The Merle Valdez Piano Studio Amphitheater is located at 2384 Redlands Drive in beautiful Newport Beach California; tiered wooden decks cascading over Mrs. Merle Valdez' colossal back yard sets the stage for a scenic pool and garden setting. The quality of music that echoes off the mixture of water, wooden decks and vine laced walls radiates acoustic appeal. Envision grand pianos encircled around a pool where guests are indulged in the luxury of outdoor entertainment. Seating is arranged on the lawn and at what could be considered the balcony level on the decks overseeing the concerto. Large television screens are positioned around the deck so guests in the balcony can enjoy a close-up view. This setting is exceptional as concert pianists don't traditionally perform outdoors. An exceptional performance featuring Omeed Ghassemi, Julianna Brewer and Brianne Schelin; these senior students along with the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra directed by Sarah Grenier presented a history of popular music dating from 1904 to 2009. Featured Performances: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Shinichi Suzuki Allegro - Shinichi Suzuki Chante Arabe - Anon Little Playmates - FX Chwatal Musette - Anon A Short Story - H. Lichner Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1 Allegro - Muzzio Clementi Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1 Vivace - Muzzio Clementi The absolute best performance I've attended in years! Bravo!
Posted: 6/20/2009 • Link to this review