Paderewski Youth Competition 2015 – Awards Concert

Winners Photo for Peninsula Reviews

Antón de la Fuente, Jane Yang, Luke Kim, Sarah Girges & Holly Hadsall

On Saturday afternoon, November 7, we had an opportunity to hear the five young pianists who placed in the 2015 Paderewski Youth Competition performing in the Grand Ballroom of the Paso Robles Inn. There was so much raw talent among these five young pianists that you could see how difficult it was for the three jurors to select the top winners. In the order of performance we heard the following winners: Read full story

Archived in these categories: Competition, Piano, Youth


Pac Rep’s Oliver at the Golden Bough

Oliver 10-8-15

Thursday night’s Pac Rep performance of Oliver at the Golden Bough drew a large audience consisting of a significant number of families with children. Although this was surprising for a school night with kids supposedly busy with homework and a need to be at school early the following morning, fall break is coming up next week for many, and this perhaps explains why we saw so many young faces in the audience.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Opera, Vocal, Vocal ensemble, Youth


Carmel High School Showcases Dancers & Choreographers

CHS Dance 5-14-15 - Cast

Kristine Tarozzi & Dancers

Those of us who are senior citizens and do not have teenage children (or grandchildren) might have rather a hazy idea of what kids are up to in high school these days. Perhaps we imagine them in our minds intently absorbing information in classrooms or engaged in gladiatorial combat on the playing fields.

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Archived in these categories: 21st Century, Dance, Youth


Monterey Symphony in Season Opener — Fantasia, Live in Concert

Disney Fantasia Version 2

At Sunset Center last night the Monterey Symphony cast a magic spell that once again reaffirmed the magic of Disney and the magic of music by presenting a 74-year-old motion picture that broke all the rules in 1940, yet is still fresh and relevant today.

What we were witnessing in the opening concert of its new season was the Monterey Symphony’s presentation of Disney’s “Fantasia Live in Concert” and the conducting debut of Juan Felipe Molano with the area’s 69-year-old orchestra. Molano, music director of Youth Orchestra Salinas and the Youth Orchestra of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led the professional musicians in the complicated task of syncing the live music with Disney’s film, which was projected to a screen at the back of the stage.

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Archived in these categories: Monterey Symphony, Youth


Carmel Bach Festival — 2014 Young Musician Showcase

Young Musicians Showcase 7-13-14

On Sunday afternoon, July 13, Sunset Center Theatre was the site of the 2014 Young Musician Showcase concert. And, what a showcase it was! This annual event, now in its twelfth year, is one of the highlights of the festival and gives us a glimpse of some future young performers. The fourteen young musicians between the ages of 5 and 16 show talent and skills that will only grow with maturity. Although during the past century traditional music education and performing opportunities in most schools has weakened (as compared to sports activities), there are still many talented young people who develop their musical skill with private instructors and family encouragement.

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Archived in these categories: Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Chamber music, Piano, Strings, Violin, Youth