Steinway Society — Pianist Anna Fedorova at Trianon Theatre in San Jose

Anna Fedorova

An impressive sold out audience was in store for an evening of equally impressive piano virtuosity on Saturday, February 17, when Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova performed a superb concert of favorite and well-known works sponsored by Bay Area Steinway Society. Due to the capacity plus audience, the beginning of the concert was delayed 15 minutes, but no one seemed to mind. Fedorova has won her share of competitions and has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues around the world. Now Trianon Theatre joins the list. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Piano, Romantic Era

Monterey Symphony — Concert Grand, Concert 3

Continuing the theme of the Monterey Symphony’s present season — “Concert Grand” — a season that includes in each concert a piano concerto soloist, we had the pleasure of hearing pianist Josu de Solaun returning to perform for us for the third time. Joining Conductor Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony musicians, Solaun was soloist in a rarely heard concerto, the Concerto No. 5 in F Major, Op. 103 by Camille Saint-Saëns. Accessing the music streaming website YouTube, you can hear over 130 different performances of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, but only a handful of the Concerto No. 5. It is safe to assume that most of the audience at Sunset Center last night (myself included) was hearing this concerto in a live performance for the first time. Read full story

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Renaissance man plays exciting Bach concert

Jonathan Dimmock is very impressive, as is the instrument and sanctuary at St. Dunstan’s Church in Mid Valley. Prior to the concert there was a reception in the hall with high end wines and home baked goods. About thirty minutes prior to the six pm beginning of the concert, the organist, Jonathon Dimmock came out to do a short preconcert lecture. It made all the difference in understanding the music we were about to hear. Dimmock is a graduate of Oberlin and Yale and studied with French composer, Olivier Messien, as well as other musical luminaries. Dimmock is bright and down to earth — a joy to hear, both in lecture and in concert. He has been an organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in New York City and at at a Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. He is currently the principle organist at the San Francisco Palace of  Fine Arts as well as a frequent soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. As interesting to musicians and non musicians alike is the fact that he is the founder of the Resonance Project which seeks to use music to help resolve international conflicts. What a bargain this concert series is at $20 a ticket.

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Lean and Lyrical – A Recital by James Ehnes

Sporting his abundantly resonant 1715 “Marsick” Stradivarius, violinist James Ehnes, with the keyboard collaboration of Orion Weiss, presented a fine display of lyricism and virtuosity in his program for Chamber Music San Francisco at the JCC Palo Alto, Monday, February 12. Often labeled “the Heifetz of today,” Mr. Ehnes intoned the music of Beethoven, Poulenc, and Richard Strauss less with the burnished Heifetz wizardry than with the lean, elegantly virile style of Heifetz’s most apt and commercially successful protégé, Erick Friedman.  Read full story

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Carmel Music Society – American String Quartet

Yesterday afternoon at Sunset Center in Carmel, we had an opportunity to hear the American String Quartet, one of the most celebrated ensembles in the world. The players — violinists Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avshalomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel — were at the top of their form and impressed us with their ability to breath new life into some very familiar masterpieces. Read full story

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