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Abby Wasserman

Bio: Music lover, classicalsonoma reviewer
Member Since: Saturday, January 12, 2019
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SPIRITUAL STRING MUSIC IN BLACK OAK ENSEMBLE'S MARIN CONCERT
Sunday, January 28, 2024
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 Marin, the concert also included works by other rarely heard 20th century composers.

The Black Oak three—Desirée Ruhstrat, David Cunliffe, and Aurélien Fort Pederzoli—related to the audience ho... more

SYMPHONY
SCHUBERT AND MENDELSSOHN BOUQUETS AT COLLEGE OF MARIN CONCERT
Saturday, December 9, 2023
The College of Marin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jim Stopher, presented a finely conceived concert of Mendelssohn and Schubert December 9 in the College’s James Dunn Theatre. The orchestra is a combination of COM students, high school students, and members of the Bay Area musical community.

Mendelssohn wrote his stand-alone Overture inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1826, when he was 22. Scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets,... more

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"BIRD" QUARTET AT THE ALEXANDER'S CHAMBER MUSIC MARIN CONCERT
Sunday, November 12, 2023
The Alexander Quartet, consisting of David Samuel, viola, Zakarias Grafilo and Yuna Lee, violin, and cellist Sandy Wilson, gave Chamber Music Marin’s audience a gift November 12 with a sweep of “Russian” quartets by Haydn, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Sponsored by Chamber Music Marin, the Bay Area ensemble performed with exquisite verve and nuance before a near-capacity audience in the Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church.

Haydn’s delightful String Quartet in C major, Op. 33, No. 3, opened t... more

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MARIN SYMPHONY'S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE DAZZLES IN NEW SEASON CONCERT
Saturday, November 11, 2023
In the second program of Marin Symphony’s new concert season, my fears that the orchestra would suffer from having no permanent conductor and no home (due to construction at the Marin Center Hall) were thoroughly allayed. I was captivated by every element, from the chamber-size ensemble of 40 featuring many of the orchestra’s first chairs to the artistry of guest conductor Edwin Outwater, and solo flutist Myung-Ju Yeo. Sound-wise, the College of Marin’s Theater Nov. 11 was an ideal setting for c... more

SYMPHONY
ODYSSEY IN THE SEARCH FOR YUNCHAN AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
The GPS at 6 p.m. August 1 predicted a half-hour to get to the Hollywood Bowl from Westwood, so we left the Japanese restaurant on Westwood Drive at 7:10 with a parking pass and e-tickets ready for the concert featuring conductor Shi-yeong Sung and soloist Yunchan Lim with the L.A. Philharmonic, something I’d been anticipating for two months.

Ten minutes later we were in the middle of a colossal go-slow, with traffic getting thicker every minute. I watched the GPS anxiously. Our arrival... more

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VOM PLAYERS STRIP DOWN A SYMPHONY
Saturday, July 15, 2023
From its beginning nine years ago, Valley of the Moon Music Festival has presented treasures from the Classical to early Romantic periods to educate and delight their audiences. Every year they bring together seasoned professionals and five talented apprentices specializing in performance on original instruments; in this July 15 concert, that meant gut strings on the violin, viola and cello, and a replica of a fortepiano from the early 18th century, the instrument Mozart knew.

The firs... more

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ECHO'S PROGRESSIVE MUSICAL FEAST
Saturday, June 17, 2023
A progressive dinner is where each course of a meal is served at a different venue—appetizers one place, entrée the next. A stroll allows time to relish each offering. So it was with ECHO Chamber Orchestra’s progressive “Musical Promenade” June 17. The appetizers (for horns, flutes, and clarinets) were offered in the inner courtyard of the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, and the orchestral entrées were presented in the spacious sanctuary.

The first appetizer was a B-Flat Horn... more

SYMPHONY
Alasdair Neale’s Jubilant Farewell to Marin Symphony
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Alasdair Neale’s final program as director of the Marin Symphony April 22, was, simply put, a triumph. Mr. Neale is leaving after 22 years for Paris and the next stage of his career, and he will be sorely missed.

