Christmas with the Camerata Singers

Director John Koza

The annual Christmas With The Camerata Singers, on December 16, is a program not to be missed and this afternoon’s concert at First Presbyterian Monterey was no exception. Under artistic director and conductor John Koza, these singers continue to prove their choral chops. One of the two numbers that was not in English, Z. Randall Stroope’s Resonet in Laudibus, crisply started off the first half with terrific diction. Minimal instrument accompaniment was used to the greatest effect in support of a variety of the following pieces. The assured harp playing of Ruthanne Adams Martinez beautifully supported a number of pieces starting with Stephen Paulus’ Hallelu. Three more Paulus numbers throughout the afternoon also benefited from Martinez’ lovely accompaniment. Read full story

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Hartnell Community Choir — Winter Concert, December 16, in Carmel

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The Hartnell Community Choir presented its winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 16, at Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel. The choir, conducted by Robin McKee Williams, performed Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Salve Regina by Arvo Pärt, Let Peace Then Still the Strife by Mack Wilberg and Always Something Sings by Dan Forrest. Dona Nobis Pacem was the main choral and orchestral work. David Dally’s Monterey Strings Orchestra accompanied the choir and soloists. Pamela Scholz, harp, Greg Bullock, timpani, and Kevin Jordan, trumpet, were also be featured instrumentalists. Read full story

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Christmas with the Santa Cruz Chorale at Holy Cross

It was a most impressive showing of support for a most impressive concert that took place on Sunday, December 9 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz. No less than three lines of supporters lined up in front of the church entrance that extended a block down to the street and waited patiently for the doors to open. One line was dedicated to ticket holders, one for “Will Call” and the third for those who wished to purchase tickets. The concert was a complete sell out with people hustling and hoping for a seat or two. Read full story

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I Cantori di Carmel at the Mission


Music Director Cyril Deaconoff

As the second conductor to continue I Cantori di Carmel since Sal Farentelli’s retirement, Cyril Deaconoff provided choral delights of the season as well as a West Coast premiere of his own composition. Ringing through the Carmel Mission Basilica the forty plus singers of this long standing local chorus opened from the back of the Mission with “Serenisima une Noche” by 17thcentury composer Fray Geronimo Gonzalez. The gentleness of “a most serene night” carried beautifully, and then as the chorus processed to the risers, the style changed into a joyful dance section. Enduring favorites of the season followed starting with the highly rhythmic setting of “Here We Come A-caroling” as arranged by Josh Sparkman. A decidedly different arrangement by Dan Forrest of the 1868 carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Lewis Redner featured soprano sax, violin and piano. The plaintive and haunting saxophone melody deftly wove in and out of the choral strains evoking a scene of long ago. Another favorite of choral groups in this season is the lively “Riu, Riu, Chiu” given a leisurely pace to really appreciate the warning call of the kingfisher to help protect the Virgin and Child. Another season favorite, Thomas Morley’s “Lirum, Lirum” continued the idea of seeking the Christ Child. The title refers to the imitative sound of a lute. Read full story

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Soprano Michelle Bradley & Pianist Ken Noda in Miami

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Pianist Ken Noda & Soprano Michelle Bradley

On Thursday  December 6, 2018, Michelle Bradley and Ken Noda presented a vocal recital in Miami. The audience was absolutely mesmerized. Bradley, whose glorious voice brought to mind the voice of Jessye Norman, is emerging as a superstar who is perfoming major roles at the Metropolitan Opera and Europe in Aida, Trovatore, Turandot, Forza del Destino, Don Giovanni and Ernani. Present in the audience was Bradley’s 90 year-old first teacher, Lois Alba, who flew to Miami from Houston to hear the recital. Read full story

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