SymphonySANTA ROSA SYMPHONY PREMIERES DAUGHERTY SKETCHES OF SONOMA COUNTY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, May 8, 2022
ChamberBRAHMS-ERA TRIOS HIGHLIGHT OAKMONT CHAMBER CONCERT
by Nicholas Xelenis
Thursday, May 5, 2022
ChamberCHAMBER GEMS OF BRAHMS IN TRIO NAVARRO'S SCHROEDER CONCERT
by Judy Walker
Sunday, May 1, 2022
RecitalUNIQUE ELEGANCE IN GALBRAITH GUITAR RECITAL
by Gary Digman
Friday, April 29, 2022
SymphonyVSO'S ELEGANT PASTORAL SYMPHONY SHINES IN EMPRESS RETURN
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Choral and VocalA SPIRITUAL FAURE REQUIEM IN GOOD FRIDAY CANTIAMO CONCERT
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Friday, April 15, 2022
SymphonyLUSH ORCHESTRA PLAYING IN SO CO PHIL-LLOYD MEMORIAL CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 3, 2022
ChamberDISPARATE TRIOS IN HOLLYWOOD PIANO TRIO'S 222 CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, April 2, 2022
ChamberTANGO IMMERSION IN MILL VALLEY CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, March 27, 2022
RecitalALLURING GLASS WORKS IN WEILL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, March 25, 2022
5/8/2022 - SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY PREMIERES DAUGHERTY SKETCHES OF SONOMA COUNTY - Steve Osborn
Santa Rosa Symphony / Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
“The most sacred duty of audiences,” said Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong at their May 8 concert, “is to hear orchestral works for the first time.” The concert offered that duty in the form of a world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s “Valley of the Moon,” a programmatic work sketc...
5/5/2022 - BRAHMS-ERA TRIOS HIGHLIGHT OAKMONT CHAMBER CONCERT - Nicholas Xelenis
Music at Oakmont / Israeli Chamber Project. Tibi Cziger, clarinet; Michal Korman, cello; Assaff Weisman, piano
The Music at Oakmont concert May 5 in Berger Auditorium was attended with mostly masked patrons who were buzzing at the door and then made an effort to get close to the stage to hear the piano trio from the Israeli Chamber Music Project. Berger’s sonics were a bit of a challenge for the musicians w...
5/1/2022 - CHAMBER GEMS OF BRAHMS IN TRIO NAVARRO'S SCHROEDER CONCERT - Judy Walker
Sonoma State University Department of Music / Trio Navarro. Jill Rachuy Brindell, cello; Jenny Douglass, viola; Jeremy Constant, violin; William Klingerhoffer, horn; Marilyn Thompson, piano
The Navarro Trio, comprising regular members cellist Jill Brindel and pianist Marilyn Thompson, presented a concert May 1 in Schroeder Hall devoted to the music of Brahms, and were joined by violinist Jeremy Constant, William Klingerhoffer (horn) and violist Jenny Douglass. A small audience receive...
4/29/2022 - UNIQUE ELEGANCE IN GALBRAITH GUITAR RECITAL - Gary Digman
Paul Galbraith / Paul Galbraith, guitar
Paul Galbraith is a unique guitarist: his instrument is unique, his technique is unique, and his repertoire is unique. This was clearly evident in his Redwood Arts Council performance at Community Church of Sebastopol April 29. Mr. Galbraith’s guitar has eight strings, two more than the usual six, ...
4/24/2022 - VSO'S ELEGANT PASTORAL SYMPHONY SHINES IN EMPRESS RETURN - Terry McNeill
Vallejo Symphony / Marc Taddei, conductor. Jeffrey LaDeur, piano
After an extended COVID wait the Vallejo Symphony returned to the city’s Empress Auditorium April 23 and 24 with a program that easily proved the long layoff didn’t lesson the VSO’s legendary quality. The Sunday performance is reviewed here. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the seldom-hea...
4/15/2022 - A SPIRITUAL FAURE REQUIEM IN GOOD FRIDAY CANTIAMO CONCERT - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Cantiamo Sonoma / Cantiamo. Chancel Choir and chamber orchestra. Carol Menke, director. Claire Frydenlund, soprano; Gene Wright, baritone
A lovely and emotional rendering of Fauré's beloved Op. 48 Requiem was presented on Good Friday by Cantiamo Sonoma at Santa Rosa's Church of the Roses. The singers of Cantiamo were joined by members of the The Roses Chancel Choir and Chamber orchestra to create a powerful yet tender and memorable p...
4/3/2022 - LUSH ORCHESTRA PLAYING IN SO CO PHIL-LLOYD MEMORIAL CONCERT - Terry McNeill
Sonoma County Philharmonic / Norman Gamboa, conductor. Anthony Perry, English horn
Continuing into the post COVID era the Sonoma County Philharmonic played a set of sensual concerts April 2 and 3 in Santa Rosa’s Jackson Theater, rich in instrumental splendor. The Sunday afternoon concert, attended by 250 (all masked), is reviewed here. Anthony Perry’s laconic English horn solos ...
4/2/2022 - DISPARATE TRIOS IN HOLLYWOOD PIANO TRIO'S 222 CONCERT - Terry McNeill
The 222 / Hollywood Piano Trio. Inna Faliks, piano; Eric Byers, cello; Roberto Cani, violin
It’s often said that opposites attract, and the two piano trios performed April 2 did attract a full house at Healdsburg’s 222 Concert Series. And yes the Schumann D Minor (Op.63) and the Shostakovich E Minor (Op. 67), composed nearly a century apart, are pretty much antipodal. Played by the Holly...
