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DUO WEST OPENS OCCIDENTAL CONCERT SEASON
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Before a full house at the Occidental Performing Arts Center Sept. 9 the cello-piano Duo West, playing from score throughout, presented a recital that on paper looked stimulating and thoughtful. Beginning with MacDowell’s To A Wild Rose (from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51), the transcription by an unan...
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CELLO-PIANO DUO IN HUSKY SPRING LAKE VILLAGE PROGRAM
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Two thirds of the way through a stimulating 22-concert season the Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series Sept. 5 presented two splendid cello sonatas before 110 people in the Village’s Montgomery auditorium. A duo for more than a decade, East Bay musicians cellist Monica Scott and pianist Hadle...
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EXTRAVAGANT FUSION OF STYLES AT CHRIS BOTTI BAND WEILL HALL CONCERT
by Jerry Dibble
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Trumpeter Chris Botti still performs in jazz venues including SF Jazz and The Blue Note, but now appears mostly in cavernous halls or on outdoor stages like the Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. He brought his unique road show to the packed Weill Hall August 12 in a concert of effusive e...
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SCHUBERT "MIT SCHLAG" AT VOM FESTIVAL MORNING CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The spirit of 19th century Vienna was present July 29 on the final day of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. The Festival in the second half of July glittered with innovative programming and the new, old sound of original instruments played by musicians who love music with historic instruments. ...
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PASSIONATE BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG MUSIC CLOSES VOM FESTIVAL SUMMER
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 29, 2018
An extraordinary program of chamber music by Brahms and Schoenberg attracted a capacity crowd to the Valley of the Moon Music Festival’s final concert July 29th in Sonoma’s Hanna Center. It opened with a richly expressive reading by Festival Laureate violinist Rachell Wong and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur...
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PRAGUE AND VIENNA PALACE GEMS HIGHLIGHT VOM FESTIVAL CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Saturday, July 28, 2018
The remarkable Valley of the Moon Chamber Music Festival presented a concert called “Kinsky Palace” July 28 on their final Festival weekend in Sonoma’s Hanna Center. Two well-known treasures and one lesser gem were programmed. Starting the afternoon offerings were violinist Monica Huggett and Fest...
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INNOVATIVE CHAMBER WORKS IN HANNA CENTER CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Sunday, July 22, 2018
The Valley of the Moon Music Festival presented a July 22 concert featuring three giants: Haydn, Schubert and Schumann, composers who altered music of their time with creative innovations and artistic vision. In the fourth season the Festival’s theme this year is “Vienna in Transition”, and VOM Fes...
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VIENNA INSPIRATION FOR VOM FESTIVAL PROGRAM AT HANNA CENTER
by Nicki Bell
Saturday, July 21, 2018
A music-loving audience filled Sonoma’s Hanna Center Auditorium July 21 to begin a record weekend of three concerts, produced by the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. The Festival’s theme this summer is “Venice in Transition – From the Enlightenment to the Dawn of Modernism” Prior to Saturday’s m...
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VANHAL QUARTET AT VOM FESTIVAL DISCOVERY AT HANNA CENTER
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 15, 2018
A near-capacity crowd of 220 filled the Sonoma Hanna Boys Center Auditorium July 15 for the opening concert of the fourth Valley of the Moon Music Festival. This Festival presents gems of the Classical and early Romantic periods performed on instruments of the composer’s era, which presents a few ch...
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SPARKLING CIMAROSA OPERA HIGHLIGHTS MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL
by Kathryn Stewart
Friday, July 13, 2018
The Classical music era was a time of extraordinary innovation. Dominated by composers from the German-speaking countries, the period witnessed the handiwork of masterpieces by two classical giants, Haydn and Mozart. Both composers put forth a tremendous catalog of masterful works and perhaps to our...
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Sporing Lake Village Classical Music Series / Monday, September 17, 2018
Anastasia Derik, piano

Pianist Anastasia Dedik At Spring Lake Village Sept. 17

DEDIK'S POTENT BEETHOVEN AND CHOPIN AT SPRING LAKE VILLAGE RECITAL

by Terry McNeill
Monday, September 17, 2018

Anastasia Dedik returned Sept. 17 to the Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series in a recital that featured three familiar virtuoso works in potent interpretations.

Chopin’s G Minor Ballade hasn’t been heard in Sonoma County public concerts since a long-ago Earl Wild performance, and Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata with Valentina Lisitsa was a distant memory from 2010, both in Newman Auditorium. The same for the warhorse B Flat Scherzo of Chopin, so it was good to hear music that is justly famous and justly glorious.

