Monterey Symphony — “Sound Waves” — Concert No. 2

 

 Soloist Carol Wincenc 

Last night at Sunset Center in Carmel the Monterey Symphony conducted by Max Bragado-Darman treated us to the second concert in its 2018-2019 season, and it turned out to be a uniquely satisfying experience! There are many compositions that although readily accessible in recordings are rarely heard in live performance. We heard two such works last night — the Le corsaire Overture by Berlioz and Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. In the Berlioz overture that began the concert, the Monterey Symphony was joined by selected members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra, who had the great privilege of playing along with professionals in a large symphony orchestra. Maestro Max graciously asked them to stand and take a bow at the end of the performance. He also called YMMC’s Director, Farkhad Khudyev to the stage and take a bow. This was an experience the young YMMC players won’t ever forget. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Orchestral, Romantic Era, Woodwinds, Youth Music Monterey


Flutist Trudy Kane in recital in Miami

On Sunday afternoon Sept 16, 2018, Trudy Kane, who will retire at the end of this academic year as Flute Professor of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, played a flute recital  at the University’s Gusman Concert Hall. Kane, who was Principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera for 30 years before coming to Miami played an interesting and diverse recital Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era, Woodwinds


Ensemble Monterey Presents the First Concert of its new Season

Last night at St. Philips Lutheran Church in Carmel Valley conductor John Anderson demonstrated once again how he can assemble a group of the finest orchestra players on the Monterey Peninsula and create a program that was as strong in innovation as it was in charm and individual virtuosity. Although I attend a lot of concerts, on this occasion I was hearing three works of novelty and substance I had never heard before. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Jazz, Orchestral, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds


Youth Music Monterey – Opening Concert of its 2016-2017 Season

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In our sports-dominated world, where it is all too common to enter a school and see a  sign proclaiming “Athlete of the Month,” it is indeed gratifying to see large groups of fine young musicians playing their hearts out on the stage of Sunset Center Theater in Carmel. Not only does this serve to remind us that music plays an important part in the lives of school age students, but it also serves to remind us that we are hearing these young orchestral players in a first-class concert venue like Sunset Center, rather than an uncomfortable, dusty gymnasium or a school assembly hall, thanks to the organizational efforts of the board and officers of Youth Music Monterey (YMM). Read full story

Archived in these categories: Strings, Woodwinds, Youth Music Monterey


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

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It doesn’t get any better than this!

Eight musicians from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields appeared in concert last night at Sunset Center in Carmel under the auspices of the Carmel Music Society and proved to us once again that chamber music at its best can achieve spectacular results with modest means.

Rather than a large symphony orchestra or a blazing super virtuoso like Yuja Wang or Lang Lang, these eight players beguiled and charmed us with stylish elegance, refinement and superb, pure musicianship. A sophisticated member of the audience (and himself a musician) asked me at intermission, “Have you ever heard ensemble playing like this?”

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Strings, Woodwinds