It has been Mr. Neale’s practice to introduce from the stage Symphony programs, and this evening he announced the retirement of two members of the orchestra, cellist Erica Posner and clarinetist Larry Posner. Then he advised the audience to “strap yourselves in” for John Adams... more

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A JOURNEY THROUGH MUSICAL TIME
Sunday, April 2, 2023
The Telegraph Quartet, resident quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, created a “Journey for the String Quartet” for Chamber Music Marin April 2 that put the expressive versatility of the form on full display.

Compositions by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Gabriela Frank were played with much innovation, showcasing the sonic range of the string instruments whose wonderful components can produce a universe of sound effects. Grand imitators of nature, they can sound like wind or ra... more

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SAKURA AND THE MUSICAL ART OF ARRANGEMENT
Sunday, March 12, 2023
In Japanese, sakura means the five-petaled cherry blossom, and members of SAKURA Cello Quintet treated their Chamber Music Marin audience March 12 to a rare musical flowering. All but one of the eleven selections in the program were arrangements, not surprising because until SAKURA formed, finding original scores for an ensemble of five cellos was difficult.

Cellists Stella Cho, Michael Kaufman, Yoshika Masuda, Peter Myers and guest artist Nathan Chan, seated in a half-circle, ... more

SYMPHONY
MAGNIFIQUE MUSIQUE FRANÇAISE AT MARIN SYMPHONY
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Remarks from Conductor Alasdair Neale introduced Marin Symphony’s March 4 French-themed concert by extolling the “glittering orchestral colors” of Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps (Of a Morning in Spring), begun in 1917 as a duet for violin and piano and completed as an orchestral tone poem in 1918.

The younger sister of composer and Une Maîtresse Enseignante Nadia Boulanger, Lili was a prodigy nurtured by her musical family and their musician friends, who included Gabriel Faur... more

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A TRIO WITH BRIO AT CHAMBER MUSIC MARIN!
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Per Nørgård scored one of my favorite films, “Babette’s Feast,” but on Feb. 12 I got to know Nørgård better.

In a Chamber Music Marin concert the Trio con Brio Copenhagen played the Danish composer’s mesmerizing 1973 composition Spell, 18 minutes of an astral journey that could have been modeled on the interior of an atom as it was conceived by Nørgård’s countryman, the physicist Niels Bohr, one hundred years ago.

Spell, originally written for clarinet, piano and cello, was r... more

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ECHO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CREATES A BUZZ
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Composer Matthew Rupert’s Cicadas, Op. 7, opening ECHO Chamber Orchestra’s “The Creation of the World” February 4 program at San Anselmo’s First Presbyterian Church, started so modestly that many in the half-full audience were unaware the concert had begun.

It certainly did, with a swelling buzz, like a hundred undulating high tension wires, and rose in volume as percussionists Christian Foster Howes and Cassandra Firmin, and Mr. Rupert’s piano, joined the audio recording with marimba,... more

CHORAL AND VOCAL
BRAVURA BAROQUE BY THE ABS AT ST. STEPHENS IN TIBURON
Friday, February 3, 2023
American Bach Soloists, led by Jeffrey Thomas, performed six masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann on February 3 in Tiburon’s St. Stephen’s Church.

Opening the famed ensemble’s 34th subscription season, the program was generously conceived and beautifully executed, and required five different set changes, which was a good thing, because without some down time the musical fare would all have been too all rich. Clearly, Mr. Thomas picked some of his very favorite pieces, bravura work... more

CHORAL AND VOCAL
HALLELUJAH! MARIN ORATORIO IN HOLIDAY SPLENDOR CONCERT
Saturday, December 17, 2022
The James Dunn Theatre at the College of Marin rang with Christmas spirit Dec. 17 as the Marin Oratorio, directed by Paul Smith, performed Vivaldi’s Gloria and St. Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel, Op. 12. An audience of 260 mostly masked and vaxed attendees were also treated to an encore: the rousing Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah Oratorio.

Conducting from score, Mr. Smith, whose appreciation for his musicians and singers and infectious enthusiasm always communicates to the audience, ... more

SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRAL SPLENDOR IN MARIN SYMPHONY'S SEASON OPENER
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Jubilant fanfares uncorked and capped Marin Symphony’s October 15 concert, the first Masterworks program of conductor Alasdair Neale’s final season with the orchestra.

