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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...
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...
Opera
PURCELL'S DIDO IN YOUTHFUL SSU OPERA
by Abby Wasserman
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
A doomed royal love affair, the theme of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, was brought to lovely life at Sonoma State University Dec. 5 in the school’s Schroeder Hall. Conducted by faculty member Zachary Gordin, who also played continuo, the performance was only the second opera production presented by the...
Symphony
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY HERALDS THE HOLIDAYS
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, December 02, 2018
Antlers are typical headgear during the holiday season, but the ushers and one bassist at the Santa Rosa Symphony concert on Dec. 2 sported apples atop their heads. The red fruits were festive but perplexing until the orchestra began Rossini’s “William Tell” overture, at which point even the dull-wi...
Symphony
A HERO'S ODYSSEY IN SO CO PHIL CONCERT
by Art Hofmann
Sunday, November 18, 2018
The audience at the Sonoma County Philharmonic’s Nov. 18 concert was warned at the outset that the old Santa Rosa High School auditorium boiler was turned off, and there was a steady eminently audible tone in the hall. Conductor Norman Gamboa said the tone was an A, a high one. But there it was, a...
Recital
MTA BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURES FAURE, DVORAK, JANACEK AND BARBER WORKS
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, November 11, 2018
In a splendid concert Nov. 11 the Music Teachers Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter, presented their sixth annual benefit concert before 40 avid listeners in the Santa Rosa home of Helen Howard and Robert Yeats. Highlights of the performances, involving eight musicians in various perf...
Recital
SERKIN'S SINGULAR MOZART AND BACH PLAYING IN WEILL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 09, 2018
Returning to Weill Hall following a fire-related recital cancellation in 2017, pianist Peter Serkin programmed just three works in his Nov. 7 concert, three masterworks that challenged both artist and audience alike. It needs to be said at the outset that Mr. Serkin takes a decidedly non-standard a...
Chamber
LUMINOUS FAURE TOPS LINCOLN TRIO'S SPRING LAKE VILLAGE CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Familiarity in chamber music often evokes warm appreciation, and it was thus Nov. 7 when the Chicago-based Lincoln Piano Trio made one of their many Sonoma County appearances, this time on the Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series. Regularly presented by local impresario Robert Hayden, the Lin...
Symphony
PEACE AND LOVE FROM THE SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Before the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Nov. 4 performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” Symphony CEO Alan Silow took a moment to acknowledge the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack and to observe that music offers a more peaceful and loving view of the world. Mr. ...
CHAMBER REVIEW
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.