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UNEXPECTED ARENSKY AND MENDELSSOHN BY THE NAVARRO
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, February 17, 2019
The 100 people entering Schroeder Hall Feb. 17 for a Trio Navarro concert were handed a program that appeared to feature two popular piano trios, Mendelssohn and Arensky. But continuing the Navarro’s tradition of repertoire exploration, the pieces were not the usual first Mendelssohn and first Aren...
Symphony
MENDELSSOHN'S SCOTTISH SAVES THE EVENING IN SRS WEILL CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Monday, February 11, 2019
The audience entering Weill Hall for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts Feb. 9-11 were presented with a program that on first glance appeared a curious patchwork – a great symphony mixed with a seldom heard concerto and two disparate overtures, and a guest conductor unknown locally. Monday night’s concer...
Recital
INTRIGUING BELL-HAYWOOD RECITAL BEFORE FULL HOUSE IN WEILL HALL
by Abby Wasserman
Friday, February 08, 2019
A big portion of the capacity audience in Weill Hall February 8th came to hear violinist Joshua Bell’s virtuosity, and were treated as well to splendid playing from Sam Haywood, Mr. Bell’s regular pianist since 2010. The duo performed three engaging sonatas, highlighted by Mr. Bell’s sterling techn...
Symphony
TRIPLE PLAY UKIAH SYMPHONY CONCERT AND TCHAIKOVSKY SERENADE
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Over the years the Ukiah Symphony’s concerts have been in the Classical Sonoma Calendar sections, but rarely has this Orchestra, now in its 39th season, had a full winter season concert review. The provocative Jan. 27 program in Mendocino College’s Center Theater seemed a good reason to reacquaint ...
Symphony
JACKSON THEATER WELCOMES A NEW RESIDENT ORCHESTRA
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Moving to a permanent new performance venue can be a perilous undertaking for an orchestra, with different acoustics, the loyal audience finding the new spot and infrastructure challenges of lighting and lobby and backstage operations. In their first concert Jan. 26 in Windsor’s Jackson Theater the...
Symphony
ECLECTIC PASSIONATE PROGRAMMING AT MARIN SYMPHONY CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The Marin Symphony’s second Masterworks concert of the 2018-19 season featured works by John Adams, Sibelius and Brahms, a masterful assembly. In a spoken introduction before the program’s first half, conductor Alasdair Neale primed the audience for the “terra incognita” of Adams’ The Chairman Dance...
Symphony
A SLICE OF HEAVEN FROM THE SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Under its vibrant new music director, Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Santa Rosa Symphony this past Sunday offered a nearly perfect afternoon of Mozart (Symphony No. 40) and Mahler (Symphony No. 4). While the two works share a common digit, the only element uniting them is genius. They made for a dazzlin...
Recital
KHOZYAINOV'S BRILLIANT PIANISM IN MILL VALLEY RECITAL
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, January 13, 2019
In its third concert of the season the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society Jan. 13 presented Russian virtuoso Nikolay Khozyainov. His intelligent and sensitive interpretations, masterful pedal work, and virtuoso technique left the near-capacity audience in Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church astounded and ...
Chamber
A COMPLETE MUSICAL PACKAGE IN ARRON'S OAKMONT RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Cellist Edward Arron has been a welcome artist at the Music at Oakmont series, and after his Jan. 10 recital it’s easy to understand his popularity. His artistry is a complete package, with potent instrumental technique wedded to integral musical conceptions. In a nearly flawless concert with pian...
Choral and Vocal
COMPELLING WEILL HALL MESSIAH ORATORIO FROM THE ABS
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Each holiday season when a Classical Sonoma reviewer is assigned to cover a concert with Handel’s seminal Oratorio The Messiah, the question arises about what new commentary can possibly apply to the often performed choral work. Well, if it’s the American Bach Soloists performing the piece, written...
SYMPHONY REVIEW
Marin Symphony / Sunday, October 05, 2008
Tango with Quartet San Francisco
Alasdair Neale, conductor
Quartet San Francisco
with cameo tango performance by Sandor & Parissa

Quartet San Francisco

MARIN SYMPHONY BEGINS SEASON WITH LATIN FLAIR

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

A new 2008-2009 season for the Marin Symphony began Oct. 5 in a varied program dedicated to the connection between classical music and dance. The year’s theme is Wind Beneath The Wings, and in the opener Alasdair Neale conducted an upbeat, if not unique, set of works with Latin themes.

The first half contained Rimsky-Korsakov’s lively Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34, followed by Ravel’s Bolero. Both composers are known for their brilliant orchestrations, and the Marin musicians were in fine form. The Rimsky work, based on Spanish folk tunes and in five movements (without pause), was perhaps overshadowed by an amazing Bolero performance. The brass, percussion and woodwind sections were extraordinary. The long and gradual crescendo towards the end of the Ravel was carefully controlled by Mr. Neale, an object lesson in instrumental color, sonority and exact rhythm. The capacity audience in the Marin Center responded with a standing ovation. Just the ticket for the season’s first concert.

The last half of the concert spotlighted the appearance of Quartet San Francisco, consisting of leader/composer Jeremy Cohen and Kayo Miki, violins; Keith Lawrence, viola; and Joel Cohen, cello. Recent winners in a New York Latin music competition, this group performed a collection of dance compositions by Augustin Bardi, Matos Geraldo Rodriquez, Astor Piazzola and Jeremy Cohen. These lyrical and syncopated rhythmic pieces also featured the tango dances of Sandor and Parissa. Seth Asarnow accompanied the group on the bandoneon, an instrument closely associated with the tango. Rodriquez’ familiar La Cumparista was beguiling, made more so by the Sandor and Parissa’ scorching of the stage with their powerful dance steps.

The balanced program was an auspicious beginning to the new season, juxtaposing the familiar orchestra works with the entrancing tango sorcery and novel Latin music.