Five outstanding musicians joined forces to create Imani Winds, an ensemble that pushes the boundaries of a traditional, classical music wind ensemble. They bridge European and African musical traditions and present a diverse repertoire.
The American Author Series
Meet some of the greats in American literature, many of whom wrote essays, poems and fiction in Monterey County, in this new series of one-man shows. Friday-Sunday performances.
Robert Louis Stevenson Feb. 4-6
Emily Dickinson Feb. 11-13
Jack London Feb. 18-20
Ancient Echoes Lecture
Daniel Bianchetta, whose photographs of Native American rock art (petroglyph) sites are on exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, talks about the sites and his technique (2pm).
Social Sundays at La Mirada
Fine art mixes and mingles with live music and tasty hors doeuvres at Monterey Museum of Arts La Mirada Gallery during these quarterly special Sundays.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo + Vusi Mahlasela
Without question one of the most important vocal groups to come out of the dark days of South Africa's apartheid, Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings their dazzling harmonies (famous from Paul Simon's Graceland album) to the soaring arches of Sunset Center.
Paris Piano Trio + Ysaÿe St. Quartet
Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents the meeting of two celebrated ensembles. Between them, they form a "near-ideal fusion of passion, energy and control," (LA Times), playing works by Ravel, Fauré and Chausson.
A Day of Romance in Old Monterey
"Living History" presentations at Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, Diaz Adobe and the Sherman Quarters. Featuring romantic stories presented by historic characters from 19th-century Monterey. Food, music and period dancers.
Chamber Music in Colton Hall
The duo of Hart and Elana, piano and brass, present an evening of chamber music at Colton Hall, setting of Californias Constitutional Convention. Reservations required as space in this historic venue is limited.
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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, formed in 1978, is high-energy, athletic, and artistically boldand continues to be one of the most innovative and imaginative dance companies in the United States.
Internationally respected pianist Mari Kodama pauses in Carmel during a global tour that includes performances of Beethoven piano sonatas in Nagoya, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Listening Room Songwriters Concert
Come hear a selection of newly minted songs being polished at the 2nd Annual Listening Room International Songwriters' Retreat, being held Feb 15-20 at the Henry Miller Library.
Indian Arts and Crafts Show
Discover a diverse array of Native American crafts, displayed by the artists and artisans themselves in many cases, during this winter weekend fair.
Salinas (19), Carmel (20-21)
Marko Letonja, guest conductor, leads the orchestra in a romantic program including Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet Overture and selections from Prokofievs Romeo and Juliet.
Axis Dance Company
It's known as "physically integrated dance," and its appeal lies in its bold merging of performers with and without physical handicaps. A celebration of music and the possibilities of movement, says The Miami Herald.
Steinbeck's Birthday Celebrations
Join a hometown celebration as Salinas remembers the life and works of native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.
Oscar Night Gala
A glamorous evening celebrating the Academy Awards. Dinner plus big screen telecast.