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Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to entertain and engage our community through musical performance and education. The Symphony offers 12 concerts throughout the season as well as Pops concerts in the Fall.

*Programming and artists subject to change, please refer to the participating organization’s calendar listing for the most up-to-date program.

Performance Times

Sunday November 19th, 3:00PM

Saturday November 18th, 7:30PM

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California Festival

Concert two, Pfeiffer, translates to whistler, and is guest conducted by Andrew Grahms. The Pfeiffer family were settlers in the Big Sur region who loved the land so much that they eventually sold it to the State of California to turn into a State Park. The pieces in this program also show a connection to place and draw from philosophical and poetic ideals; Anne Clyne borrows from a Scottish fiddle tune and draws inspiration from her experiences in Edinburgh for her piece Pivot, Liszt draws from poems by Autran and Lamartine for Les Preludes, and Brahms utilizes the style hongrois (the "Hungarian style") in homage to his friend and collaborator, the Austro-Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, in his violin concerto featuring violinist and Monterey Symphony concertmaster Christina Mok. Pfeiffer concert is a part of the inaugural California Festival: a celebration of new music, along with 50 other organizations such as the LA Phil and the San Francisco Symphony.


PIVOT, 2021