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60th Annual Artichoke Food & Wine Festival Approves Donations of Proceeds to 15 Community Organizations

The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to informing the public about the unique qualities of artichokes, but one of its main purposes is to also give back to the community.

Castroville, California, July 15, 2019 — The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival has been dedicated to informing the public about the unique qualities of artichokes, but one of its main purposes is to also give back to the community.

Proceeds from the 2019 festival are being used to support 501c3 community organizations and activities that align with the festival’s mission. The board of directors of the 2019 Artichoke Food & Wine Festival approved donations to the following 15 organizations:

Hope, Horses & Kids – $2,200

North County Middle School Library – $2,500

Marina Lions Club – $2,000

Ashleigh Nicole Swain Memorial Scholarship – $2,000

Golden State Elite Gymnastics – $1,800

Cursillo in Christianity – $2,300

Sun Street Center – $1,000

North Salinas Athletic Booster Club (Baseball Team) – $1,000

Manzanita Park Playground – $1,000

North County Wrestling Team – $1,000

Ord Terrace Elementary School – $1,000

Monterey High Girls Basketball Team – $1,000

North County Bulldogs Cheer – $1,000

North County Recreation and Park District (Party on the Plaza) – $2,000

Ariel Theatrical Inc. for Transportation $500

The festival’s first-ever sponsor dinner was held June 27, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center in Monterey. More than 100 guests attended and 44 sponsors honored. The event was catered by Showoff BBQ, with Grandma’s Catering providing a no-host bar, Ocean Mist Farms providing artichokes, and the Artichoke Festival board and committee members providing table service and support.

The 60th anniversary Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival was held June 1-2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.

About the Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

The Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival began in 1959 and has since developed to become a harvest festival to celebrate the iconic artichoke and region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” The festival features family-fun events for all ages and has been a primary source of funding for local non-profit groups for many years. For more information, visit http://artichokefestival.org/.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.artichokefestival.org/

Tame Late Summer Heat with a Short-Term Stay at Picturesque Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, Texas; Plus, Enter a Pet Photo Contest During the ‘Dog Days’ for a Chance at a Free Night’s Stay

Tame the dog days of summer by cooling down with a quick getaway to picturesque Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas. It’s easy when you book a “fill-the-gaps” rental!

Port Aransas, Texas, July 13, 2019 — Tame the dog days of summer by cooling down with a quick getaway to picturesque Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas. It’s easy when you book a “fill-the-gaps” rental!

While many properties at Cinnamon Shore have 4- and 5-minimum night stays, you can reserve a shorter stay if you “fill the gaps” by booking two or three nights between existing reservations. So, book now — before back-to-school shopping and meet-the-teacher nights claim your lazy summer days.

Late July and August bring some serious Texas heat. But cool down amid beach breezes on a quick coastal getaway. Contact us now to discover our wide selection of rental homes and condos.

Call us at (361) 717-7119, or go to https://www.cinnamonshore.com/rentals to ask about flexible dates.

And don’t miss out on our “Cinnamon Shore Tail Wagging” Facebook contest! During the “dog days of summer” and any time of year, your favorite pooch is welcome to stay with you in one of our many pet-friendly rentals! Share a pic of your pup at Cinnamon Shore and tag Cinnamon Shore. We’ll showcase a select group on social media (https://www.facebook.com/CinnamonShore/ and https://www.instagram.com/cinnamon_shore/) and in a special “Dog Days” segment on our blog, and one lucky winner selected at random will receive a complimentary night with a stay of 3 or more paid nights.*The contest runs from August 1- August 31st.

So, book a trip to Cinnamon Shore before summer’s over, you know, doggone. And if you bring a pet, post pics!

*Restrictions Apply. Not for use in Peak Season. Guest must purchase a minimum of three (3) nights to qualify for complimentary night.

About Cinnamon Shore

Cinnamon Shore is a unique beachfront community in Port Aransas, Texas, with a wide selection of rental homes and condos and real estate. Every aspect of the authentic community is designed thoughtfully and specifically for families. The design philosophy is rooted in understated elegance and experts bring unique details of placemaking that make a family feel welcome and home.

Cinnamon Shore homes are intentionally designed to foster relationships and community. Properties are built close together to encourage neighborly visits, and it’s always a short walk away from the beach, town center, pools, parks, shops and restaurants.

www.cinnamonshore.com

(361) 717-7119

5009 Highway 361

Port Aransas, Texas 78373

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.cinnamonshore.com

El Pájaro Community Development Corporation Marks 40 years of Providing Equal access to Opportunities for Small business Owners

In 1979, Watsonville became the epicenter of social change as the community rallied to support Latino and Spanish-speaking business owners.

