2015-2016 Season

The 2015-2016 season is a four concert series with performances in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Don’t miss the pre-concert discussion with Dr. John Anderson for insights into the composers and the music.  Pre-concert talks begin one hour before the concert and are included in your ticket price.

Save these dates! Season tickets will be available through the website in August, or you may reserve yours in advance at 2014-2015 prices by calling 831-333-1283.

Ensemble Monterey’s 2015 – 2016 Season

Prepare to be Dazzled!

Strings Attached

Saturday, October 3rd, 2105, 8 PM, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

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

Strings Attached Image #2Our 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 talents of pianist Lucy Faridany. And we are proud to present a world premier 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 premier!

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Winds of the Exotic

Saturday, November 7th, 8 PM, 2015, 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 solos in 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! 

Saturday, 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 premier – 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.  We are 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 not music for the faint of heart.  Come enjoy a stirring season finalé with Ensemble Monterey and prepare to be dazzled!