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Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2022

Chamber Music Monterey Bay (CMMB)


Through its remarkable 56 years, Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s mission has remained steadfast: to preserve the tradition of classical chamber music performance and to explore creatively the evolution of the art form. CMMB offers 5 concerts in a 7-month season, featuring beloved master works and exciting new compositions. CMMB offers educational talks at our concerts, visiting artist programs at local schools and senior living facilities, and free and discounted tickets for students, low-income individuals, seniors, active military members, veterans and people with disabilities so that everyone may enjoy and benefit from CMMB’s educational programs and concerts.

The Big Idea

CMMB’s concerts and educational programs are lively and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds as we encourage everyone (children through seniors) to experience and enjoy the remarkable beauty of this musical form. Our new "Youth Leaders Academy of CMMB" teaches local students leadership through chamber music. These young musicians will perform their first concert in December, with proceeds benefitting the Food Bank for Monterey County. Our “Chamber Music for Everyone” initiative offers complimentary tickets for low-income individuals in order to expand and to diversify our audience. We work with organizations and schools which represent diverse racial, economic, and social backgrounds to offer our Visiting Artist Outreach (VAO) and Kids Up Front & Free (KUF&F) initiatives. Our educational efforts center on the music’s history and composers, and how the music has changed over time. CMMB will continue these efforts to include a socially and economically diverse audience and to present concerts which include both old and new compositions by composers of color and by women, and which are performed by diverse multiracial, multicultural and international ensembles.

John and I were blown away by Simone Dinnerstein’s amazing performance of the (J.S. Bach’s) Goldberg Variations! It was the first time we’ve witnessed this complete work in person. The combination of Simone’s flying fingers, amazing memorization of all those notes, and bringing to amazing life one of Bach’s most dazzling compositions…..WOW! Can’t get better than this! Thanks for this wonderful experience!

- John and Mary Castagna