November brings "Power" as the season of pianos continues for the Monterey symphony. Each concert program delivers a specific quality or mood, expressed by selections from the piano repertoire amplified by classical masterworks of like tone.
Music director and conductor Max Bragado-Darman shifts into a dramatic intensity this month opening his
program with the overture from Verdi's opera "The Force of Destiny."
Pianist Tanya Gabrielian of San Francisco joins the ensemble for Aram Khachaturian's virtuoso "Piano Concerto in D-flat Major."
You may have seen her perform at Sunset Center two years ago as the winner of the 2010 Carmel Music Society Competition. Also on this program will be Sibelius magnificent "Symphony No. 1," full of mighty brass and symphonic thrills.
The concert takes place Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30p.m. at the Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture in Salinas,
Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3p.m. at Carmel's Sunset Center.
For tickets and information call 646-8511. Single tickets are $20-$78. Visit the website at www.montereysymphony.org.
Brasil Guitar Duo
The highly acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo will perform on Friday at 8p.m. as the season-opener of Music at All Saints Church in Carmel.
The duo is known for its innovative programming, a seamless blend of classical and Brazilian works.
Classical Guitar magazine says of Brasil Guitar Duo, "The maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity is simply outstanding."
Guitarists Jo o Luiz and Douglas Lora met in S o Paulo as teens and have been performing together for more than 12 years.
As a world-class guitar duo they have a busy international touring schedule and their appearance in Carmel is a coup for the All Saints series.
Tickets for the concert are $30 and $45 and $10 for students. A showing of original artwork by the Salon des Artistes (a group of local artists) will be on display from 6:30-7:30p.m. in the Grant Gardens. Free. Select pieces will be available for sale. For tickets and information call 624-3883.
Across the bay you can enjoy classics of the Romantic era as conductor Anthony Quartuccio Jr. appears as the second candidate in the Santa Cruz Symphony's conductor search season.
He will lead the orchestra and violinist Mayumi Kanagawa in Jean Sibelius' beautiful violin concerto. This "ravishing romantics" program also includes Beethoven's titanic Seventh Symphony and Wagner's "Overture to the Flying Dutchman."
The program will be performed Saturday at 8p.m. in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Sunday at 2p.m. at the
Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville.
Tickets are $20-$60. For information call 420-5260 or visit the web at www.santacruzsymphony.org.