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SO CO PHIL BON VOYAGE CONCERT AN ODYSSEY OF CONTRASTING SOUND
by Terry McNeill
Friday, June 15, 2018
In a splashy bon voyage concert June 15 the Sonoma County Philharmonic Orchestra launched its June 17-25 Costa Rica tour, performing gratis in Santa Rosa’s Jackson Theater the repertoire for tour concerts in San José, Costa Rica’s capital, and in surrounding towns. Conductor Norman Gamboa pr...
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COMMANDING CHOPIN AND DEBUSSY IN SLV RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Concerts at the classy Spring Lake Village Retirement Home in Santa Rosa have admission limited to residents and a few guests, but the chance to hear a first cabin North Bay pianist June 6 brought a Classical Sonoma reviewer into the audience of 100. The crowd numbers were unusually low due to a ba...
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MUSICAL ALCHEMY INSIDE A HIDDEN GEM
by Kayleen Asbo
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is a hidden gem of Sonoma County, a gracious building that is one of Sonoma County’s loveliest venues for chamber music concerts, with a fine period piano particularly suited to Romantic music.  Of the surprisingly large array of festivities there, one of t...
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FINAL VOM MUSICIANS CONCERT IN SCHROEDER A SCHUBERT DELIGHT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, May 12, 2018
It's rare to have the opportunity to compare in a short period two performances of the same major Schubert work, in this case the great B Flat Piano Trio, D. 898. The chance came May 12 when the Valley of the Moon Festival musicians played it in Schroeder, just over a month since the Hall’s residen...
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FERRANDIS BIDS ADIEU WITH MAHLER’S FINAL SYMPHONY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Sonoma State students in graduation robes posed for pictures and hugged each other at the university’s stone gates on Sunday afternoon, mirroring the prolonged farewells within the university’s Green Music Center, where Bruno Ferrandis bid adieu to the Santa Rosa Symphony after a dozen years at the ...
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SONIC SPLENDOR AT MARIN SYMPHONY SEASON FINALE
by Abby Wasserman
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
The Marin Symphony Orchestra ended the current season with a flourish, interpreting big and small works by Richard Strauss and Stravinsky. Strauss and Stravinsky were contemporaries for 40 years, but inhabited different worlds. Both composers were affected by cataclysmic changes and war, and musical...
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ORGAN SYMPHONY IN SSU ORCHESTRA CONCERT IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Though Classical Sonoma seldom reviews student concerts, as ample North Coast concerts keep the staff of 11 reviewers busy. But the chance to hear the Sonoma State University Orchestra tackle St. Saëns’ majestic Organ Symphony April 29 was a rare opportunity and not easily to be missed. Avec l’...
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HEAVENLY SCHUBERT AND DEMONIC CHOPIN
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, April 21, 2018
One of the anomalies in the long ago “Golden Era” of romantic pianism (about 1905 to 1940) is that the virtuoso giants of the time didn’t play Schubert. It took the German pianist Artur Schnabel to bring the beauties of Schuber’s work to the public’s attention, and now they seem to be on almost ever...
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SPLENDID JUPITER AND ZOOMING CONCERTO AT VALLEJO SYMPHONY SEASON FINALE
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Over the past two years the Vallejo Symphony has made big changes, moving from a stark middle school auditorium to the snazzy remodeled 1911-era downtown Empress Theater, and engaging Marc Taddei as its seventh conductor. April 15 was the season’s final concert of the 86th season. In a programmin...
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VIRTUOSO CELLO AND GUITAR TRANSCRIPTIONS AT RAC SEBASTOPOL CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Listeners and yes even music critics usually prepare for a concert with research, checking recorded performances, looking at artist biographies and even reviewing sheet music. This was a difficult task for the April 14 Redwood Arts Council concert in Sebastopol’s Community Church, as the performers...
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Sonoma State University Department of Music / Sunday, August 24, 2014
Eugenia Wie and Joseph Edelberg, violin; Judyaba, cello; Kathleen Reynolds, flute; Eric Caballo, guitar; Marilyn Thompson, piano

Violinist Eugenia Wie

FACULTY AND COMMUNITY MUSICIANS JOIN IN SCHROEDER CELEBRATION

by Terry McNeill
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Though many of the inaugural Schroeder Hall concerts had larger audiences than the Aug. 24 faculty and community musician event, few of them had such lovely music on display.

Some of the best were first, with ravishing music from SSU guitarist Eric Cabalo and Santa Rosa Symphony violinist Eugenie Wie. This fetching duo played Piazzolla’s “Historie du Tango” with bandoneon concertina effects and rich sonority. Ms. Wie played with minimal vibrato, and Mr. Cabalo exhibited subtle control of pianissimo and elegant phrasing. Stefane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt could not have played Piazzolla’s delicious piece with more charm.

Joining Mr. Cabalo in his own “Event Horizon” were his guitar students Kenny Campbell, Brandyn Klinect and Cody Martin. The composer described the work as having an astrophysical character with Lydian key instability. The work was never dissonant, and it had a repetitive and minimalist design and some snappy hand slaps on the guitar body. It was a novel and accomplished piece for guitar quartet, astutely played.

Brahms’ opening Allergo Moderato from the C Minor Piano Trio, Op. 87, was played by SSU faculty pianist Marilyn Thompson and cellist Judiyaba, along with Santa Rosa Symphony violinist Joseph Edelberg. It was a brawny reading, emphasizing the two string parts' alternating vigorous chords with the piano. I wanted to hear the concluding two movements of a composition best heard on a cold winter’s evening.

Two short guitar works with new performers Henry Alonzo and Patricia Castaneda came before a beguiling Jean-Michel Damase concert sonata for flute, cello and piano. Symphony flutist Kathleen Lane Reynolds played the work with an easy virtuosity, carrying the thematic weight away from Ms. Judiyaba and Ms. Thompson.

This happy concert sonata from 1952 has strains of the palm court and the café, the many sprightly sections demanding a deft touch from each performer. Ms. Judiyaba was perhaps too differential playing the bass line, but Ms. Thompson was as always a sure-footed and consummate pianist. The rapid movement toward the end of the sonata spotlighted Ms. Reynolds’ masterful command of tonal colors and animated rhythms. Her flute playing in symphonic or chamber music is always vivacious and prismatic.

Though not a full house, the Schroeder audience gave loud applause to these shapely and accomplished performances.