The American Philharmonic Sonoma County, a community orchestra celebrating its 10th season, presented a “Quintessential Classics” program April 4 and 5 at the Wells Fargo Center. The event featured the concertmaster as conductor and its principal oboe as soloist.
Beginning with a lively reading of the overture to Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, conductor Evan Craves directed the whole program without a score. He has a terrific ability to introduce works verbally to the audience, showing ... more
The nineteenth season of the Oakmont Concert Series opened January 8 with a recital by violinist Kai Gleusteen and pianist Catherine Ordronneau in Berger Auditorium. The enticing program featured three lesser known works by three of classical music’s iconic composers: Brahms, Schubert and Faure. Sonoma County violin recitals have become rare occurrences so there was much to anticipate. The program and the performances did not disappoint.
Things got off to a brisk start with the Brahm... more
Violinist Axel Strauss brought four of his favorite chamber musician friends Dec. 11 to Oakmont’s Berger Auditorium in for the final concert of the 18th season. The program opened with Anton Arensky’s Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35, No. 2, for violin, viola and two cellos, and concluded with Franz Schubert‘s famous String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, for two violins, viola and two cellos. His colleagues for this concert were violinist Leonie Bot, violist Ben Simon and husband-and-wife cellists... more