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PERFORMER AS PROMOTER: CLARA SCHUMANN AND MUSICAL SALONS CLOSE VOM FESTIVAL
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Sunday, July 28, 2019
The July 28 closing performance of the Valley of the Moon Chamber Music Festival could have been subtitled "Friends", as it was devoted to works by both Clara and Robert Schumann, and those of their friends and protégés Brahms and virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim, with whom Clara toured extensively...
Chamber
ROMANTIC CHAMBER WORKS HIGHLIGHT VOM FESTIVAL AT HANNA CENTER
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Now in its 5th season the Valley of the Moon Chamber Music Festival presented July 27 a concert titled “My Brilliant Sister,” featuring Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s compositions for combinations of voice, fortepiano and strings. Fanny and her brother Felix were close, and Felix occasionally published ...
Symphony
ROMANTIC DREAMS AT THE MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL
by Kayleen Asbo
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Romanticism, contrary to many popular perceptions, wasn’t simply about diving into the habitat of the heart. Romanticism began as a literary movement that elevated the power of nature as a transcendent force and sought with keen nostalgia to rediscover the wisdom of the past. The Romantics in both l...
Chamber
CHAUSSON CONCERTO SHINES IN A VISIONARY'S SALON
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Ernest Chausson’s four-movement Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet (1891) is neither concerto nor sonata nor symphony, but it somehow manages to be all three, especially when played with fire and conviction by an accomplished soloist. Those incendiary and emotional elements w...
Chamber
EUROPEAN SALON MUSIC CAPTIVATES AT VOM FESTIVAL CONCERT
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Two stunning programs of 19th and 20th century chamber music were presented on July 21 and 28 as part of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival at the Hanna Center in Sonoma. Festival founders and directors pianist Eric Zivian and cellist Tanya Tompkins were both on hand to contribute brilliantly at ...
Chamber
ECLECTIC INSTRUMENTAL COMBINATIONS IN VOM FESTIVAL CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Saturday, July 20, 2019
A Lovely summer afternoon in Sonoma Valley, an excellent small concert hall, enthusiastic audience, exciting musicians and creative programming with interesting story lines. All these were combined July 20 at a Valley of the Moon Festival concert titled “An Italian in Paris.” This is the fifth seaso...
Opera
'ELIXIR' A WELCOME TONIC IN SPRIGHTLY ANNUAL MMF OPERA
by Terry McNeill
Friday, July 19, 2019
In most of the Mendocino Music Festival’s 33 seasons a single evening is given over to a staged opera, with bare bones sets, lighting, costumes, minimal cast and short length. No Wagner or Verdi here, no multiple acts and complicated production demands. Light and frothy are the usual, and so it wa...
Recital
PUNGENT WALTZES AND VIRTUOSITY IN LADEUR'S SLV RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
San Francisco based pianist Jeffrey LaDeur has become one of the most sought-after North Bay virtuosi, and cemented that reputation July 17 in a short but eclectic recital in Santa Rosa’s Spring Lake Village Chamber Music Series. Before 140 in the Village’s auditorium Mr. LaDeur began with Schubert...
Choral and Vocal
NOBLE BRAHMS REQUIEM PERFORMANCE CLOSES SONOMA BACH'S SEASON
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, June 01, 2019
Sonoma Bach, conducted by Robert Worth, presented a truly grand finale to their 2018-19 "Light Out of Darkness" season in two sold out Schroeder Hall performances June 1 and 2. The program "A Human Requiem" was received rapturously with a well-deserved standing ovation for the main work, Brahms' ...
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THREE SONG CYCLES HIGHLIGHT VIBRANT SLV RECITAL
by Pamela Hicks-Gailey
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
An ambitious recital of vocal and piano music was presented May 8 at Santa Rosa’s Spring Lake Village by mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur. The duo engaged the enthusiastic audience with scholarly friendliness and artistry in performances of Beethoven's short cycle of six song...
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.