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Musical Moments - our online series

From April 2020 through early 2022 we posted more than 100 audio and video clips of more than 50 recent and upcoming CMS artists. The selections are usually encores, short excerpts, or unusual performances.

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2021-2022 Season

Jeremy Denk, piano

Sunday October 2, 2022 at 3:00pm

J.S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

Jeremy Denk

“Mr. Denk is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs – for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and the generosity of his playing.” — NY Times

We welcome back this engaging pianist, a recipient of Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.

Telegraph String Quartet

Sunday November 6, 2022 at 3:00pm

Haydn, Ravel, Beethoven

Telegraph Quartet

“Soulfulness, tonal beauty and intelligent attention to detail...an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape.”
— San Francisco Chronicle

Known for their rich and exuberant playing and the unique clarity of their four instruments: a matched set from American luthier Douglas Cox.

George Li, piano

Sunday December 18, 2022 at 3:00pm

Schumann, Ravel, Stravinsky

“Staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression.” —  Washington Post

This brilliant young American pianist was Silver Medalist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Gryphon Piano Trio

Sunday January 29, 2023 at 3:00pm

Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

“Musical insight, technical accomplishment and passionate commitment.” — The Strad Magazine

One of the world’s preeminent piano trios, they have garnered acclaim for decades with their refined, dynamic and memorable performances.

Esmé String Quartet

Sunday March 12, 2023 at 3:00pm

Borodin, Fanny Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky

The Esme Quartet

“Four young musicians who play with depth and maturity, which, and even this cliché can be swept off the table, does not depend on age.” — Strings Magazine, USA

Based in Germany and popular throughout Europe, this young prize-winning Korean quartet is making their North American debut concert tour.

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Sunday March 26, 2023 at 3:00pm

Bach/Busoni, Schumann, Ravel, Prokofiev

Benjamin Grosvenor

"Astounding technical gifts, freshness of imagination, intense concentration, the absence of any kind of show, and the unmistakable sense of poetic immersion."  — Süddeutsche Zeitung

The long-awaited Carmel debut of one of the most important pianists to emerge from the UK in several decades.

Ilya Yakushev, piano

Sunday April 16, 2023 at 3:00pm

Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin

Ilya Yakushev

“Played with a winning blend of rapturous lyricism and dramatic flair.” — San Jose Mercury News

The dynamic and dramatic Russian pianist will conclude his Carmel concert with George Gershwin's solo piano arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.