Thursday, August 5, 2021

Monterey Symphony Releases Four More Episodes of Music to your Ears Education Series

  The Monterey Symphony is releasing four new episodes of Music To YOUR Ears on Monday August 9th in conjunction with the start of the new school year.

Carmel/Monterey, CA, August 04, 2021 - The Monterey Symphony is releasing four new episodes of Music To YOUR Ears on Monday August 9th in conjunction with the start of the new school year. Music To YOUR Ears is an open-source virtual education series. The first four episodes were released in April 2021 and are still available. Each episode highlights one of the Symphony’s Balcony Sessions that were recorded this past year at the various shuttered venues throughout the peninsula.

Episode 5: Alone features the world-premiere of the award-winning performance of ‘Alone’ for Solo Violin, Live EFX, and Electronica by the Emmy-award winning MSO composer-in-residence John Christopher Wineglass. The piece is performed by MSO’s concertmaster Christina Mok and is filmed with the empty Sunset Center seats as a backdrop.
Episode 6: A “Suite” Musical Offering features MSO cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak at the Winfield Art Gallery in Carmel. Pastor-Chermak plays a stunning Bach suite with the paintings and statues as his only audience members.

Episode 7: Making Music at Home features MSO’s Principal flautist Dawn Walker, cellist Mark Walker, and MSO’s executive Director Nicola Reilly in the gorgeous and newly renovated Pacific Grove Library.

Episode 8: Holiday Cheer celebrates local singer, songwriter, and actress Malinda DeRouen and her new Christmas song and music video Christmas This Year. 

In a regular season, the Monterey Symphony would host nearly 10,000 students at their Monday morning youth concerts at the Sunset Center in Carmel and Sherwood Hall in Salinas. With this type of field trip not being offered this year, the Symphony had to answer the challenging question of how to engage students in a safe and meaningful way. MSO hopes to reach even more students in the community this year by providing virtual content directly to educators and students. The Monterey Symphony is following through with their commitment to accessibility by offering all of the content free-of-charge as well as with language options in both Spanish and English.

Music To YOUR Ears combines the fun animation style of local artist Rory Glass, the artistic excellence of the MSO musicians, with the high quality filming and sound engineering of local documentary filmmaker Douglas Mueller. The videos are narrated by musicologist and MSO Assistant Principal horn player Dr. Alicia Mastromonaco.

Music To YOUR Ears is available online at

Episodes can be viewed online directly or downloaded and shared. All episodes are available with both English and Spanish closed captions. Each Episode includes three corresponding worksheets in both English and Spanish that are available to download and print from the website listed above. The Symphony office will also print and mail worksheets to teachers upon request. 

The Music To YOUR Ears program has been sponsored by Harden Foundation, PG and E, The Arts Council for Monterey County, Jo-Ann and Russell Hatch, and the Schuyler Family Foundation, with special thanks to MY Museum. 

The Monterey Symphony was founded in 1946 and incorporated in 1947. The Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

Marci Bracco Cain
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Salinas, CA
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