Watsonville, CA, July 11, 2019 – In 1979, Watsonville became the epicenter of social change as the community rallied to support Latino and Spanish-speaking business owners.

Protecting rights and providing equal access to business opportunities helped provide a voice to the voiceless, while giving rise to El Pájaro Community Development Corporation.

El Pájaro CDC celebrates 40 years of transforming people’s lives through entrepreneurship by taking the confusion, guesswork and complexity out of starting small businesses. By offering technical, legal, financial and managerial assistance, El Pájaro CDC has helped launch and nurture countless small businesses while bolstering economic development within the community.

“If you give someone an opportunity in can change lives, and lead to generations of success,” said Carmel Hererra, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “To see a journey from farmworker to entrepreneur — many started that way when they came to us — is so rewarding.”

El Pájaro CDC also offers low-cost and free bilingual business education and training workshops to low-income entrepreneurs. Workshops cover business plan preparation, marketing and sales, customer service, bookkeeping, computer basics, business management, and financial literacy.

The growth of El Pájaro CDC has been monumental. In 1997, it created a retail business incubator at 23 Beach St. in downtown Watsonville to assist low- to moderate-income, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs with starting and operating a successful business. Named Plaza Vigil, the incubator houses dozens of businesses, with another 44 food purveyors using the separate Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program, a fully equipped, shared-use facility at 412 Riverside Drive. By using the commercial kitchen services, local food entrepreneurs can save the costs of restaurant-grade equipment and county licenses that can restrict their ability to start or expand food businesses.

In 1999, El Pájaro CDC board decided to expand its mission to include housing development. El Pájaro CDC was one of three partners that developed Northgate Apartments in Watsonville, an 84-unit, affordable housing complex for families of 4-7 members.

Following a charter expansion in 2007, El Pájaro CDC now serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties, and is available to anyone with plans to open a small business. While many businesses helped by El Pájaro CDC are food and produce-related, all business concepts — lawyers, mechanics, contractors, small farmers, landscapers, musicians and more — are eligible for assistance.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, El Pájaro CDC will hold a special Tacos and Tapas event on Thursday, Aug. 29 (6-9 p.m.) at the organization’s Commercial Kitchen Incubator at 412 Riverside Drive in Watsonville.

“It’s a celebration of a very strong legacy of passion for helping the community,” Hererra said. “We’re grateful for everyone who has played a role in helping us grow.”

As El Pajaro CDC looks back proudly on 40 years, it still looks forward to the future, including a handful of projects planned for the next two years, including:

● A kitchen retail store at Plaza Vigil Incubator named Food Artezano, offering food products created in the kitchen incubator, as well as local art, including painting and sculpture, ceramics, T-shirts, postcards and jewelry. It will also include an online store.

● A 5,000-square-foot, small-batch, co-packing facility at the kitchen incubator, allowing food businesses to expand their business and markets.

● A new microloan program that will give small businesses more control, better access and expanded loan opportunities.

● Improved programs to help entrepreneurs manage their financing, credit, record-keeping and more.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.elpajarocdc.org/

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History hosts innovative leaders of Think Beyond Plastic as part of its Hardcore Natural History series

Thinking beyond plastic represents one of the most daunting challenges we face in our efforts to protect the health of a planet in peril.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 11, 2019 – Thinking beyond plastic represents one of the most daunting challenges we face in our efforts to protect the health of a planet in peril.

On Thursday, July 18, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History will host two leaders of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution.

Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter, co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, will discuss their work with local agricultural supply chains as part of the museum’s Hardcore Natural History Series.

Called “The Plastic Link in the Agriculture Supply Chain,” the talk takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. Available through the museum website at www.pgmuseum.org, tickets are $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers and $15 at the door.

To ensure a rich pipeline of innovation, Think Beyond Plastic is building an “innovation ecosystem” that connects industry, investors and innovators. To support this ecosystem, Think Beyond Plastic operates an innovation center with a network of regional user facilities for design, testing, characterization and prototyping across the planet, as well as the International Space Station.

Russo and Baxter believe that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good.

Russo is an associate professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies graduate program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the board of numerous NGOs and businesses. Russo has started and run numerous high-tech businesses, and her experience includes executive management from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).

