Ensemble Monterey’s 2015 – 2016 Season

Prepare to be Dazzled!

Strings Attached

Strings Attached Image #2Saturday, October 3rd, 2105, 8 PM, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Sunday, October 4th, 2015, 7 PM, Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

Our opening concert features exciting compositions for string orchestra, beginning with the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony.  Haydn’s delightful and energetic Piano Concerto Number 2 showcases the extraordinary talents of pianist Lucy Faridany. And we are proud to present a world premiere by double Emmy Award-winning local composer John Wineglass – his String Symphony Number 1.   Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the Central Coast’s most gifted piano soloists and an important world premiere!


Winds of the Exotic

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Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 8 PM, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Sunday, November 8th, 2015, 7 PM, Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

A concert for wind orchestra featuring a very rarely heard set of Renaissance dances from the court of Beatrice d’Este, Baroness of Milan.  Flute soloist Lars Johannesson performs Charles Gounod’s exquisite Petite Symphonie, a French romantic gem originally written for legendary Flutist Paul Taffanel.  And to go really exotic we include Carlos Chavez’s Xochipilli, An Imagined Aztec Music.  Xochipilli features solos on conch shell as well as a chorus of six Aztec percussion instruments.  Winds of the Exotic will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The Three Soloists! 

PrintSaturday, April 9th, 2016, 8 PM, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Sunday, April 10th, 2016,  7 PM, Peace United Church of Christ,  Santa Cruz

This concert features three dazzling, and very different solos.  Trumpet soloist Barbara Hull is featured in André Jolivet’s Trumpet Concerto Number 2.  It is a bold, aggressive and daring piece which balances on the border between jazz and the classics.  From the same composer, Soprano Lori Schulman will perform the Suite Liturgique, a lyrically gorgeous work that seeks to recreate the ancient modes of the classic Greeks.  Finally, another world premiere – this from favorite local composer Stephen Tosh, who has written the Concertino for Solo Violin and Ensemble specifically for Concertmaster David Dally and Ensemble Monterey.

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Saturday, May 14th, 2016, 8 PM, Carmel Mission Basilica, Carmel

Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 7 PM, Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

A celebration of magnificent music for organ, brass,  choir and percussion.  Ensemble Monterey is joined by the vocal ensemble Cantiamo! in presenting some of the most powerful and awe-inspiring music ever written.  With organ soloist Tiffany Bedner at the keyboard, a large brass choir, voices and percussion, we perform a tour de force of majestic Renaissance works by Gabrielli, French romantic masterworks by Gigout and contemporary pieces culminating in Norman Dello Joio’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.  Fanfare! is music to bring joy to your heart.  Come enjoy a stirring season finalé with Ensemble Monterey and prepare to be dazzled!

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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