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SYMPHONY
THRILLING SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY PERFORMANCE IN AN EMPTY WEILL HALL
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Viewers of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s inaugural socially distanced YouTube concert on Oct. 11 could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon a performance of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (A Masked Ball), given that the string players in the opening shot all wore black masks. The sole excepti...
SYMPHONY
BROWN VIDEO GALA LAUNCHES SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY SEASON
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Similar to many North Coast musical organizations the Santa Rosa Symphony has scheduled a series of virtual concerts on video, spotlighting sections of the orchestra and the exuberant activities of its conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. However, as an introduction to the season, a Sept. 12 gala vide...
SONGS AND ECHOES OF HOME IN AIZURI QUARTET CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, March 8, 2020
From the first richly layered harmonies of Dvořák’s Cypresses, the Aizuri Quartet held the March 8th audience at Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church in thrall. The church was more than half full, a good crowd considering present anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus. Taking precautions, the M...
COLORFUL BORN BACH AT AGAVE BAROQUE'S SCHROEDER HALL CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Friday, February 28, 2020
Bach’s obituary records that “Johann Sebastian Bach belongs to a family that seems to have received a love and aptitude for music as a gift of Nature to all its members in common.” Agave Baroque presented their Feb. 28 concert, Born Bach, as a partial musical story of several generations in this rem...
ECLECTIC VIOLIN AND PIANO WORKS IN VIRTUOSIC MILL VALLEY RECITAL
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Blending virtuosity with sublime artistry, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and pianist Wu Qian gave the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society audience many thrills February 23, performing four muscular and soulful works by four composers from four countries: de Falla, Schumann, Stravinsky, and Grieg. T...
PREMIER OF KAIZEN AND DRAMATIC MOZART HIGHLIGHT ECHO CHAMBER CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, February 16, 2020
As concertgoers took their seats in San Anselmo’s First Presbyterian Church for ECHO Chamber Orchestra’s February 16 program, they were surprised to see at center stage two bass drums, a tom-tom, bongos, high hat and cymbals. It was the occasion of the world premiere of "Kaizen," composed and perf...
BEETHOVEN'S VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT IN RAC SEBASTOPOL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, February 14, 2020
Continuing a season of Redwood Arts Council successes, the Kouzov Duo performed an eclectic Valentine’s Day concert in Sebastopol’s Community Church before an audience of 125. Beethoven’s charming Op. 66 Variations on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from the opera the Magic Flute was a bouncy ...
LUSH BACH PERFORMANCE IN DENK'S WEILL HALL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Memorable artistic interpretations of musical masterpieces are often at extremes, and with the Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (WTC - Book I) that Jeremy Denk played in Weill Hall Feb. 13, the pianist was only sporadically at unique or ebullient musical ends. But his playing wasn’t exactly at opposite...
BROWNE, PAREMSKI HEAD STELLAR CAST AT SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY CONCERT
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, February 9, 2020
The Feb. 9 performance by the Santa Rosa Symphony offered a healthy dose of 21st century music firmly bound to the 19th. Matt Browne’s first symphony, “The Course of Empire”—based on a series of five paintings by Thomas Cole, who founded the Hudson River School of American painting in the 1820s—emp...
FRENCH ORCHESTRAL MUSIC A FIRST FOR THE SO CO PHILHARMONIC
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Over many years the Sonoma County Philharmonic has played little French music, but perhaps this oversight was corrected Feb. 2 in a splendid all-Gallic program Feb. 1 and 2 in the Jackson Theater. Classical Sonoma reviewed the Sunday afternoon concert. In his eighth conducting season with the So C...
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CHAMBER REVIEW
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center / Saturday, October 17, 2020
Orion String Quartet; Timothy Eddy and Mihai Marica, cello; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord; Thirteen musicians for the Copland Ballet Suite

Weill Hall - Green Music Center

VIDEO CHAMBER MUSIC FROM LINCOLN CENTER IN GREEN'S BROADCAST

by Terry McNeill
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Along with hosting its resident the Santa Rosa Symphony, Weill Hall has contracted to produce sporadic virtual programs of classical music, and began Oct. 17 with a charming three-part concert from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Hosted with comely introductions by CMSLC directors Wu Han and David Finckel, the virtual program on the Green Music Center’s website began with a rarity, Geminiani’s C Major Sonata for Two Cellos and continuo. Underneath the lid of the bright red decorated harpsichord were inscribed the words “To Wake the Soul By Tender Strokes of Art,” and the performance surely had introspection, with cellist Timothy Eddy’s consummate artistry leading in each movement. The lively second movement (Allegro) was reminiscent of Bach’s dances, and the following lament was a highlight of lovely Baroque phrasing. It was originally filmed late in 2014.

Haydn’s F Major Quartet completed the first half in an often-jocular reading by the Orion String Quartet. Every bit of the Op. 50 music, composed in 1787 and filmed in 2017, was a happy journey through Haydn’s virtuosity. The sobriquet “The Dream” has been added to this Quartet, and happiness seemed to prevail throughout. The slow movement (La Réve) was played with a child-like simplicity, and was captivating.

The video format allowed stopping to return to particularly ravishing sections of the Orion’s playing, a listener’s gift alas not available in the usual Weill concert.

Copland’s original version of the Appalachian Spring Ballet Suite closed the program, in the original 1944 version for a 13-musician ensemble. So much was familiar here, and the excellent camera work at the October 2019 filming portrayed each musician in close ups, the concentration palpable. Taking nearly 26 minutes, the subtle variations of the composer’s popular ballet score (and arguably his most popular composition) were deftly performed. Cellist Mr. Finckel joined the ensemble, with outstanding playing from Paul Neubauer (viola), double bassist Anthony Manzo, Ransom Wilson (flute) and clarinetist David Shifrin.

The three video performances from disparate dates proved to be seamless throughout, and the Green will announce additional CMSLC events over the 2020-2021 season.



Events Calendar

CHAMBER
Devon House Garden Concerts
Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:30 PM - San Rafael
Barbara Riccardi and Maki Ishii Sowash, violin; Vicki Ehrlich, cello; Paul Ehrlich, viola
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor (No. 6), Op. 8; Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 18, No. 4; Selections from Haydn and Mozart string works Complimentary beverages and munchies (guests may bring their own); Soc...
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SYMPHONY
Santa Rosa Symphony
Sunday, November 15, 2020
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Joplin: Rags (Maple Leaf and The Entertainer); Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36; Bruch: Canzone for Cello and Orchestra; Chen Yi: Romance and Dance for Two Violins and String Orchestra; Ga...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Sunday, December 13, 2020
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on "Greensleeves"; Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso for violin, two oboes and two horns; Jesse Montgomery: Source Code for String Orchestra; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Majo...
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Marin Symphony
Saturday, January 30, 2021
8:00 PM - San Rafael
Alasdair Neale, conductor. Joyce Yang, piano
Higdon: Blue Cathedral; Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B Flat, Op. 23; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat (Rhenish) Same Program of Jan. 31, but at 3 p.m....
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Saturday, February 13, 2021
7:30 PM - Rohnert Park
Aram Demirjian, conductor. Michelle Cann, piano
Still: Darker America; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Second Rhapsody; Copland: Ballet Music from Appalachian Spring...
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Marin Symphony
Saturday, March 6, 2021
8:00 PM - San Rafael
Alasdair Neale, conductor. Marin Symphony Chorus
Ann Clyne: Within Her Arms; Brahms: A German Requiem (1868) Same program is March 7, at 3 p.m....
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