Monterey Symphony Announces Majestic Realm Concert: April 17-19, 2015

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Monterey Symphony Announces Majestic Realm Concert: April 17-19, 2015
Single Tickets Now on Sale!

MONTEREY, CA (March 2015) Single tickets now on sale for the Monterey Symphony’s fifth concert of its 69th Season, Majestic Realm! The Monterey Symphony presents a musician of international acclaim, violist Roberto Díaz. A catalyst for young musicians, Mr. Díaz is president and CEO of the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music. The concert begins with Strauss’ colorful Overture to the Gypsy Baron, which returns us to the Ottoman Empire and the Hungarian countryside for another rollicking adventure of fortune and conspiracy.  Everyone will recognize the sparkling “Treasure Waltz”.  Prokofiev’s admired Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor closes the performance with energy and optimism.  Celebrate this colorful season with the Monterey Symphony, along with the 10th Anniversary of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman.

Concert V: Majestic Realm

·         April 17, 18, 19, 2015

·         Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

·         Roberto Díaz, viola

·         Johann Strauss: Overture to the Gypsy Baron

·         William Walton: Concerto for Viola

·         Serge Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

·         The Monterey Symphony is pleased to recognize its Partner for this concert – Charles Schwab

Contact the Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511 or email to purchase tickets or for more information regarding discounted group, student and military rates.

The Facts:

·         Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($20; all seats general admission) at Sherwood Hall, 940 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906

·         Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($29-$79) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($29-$79) at Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

·         Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture at the concert hall one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra (, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, visit:

·         To purchase tickets, call 831-646-8511 or visit for season details.

Roberto Díaz/Biography

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.

As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, whose viola concerto he has performed numerous times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he will premiere in the United States during the 13-14 season; and Edison Denisov, who invited Mr. Díaz to Moscow to work on and perform his viola concerto. Ricardo Lorenz and Roberto Sierra have written concerti for Mr. Díaz, and he will premiere a concerto by Jennifer Higdon in 2015.

As a frequent recitalist, Mr. Díaz enjoys collaborating with young pianists, bringing a fresh approach to the repertoire and providing invaluable opportunities to artists at the beginning of their careers. In addition to performing with major string quartets and pianists in chamber music series and festivals worldwide, Mr. Díaz has toured Europe, Asia, and the Americas a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz. The Díaz Trio has recorded for the Artek and Dorian labels.

Since founding Curtis On Tour six seasons ago, Mr. Díaz has taken the hugely successful program to North and South America, Europe, and Asia, performing chamber music side-by-side with Curtis students and other faculty and alumni of the school. In addition to Curtis On Tour, his tenure as president of Curtis has seen the construction of a significant new building which doubled the size of the school’s campus, the introduction of classical guitar and string quartet programs, the launch of Curtis Summerfest which is open to the public, and the debut of an online stage called Curtis Performs. In the fall of 2013 Curtis will become the first classical music conservatory to offer free online classes through Coursera. Also under Mr. Díaz’s leadership, the school has developed lasting collaborations with other music and arts institutions in Philadelphia and throughout the world and has established the Community Artists Program (CAP) to develop the entrepreneurial and advocacy skills of young musicians.

In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he performed the entire standard viola concerto repertoire with the orchestra and gave a number of Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, Mr. Díaz was also principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. Mr. Díaz plays the ex-Primrose Amati viola.

April Supper Club in conjunction with Majestic Realm Concert:

·         Friday, April 17 at 5:00pm: Portobello’s, 1366 S Main St, Salinas, 93901

·         Saturday, April 18 at 5:30pm: Vesuvio, 6th Avenue between Juniper St. & Mission St.
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

·         Sunday, April 19 at 5:30pm: Vesuvio, 6th Avenue between Juniper St. & Mission St.
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

·         Enjoy the best of harmony for your ears, and flavor for your palate, with the Monterey Symphony Supper Club! Enhance your enjoyment by participating in this program hosted by Portobello’s in Salinas and Vesuvio in Carmel, including a delicious three-course meal complete with hand-selected wines from the labels of the renowned Hahn Family Wines. To learn more or to make reservations, go to

For additional information, please call the Monterey Symphony at 831-646-8511 or visit our web site:

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