Monterey Peninsula News


Celebrated baroque ensemble to perform at Sunset Center March 2

18 Feb 2014 5:33 PM
Chamber Music Monterey Bay to present performance by celebrated musical trio

In addition to its successful film industry, exquisite wines and favorable year-round weather, California is regularly regarded for its vibrant culture. In numerous areas throughout the Golden State, local artists and musicians can be found honing their craft and enriching the lives of residents.

One of the most vivacious areas that has long been recognized for its musical offerings is Monterey, due to the many exclusive and upscale venues that have hosted myriad renowned performers. And, this March, the tradition will live on, as the Carmel Music Society is preparing to feature a spirited concert by one of the country's most respected baroque music ensembles.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, the group Musica Pacifica will take the stage during a special performance at the Sunset Center, the Monterey Peninsula's premier arts facility. If you consider yourself a fan of this form of music, and are interested in watching accomplished musicians collaborate on timeless compositions, you should consider making plans to visit this local establishment for the upcoming show.

Performance to feature works from Bach family
Those who purchase tickets to the show will be afforded the opportunity to experience beloved works by well-known composers first hand, as the evening is being touted as a Bach family affair. During the afternoon concert at the venue on San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Musica Pacifica will expertly execute a number of musical arrangements crafted by J.S. Bach, as well as his sons W.F. Bach and C.P.E. Bach. Pieces by Georg Philipp Telemann, the godfather of C.P.E. Bach, will also be performed.

If you're a fan of the intricate concertos and sonatas that were written and first performed by these celebrated musicians, you would be remiss to neglect attending this occasion. 

Individuals looking to partake in the exciting event can choose from three different seating areas and price tiers. Those looking to reserve their admission can buy tickets for $40, while those looking to improve their line of sight and proximity to the performers can obtain closer seats for $50, and $55. While the views may differ, the sound quality doesn't, as there is not an acoustically bad seat at the Sunset Center. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the Sunset Center Box Office at 831-620-2048 or through the official event website. 

Ensemble composed of masterful musicians
Over their years as a group, Musica Pacifica has performed in a number of exotic locations for thousands of music enthusiasts, routinely improving their reach and profile as one of the county's premier baroque ensembles. Since its founding in 1990 within the San Francisco Bay Area, the group has risen to international fame, regularly performing around the U.S. and overseas.

Comprised of recorder player Judith Linsenberg, violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, harpsichordist Charles Sherman and viola da gamba player Josh Lee, Musica Pacifica exhibits dazzling virtuosity and warm expressiveness during each of its performances. Boasting a total of eight CD releases, the ensemble has enjoyed much success and critical acclaim, and has been featured at the Berkeley Early Music Festival three times.

The group has been recognized by a number of prominent publications, including The Washington Post's classical music critic Stephen Brookes, who after experiencing a concert, described Musica Pacifica as a cohesive collection of maestros.

"Its musicians have been winning an international reputation as early music specialists," Brookes wrote. "When the entire ensemble played, the effect was transporting - a small miracle of precision and musical electricity."

Having played in locations such as Los Angeles' Getty Museum, the Seattle Early Music Guild and the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, as well as part of festivals in Germany and Austria, the group has established a loyal following and continues to gain ardent supporters with each performance. They routinely collaborate with the Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, as well as proficient virtuosos and other prominent early music ensembles across the world.

Carmel Music Society celebrating 87 years
Although the upcoming concert is highly anticipated by local music enthusiasts, it certainly is not the first occasion coordinated by the Carmel Music Society to draw a sizable crowd. Since 1927, the group has been integral in bringing high quality musicians to the Monterey Peninsula and ensuring the local community has direct access to the arts.

What Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous initially started as a local concert association with a few small private and public venues now boasts an eight-month season of world-class performances. The Carmel Music Society is the oldest non-profit arts organization in California, and was the principal sponsor of the first Carmel Bach Festival. For the past 38 years, the society has sponsored a competition for aspiring young musicians. Those interested in purchasing a season ticket - and, in turn, ensuring the region's future of fine musical tradition - can do so by calling 831-625-9938 or learn more by visiting the organization's website.