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SOLO BRILLIANCE IN SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Opera
OPERA GEMS IN COZY SEBASTOPOL THEATER
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Friday, February 9, 2024
Choral and Vocal
LUSTROUS VOCAL SOUND AT KUZMA'S SCHROEDER RECITAL
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Sunday, February 4, 2024
Symphony
HAYDEN'S SAXOPHONE CONCERTO AT SO CO PHIL CONCERT
by Ron Teplitz
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Chamber
SPIRITUAL STRING MUSIC IN BLACK OAK ENSEMBLE'S MARIN CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Chamber
VIRTUOSIC HARP RECITAL AT SPRING LAKE VILLAGE SERIES
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Chamber
EMOTIONAL BLOCH PIECE HIGHLIGHTS PELED'S RAC RECITAL
by Peter Lert
Sunday, January 21, 2024
Chamber
OYSTER TRIO AT THE ROSE SIGNATURE SERIES
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, January 14, 2024
Chamber
CANTABILE CHARMS IN MIXED 222 GALLERY CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Choral and Vocal
A GRAND DIVA'S SHIMMERING AND PROVOCATIVE RECITAL IN WEILL HALL
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Thursday, January 11, 2024

Reviews

2/17/2024 - SOLO BRILLIANCE IN SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY CONCERT - Terry McNeill
Santa Rosa Symphony / Conductor Emeritus: Jeffrey Kahane, conductor, piano
In a program widely advertised as Kahane Returns, the former Santa Rosa Symphony conductor’s performance at the piano Feb. 17 was almost upstaged by a potent performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 and a sensuous small orchestra piece in its local premiere. If memory serves Mr. Kahane made his...
2/9/2024 - OPERA GEMS IN COZY SEBASTOPOL THEATER - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Music to My Ears / DeAnne Reeder, Jill Wagoner, Morgan Harrington and Jill Morgan Brenner, soprano; Mark Kratz, tenor; Patrice Kurdish and Christa Durand, mezzo soprano; Spencer Blank, piano
It was indeed a huge loss to the Sebastopol theatrical community when Main Stage West folded several years ago, not being able to survive the financial ravages of the COVID pandemic. Likewise, when a few years previously the beloved People’s Music closed its doors after decades of being the musical ...
2/4/2024 - LUSTROUS VOCAL SOUND AT KUZMA'S SCHROEDER RECITAL - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Green Music Center / Magdalena Kuzma, soprano. Marika Yasuda, piano
As the atmospheric river raged through California Feb.11, another flood was inundating Schroeder Hall, that of thrilling singing and piano playing, roaring out of the extraordinary young Polish American soprano Magdalena Kuźma and her equally gifted musical partner, pianist Marika Yasuda. These...
1/28/2024 - HAYDEN'S SAXOPHONE CONCERTO AT SO CO PHIL CONCERT - Ron Teplitz
Sonoma County Philharmonic / Norman Gamboa, conductor. Andrew Harrison, saxophone
The Sonoma County Philharmonic produced a great program with their usual passion and dedication Jan. 27 at the Jackson Theater on Sonoma Country Day’s campus. Titled “American Shades,” it consisted of works by 20th and current century American composers. Michael Daugherty’s Route 66 was a driving...
1/28/2024 - SPIRITUAL STRING MUSIC IN BLACK OAK ENSEMBLE'S MARIN CONCERT - Abby Wasserman
Chamber Music Marin / Black Oak Ensemble
Black Oak Ensemble’s Jan. 28 concert at Mill Valley’s Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church, one day after Yom Ha Shoah, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, included two works by Jewish composers who met death in Nazi concentration camps: Gideon Klein and Sándor Kuti. Presented by Chamber Music Ma...
1/24/2024 - VIRTUOSIC HARP RECITAL AT SPRING LAKE VILLAGE SERIES - Terry McNeill
Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series / Anna Maria Mendieta, harp
Not within memory has there been a formal North Coast harp recital, but Santa Rosa’s Spring Lake Village Concert Series produced one Jan. 24 with virtuoso harpist and consummate entertainer Anna Maria Mendieta. Before a full house Ms. Mendieta performed a catholic recital of works from mostly known...
1/21/2024 - EMOTIONAL BLOCH PIECE HIGHLIGHTS PELED'S RAC RECITAL - Peter Lert
Redwood Arts Council / Amit Peled, cello; Peter Miyamoto, piano
Heavy rain Jan. 21 did not deter a capacity audience from enjoying the excellent acoustics of the Sebastopol Community Church and a recital by Israeli American cellist Amit Peled, with pianist Peter Miyamoto. The recital’s theme was “American Landscapes,” and Mr. Peled is known for augmenting his r...
1/14/2024 - OYSTER TRIO AT THE ROSE SIGNATURE SERIES - Terry McNeill
Roses Signature Concert Series / The Oyster Trio. Jennifer Cho, violin; Judiyaba, cello; Marilyn Thompson, piano
There is surprisingly a new piano trio around, The Oyster, supplementing pianist Marilyn Thompson’s preeminent North Coast Trio Navarro. Wait, Ms. Thompson was also at the piano for the Oyster’s Jan. 14 concert in Santa Rosa’s Church of the Roses, playing two of her favorite Beethoven “Geister” and...
1/13/2024 - CANTABILE CHARMS IN MIXED 222 GALLERY CONCERT - Terry McNeill
Cantabile / Anna Combs-Johnson and Michelle Rivard, vocal; Joel Cohen, cello; Elena Casanova, piano
Healdsburg’s 222 Art Gallery has become one of the North Coast’s most busy concert venues, fielding a large menu of multi theme events, some with cabaret seating, and longtime area violinist Gary McLaughlin produces attractive sporadic classical music programs. Ukiah based vocal instrumental ensemb...
1/11/2024 - A GRAND DIVA'S SHIMMERING AND PROVOCATIVE RECITAL IN WEILL HALL - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Green Music Center / Renée Fleming, soprano. Gerald Martin Moore, piano
Celebrated American opera star Renée Fleming returned in recital at Weill Hall Jan. 11 with pianist Gerald Martin Moore. Their program featured 19th, 20th, and 21st century works under the thematic umbrella of the inspiration nature bestows upon all facets of human artistic endeavors, and the curren...