Chamber Music Monterey Bay Celebrates Morgenstern Trio’s Return to Sunset Center in Carmel November 15th

Carmel, California (PRWEB) November 07, 2013

“A sigh went skating on nocturnal ice.” The poetry of Christian Morgenstern is filled with music and it seems apt that this talented trio from Essen, Germany, chose to celebrate his lyrical, philosophical, and often playful work by naming themselves after the German poet more than 90 years after his death.

The Morgenstern Trio had already made a name for itself in concert halls across their native Germany when they were nominated for the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) “Rising Stars” series. They went on to debut in leading concert halls across Europe during the 2009/2010 season, including Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham, Stockholm, and more.

Chamber Music Monterey Bay audiences were introduced to the trio in the 2011/12 as winners of the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and their subsequent North American tour. Their stunning debut was met with unbridled audience enthusiasm and led to their highly anticipated upcoming return visit to Sunset Center on November 15th.

On the November program, the second of the five-concert season presented by Chamber Music Monterey Bay, the trio will perform Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor, considered by many to be a technical masterpiece LISTEN, Lili Boulanger’s “D’un matin de printemps”, Haydn’s Piano Trio Hob XV:26 in F-sharp minor, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66. “We are thrilled to be bringing back the Morgenstern for their second appearance on our series,” says CMMB’s Executive Director Dana Werdmuller. “Their virtuosity is simply awe-inspiring and the excitement being generated by their return visit is palatable among our audience members who attended their debut in 2011.”

The critics share that enthusiasm: “The listener heard everything desirable in a chamber music concert: rhythm, precision, balance in sound and perfect intonation. Above all an organic unity in interpretation. After the last note faded away, the hall was suffocating by silence, as if the audience had to solve a spell before breaking into an orgy of applause.” -Muenchner Merkur, Germany

More information can be found here.

What: Morgenstern Trio performance

When: Friday, November 15, 2013, 8:00 PM

Where: Sunset Center, Carmel

Tickets: 831-625-2212 or

Cost: $ 31-46

Special Rates: Active Military & Adult Students, $ 15 any seat

Kids Up Front & Free! (accompanying adults pay just $ 25)

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Tribute to Jazz Superstar Benny Golson at Soka Performing Arts Center

Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) November 23, 2013

Soka Performing Arts Center invites you to its Jazz Monsters Benny Golson Tribute, which will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 949-480-4278. Prices range from $ 21 for students and seniors (62+) to $ 28.

Benny Golson TributePart 1 at 3 p.m features Grammy-nominated singer and pianist KARRIN ALLYSON. Audience members and critics alike are marveling at the range of this extraordinary musician. The Houston Press praises, “If there’s a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She’s such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation. Joining Allyson will be PETER SPRAGUE, DUNCAN MOORE and HAMILTON PRICE. Sprague is a critically acclaimed American jazz guitarist, composer, musical arranger and musical transcriber, sound recording engineer, and music producer from North San Diego County. Moore is a San Diego based drummer and percussionist. Price plays double bass, upright bass, contrabass, string bass, doghouse bass, bass viol and bass fiddle, and has recently performed with Kenny Werner and Geoffrey Keezer.

Following that quartet will be the KENNY BARRON TRIO with KENNY BARRON, BUSTER WILLIAMS and ROY MCCURDY. Barron is a pianist, composer and arranger whose unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him one of the top jazz pianists in the world and Jazz Weekly to call him the most lyrical piano player of our time. Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. Raised and rigorously trained by his father, a bassist, Buster is best known since the 1980s for his solid, dark tone and highly refined technique on the acoustic bass. Drummer McCurdy will probably always be best-known for his important contributions to Cannonball Adderleys Quintet (1965-1975), but he has been a tasteful and stimulating participant in many other sessions through the years. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton School of Music.

Benny Golson TributePart 2 at 8 p.m. features two legendary jazz musicians. One of jazzs most valuable sidemen BUSTER WILLIAMS, who also plays in Part 1, reflects, Ive served my apprenticeship under many great masters and feel that it’s my honor and privilege to carry on the lineage that makes this music such an artistically rich art form. BENNIE MAUPIN is a Detroit, Michigan jazz multireedist who performs on various saxophones, flute, and bass clarinet. He is noted for having a harmonically-advanced improvisation style, while having a different sense of melodic direction than other jazz musicians in this genre. As a composer, he has an ability to create brief melodies and song forms that create vast landscapes for improvisation.

