Monterey Symphony Presents April Concerts and Events

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  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) March 08, 2017 - A revered guest conductor, a celebrated soprano, and an award-winning pianist will be the featured performers in three remaining concerts on the schedule for the Monterey Symphony's 2016-17 season, entitled "Shakespeare in Music," and under the direction of Symphony Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman.

    Soprano Cyndia Sieden will be the guest performer at the program scheduled April 21-23, which will feature Giuseppe Verdi's Othelo, Arias of Desdemona (Act IV -- "Willow Song" and "Ave Maria"), along with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G Major. Sieden, who studied with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in master classes in Carmel Valley, CA in the early 1980's.

    She has moved among the Baroque, classical, romantic and modern/contemporary repertoire at most of the world's great opera houses, including Munich's Bavarian State Opera, Paris's Opéra Bastille, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, Brussels's La Monnaie, and London's Royal Opera House and English National Opera, as well as in Beijing and Australia. Her Metropolitan Opera, New York, debut was in the title role of Alban Berg's Lulu, and she returned there in 2008 for the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. With a great sympathy for the works of Richard Strauss, she often performs Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Munich, Japan, Vienna), Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (Paris Châtelet) and Aminta in Die schweigsame Frau (Palermo).

    Concert times, locations
    The six concerts, which run through May, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood Hall in Salinas on Fridays, and at Carmel's Sunset Center on Saturdays (8 p.m.) and Sundays (3 p.m.). A pre-concert lecture will be offered an hour before each event.

    Tickets may be purchased by phone at 831-646-8511, online at, or beginning 90 minutes before show time at the box offices at Sherwood Hall or Sunset Center.

    General admission tickets for Friday concerts at Sherwood Hall (940 N. Main Street, next to the Salinas Sports Complex) are priced at $20.

    Tickets at the Sunset Center (San Carlos at Ninth Avenue, Carmel) on both Saturday and Sunday are priced at $79, $59, $39 and $29, plus a $3 facility-use fee.

    Max Bradago-Darman,
    Music Director and Conductor of Monterey Symphony
    Max Bragado-Darman has been Music Director and Conductor of the Monterey Symphony since July 2004.

    He was Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. From its formation in 1991, he built it into one of the most prestigious orchestras in Spain. Under his direction, the orchestra performed for enthusiastic audiences in all the major cities of Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany. He recorded with this ensemble many unknown works of the Spanish repertoire as well as most of the orchestral works of Turina and Rodrigo on the Naxos label.
    In May 1995, Bragado-Darman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of The Louisville Orchestra. Under his direction, the orchestra grew in popularity due to his rapport with audiences, the community in general, and his innovative programming. He has worked with distinguished artists such as Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Horacio Gutièrrez, Elmar Oliveira, Dubravka Tomsic, Andre Watts, Angel Romero, Gary Graffman, and Aaron Rosand among many others.

    As a guest conductor, Max Bragado-Darman has performed in the United States with the symphony orchestras of Honolulu, San Diego, Nashville, Delaware, West Virginia, Cedar Rapids, Savannah, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Austin, Fresno, and Boulder. He has led the National Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra and most other orchestras of Spain, as well as orchestras in Portugal, England, Argentina, Germany, and Mexico. In the fall of 2003, he made his debut at the distinguished Wexford Opera Festival with the Granados opera "Maria del Carmen," in a version he researched and edited himself.

    His conducting career has been guided by the knowledge he received from teachers and musicians such as Robert Fountain, Robert Baustian, George Szell, Igor Markevich and Franco Ferrara.

    Most recently, Bragado-Darman has appeared on the podiums of orchestras in Monterrey, Mexico and Mexico City. In the spring of 2009, in the heart of Andalucia he took on the challenge of presenting a fusion of flamenco and classical music featuring a pianist, guitarist, dancer, and full symphony orchestra. He has been the conductor for the prestigious "Iturbi Piano Competition" in Valencia, Spain for the last two editions.

    Bragado-Darman and his wife, Mary (a singer who will perform in this year's November concert, have two children: Julio is a dancer with The American Ballet Theatre and Ilia teaches dance in Valladolid, Spain.

    Additional information
    Call 831-646-8511, or visit the website online at

    Monterey Symphony Announces Symphony of Flavors March - May Events
    Symphony of Flavors is a pre-show party for the Monterey Symphony pairing local musicians with featured local wine, beer, and tasty bites. Join the Monterey Symphony at Sunset Center's beautiful upper terrace at 6:30pm before every Saturday performance!

    The Details:
    · A pre-show party pairing local musicians with featured local wine, beer, and tasty bites.
    · Local area DJ Syence will be spinning tunes on the Upper Terrace
    · Symphony of Flavors Tickets to this event are $20 and include the Saturday evening performance at the Sunset Center in Tier 3 or 4 seating. Call 831-646-8511 for more details.
    · To purchase tickets, go to https://tickets.

    Upcoming Events:
    2017 Symphony of Flavors Schedule
    · Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 6:30pm. Sunset Center's Upper Terrace

    Exciting News! Symphony of Flavors introduces a new wine partner for March, April and May.

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    The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 by Ross, after experimenting in the basement of the original farmhouse. In 2009, we began commercial production and expanded our offerings to include other varietals grown on the estate. Winemaking was moved subsequently from the old farmhouse to our partners at Estate Crush. Petite Sirah continues to be our flagship wine; we also offer Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Old Vine Zinfandel.

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