Baxter is a former program director with the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation, the world’s largest early-stage investment vehicle for startup companies. The program’s mission is to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. He is a longtime mentor and member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a fellow with the Innovation Accelerator, a public private partnership with the National Science Foundation to facilitate the commercialization efforts of small businesses.

For more information, visit www.thinkbeyondplastic.com

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.thinkbeyondplastic.com

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Hosts Exciting, Informative Events for Both Children and Adults From July to September 2019

The Museum is Now Open 7 Days A Week.

Pacific Grove, CA, July 11, 2019 — The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History has a number of fun and informative events for both children and adults on tap for July to September 2019.

Here are the events scheduled so far for July – September, 2019. Events are held at the Museum, except where noted, at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove.

Jul 10, 2019

SUSTAINABLE PACIFIC GROVE: CAN PG BE PLASTIC-FREE?

Why is it critical for us to totally rethink our dependence on convenience and single-use plastics? What can we do to support the city and our businesses during these changing times? How does supporting these city codes help in joining the Zero Waste effort? Join us to learn the answers to these questions and more!

Jul 18, 2019

HARDCORE NATURAL HISTORY SERIES — THE PLASTIC LINK IN THE AGRICULTURE SUPPLY CHAIN

Daniella Russo and Greg Baxter are the co-founders of Think Beyond Plastic, the leader of a global multidisciplinary effort to identify and commercialize upstream innovations that eliminate plastic pollution, with focus on innovative product delivery systems. At Hardcore Natural History, they’ll be discussing their work in agricultural supply chains in our area.

Jul 20, 2019

JUNIOR NATURALIST EXCURSION — GARLAND RANCH

The Junior Naturalist Club will head back to the Carmel Valley for its July excursion, where we’ll be joined by the Museum’s Watershed Guardians Coordinator, Matt McConnell, for an exploration of the Carmel River and its many inhabitants. We’ll ‘fish’ for macroinvertebrates and hike a gentle loop trail while learning about watersheds and the importance of clean, cool rivers.

Junior Naturalist Club Membership required.

Jul 25, 2019

MEMBER EVENT — “BIG SUR FOG: THE SCIENCE AND THE HISTORY”

With Pacific Grove’s notorious summer fog rolling in, we welcome museum members to join us inside our Bird Gallery for a special presentation of the documentary “Big Sur Fog: The Science and the History”. This will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Director and Writer Steven and Mary Albert.

Sep 12, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 — DAY 1

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Sep 13, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 — DAY 2

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Sep 14, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 — DAY 3

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Sep 15, 2019

WILD WONDER NATURE JOURNALING CONFERENCE 2019 – DAY 4

John Muir Laws and the Nature Journal Club are thrilled to be hosting Wild Wonder, the first Nature Journaling Conference. This event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.

Oct 5, 2019

ANNUAL GALA

Sip, Savor and Enjoy in the Museum on October 5th, 2019!

For more information on Museum events, call (831) 648-5716, email admin@pgmuseum.org or go to the website at www.pgmuseum.org.

About the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

In 1883, our museum opened its doors among the first wave of natural history museums in America. Naturalists of this era, such as John Muir And Louis Aggasiz, began a national tradition of hands-on science education and nature preservation. The museum has continued this tradition for 130 years. The museum’s mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. It envisions a community of curious minds, engaged in discovering the natural heritage and cultural legacy that exist today on the Central California Coast. The Museum is a catalyst for conservation and a valued learning resource in this region, facilitating active inquiry for all ages.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pgmuseum.org

Monterey Symphony Announces 2019-2020 Season No. 74 of Concerts, Ovation, Youth Concerts, Plus Special Events, Luncheons and Dinners

Monterey Symphony has announced its 2019-20 Season 74, Ovation, with six concerts, youth concerts, special events, luncheons and supper clubs through May 2020.

Monterey, CA, July 07, 2019 — Monterey Symphony has announced its 2019-20 Season 74, Ovation, with six concerts, youth concerts, special events, luncheons and supper clubs through May 2020.

The Symphony opens Ovation Oct. 19-20, 2019, with Antonín Dvořák’s Romance for violin and orchestra, featuring concertmaster Christina Mok. The season continues Nov. 16-17, with pianist Kun Woo Paik returning to the Symphony to perform two piano concerti. Concert No. 3 is Feb. 15-16, 2020, featuring two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. The fourth concert of the season is set for March 14-15, 2020, and features guest conductor Oleg Caetani making his debut with the Symphony. Concert No. 5, April 18-19, 2020, features Symphony favorite, violinist Judith Ingolfsson performing Brahms’ violin concerto. The sixth and final concert, May 16-17, will highlight works by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler and be conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman.

