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Sunset Center

Carmel's Sunset Center for the Arts
The Central Coast's Premier Concert Venue

Musical Moments - our online series

From April 2020 through early 2022 we posted more than 100 audio and video clips of more than 50 CMS artists. The selections were usually encores, short excerpts, or unusual works. Browse the Archive here

2023-2024 Season

Delirium Musicum Orchestra

Sunday October 1, 2023 at 3:00pm

Jeremy Denk

We begin our season with a blast! This brilliant and wildly entertaining young ensemble will deliver an unforgettable performance of a wide variety of music from Bach and Vivaldi to Bartok and Phillip Glass, plus a few surprises.

“The performance careened with a gypsy energy... Ferocious and rhythmically mesmerizing.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)

Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Marta Aznavoorian, piano

Sunday November 5, 2023 at 3:00pm

Telegraph Quartet

Two superb and engaging virtuoso solo artists in a high-energy duo performance of works by Dvorak, Beethoven, Ravel, Part, and Sarasate.

“Disarmingly magical…dazzling virtuosity…searching musicianship.” (Washington Post)

“A pianist of exceptionally finished technique and purity of musical impulse.”  (Boston Globe)

Dover Quartet

Sunday Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 3:00pm

One of America's foremost young string quartets returns to our series by popular demand, bringing lyrical music by Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert.

“The young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker)

Paul Galbraith, guitar

Sunday January 28, 2024 at 3:00pm

This eminent and innovative classical guitarist will perform works by Bach, Lennox Berkeley, Schumann, Granados, and Albéniz on a unique eight-string instrument of his own design.

“Some of the most delectable sounds I have heard on a guitar.”
(Classical Guitar)

Stephen Hough, piano
with the
Castalian String Quartet

Sunday March 3, 2024 at 3:00pm

The Esme Quartet

Pianist, composer, and author Sir Stephen Hough, one of the most admired and beloved of British cultural figures, is joined by an exciting young European string quartet in a performance that includes music by Haydn and Brahms, and a string quartet by Sir Stephen.

“Elevation and luminosity, the art of sonority, overwhelming virtuosity, the fingers of Stephen Hough are pure gold.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“Rare beauty and originality by a quartet at the height of its powers.” (BBC Music Magazine)

Jerusalem Quartet

Sunday April 14, 2024 at 3:00pm

Benjamin Grosvenor

A renowned ensemble in a heartwarming program of string quartet classics by Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven.

"An absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for."  (BBC Music Magazine)

Anderson and Roe, duo pianists

Sunday May 5, 2024 at 3:00pm

Anderson and Roe

With unforgettable showmanship and witty musicality, this duo makes their Carmel debut in an eclectic, colorful program of music by Mozart, Bizet, Ravel, and the Beatles, plus original works by Anderson & Roe.

“No more sensational young piano duo team can be found … the most dynamic duo of this generation.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)

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