- Camerata Singers – Considering Matthew Shepard
- Chamber Music Monterey Bay — Escher String Quartet
- Aizuri String Quartet — Fabulous Artistry
- YMMC March Concert – Migration
- Ensemble Monterey’s Tribute to an Early Spring
- Pianist Kevin Lee Sun in Aptos Keyboard Series
- Monterey Symphony presents: Ovation
- The Thoughtful Muse: A Recital by Pianist Daria Rabotkina
- Stravinsky – Music & Dance in Miami
- Ehnes Quartet in Beethoven Quartet Cycle
- Heavy Stuff – A Recital by Vladimir Feltsman
- Santa Cruz Symphony: Catharsis
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The Distinguished Artists Concert Series (DACS) kicked off its 2012-2013 season this weekend with a recital by pianist Daniel Greenbush on Saturday, September 22, at 8 pm in the Cabrillo College Music Recital Hall. Pianist Greenbush is a former member of the music faculty of San Diego State University and additionally has had many years experience as a Music Director in area theaters.
How often do you attend a piano recital and discover that most of the program is unfamiliar? Well, that’s exactly what happened on “Super Bowl Sunday” when the Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series presented pianist Sara Davis Buechner in an afternoon recital playing the new Yamaha CFX concert grand in Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theatre.
The Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture series offered another cultural coup on Sunday with the presentation of Iranian-American pianist, Soheil Nasseri.
While it was obvious from the beginning of the program that Mr. Nasseri was up to the highest standards set by the many outstanding pianists presented over the years, a distinguishing feature of this concert was the presentation of one of the greatest and most challenging works in the piano repertoire, Beethoven’s Op 106 Hammerklavier Sonata, which occupied the entire second half of the program. This enigmatic monumental work, comprising an entire life gauntlet of human emotions and aspirations, is usually reserved for the most seasoned and mature artists, with few being able to sustain its intricate technical and interpretive demands.
Well. It was a grand evening at Cabrillo College’s Crocker Theater last night as Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin played a rip roaring, “knock-em-dead” piano recital to inaugurate the Juanita Orlando Memorial Concert Grand Piano. This wasn’t just any concert grand piano, but rather a spectacular new breed of concert piano, the Yamaha CFX — it is the result of many years of development and only a few of them exist today anywhere in the world. This concert also signifies the first time the Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series has presented an artist in the beautiful new Crocker Theater. Seating approximately 560, its acoustics are less overpowering than the Cabrillo College Recital Hall and produced excellent volume of sound and a pleasingly natural reverberation.
Executive and Artistic Director John Orlando of Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series certainly has the knack. Consistently during the past 25 years he has managed to discover interesting young performing artists and bring them to Cabrillo College for its Concert Series.
So it was last night in Cabrillo College’s new Music Recital Hall, a lovely new 375 seat state-of-the-art facility. We were hearing the debut of the brand new recital and music hall plus the local debut of the interesting young Lithuanian pianist, Andrius Zlabys. Originally we had been scheduled to hear the exciting young Russian pianist Alexander Romanovsky, but at the last moment he wasn’t able to obtain a visitor’s visa. This misfortune turned into a blessing, for it gave us the opportunity to hear the equally exciting Mr. Zlabys.