The roster of special events, luncheons and dinners kicks off Oct. 6, 2019 with the Symphony’s Paella Cook-Off pitting Maestro Bragado-Darman’s legendary paella in a friendly competition with a local celebrity chef and culminates May 17, 2020, with the Finale Celebration to give the Maestro a send-off worthy of his 15 years at the helm of the Symphony. Six preview luncheons will be hosted on the Thursdays prior to each concert and five supper clubs will be held on Sundays after the matinee concerts (October-April).

Eight Youth Concerts will be presented during the 2019-2020 season. Half the concerts will be held at Sherwood Hall in Salinas on Oct. 21 and May 18, and the other half at the Sunset Center in Carmel on March 16 and April 20. For more information, visit www.montereysymphony.org/youth-concerts.

Concert 1: October 19-20, 2019

The Monterey Symphony opens its 74th season Ovation with Antonín Dvořák’s Romance for violin and orchestra, featuring concertmaster Christina Mok. This delightful, single-movement work was commissioned to serve as an annual musical tradition for the Provisional Theatre Orchestra in Prague. Based on a theme from the second movement of his fifth string quartet, Romance is a lovely interplay between the violinist and the orchestra. Other iterations of the melody were presented in his later works — it was an obvious favorite of Dvořák’s!

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique takes the mercurial, and often tragic, life of an artist and sets it to music. The title underlines not only the fantastic musical fireworks that take place on stage, but also a fantasy Berlioz was demonstrating. Written as an homage to unrequited love—the result of too many unanswered love letters — Berlioz uses the voices of the instruments to explain his emotions. The work travels through the artist’s life, culminating in his own funeral in the wildly intense final movement.

Violinist Christina Mok has captivated audiences with her solo performances, chamber recitals, and orchestral leadership. She has appeared as a soloist with the Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, and the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, among others. The San Jose Mercury declared of one of her concerto performances, “She was a spellbinder as she dug in and let it fly — there was no need to long for Itzhak Perlman or Gil Shaham.”

As a chamber musician she has performed in Korea, Japan, England, Norway, Hong Kong, and the United States. Her recitals have been broadcast on the BBC and RTHK. She is the Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and the Monterey Symphony and the Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Antonín Dvořák / Romance, Op. 11

Christina Mok, violin

Hector Berlioz / Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

Concert 2: November 16-17, 2019

Pianist Kun Woo Paik returns to the Monterey Symphony to perform two piano concerti. Paik, winner of the Naumburg award and gold medallist at the Busoni International Piano Competitions, is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595 is his last piano concerto ever written. Myths surrounding both its composition and premiere give the work an air of mystery.

Elegant in nature, the Mozart is complemented by Johannes Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto, the first work Brahms ever premiered from the piano! Although Brahms was only 25 when he composed the work, the melodies are mature and sophisticated. The piece was composed two years after Schumann’s death and explores a complex set of emotions. Schumann played an important role in Brahms’ life and it is hard to not see the connection between them in some of his works.

Kun Woo Paik came to prominence at the age of ten performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. His international career took off soon after with his first New York recital at the Lincoln Center and his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall.

Paik has collaborated all over the world with the most renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Neville Marriner, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Jurowski, Dmitri Kitaenko, Paavo Järvi, and Ivan Fischer, with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie. He has recently performed with the New York Philharmonic, Lucerne and Berlin Symphony orchestras and given recitals at Carnegie Hall, La Scala, the Mariinsky Theatre and all over Asia and Europe. His numerous recordings appear on BMG, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon. Kun Woo Paik studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Rosina Lhevinne and worked with Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti and Wilhelm Kempff.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

W.A. Mozart / Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595

Kun Woo Paik, piano

Johannes Brahms / Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15

Kun Woo Paik, piano

Concert 3: February 15-16, 2020

February’s program features two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos — not to be missed!

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Edward Elgar / Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concert 4: March 14-15, 2020

Guest conductor Oleg Caetani hails from Italy and is making his debut with the Monterey Symphony. The son of famed conductor and composer, Igor Markevitch, Caetani completed his formal training at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He won the RAI Competition and third prize at the Karajan Competition in Berlin.

Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Symphony, “Polish,” opens the program. This symphony is unique in that it is his only Symphony both in a major key, and containing five movements. The piece, sans first movement, was used by choreographer George Balanchine for Diamonds, the third and final part of his ballet Jewels. Various instruments are showcased in this iconic work, including a lovely flute solo in the third movement.

The second half of the program contains Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, written in 1971 and premiered in Moscow, which is full of references to other composer’s works. Shostakovich tips his hat to Rossini and Glinka, as well as featuring the “Fate” motif from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Oleg Caetani, one of the greatest conductors of his generation, moves freely between symphonic and opera repertoire. Caetani has conducted all over the world including: La Scala in Milan, the Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opera House in San Francisco, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and Suntory Hall in Japan, working with the greatest soloists of our days.

Oleg was chief designate at the ENO in 2005, chief designate 2002-2005 for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Music Conductor and Artistic Director for the same orchestra from 2005 to 2009. Before that, Caetani was the Principal Conductor for the Staatskapelle Weimar, First Kapellmeister of the Frankfurt Opera and GMD in Wiesbaden and in Chemnitz.

Oleg Caetani, guest conductor

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 3, Op. 29

Dmitri Shostakovich / Symphony No. 15, Op. 141

Concert 5: April 18-19, 2020

A Monterey Symphony favorite, violinist Judith Ingolfsson returns in April to perform Brahms’ violin concerto. Judith is currently Professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and co-artistic director and founder of the Festival “Aigues-Vives en Musiques” in France.

Brahms’ violin concerto was written for Joseph Joachim and is the only violin concerto he wrote. Marked by soaring melodies for the violin, it contains some of the most challenging passages for the instrument.

Jean Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony was started in Italy and completed in Helsinki. Sibelius himself declared the work “a confession of my soul.” The piece was premiered with the composer conducting and received three back-to-back sold out performances! A beloved work, after his wildly popular tone poem Finlandia, the 2nd Symphony is Sibelius at his finest with whimsical touches throughout!

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, uncompromising musical maturity, and charismatic performance style. Based in Berlin and enjoying a global career, she performs as soloist, chamber musician and in recital as the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel. The New York Times has characterized her playing as producing “both fireworks and a singing tone” and Strings Magazine described her tone as “gorgeous, intense, and variable, flawlessly pure and beautiful in every register.”

Ingolfsson studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also been appointed to the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Johannes Brahms / Violin Concerto, Op. 77

Judith Ingolfsson, violin

Jean Sibelius / Symphony No. 2, Op. 43

Concert 6: May 16-17, 2020

The season concludes with Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. Both of these works require intense playing from the orchestra and give our fabulous Monterey Symphony the chance to boldly shine! Strauss’ Don Juan is a powerful tone poem for large orchestra featuring many passages used for Symphony auditions. The piece is based on the unfinished poem Don Juans Ende which tells the story of a man searching for love, which he never finds.

Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler, or “The Titan,” was composed in 1887–1888 in Leipzig and premiered in 1889. There are as many as six versions of the work, as Mahler was impassioned about perfecting it. He borrowed from some of his own works, and highlighted certain lied, or songs, in the movements. At one point there was an additional movement, which Mahler rejected after the first few performances. This Symphony is massive, lush, and gorgeous — a fitting end to a season deserving of many ovations!

Max Bragado-Darman has served as Music Director of the Monterey Symphony since 2004. He was Music Director/Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. With this ensemble he recorded works of Turina and Rodrigo and the cello concerti of Alberto Ginastera on the Naxos Label. He also recorded the flute and clarinet concerti by Joan Tower on the Opus One label.

In 1995, Max Bragado-Darman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. He has worked with artists Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Horacio Gutiérrez, Elmar Oliveira, Dubravka Tomsic, André Watts, Angel Romero, Gary Graffman, and Aaron Rosand.

In 2003, he made his debut at the Wexford Opera Festival with the Granados opera “María del Carmen.” His conducting has been guided by teachers Robert Fountain, Robert Baustian, George Szell, Igor Markevich and Franco Ferrara. He has been the conductor for the “Iturbi Piano Competition” in Valencia, Spain in several editions.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

Richard Strauss / Don Juan, Op. 20

Gustav Mahler / Symphony No. 1

Performances on Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. One hour prior to every performance there will be a pre-concert lecture in the Hall of Sunset Center.

New subscriptions become available on July 1, 2019. Please contact the box office for availability at (831) 646-8511. For more information and pricing visit: https://www.montereysymphony.org/subscriptions.htm

Single tickets go on sale Aug. 15, 2019, at www.montereysymphony.org.

