Decoda Concert Poster

Decoda Concert


performing works by Franz Schubert, David Bruce and Johannes Brahms

8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018

(7:15 p.m. Pre-Concert Talk with musicologist Kai Christiansen)

Sunset Center, Carmel

“Refreshing in the extreme”

— New York Times

Co-founded by violinist Owen Dalby, Decoda is a New York City-based modular chamber ensemble dedicated to creating meaningful musical experiences through dynamic performances, education, and a quest for social impact. It is Carnegie Hall’s first ever affiliate ensemble, and a group that Time Out New York calls “A new collective of some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world…”

Now in its fifth season, Decoda’s projects and performances have taken place in the South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, and across the United States. This is the Decoda’s debut in Monterey County.

Music for Transformation, Decoda’s new criminal justice initiative, has been extensive and transformative. Over the past three years, Decoda has cultivated a model for long-term creative projects in two of our country’s largest maximum security prisons for male offenders. This initiative will connect with other emerging trends in rehabilitation and anti-recidivism for adults, juvenile offenders, and at-risk youths in correctional programs around the nation.

Artists: Owen Dalby, Violin; Anna Elashvilli, Violin; Saeunn Thorsteindottir, Cello; Meena Bhasin, Viola; Carol McGonnell, Clarinet


Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 (“Quartettsatz”)
David Bruce’s Gumboots
Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

About Gumboots: “There is a paradox in music, and indeed all art – the fact that life-enriching art has been produced, even inspired by conditions of tragedy, brutality and oppression, a famous example being Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, written while he was in a {WWII} prisoner of war camp. Gumboot Dancing bears this trait – it was born out of the brutal labor conditions in South Africa under Apartheid, in which black miners where chained together and wore Gumboots (wellington boots) while they worked in the flooded gold mines, because it was cheaper for the owners to supply the boots than to drain the floodwater from the mine.”

Schubert: What was completed of the “Quartettsatz” was probably written in 1820. The original manuscript was once owned by Johannes Brahms, and was finally published in 1870.

Brahms: Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 was written in 1891 for the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. Brahms had retired from composing prior to listening to him play, but was very enthusiastic about Mühlfeld. That summer at Bad Ischl, he composed the Clarinet Quintet and his Clarinet Trio Op. 114, both of them for Mühlfeld.

Decoda will also lead a master class for Youth Music Monterey County musicians at York School, in the Chapel at 9501 York Rd. in Monterey on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The master class is open for listening by the general public at no charge.

Decoda co-founder and violinist, Owen Dalby, is available for interviews at (415) 889-9492. Mr. Dalby is a member of the St Lawrence String Quartet and he lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area as artist-in-residence at Stanford University.

Learn more about the music on the program by attending Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s popular pre-concert lecture with musicologist Kai Christiansen at 7:15 p.m.

Kids up Front and Free! Students in grades 3-12 receive FREE tickets and $15.00 discounted tickets for their adult companions through Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s education program.

CMMB Ticket prices: $44.00 – $64.00; $15.00 for adult students and active military. Tickets are available at or (831) 625-2212. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the concert.