The 2014-15 season is a four concert series with performances in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as season opening recitals in Monterey and Santa Cruz. 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.

2014-2015 Season: A Season of Premieres!

Concert 1 – Swift as the Winds!

Nov. 1 – Saint Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Nov. 2 – Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz (formerly First Congregational Church)

Richard Strauss Sonatina No. 1 EMCO regional premiere November 2014

From an Invalid’s Workshop

Charles Koechlin Septet for Wind Instruments EMCO regional premiere January 2001

Gordon Jacob Old Wine in New Bottles

The career of the great German romantic, Richard Strauss, began with a popular piece for wind ensemble, the Serenade Op. 7. Near the end of his life, Strauss turned once again to the winds to write one of his most brilliant compositions, Sonatina No. 1, which he subtitled From an Invalid’s Workshop. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the last great romantic compositions, beautifully scored for sixteen wind instruments.

Concert 2 – Octa Rhumba

Feb. 7 – Saint Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Feb. 8 – Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz (formerly First Congregational Church)

John Wineglass Octa-Rhumba EMCO regional premiere February 2015

Nino Rota Quintetto

Samuel Barber Dover Beach

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari Chamber Symphony Op. 8 EMCO regional premiere February 2015

Octa-Rhumba is a lively new composition based on explosive rhumba accents by our own Emmy award- winning composer, John Wineglass. Nino Rota is well known for his music for The Godfather movie series. Come hear Ensemble Monterey present his equally beautiful but far lesser known Quintetto. We will also present the great American romantic Samuel Barber’s stunning setting of Matthew Arnold’s lyrical Dover Beach. Finally, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s beautiful romantic Italian Chamber Symphony, never before heard in our area. Not to be missed!

Concert 3 – Americans We Love!

Mar. 14 – Saint Philip’s Lutheran Church, Carmel

Mar. 15 – Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz (formerly First Congregational Church)

Charles Ives Symphony No. 3 EMCO regional premiere April 2000

The Camp Meeting

Stephen Tosh Piano Quintet EMCO world premiere November 2002

Featuring the Composer at the Piano

Lou Harrison Seven Pastorales

With Posthumous Narration by the Composer!

Ensemble Monterey pays tribute to three of our very favorites. Innovative American music began with Charles Ives and his Third Symphony, which was premiered by the Central Coast’s own Lou Harrison. We are also honored to repeat Lou Harrison’s Seven Pastorales, which he narrated for us, in person, in 1998. And favorite Monterey Bay Area composer Stephen Tosh returns to perform his Piano Quintet, which Ensemble Monterey premiered in 2002.

Concert 4 – Israel in Egypt

George Frideric Handel Israel in Egypt EMCO regional premiere May 2015

May 2 – All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Carmel

May 3 – Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz (formerly First Congregational Church)

Ensemble Monterey combines forces with the elite vocal ensemble Cantiamo! to present one of Handel’s greatest oratorios, Israel in Egypt. This monumental work tells the timeless story of an enslaved people’s struggle for freedom and their escape from captivity. Israel in Egypt! is one of the Baroque’s greatest and least performed masterworks and this coming spring is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this