Concerts

  Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra presents Music that Matters, our 26th concert season. 

Concert 1: Wally the Beard

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Sergei Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes

Bernard Hermann – Sound track from the Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode “Wally the Beard” with narration of the twisted plot!

Franz Lachner – Nonet

In the ultimate musical smorgasbord Ensemble Monterey presents Prokofiev’s homage to Klezmer, a delightful and slightly diabolical TV score by one of Hollywood’s all time greats, and one of the early romantic’s little-known but very lively masterworks. This is truly an opportunity to hear some of the most interesting music you’ve never heard before.

October 21st – St. Philips Lutheran Church, Carmel Valley. 7:30 PM, Conductor’s notes at 6:30 PM

October 22nd – Peace United Church, Santa Cruz. 7:00 PM, Conductors notes at 6 PM

Concert 2: Three’s Company

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Gustav Holst – Terzetto

Randall Thompson – Suite for Oboe, Clarinet and Viola

Bohuslav Martinu – Serenade Number 2

Debussy – Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

Dmitri Shostakovich – Suite from “The Gadfly”

A concert of small but beautiful gems. A potpourri of trios, each one a masterpiece of charm. concluding with Shostakovich’s popular film score to “The Gadfly.”

January 20th – St. Philips Lutheran Church, Carmel Valley. 7:30 PM, Conductor’s notes at 6:30 PM

January 21st – Resurrection Catholic Church, Aptos. 7:00 PM, Conductors notes at 6 PM

Concert 3: Quartet for the End of Time

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Olivier Messiaen – Quartet for the End of Time

In one of the great triumphs of the human spirit, the great French composer Messiaen wrote and premiered this quartet in 1941 while a prisoner of the Germans at Stalag VIII-A, in Görlitz, Poland. Written for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, the Quartet was first performed using broken instruments, outdoors and in the rain. An audience of 400 prisoners attended, many of whom had contributed what little they had to purchase the instruments. Messiaen later recalled: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.”

The Quartet for the End of Time is one of the seminal compositions of Western Civilization. It will change anyone who hears it, and it should not be missed. This performance of the Quartet constitutes the entire concert.

March 3rd 2018 – St. Philips Lutheran Church, Carmel Valley. 7:30 PM, Conductor’s notes at 6:30 PM

March 4th – Peace United Church, Santa Cruz. 7:00 PM, Conductors notes at 6 PM

Concert 4: Song of Praise

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Johannes Brahms – Serenade Number 1 in D major

Rihards Dubra – Te Deum

Ensemble Monterey once again joins forces with the elite vocal ensemble, Cantiamo! for the season finale concert. Brahms originally wrote his First Serenade for 9 instruments and it is this version that we present. In this nonet orchestration the Serenade takes on an intimate charm lost in the later orchestral transcription.

Rihards Dubra is a contemporary Latvian composer who has gained fame for stunning compositions for voices and orchestra. His Te Deum text is ancient, but its contemporary setting is an overwhelming and moving testament to the value of faith itself.

April 28th, 2018 – All Saints’ Church, Carmel, 8:00 PM, Conductor’s notes at 7:00 PM

April 29th, 2018 – Peace United Church, Santa Cruz. 7:00 PM, Conductors notes at 6 PM