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World premieres are a class apart in the musical calendar. Hearing a new piece performed live in public for the first time brings modern concert-goers, who often hear music through CDs or radio, some of the thrill known to past generations.

Covenant of Light, composed by Stephen Tosh, their composer-in-residence. It features chamber orchestra, soloists, chorus and children's choir, and is his largest ensemble work to date.

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The arts—both lively and plastic—flourish in Monterey. Galleries and studio tours showcase the works of artists who have been inspired by the region's scenery and culture. Events throughout the year highlight dance, theater, music, and much more. Overall, visitors find the thriving arts and culture scene of Monterey offers an array of choices to inform and entertain.

The Cultural Council for Monterey County has comprehensive listings of arts and cultural events throughout the county. Call them at 831-622-9060 for information or to request a copy of their "Guide to Monterey County History Culture and Art." If you're interested in Literary Monterey, be sure to visit our Literary Sites page.

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The Monterey Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on the young up-and-coming musicians that will form the vanguard of jazz music in the coming decades, with a newly expanded event that includes performances and activities. At its heart: the 35th annual High School Jazz Band Competition, during which more than two dozen bands, combos, and vocal ensembles compete for the honor of playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival later in the year.

Among the many new features of this year's competition: a grand venue at the recently restored Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey, a composition competition, and an opening-night performance by the judges. The featured soloist, and the Festival's 2005 Artist-in-Residence, is Branford Marsalis, the tenor sax-playing brother of trumpeter Wynton, will be the Artist-in-Residence, and will perform in the free opening night concert.

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