Closing the performance will be the star of the evening, the multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend, composer, arranger, lyricist, producer and tenor saxophonist of world note, BENNY GOLSON. Benny is the only living jazz artist to have written eight standards for jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded. A performer who consistently knocks audiences off their feet, Benny has given hundreds of performances in the USA, Europe, South America, the Far East and Japan for decades. Joining Golson onstage will be KENNY BARRON, BUSTER WILLIAMS, and ROY MCCURDY.

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The 1000-seat Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo on the campus of Soka University, a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. The campus was rated in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News and World Reports Best Colleges 2014. All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Free tuition is available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $ 60,000 or less. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUAs students come from the US and 40% have come from 40 other countries. For more information:

After Triumphant Latin Grammys, Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra Set Sights On Benefit Performance Nov. 24th at Barclays Center

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) November 19, 2012

Following their hugely successful evening at the 13th Annual Latin Grammys last Thursday, international pop icons Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra have now set their sights to assist families impacted by Superstorm Sandy. In partnership with Barclays Center and producer Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra, who took home Latin Grammys for Best Album and Best Long Video, Juanes MTV Unplugged and Best Producer, Juanes MTV Unplugged, respectively, are set to donate all proceeds from their upcoming Nov. 24th concert at Barclays Center to the American Red Cross to assist families impacted by the storm. Univision Communications Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America with its New York area TV and radio stations WXTV Univision 41, WFUT TeleFutura 68, WFTY TeleFutura 67, WXNY (96.3FM), WADO (1280 AM) and WQBU (the new Mami 92.7FM), as well as Univision Network; Telemundo 47, one of the area’s most important media outlets for the fast growing Hispanic community of New York; and Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS), New York stations WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9FM and WPAT-FM 93.1FM La Variedad de NY! have joined efforts as media partners of the event.

Weve both been blessed to have had extraordinary support throughout our careers from fans in the New York area and across the Caribbean. With so many people from these regions now facing immense hardships, we want to show our deep appreciation by utilizing our music to both raise spirits and more importantly, raise much-needed funds to help them through these times of great need.

Juanes & Juan Luis Guerra

The highly anticipated concert at Barclays Center, produced by CMN, will mark the first-ever Latin show at the new, state-of-the-art facility. Tickets to the concert can be purchased via or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Superstorm Sandy has devastated the lives of many people and we are eager to work with the Red Cross, said Henry Cardenas, Chief Executive Officer/President of CMN and Co-founder of the Maestro Cares Foundation We invite music goers and the community to support this cause and provide comfort to those who have lost so much.

In response to Superstorm Sandy and the following Noreaster, the American Red Cross is on the ground distributing relief supplies such as food, shelter, and comfort across all five New York boroughs and New Jersey. Red Cross client casework teams are meeting with individuals and families in shelters to help identify additional resources to help in their recovery process. To aid faster access to food, shelter and relief supplies, the Red Crosss digital volunteers are playing a major role tweeting and updating the Disaster Online Newsroom with fixed feeding and bulk distribution sites.

Coming to the aid of our local communities be it with information or relief is what companies should do and it is who we are, said Jose Valle, president, Univision Radio. We salute Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes for helping raise much needed funds through this benefit concert in Brooklyn. That is why we are leveraging all of our assets, including TV, radio and digital, to support their efforts – because we know that working together we will have a greater impact on our community.

To date, more than 9,000 Red Cross workers have been deployed from all 50 states to operations from North Carolina to Rhode Island, with the majority still in Greater New York and throughout New Jersey. 90% of these workers are volunteers.

As the local Telemundo station in New York, it is our duty to support our community and help our viewers get through this rough time, said Carlos Sanchez, President/General Manager of Telemundo 47. Through our local news and shows we’ve felt the devastation and hunger of the victims, so we are extremely grateful to Juan Luis Guerra and Juanes for creating such an opportunity to donate to the American Red Cross and give back.

Other donors have also stepped up. Goya, the presenting sponsor of the show, has donated 300,000 pounds of products and 25,000 meals to victims, while the Department of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, an inviting sponsor, is also providing support to those affected by Sandy. Artist sponsors MetroPCS and ZTE are set to donate ZTE Anthem 4G handsets and service to Sandy Relief efforts throughout the affected areas.

Eric Garcia, VP of Sales of SBS New York stated, We encourage our listeners and viewers in the United States to help out with this extraordinary concert with Juanes and Juan Luis Guerra in New York City, in support for the thousands of people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

To donate directly to the American Red Cross/Sandy relief efforts, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Juan Luis Guerra and his band, 4:40, have sold over 30 million records and won numerous awards including 13 Latin Grammy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. He is one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists in the modern era. Guerra blends the perfect mix of merengue, bolero and Afro-pop/Latin fusion, resulting in universal hits such as “Ojal