Monterey Peninsula News


Monterey residents offered chance to gain insight on classical compositions

18 Mar 2014 11:29 AM
Berkeley professor to perform Bach's last work

While Monterey may be best known for its role in popularizing famous entertainers during the past several decades, the city's vibrant music scene continues to spotlight accomplished artists to this day. In addition to the region's coastal location, favorable year-round weather, scenic surroundings, upscale offerings and rich history, its palatable soundtrack serves to delight area residents regularly.

Accordingly, this tradition of local musical excellence will see the live performance of celebrated concertos and symphonies in opulent performing arts centers this weekend. During the evenings of Friday, March 21, Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, the Monterey Symphony will recreate the works of Maurice Ravel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven in both Salinas and Carmel as part of its "Insight" series of concerts. If you consider yourself an audiophile and have a deep appreciation for classical music, you should consider reserving your admission to one of these performances, as they promise to provide pleasant memories for all in attendance. 

Performances to prove engaging, entertaining
As listening to music is a sensual experience, the upcoming concerts will offer individuals to gain a deeper understanding of the composers' personal thoughts and emotions through introspective examinations of three distinct works. During the performances, audience members will be treated to the soothing and stirring sounds of classical compositions spanning the last 300 years. 

Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin is considered by many to be a noble memorial for those who lost their lives during WWI, while Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, KV 191, Bb Major - his first concerto for a wind instrument - is thought of as a comprehensive glimpse into the composer's development from young musician to sophisticated maestro. And, of course, performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, Bb Major, Op. 60 are highly anticipated, as its creation is an astonishing accomplishment that is still widely enjoyed.

Leading the musical explorations will be guest conductor Álvaro Cassuto, Portugal's leading international conductor. Having studied extensively in his home country, as well as Holland, Italy and Berlin, he has received numerous accolades for his talents. As a guest conductor, he has previously led many of the world's finest orchestras, including England's Royal Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Irish National Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra, among others. 

Additionally, joining the symphony for these performances will be Ignacio Soler Pérez, a talented bassoonist from Spain. Upon learning how to play the intricate instrument at age 8, he has since been taught by celebrated musicians and competed in a myriad of national competitions, many of which he took first place in. His short stay in Monterey is a very special, and anxiously awaited occurrence. 

Tickets still available for those hoping to attend
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, as well as at 8 p.m. on March 22 and 3 p.m. March 23 in Carmel's Sunset Center. Those interested in attending any of these concerts can purchase admission by calling 831-646-8511 or visiting the symphony's official event website. Multiple ticket types are available, as each venue offers a variety of seating. Individuals can reserve a seat at Sherwood Hall for $20, or at the Sunset Center for $40 to $79.

With the conclusion of this weekend's concerts, the Monterey Symphony will look to prepare for its next string of seasonal performances in the series, which will continue with the "Reflection" and "Splendor" installments. Subsequent performances are slated to feature works by Gioachino Rossini, Camille Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt as well as Ottorino Respighi, and take place in the same venues on during the weekends of April 26 and May 17, respectively.