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Read a Review of “Tchaikovsky”

in Performing Arts Monterey Bay

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Join us for our 25th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, January 14th

Haute Enchilada Social Club, Moss Landing

Delicious food and drink and the music of Dave Dally and Mike Marotta.

Be the very first to hear selections from our

commissioned work by

Ēriks Ešenvalds

Join us to celebrate 25 years of great music!


Concert 3 – “The Happy Workshop”  

Saturday, March 11th – 7:30 PM – St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Sunday, March 12th – 7:00 PM – Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

In 1945, the final year of his life, the great German Romantic composer Richard Strauss returned to his first love for his last composition.  The Symphony for Winds in B Flat is one of the most monumental and challenging works ever written for wind instruments.  Strauss inscribed the score with a message of gratitude for a full life, and ended with the phrase From a Happy Workshop.”  The title stuck.  This will certainly be the first, and likely the only performance of this piece ever to be presented in our area.  Paired with the Strauss we present another immortal composition –  Beethoven’s Octet, Op. 103.


 Concert 4 – “Premiere”  

Saturday, April 29th – 7:30 PM – Cypress Community Church, Salinas

Sunday, April 30th – 7:00 PM – Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of both Ensemble Monterey and our traditional concert partner, Cantiamo! Cabrillo, we have jointly commissioned a major composition for chorus, orchestra, children’s chorus and soloists.  The commissioned composer is Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds.  At the young age of 40 he is one of the most award-winning and sought-after composers working today, and has achieved both fame and overwhelming acclaim in the musical world.  The yet-to-be-named composition is already guaranteed publication and is scheduled for an East Coast premiere in Carnegie Hall later in 2017.  To add to the celebration we are proud to present a loving memorial to one of our greatest friends and long-time collaborators – the Stephen Tosh Piano Concerto will share the program with our exciting 25th Anniversary premiere.


Click here to read a review of this month’s Gershwin with Lucy Faridany at the piano in Performing Arts Monterey Bay.


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fanfare Image #2Our 2015-2016 Season has come to a triumphant close!

Click here to read a review of Fanfare!

with Cantiamo! Cabrillo

in Performing Arts Monterey Bay

Read a review of April’s concert – The Three Soloists

in Performing Arts Monterey Bay

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Read a review of November’s Concert  – Winds of the Exotic

in Performing Arts Monterey Bay

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 Caribbean Sunset

Read the Peninsula Reviews

 article about our Season Opening Concert

 Strings Attached

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Read a Review of our 2014-2015 Season Finale

Israel in Egypt on Performing Arts Monterey Bay

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Read the informative concert preview in the Monterey Herald’s  “GO!” section, Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Read more about us!

Two Reviews of Americans We Love: Performing Arts Monterey Bay and Peninsula Reviews.

Read about Americans We Love!  in March 12’s Monterey Herald “GO!

A New Wineglass, from the Monterey Herald’s “GO!” section February 5th, 2015.

Awakening a Passion for Classical Music, from the Monterey Herald’s “GO!” section October 16th, 2104.

The conclusion of the 2013-14 season was Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia. Click here for a review!


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Ensemble Monterey is delighted to recognize our community partners

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation

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