Youth Music Monterey — Mother’s Musical Souvenir

YMMC Competition Winner Courtney McDonald

Youth Music Monterey County attracted a huge audience at Sunset Center on Sunday afternoon. YMMC President Dorothy Micheletti gave a warm welcome to the talented young performers, their families who support them, and to their hardworking teachers who inspire them. She also gave thanks to all the donors whose financial generosity makes it possible to present concerts in a very professional venue like Sunset Center, rather than in a school auditorium on squeaky chairs or, heavens forbid, a gymnasium — where some youth orchestras with leaner budgets might end up performing. Thanks were also given to Hidden Valley Music Seminars, whose Director, Peter Meckel, continues to provide much needed rehearsal facilities. Since this concert not only represented the end of YMMC’s 2017-2018 season, but also the 30th anniversary of the founding of YMMC, the audience was invited to a birthday celebration following the concert with lavish goodies and birthday cake in the lobby and on the patio outside. Read full story

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

YMMC’s Junior Youth and Honors Orchestra at Sunset Center

Simon Liu Performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Some of the most eagerly anticipated events in our music season on the Monterey Peninsula are the concerts presented twice each year by Youth Music Monterey County (YMMC) in collaboration with Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL). Those of us with long memories can remember YMMC’s modest beginnings over thirty-five years ago when its concerts were presented in the auditorium at Santa Catalina School. During those early years the string players in the Junior Youth Orchestra needed their teachers on stage for ten minutes at the beginning of each concert to help them tune their instruments. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Concerto, Piano, Romantic Era, Youth Music Monterey

YMMC Chamber Players at Hidden Valley

Rafael Vasquez & Megan Tang – violins, Antón de la Fuente – piano,

Benjamen Sterwerf – viola and Kim Kistler – cello

When Youth Music Monterey County puts on a concert, it really does it in style! In its Chamber Players Benefit Concert at Hidden Valley last night, the hall was packed, and the 26-page printed program gave ample credit to just about everybody —  the players, the sponsors and Hidden Valley Seminars, which provides the venue. The performers gave us an excellent concert, and then to top to all there was a splendiferous reception with so much food and wine at a very long table it looked like “The Last Supper.” Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Baroque, Classical Era, Concerto, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Youth Music Monterey

YMMC Presents Our Young Orchestral Musicians

YMMC 2-26-17

Soloist Elijah Turk & Farkhad Khudyev

A huge audience turned out at Sunset Center yesterday afternoon (even the balcony was full) to enjoy another highly successful Youth Music Monterey County (YMMC) concert with Music Director & Conductor Farkhad Khudyev leading the Junior Youth and Honors Orchestra in a program called “Exoticism in Music.” Also joining the young YMMC players were young musicians from Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL). President of YMMC, Dorothy Micheletti, came to the stage before the concert began to greet the audience and thank the donors for their generous support. She also announced that YMMC had been awarded a 2017 Champion of the Arts Award by the Arts Council for Monterey County.  Read full story

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

Farkhad Khudyev– A Winner at the 8th International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition

Farkhad in Europe

Kudos to Farkhad Khudyev, Music Director of Youth Music Monterey and Associate Conductor of Hidden Valley Opera. He recently returned from Frankfurt, Germany, where he participated in the 8th International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in the world for conductors. Competing against 300 conductors from 58 countries, Khudyev won Third Prize and an opportunity to conduct the prestigious Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

A reviewer from the Frankfurter Neue Presse stated: “Farkhad Khudyev kam uns romantisch mit der „Oberon“-Ouvertüre Carl Maria von Webers: grazil, sehr empfindsam, die hellen Bläser fast zauberisch. Aber mit einem Schlag zieht Khudyev Tempo und Lautstärke an, gelangt zu ausgesprochen lustvollem Dirigieren, bringt den Orchesterapparat in Schwung.

[Translation: “Farkhad Khudyev came to us romantically with the “Oberon” Overture by Carl Maria von Weber:  graceful, very sensitive, with almost magical bright winds. But in just one gesture, Khudyev draws on tempo and volume, leads to a very pleasurable conducting and brings the orchestral apparatus into full swing.”]


Archived in these categories: Competition, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Orchestral, Youth Music Monterey