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Opening Night: 2014 Carmel Bach Festival



8 p.m., Friday, July 25

Artistic director Paul Goodwin leads the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Chorus, and Soloists in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat in D, a Symphony by C.P.E. Bach, a commissioned work by Caroline Shaw, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The opening concert took place on Saturday, July 19. The Magnificat, Caroline Shaw’s piece and an additional work of Bach’s are performed without interruption.

The program opens the 2014 Carmel Bach Festival with its unifying theme: Bach and the Italians.

Best of the Fest: 2013 Carmel Bach Festival

Paul Goodwin, Music Director, Carmel Bach Festival

Paul Goodwin, Music Director, Carmel Bach Festival


8 p.m., Friday, July 18

Last year’s Carmel Bach Festival had a focus on the French music and its influence on Bach. Join us for a repeat airing of the Best of the Fest, edited down to a two hour show without losing one note of music. The program includes very fine performances which are unavailable anywhere else but KUSP OnSite.

The Festival opens on Saturday, July 19 and this is our tribute to the hard work of Paul Goodwin, the soloists, musicians and chorus members.

Joe Truskot hosts.

We’re Back and ready for Bach

Steinway Concert Grand D

Steinway Concert Grand D


Friday, July 11, 8 p.m.

Heaps of apologies for the hiatus in posts.  The new computer has finally linked up with the KUSP website and we are ready to bring you details of upcoming performances from the 2014 Carmel Bach Festival which starts on July 19 and the 2014 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music which begins Friday, August 1 with a live broadcast of the opening performance.

We will begin our broadcasts of these two great festivals with the Best of the Fest performance from 2013 with Carmel Bach Festival music director Paul Goodwin leading the festival orchestra and chorus.

As a musical interlude, Joe Truskot hosts an evening of music for the grand piano. We’ll hear John O’Conor, Dubravka Tomsic, Jean Louis Steuerman, Benjamin Frith — all artists working today as well legendary masters such as Lazar Berman, Sviatoslav Richter, Tatiana Nikolayeva and many others. The music will be by Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, de Falla, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Schoenberg.

So spend your Friday evening tuned in to KUSP 88.9FM.

Monterey Symphony performs Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)


Friday, March 14, 8 p.m.

Host Robin Whitehouse presents Max Bragado-Darman conducting the Monterey Symphony in its February performance. The program includes two selections from Carl Nielsen’s Aladdin, Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, and Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto featuring Korean pianist Kun Woo Paik.

We’ll complete the broadcast with complimentary works pulled from KUSP’s extensive library.

The Concert Grand Piano

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms


Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.

KUSP’s On Site celebrates the grand piano in recital. We’ll hear 23 pianists, many of whom have performed in the Monterey Bay area. They include John O’Conor, Dubravka Tomsic, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Louis Lortie, Oxana Yablonskaya, Emile Naoumoff, Jean Louis Steuerman, Oliver Kern, Alicia de la Rocha and many others.

Music includes a Ballade by Brahms, a Bagatelle by Beethoven; Polonaises and Etudes by Chopin; dances by de Falla, Shostakovich, Liadov, and Ravel; Sonatas by Scarlatti, Prokofiev, and Mozart.

Joe Truskot and Robin Whitehouse host.

Santa Cruz County Symphony: Mahler – Wagner – Prokofiev

Daniel Stewart

Daniel Stewart


Friday, Feb.28, 8 p.m.

Daniel Stewart conducts the Santa Cruz Symphony in Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer featuring baritone Yunpeng Wang, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, and selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

Sorry for any confusion, but the program will be aired on this date, and Joe Truskot and Robin Whitehouse will be on board to host the program.

You won’t want to miss a performance that excited so many people!

Trio Cavatina sends a Valentine!

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Friday, February 14, 8 p.m.

Join host Robin Whitehouse for this performance by Trio Cavatina with violist Samuel Rhodes. Romantic music for a romantic evening on a romantic day. Oh perfect is that?

Program includes:
Beethoven | Piano Trio in E-flat Major Op. 1, No. 1
Copland |  Quartet for Piano and Strings
Brahms |  Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60

Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)


Friday, Feb.7, 8 p.m.

Host Robin Whitehouse presents music from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players. The artistic director for the concert was pianist Michael  Tierra. The program includes works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Dvorak. It also features an original Rhapsody by Michael’s son, Chetan Tierra.

The highlight of the program is Antonin Dvorák’s brilliant masterpiece Piano Quintet, Op 8.

Morganstern Trio performs Mendelssohn & more

Morgenstern Piano TrioPROGRAM AIRS:

Friday, Jan.24, 8 p.m.

The Morganstern Trio performs music by Haydn, Boulanger, Mendelssohn, and Ravel on the Chamber Music Monterey Bay series at Sunset Center, Carmel.

“A sigh went skating on nocturnal ice.” It has long been known that the poetry of Christian Morgenstern is filled with music. However, it was not until the 90th anniversary of the poet’s death before a chamber music ensemble decided to name themselves after him.

Ravel | Piano Trio in A minor
Haydn |  Piano Trio Hob. XV:26 in F-sharp minor
Boulanger |  “D’un matin de printemps”
Mendelssohn |  Piano Trio in C minor, Op.

Daniel Stewart conducts Beethoven’s Fifth


Friday, January 17, 8 p.m.

The Santa Cruz County Symphony’s new conductor Daniel Stewart conducts three gems from the orchestral repertoire: Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto featuring Austin Huntington, and Beethoven’s Monumental Symphony No.5.

Hosts Joe Truskot and Robin Whitehouse introduce the works and present complimentary music to complete the program.