3/27/2022 - TANGO IMMERSION IN MILL VALLEY CONCERT - Abby Wasserman
Quartet San Francisco / Jeremy Cohen and Joseph Christianson, violin; Chad Kaltinger, viola; Andrés Vera, cello
Quartet San Francisco, the eclectic and adventuresome Bay Area chamber ensemble, knocked the socks off its March 27 Mill Valley Chamber Music Society audience with their program of Latin and Tango music. From the heated opening bars of Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango through Chick Corea’s ebullient S...
3/25/2022 - ALLURING GLASS WORKS IN WEILL RECITAL - Terry McNeill
Green Music Center / Matt Haimovitz, cello; Simone Dinnerstein, piano
On paper Matt Haimovitz’s cello recital in Weill Hall March 25 appeared a bit routine– two Beethoven Sonatas, part of a Bach Suite and a Sonata, and perhaps a newly commissioned work and an encore. All of it happened, but the inclusion of virtuoso pianist Simone Dinnerstein turned the recital menu ...
3/21/2022 - LOVE AND DEATH CLOAKED IN BLISSFUL MELODY - Steve Osborn
The March 20 Santa Rosa Symphony concert featured unexpected music from Ukraine, a composition without a conductor, a ballet based on a movie, and a symphonic sound that inspired countless movie composers. The concert was the first installment in a four-year series, titled “Rachmaninoff & the Hollyw...
3/20/2022 - SONOMA BACH'S PALESTRINA FEAST AT ST. SERAPHIMS - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Sonoma Bach / Bob Worth, conductor
For its Sacred Realms concert Très Riches Heures (The Very Rich Hours) Sonoma Bach presented March 20 an all-Palestrina feast performed by Green Mountain Consort in Santa Rosa's St. Seraphim Orthodox Church. This mighty, one-to-a-part mini-ensemble of top-notch vocalists was directed by Rober...
3/11/2022 - STERLING PELED-POLERA SHOSTAKOVICH IN REDWOOD ARTS RECITAL - Terry McNeill
Redwood Arts Council / Amit Peled, cello; Noreen Polera, piano
Following an Omicron hiatus, live music returned March 11 when the Redwood Arts Council in its 42nd season presented Amit Peled’s cello recital in Occidental’s Performing Arts Center. Mr. Peled’s artistry has been heard often at the RAC, and uniquely the same program was performed at 2 and 7 p.m. ...
3/10/2022 - FORGOTTEN BACH SHINES IN YARDEN'S OAKMONT RECITAL - Terry McNeill
Music at Oakmont / Einav Yarden, piano
Berlin-based virtuoso pianist Einav Yarden brought an unfamiliar Bach program to her March 10 Music at Oakmont recital, her fourth appearance on the series, before a nearly capacity crowd in Berger Auditorium. Bach unfamiliar? Well yes it was, as in addition to Johan Sebastian the artist performed...
3/6/2022 - KALEIDOSCOPIC SAINT-SAENS AT MARIN SYMPHONY - Abby Wasserman
Marin Symphony / Alasdair Neale, conductor Vadim Gluzman, violin
Before launching into the long-delayed, long-anticipated Masterworks III Marin Symphony program March 6, Conductor Alasdair Neale announced that in solidarity, the orchestra would play the Ukrainian National Anthem. Without being prompted to do so, the audience of 1200 sprang to its feet. National a...
3/3/2022 - VENERABLE GALLIC MUSIC EXQUISITELY PLAYED IN WEILL - Terry McNeill
Green Music Center / Le Concert des Nations. Jordi Savall, director
An entire concert of mostly 16th and 17th century music in a large hall might be considered an acquired taste, but this reviewer had that taste, as presumably an audience of 400 did in Weill Hall March 3 for Jordi Savall’s Le Concert des Nations ensemble. Moving smoothly without intermission throug...
2/27/2022 - DYNAMIC TRIOS AT HORSZOWSKI MILL VALLEY CONCERT - Abby Wasserman
Horzowski Trio / Jesse Mills, violin; Ole Akahoshi, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano
The Horszowski Trio brought the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society’s near-capacity audience to its feet Feb. 27 with sensitive and beautifully balanced ensemble playing. The music performed, piano trios by Smetana, Rebecca Clarke, and Arno Babadjanian, span 100 years and three cultures. The governing...
2/13/2022 - SR SYMPHONY CHOOSES HARMONY OVER FOOTBALL - Steve Osborn
Santa Rosa Symphony / Aram Demirjian, conductor. Michelle Cann, piano
In his introduction to the Super Bowl Sunday concert by the Santa Rosa Symphony, guest conductor Aram Demirjian remarked, “We’re so glad you’ve chosen harmony over football.” He may have meant harmony in the literal sense, but his comment also evoked the idea of harmony between people rather than th...
1/23/2022 - DYNAMIC PIANISM IN YAKUSHEV MARIN RECITAL - Terry McNeill
Mill Valley Chamber Music Society / Ilya Yakushev, piano
Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev arrived Jan. 23 at his Mill Valley Chamber Music Society recital with the repute of playing loud and fast and delivering charming introductory musical remarks to his audience. He was true to form in Mill Valley’s Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church, preceding Haydn’s sple...
1/9/2022 - THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Steve Osborn
Santa Rosa Symphony / Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor. Olga Kern, piano
The Jan. 9 Santa Rosa Symphony concert was supposed to feature the world premiere of Gabriella Smith’s first symphony, but it ended up featuring another type of premiere: a concert that was conceived, rehearsed and performed in less than eight hours. Symphony staff learned on Sunday morning that so...