concert Series of the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula (CCMP) presented Heidi Van der Veer and Hart Smith in a unique program Sunday afternoon February 25, 2018. This was not the usual predictable vocal recital, but rather a unique blend of the classical and jazz.  The program was advertised as “Arias and Art Songs Redefined through Jazz Improvisation.” As hostess for the afternoon, Janice Griffin, a local singer and performer in her own right, made the introductions as well as described the efforts of the CCMP Concert Series as outreach. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano, Vocal

David Gordon Spins Magic in the Forest

After two seasons and 20 sold-out concerts in Oregon, David Gordon brought his pioneer era series to the Monterey Bay for a concert on Sunday afternoon at The Church in the Forest on the Stevenson School campus. Gordon’s music and history series focuses exclusively on songs popular west of the Mississippi between 1845 and 1875 — the songs sung by emigrants on the Oregon Trail, miners in California, soldiers in the Civil War, western settlers, city dwellers, and many more.

For an attentive and appreciative audience, Gordon, did what he always does. He focussed our attention on a historical time most of us know little about and made it come alive with anecdotes, a history lesson and his performance of hit songs from the 1850s and 1860s. Gordon painted a picture of the United States in the 1850s west of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers as a vast uncharted wilderness. Although the expeditions of Lewis and Clark and the Louisiana purchase had opened peoples’ awareness of the potential for westward expansion, the western edge of the United States in the 1850s remained St Louis. Read full story

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Baritone Peter Tuff & Pianist Lucy Faridany in Recital at All Saints Church

Pianist Lucy Faridany & Baritone Peter Tuff

Baritone Peter Tuff and pianist Lucy Faridany performed a recital on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at All Saints’ Church in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The program featured Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel. Both Tuff and Faridany are well-known locally for their respective contributions to the performing arts here, and the recital was not the first time Monterey Peninsula audiences have heard them perform together. Their past collaborations here have included recitals of opera, art song, and musical theater selections. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, All Saints' Church, Romantic Era, Vocal

Santa Cruz Chamber Players — Music from Vienna

Arias in Autumn

The Santa Cruz Chamber Players sponsored a concert on Sunday, January 14 at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos that will long be remembered. The concert featured six excellent performers: Shannon Delaney, Violin I, Rebecca Wishnia, Violin II, Chad Kaltinger, Viola, Kristen Garbeff, Cello and diva Mezzo Soprano Solmaaz Adeli and her superb collaborative pianist Elizabeth Schumann.

Four works were performed: Piano Trio in C major, Hob. XV:27 by Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809); Five Lieder by Franz Schubert (1797-1828); Selections from 6 Preludes and Fugues, K. 404a by Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791) and Arianna a Naxos, Hob. XXVIb:2SA by Haydn.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Classical Era, Romantic Era, Vocal

Carmel Bach Festival — Beethoven to Broadway

Beethoven to Broadway

Well, it was a fine evening, I guess. Imagine this scenario: you go to an art theatre to see a Swedish film, but discover on arrival that although there are subtitles, the subtitles are in Chinese. We had a similar situation as we entered Sunset Theater last night for the Thursday evening Main Concert, “Beethoven to Broadway: An Intimate Evening of Romance and Laughter with the Carmel Bach Festival Vocal Soloists.” At the entrance to the theatre an usher handed us a sheet containing translations of the text of the songs from the originals, which were in German, French and Italian. However, although we knew we were to be hearing Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Clara Rottsolk (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Cooley (tenor), Peter Harvey (baritone) and pianist Keenan Boswell, we were not supplied with a program sheet letting us know the order of the songs or who was singing which song — the missing single program sheet was handed out after intermission, although it still didn’t identify which singer was singing which songs.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Carmel Bach Festival, Piano, Vocal