Monterey Symphony's 68th season - a Season of Discovery - is filled with exploration, musical encounters and treasure! Come discover Monterey Symphony

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  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) October 06, 2013 - The 68th season of the Monterey Symphony offers what's sure to be a rich season filled with exploration, musical encounters and treasures that emerge across the canvas of the stages at Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman invites you to join the Monterey Symphony with your 2013-'14 Passport to musical discovery!

    Expect to enjoy yourself! This is the season to open yourself up to the music. Feel the rhythms; follow the melodic expression. Watch the musicians and the maestro; see how they interact with each other. Let yourself ebb and flow with the music as it becomes surging and powerful, and then delicate and ephemeral. Listen to the strings - violins (smallest, and highest in pitch), violas, cellos, and double basses (largest and lowest in pitch); discover the woodwinds - flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons; enjoy the brass - trumpets, horns, trombones, tubas; and treasure the percussion - drums, bells and other fascinating paraphernalia that are struck, plucked and rubbed. The music speaks for itself. Come and discover the Monterey Symphony!

    The Facts:
    • Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($20; all seats general admission) at Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture at Sherwood Hall, Salinas
    • Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($29-$79) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($29-$9 at Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea
    • Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, click here:
    • Enjoy the best of harmony for your ears, and flavor for your palate, with the Monterey Symphony Supper Club! Enhance your journey by participating in this program hosted by four Carmel restaurants, including a delicious three-course meal complete with hand-selected wines. Restaurants include: Andre's Bouchee, Il Fornaio, Grasing's and Anton & Michel. To learn more or to make reservations, go to
    • To make a reservation call 831-646-8511 or go to to request your Monterey Symphony Passport and Map of Discovery for a chance to win fabulous prizes throughout the season!

    2013/2014 Season Schedule
    • October 18, 19, 20
    • Performances in Salinas and Carmel
    • Upon the arrival of the first note, Wagner's music sets the stage for excitement in this concert of romantic works. Brahms' Symphony No. 4 brings the program to an unforgettable climax.
    • Max Bragado-Darman, Conductor
    • Concert Program:
    Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin
    Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
    Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4, E Minor, Op. 98

    • November 21*, 23, 24
    • Performances in Salinas and Carmel
    • A sonic tour of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, led by concertmaster and soloist Christina Mok, precedes the arrival of a rare gem for the holiday season, a fully staged, one-act opera, Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Don't miss this timeless and poignant family holiday event directed for the stage by Walt deFaria.
    • Christina Mok, the Monterey Symphony's Concertmaster will be both soloist and director of the orchestra for Vivaldi's classic musical description of the four seasons.
    • Amahl and the Night Visitors, as directed by Walt deFaria
    Max Bragado-Darman conducts this one act opera, a timeless story of the three magi en route to Bethlehem, who weary after walking many miles, come upon a modest hut inhabited by a poor woman and her son, Amahl, a crippled boy. The magi relate to Amahl and his mother the reason for their journey: to visit a very special baby who will bring peace to the world. Intrigued, Amahl finds a way to provide a generous gift for the child that will change their lives forever.
    • With outstanding performances by Michelle Rice and Angelique Zuluaga, this opera's heartwarming story and Christmastime appeal make Amahl an endearing holiday experience.
    *Note: The performance at Sherwood Hall at the Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture in Salinas will be held on Thursday, November 21, which is a variation from our usual concert schedule.
    • Christina Mok Biography
    • Michelle Rice Biography
    • Angelique Zuluaga Biography
    • Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Art Council for Monterey County and S.T.A.R Foundation of Monterey County as well as individual donors Roberta and David Elliott
    • Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
    • Christina Mok, violin
    • Walt deFaria, director
    • Michelle Rice, mezzo-soprano
    • Angelique Zuluaga, soprano
    • Concert Program:
    Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
    Gian Carlo Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors

    February 21, 22, 23
    • Performances in Salinas and Carmel
    • Innovation may arrive in many forms, be it harmonic/melodic as in Dvořαk's popular Symphony No. 8 in G minor, in technique as in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto, or in nationalistic style as Denmark's leading composer Carl Nielsen evokes in Aladdin. Kun Woo Paik lends his passion and virtuosity to one of the most challenging piano concerti written.
    • Kun Woo Paik Biography
    • Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
    • Kun Woo Paik, piano
    • Concert Program:
    Carl Nielsen, Aladdin (two movements), Op. 34 Oriental Festive March and Blackamoor's Dance
    Sergei Prokofiev, Concerto for Piano No. 2
    Antonνn Dvořαk, Symphony No. 4, E Minor, Op. 98

    • March 21, 22, 23
    • Performances in Salinas and Carmel
    • If listening to music is like peering into a composer's soul, this destination is the insight into genius. Le Tombeau de Couperin is a noble memorial for Ravel's friends killed during the first World War. The Bassoon Concerto, Mozart's first concerto for a wind instrument, is a glimpse into a young, yet sophisticated, composer as well as a striking new guest artist, Ignacio Soler Pιrez. Berlioz claimed that Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 was the work of Archangel Michael himself.
    • Ignacio Soler Pιrez Biography
    • Alvaro Cassuto, guest conductor
    • Ignacio Soler Pιrez, bassoon
    • Concert Program:
    Maurice Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bassoon Concerto, KV 191, Bb Major
    Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, Bb Major, Op. 60

    • April 25, 26, 27
    • Performances in Salinas and Carmel
    • Inspired by earlier works, Rossini borrows his own themes to compose the overture to The Barber of Seville, his most popular work. Saint-Saλns' The Carnival of the Animals was an exercise written purely for fun, the composer's reflection on 13 different creatures. Mozart's Symphony No. 40 captures the pathos of "passion, violence and grief" found in some of his best work. Monterey Symphony is honored to welcome pianist Heidi Hau to the stage again this season, joined by pianist William Wellborn.
    • Heidi Hau Biography
    • William Wellborn Biography
    • Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
    • Heidi Hau, piano (primo)
    • William Wellborn, piano (secundo)
    • Concert Program:
    Gioachino Rossini, Overture, The Barber of Seville
    Camille Saint-Saλns, The Carnival of the Animals
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 40, KV 550, G minor

    • May 16, 17, 18
    • Performances in Salinas and Carmel
    • Les Preludes … Pines of Rome dazzle with imagery. Elmar Oliveira and Nathaniel Rosen, both winners of the acclaimed Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, reunite for a rare performance of the Brahms Double Concerto. What a unique and splendorous treat, indeed!
    • Elmar Oliveira Biography
    • Nathaniel Rosen Biography
    • Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
    • Elmar Oliveira, violin
    • Nathaniel Rosen, cello
    • Concert Program:
    Johannes Brahms, Double Concerto, A Minor, Op. 102
    Franz Liszt, Les Preludes
    Ottorino Resphighi, Pines of Rome

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    The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music. The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides triple performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel's Sunset Theater and Salinas's Performing Arts Center of the Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture (formerly Sherwood Hall), as well as youth activities program, including visits to classrooms by musicians, culminating in full-orchestra concerts for schoolchildren.

    The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported in part through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, and through grants from The James Irvine Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Harden Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts Council, The STAR Foundation, The Hind Foundation, Upjohn California Fund, and many other generous foundations and individual donors.

    For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit our web site:

    Contact: Michelle Lange, Director of Patron Engagement
    831-645-1131 or mlange ( @ ) montereysymphony dot org

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