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, The Berkshire Foundation, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William H. and Kristine M. Schuyler Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Teichert Foundation The Upjohn California Fund and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

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Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Artists, Dancers Join Together to Create Artwork to Benefit Dance Kids of Monterey County

Visual art meets the performing arts on Sept. 21, when 23 local artists are paired with 23 local dancers to create unique, collectable artwork to benefit Dance Kids of Monterey County.

Carmel, CA, June 03, 2019 — Visual art meets the performing arts on Sept. 21, when 23 local artists are paired with 23 local dancers to create unique, collectable artwork to benefit Dance Kids of Monterey County.

The Carmel Sunset Rotary Club presents “The Pointe of Art,” a benefit for Dance Kids of Monterey County hosted by Bennett Sculpture Carmel, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Bennett Sculpture Carmel, San Carlos and Sixth, Carmel.

For more information, call Dance Kids at (831) 622-9008.

About Dance Kids

With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids of Monterey County, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experience that support the youth of the Monterey Peninsula. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker” and original spring musicals written by Walt de Faria and a full-length spring ballet, produced at Sunset Center.

Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musical and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued at the venue for the spring musicals, until those too, outgrew the dance studio. “Nutcracker” moved to Sunset Center in 1995 and has remained there as its home venue except for the years the center was being remodeled.

Dance Kids “Nutcracker” has grown into a premier production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. This year is one of pivotal change and growth.

Street Address:

Sunset Center, Cottage #17

San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 6225

Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 622-9008

Fax: (831) 218-1293

Email: info@dancekids.org

Website: dancekids.org

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.dancekids.org

Advance Ticket Package to 2019 Monterey County Fair Available at Costco.com

Advance Ticket Packages for two to the 2019 Monterey County Fair are now available online at Costco.com.

Monterey, CA, July 03, 2019 — Advance Ticket Packages for two to the 2019 Monterey County Fair are now available online at Costco.com.

The General Admission Package eVoucher is $49.99, features two adult admissions and two Carnival wristbands, is delivered by email and is valid during the run of the fair, Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2019.

When purchased, an eVoucher will be emailed to the buyer, typically within an hour. Present the printed eVoucher at the Monterey County Fair ticket window at Gate 3 or 5. The Carnival eVoucher can be exchanged at any carnival customer service booth for a pay-one-price, ride-all-day wristband.

The ticket package is available at https://www.costco.com/Monterey-County-Fair-2-General-Admission-Package%2c-eVoucher%2c-California.product.100499182.html.

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2019 fair is “High Tides and Carnival Rides.”

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereycountyfair.com

No venue captures the Magic and Wonder of the Holiday season quite like Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Our picturesque setting along the breathtaking coastline creates a festive backdrop for any gathering.

Carmel, CA, July 02, 2019 – Our picturesque setting along the breathtaking coastline creates a festive backdrop for any gathering. Whether it’s an intimate family party or a large corporate affair, our renowned culinary team, along with an expert event staff, will take care of all your holiday details. Your only task is to rejoice in the beauty and splendor of the Highlands.

Book your holiday party by August 31st, 2019 and you will receive a complimentary one-hour bubbly bar.

Don’t miss out on our new Holiday Happy Hour packages, and be sure to check out our scrumptious “Get Cheesy,” “How Sweet It Is” and “Poke Bar” custom menu options. Don’t forget to wet your whistle with our “Bubbly” and “Sudsy” special sparkling wine and beer menus.

Contact our Special Events Coordinator today at (831) 620-1234.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Contest Pinterest Contest

Are you dreaming of a beautiful summer vacation? With days at the beach, fabulous coastal dining and visiting world class destinations like Cannery Row

Monterey, CA, June 28, 2019 – Are you dreaming of a beautiful summer vacation? With days at the beach, fabulous coastal dining and visiting world class destinations like Cannery Row, The Monterey Bay Aquarium and more? Share your Monterey area dream getaway with us for your chance to win a 2 night stay at Hyatt Regency Monterey!

Follow us on Pinterest: pinterest.com/montereyhyatt

Create a board titled: Hyatt Regency Monterey Vacay Add a minimum of 10 pins of the things you want to do in Monterey from kayaking to sightseeing!

Use the hashtag #HyattMontereyVacay on all the pins

Email a link your board to: marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com

One lucky winner will receive a two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Monterey!

Winner will be announced August 25th!

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pinterest.com/montereyhyatt