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CONTRASTS GALORE AT THE VIANO'S CONCERT AT THE 222
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 11, 2022
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DRAMATIC SHOSTAKOVICH SONATA HIGHLIGHTS BOSCO-GABRIELSON CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, October 9, 2022
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STUNNING ALL-BACH CONCERT AT MILL VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, October 2, 2022
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DRAMATIC CELLO LYRICISM IN RECITAL AT THE 222
by Terry McNeill
Friday, September 23, 2022
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SAXOPHONE VIRTUOSITY IN SCHROEDER HALL RECITAL
by Nick Xenelis
Thursday, September 22, 2022
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SURPRISING IVES TRIO AND SONGS AT VMMF'S HANNA CENTER
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 24, 2022
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SEMINAL SCHUBERT CYCLE PERFORMANCE FROM STEGALL-ZIVIAN AT VMMF
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, July 23, 2022
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MOZART AND BRAHMS AN AUSPICIOUS COUPLE AT VMMF FESTIVAL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 17, 2022
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CLARINIST HOEPRICH'S VIRTUOSITY IN VMMF OPENING CONCERT
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, July 16, 2022
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BRAHMS-ERA TRIOS HIGHLIGHT OAKMONT CHAMBER CONCERT
by Nicholas Xelenis
Thursday, May 5, 2022

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11/11/2022 - CONTRASTS GALORE AT THE VIANO'S CONCERT AT THE 222 - Terry McNeill
Viano String Quartet / Viano SQ
Continuing a splendid series of downtown Friday evening concerts, Healdsburg’s 222 Art Gallery and Performance Venue presented the Viano String Quartet on Armistice Day in two widely contrasting works. Contrasts indeed, as Haydn’s G Major Quartet, Op.76, No. 1, fits the Viano like an old shoe, the ...
10/9/2022 - DRAMATIC SHOSTAKOVICH SONATA HIGHLIGHTS BOSCO-GABRIELSON CONCERT - Terry McNeill
Occidental Center for the Arts / Carol Anne Bosco, cello; Abby Gabrielson, piano
Redwood Arts Council’s long running concert series opened its new season Oct. 9 with a beguiling concert of music for cello and piano in the Occidental Center for the Performing Arts. After considerable audience education talk from the stage, Washington D. C.-based cellist Carol Ann Bosco joined S...
10/2/2022 - STUNNING ALL-BACH CONCERT AT MILL VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY - Abby Wasserman
Chamber Music Marin / Yuko Tanaka and Janine Johnson, harpsichord; string players from the Philharmonic Baroque and other ensembles
Chamber Music Marin, formerly Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, inaugurated their 50th season October 2 with a stunning concert of Bach harpsichord concertos. A stellar ensemble of musicians including Janine Johnson and Yuko Tanaka, harpsichords; Kati Kyme and Elizabeth Blumenstock, violins; violi...
9/23/2022 - DRAMATIC CELLO LYRICISM IN RECITAL AT THE 222 - Terry McNeill
The 222 / Thomas Mesa, cello; Ilya Yakushev, piano
For classical music events at the newly-minted 222 Gallery off the Healdsburg Plaza are different. There is cabaret seating, artist rep Gary McLaughlin conducts extended pre-concert performer interviews from the stage, and before each programmed piece the performers frequently add to the verbiage
9/22/2022 - SAXOPHONE VIRTUOSITY IN SCHROEDER HALL RECITAL - Nick Xenelis
Andrew Harrison, Saxophone; Jason Lo, Piano /
“Acclaimed for his unique approach, virtuosic performances, and as a champion for both new and forgotten works, Indian-American Saxophonist Andrew Harrison has captured the hearts of audiences while introducing the world to important new instrumental voices.” These words could have expressed the de...
7/24/2022 - SURPRISING IVES TRIO AND SONGS AT VMMF'S HANNA CENTER - Terry McNeill
Valley of the Moon Music Festival / Tanya Tomkins, cello; Allegra Chapman, Eric Zivian, Audrey Vardanega, piano; Liana Bérubé and Rachell Ellen Wong, violin; Kyle Stegall, tenor
In a recent Valley of the Moon concert review comments were made about repertoire that reflected summer at a festival – lighter weight music, much informality. The July 24 concert in the Hanna Boys Center appeared on paper to have muscle, and featured the music of Ives. Remarkably, though the idio...
7/23/2022 - SEMINAL SCHUBERT CYCLE PERFORMANCE FROM STEGALL-ZIVIAN AT VMMF - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Valley of the Moon Music Festival / Kyle Stegall, tenor; Audrey Vardanega and Eric Zivian, piano; Tanya Tomkins, cello; violinist TBA
It was a much cooler concert July 23, starting the second weekend of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival's three-week run, and easier on the performers, audience and instruments alike. The afternoon opened with Beethoven's 1801 curtain-warmer 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" ("...
7/17/2022 - MOZART AND BRAHMS AN AUSPICIOUS COUPLE AT VMMF FESTIVAL - Terry McNeill
Valley of the Moon Music Festival / Eric Zivian, piano; Kyle Stegall, tenor; Lisa Lee, violin; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet
Is there such a thing as summer music? Something lighter than heard in the winter season, with much informality? The Valley of the Moon Chamber Music Festival specializes in this approach, and July 17 presented a concert in Sonoma Valley’s Hanna Center that even produced lightweight Brahms. Befor...
7/16/2022 - CLARINIST HOEPRICH'S VIRTUOSITY IN VMMF OPENING CONCERT - Pamela Hicks Gailey
Valley of the Moon Music Festival / Tanya Tomkins and Elisabeth Reed, cello; Erich Hoeprich, clarinet; Nikki Einfeld, soprano; Elizabeth Blumenfeld and Lisa Lee, violin; Eric Zivian, piano, and a pianist TBA; a violist TBA
Beautiful sounds filled the hot July 16 air at the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma Valley, as a nearly full crowd braved the late afternoon heat (95 in the shade) to enjoy some early Romantic Kammermusik and a glass of wine at an al fresco reception. The back wall doors of the hall were opened and bench...
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...
4/2/2022 - 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...
3/11/2022 - 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. ...
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...