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HEROIC LIM PERFORMANCE AT STEINWAY SOCIETY RECITAL
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Chamber
SURPRISING IVES TRIO AND SONGS AT VMMF'S HANNA CENTER
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Chamber
SEMINAL SCHUBERT CYCLE PERFORMANCE FROM STEGALL-ZIVIAN AT VMMF
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Opera
MARIN'S STRIPPED-DOWN OPERA CHARMS
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Chamber
MOZART AND BRAHMS AN AUSPICIOUS COUPLE AT VMMF FESTIVAL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Chamber
CLARINIST HOEPRICH'S VIRTUOSITY IN VMMF OPENING CONCERT
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Recital
AGGRESSIVE PIANISM IN MYER'S MENDO FESTIVAL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Opera
SONOROUS WAGNER GALA AND CAPACITY CROWD AT VALLEJO'S EMPRESS
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Choral and Vocal
TRAVELING CHORISTERS SO CO DEBUT IN TWO BIG CANTATAS
by Pamela Hicks Gailey
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Opera
VERDI'S THEATRICAL LA TRAVIATA TRIUMPHS AT CINNABAR
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, June 19, 2022
SYMPHONY REVIEW
Sonoma County Philharmonic / Sunday, October 3, 2021
Norman Gamboa, conductor

Norman Gamboa Conducts Oct. 3 in Windsor

MOVIE MUSIC ON THE WINDSOR GREEN IN SO CO PHIL SEASON OPENER

by Terry McNeill
Sunday, October 3, 2021

People approaching the Windsor Green bandstand Oct. 3 for the Sonoma County Philharmonic’s season opening concert had some cause for concern. After 18 months of silence would the all-volunteer orchestra have enough musicians for a big movie music program? After all, performers can move, retire, or bail from the arduous work that goes into playing with an orchestra.

Worries were unfounded, as conductor Norman Gamboa led a strong contingent of 47 players under a warm mid-day sun with 400 seemingly happy listeners enjoying picnics on the grass to compliment the semi-familiar music taken from recent movies.

Most of the performers were playing under popup tents, but the brass sections and Mr. Gamboa himself labored without cover, and even the solo harp had shade. Mr. Gamboa led an hour-long transversal of themes from movies such as Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and music that was unknown to me. I don’t think there was anything from Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

The impact of the often lively music was sharply reduced by the lack of amplification, as the Philharmonic was unable to access the Green’s sound system, the large elevated loudspeakers conspicuously in place for a later afternoon pop concert.

The season continues Nov. 13 and 14 in the Jackson Theater with Strauss, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Morgan Harrington is the soprano soloist in the Barber.