Monterey, CA, September 30, 2019 — The Monterey Symphony opens its 74th season Ovation on Oct. 19 and 20, 2019, with a party and concert at Sunset Center in Carmel.
Celebrate the start of the 74th season with a sparkling, celestial party on the lower Terrace of the Sunset Center Saturday evening. Get in the mood for a season of Ovation with aerial artistry by Erin Jane, decadent desserts by Parker Lusseau and delicious local wines from Chalone Vineyards. Opening Night Party admission is included with all Saturday night tickets.
The season opens with Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz, Antonín Dvořák's Romance, Op.11 for violin and orchestra, featuring Concertmaster Christina Mok, and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Romance, a delightful, single-movement work, was commissioned to serve as an annual musical tradition for the Provisional Theatre Orchestra in Prague. Based on a theme from the second movement of his fifth string quartet, Romance is a lovely interplay between the violinist and the orchestra. Other iterations of the melody were presented in his later works — it was an obvious favorite of Dvořák's!
Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14 takes the mercurial, and often tragic, life of an artist and sets it to music. The title underlines not only the fantastic musical fireworks that take place on stage, but also a fantasy Berlioz was demonstrating. Written as an homage to unrequited love—the result of too many unanswered love letters — Berlioz uses the voices of the instruments to explain his emotions. The work travels through the artist's life, culminating in his own funeral in the wildly intense final movement.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.
There will be pre-concert lectures in the Hall of Sunset Center one hour prior to performances.
As part of the Symphony’s opening weekend, there will also be a Preview Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 17 at Los Laureles Lodge in Carmel Valley, and the first Sunday Supper Club to celebrate the season opening, Sunday, Oct. 20, at Billy Quon's Sur Restaurant at the Barnyard in Carmel.
The October Preview Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 2019, at Los Laureles Lodge, 313 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Join the fellow Monterey Symphony fans for a Preview Luncheon at Los Laureles Lodge in Carmel Valley. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and enjoy an exclusive concert preview with Max Bragado-Darman and violinist Christina Mok, from the season-opening October concerts. Welcome reception at 11:30, lunch at noon, program at 1 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. RSVP by October 1, 2019. Priority parking available to offer a shorter walk to the venue. Sponsored by Marion Klein, Sally Maggio, and Los Laureles Lodge.
The October Supper Club will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2019, at SUR Restaurant, 3601 The Barnyard, Carmel. Join the Symphony for the first Sunday Supper Club and celebrate the season opening at Billy Quon's Sur Restaurant at the Barnyard. Cost is $75 per person. RSVP by Oct. 15, 2019
Please contact the box office for availability of season tickets at (831) 646-8511. For more information and pricing visit: http://www.montereysymphony.org/concerts-events/subscriptions
About the Monterey Symphony
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 double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.
The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.
For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901