But no nod to the past, as the Russia-born pianist gave full measure of dramatic intensity to all three in a 50-minute concert before 150 in Montgomery Auditorium. Perhaps the finest playing occurred in the Beethoven Sonata, with an interpretation that captured the big-boned drama that never sounded frantic or too fast. The frequent left hand repeated notes in c had the proper menace, the trills were even and tone colors were rich. The five piu piano notes at the end of the allegro were played in a lovely decrescendo.

The repeats in the variation movement were played without differentiation but sang softly, leading to a held damper pedal for the clangorous entry of the famous 13 fortissimo notes that begin the volcanic finale. Here Ms. Dedik used a staccato touch in places and a left-hand inner voice to add to the momentum and sweep. The last crashing chords generated a loud ovation.

In a program of minor key drama, the Op. 23 Ballade fit right in, and the initial playing did the right thing – eliciting the feeling of an unfolding story. Here and there wrong notes crept in, and over pedaling blurred scale passages after the orchestral repeat of the second theme. That said, throughout the evening Ms. Dedik’s scale mastery never left her, and there were Romantic-era touches such as legato octaves that were shaped rather than rushed. She built the big climaxes late in the piece and heightened the drama before the terrifying ascending runs in the coda by taking two extra-long pauses. Repose among the carnage.

Muscular playing continued in the Op. 31 Chopin Scherzo, with the “call to battle” opening bars juxtaposing histrionic tension with a languorous approach in the quiet Trio. It was a brassy and exciting reading that featured brilliant finger technique and again brought a standing ovation.

Somehow among all the tempestuous music and brawny playing Ms. Dedik chose a slow expressive Chopin Waltz, the A Minor of Op. 34, and she played the cello-like themes with chaste phrasing and amorous attention to the subtle alterations of rhythms.

Events Calendar

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Sonoma County Philharmonic
Saturday, September 22, 2018
7:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa and Gabriel Sakakeeny, conductors. Sophia Santulli, mezzo-soprano. California Redwoo
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70; Henri Tomasi: Fanfares Liturgiques; G. Sakakeeny: The Lion and the Rose Adults: $15 at the door; Students under 18 free...
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Concerts Grand House Recitals
Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Judy Walker, pianist
Scarlatti: two Sonatas (TBA); Beethoven: Sonata in E Flat, Op. 81a ("Les Adieux"); Schumann: Faschingschwank Aus Wien, Op. 26; other works TBA Recital Sold Out...
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Sonoma County Philharmonic
Sunday, September 23, 2018
2:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa and Gabriel Sakakeeny, conductors. Sophia Santulli, mezzo-soprano; California Redwood
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70; G. Sakakeeny: The Lion and the Rose; Henri Tomasi: Fanfares Liturgiques Adults $15 at the door; Students under 18 free...
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Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:30 PM - Rohnert Park
Alexander Kahn, conductor. Spencer Causey and J. J. Mayer, horn; Aaron Westman and Tanya Tomkins, c
Mozart: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Flat, K. 254; Telemann: Concerto Grosso for Two Horns; Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 8; Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K 504 ("Prague") Admission is $8...
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Brentano String Quartet
Sunday, September 30, 2018
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello
Dvorák: Miniature; Bartok: String Quartet No. 2; Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44, No. 3...
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Lake County Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, September 30, 2018
2:00 PM - Lakeport
John Parkinson, conductor. Tom Aiken, harpsichord; Beth Aiken, oboe; David Garlick and Gail Sharpst
Vivaldi: Concerto for two mandolins; Bach: harpsichord concerto; Albinoni: Oboe Concerto. Additional music TBA Open Seating; $10.00 - Adults; Under 18 free No LCSA member discount, and this concer...
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Echo Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, September 30, 2018
7:30 PM - San Anselmo
Daniel Canosa, Conductor. Dan Ferreira, Clarinet
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter"): Weber: Concertino in E flat Major; Respighi: Botticelli Triptych ...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Saturday, October 06, 2018
8:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor. Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Zwilich: Celebration for Orchestra; Brahms: Violin Concerto in D. Op. 61; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67; Paul Dooley: Sonoma Strong...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Sunday, October 07, 2018
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor; Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Beethoven: Symphony in C Minor, Op. 67; Zwilich: Celebration for Orchestra; Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61...
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Opus Chamber Music Series
Sunday, October 07, 2018
3:00 PM - Mendocino
Cassatt String Quartet. Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshower, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth A
Program: TBA...
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