The first fanfare, just three minutes long but sonorous and impactful, was Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Part One, which took its inspiration and instrumentation from Copland’s 1942 Fanfare for the Common Man. The second fanfare was triumphantly woven into the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.
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STUNNING ALL-BACH CONCERT AT MILL VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Sunday, October 2, 2022
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; violist David Bowes; cellist David Morse and Farley Pearce, contrabass, performed five of Bach’s keyboard concertos. This was a reprise of a 2017 program at the Berkeley Early Music Festival with a... more

CHORAL AND VOCAL
NINE COM FACULTY IN GALA MARIN RECITAL
Saturday, October 1, 2022
The second of two performances by College of Marin’s music faculty members October 1, featured a satisfying balance of modern, folk and classical music, with a dose of poetry thrown in.

The concert in the College’s small hall opened with Cheryl Ziedrich’s charming “Five Poems by Mary Oliver in Piano Settings,” with Joe Paulino, voice, and Ms. Ziedrich at the piano. Mr. Paulino’s low, mellow readings and Ms. Ziedrich’s shining pianism were in dialogue, sometimes in excited conversation, ... more

RECITAL
HEROIC LIM PERFORMANCE AT STEINWAY SOCIETY RECITAL
Sunday, September 18, 2022
The audience in San Jose’s Montgomery Theater September 18 were clearly fans, for when 2022 Cliburn gold medalist Yunchan Lim walked on stage he was greeted with a roar of applause, cheers and whistles. But the moment he sat to play, the capacity crowd settled into profound quiet. During the long program of Brahms, Mendelssohn and Liszt, sponsored by the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, there were no audible coughs, no throat-clearing, no shuffling in seats, and no bursts of spontaneous applaus... more

OPERA
MARIN'S STRIPPED-DOWN OPERA CHARMS
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Stripped to the bone but rich with flavor, Contemporary Opera Marin’s program “It’s All About Mozart,” presented July 17 in the College of Marin’s James Dunn Theater, was positively alchemical. Two works for chamber opera ensemble were performed by four soloists, nine choristers and an orchestra of equal number on a bare stage with minimal lighting, few props, and costumes off the rack. That’s the pattern (along with free admission and parking) of many Contemporary Opera Marin productions, a no-... more

SYMPHONY
CLOUDS AND PASSION: MARIN SYMPHONY'S STELLAR CONCERT
Sunday, June 19, 2022
A wide contrast of era and mood characterized the first half of Marin Symphony’s stellar June 19 program in the Marin Center, opening with Jennifer Higdon’s transparent, cloud-light tone poem, blue cathedral, and ending with Stravinsky’s clashing, crashing Symphony in Three Movements.

Conductor Alasdair Neale’s introductory remarks alluded to this contrast, calling the Higdon “all soft focus” and the Stravinsky “a thrilling ride, angular and hard edges.” As sharp as the juxtaposition w... more

EXOTIC RUSSIAN MUSIC FEATURED IN MV PHIL CONCERT
Thursday, May 19, 2022
The Mill Valley Philharmonic, in its twenty-second year, continues to mature. Founded and nurtured by Laurie Cohen, the all-volunteer ensemble is thriving under the baton of Dana Sadava, Ms. Cohen’s successor. The orchestra performed two Russian masterworks May 14 - Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic Scheherazade from 1888.

As a young person recordings of these two masterworks wore deep grooves in my musical consciousness and their ric... more

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TANGO IMMERSION IN MILL VALLEY CONCERT
Sunday, March 27, 2022
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 Spain, the four players inspired collective euphoria. Chins bobbed and feet tapped. Whatever worries patrons brought with them to the Mt. Tamalpais Church were swept away by the beating pulse a... more

SYMPHONY
KALEIDOSCOPIC SAINT-SAENS AT MARIN SYMPHONY
Sunday, March 6, 2022
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 anthems are designed to stir the blood, and the Ukrainian anthem, in the context of the second tragic week of the Russian war on that nation, did just that.

Then came the maelstrom of immersi... more

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DYNAMIC TRIOS AT HORSZOWSKI MILL VALLEY CONCERT
Sunday, February 27, 2022
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 idea behind their program was to explore ethnic consciousness in piano trios that are underperformed and deserving of more exposure. Each trio was written when its composer was in their early 30s, wh... more

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THRILLING PIANO QUINTETS IN MILL VALLEY CHAMBER CONCERT
Sunday, November 14, 2021
The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society sprang back to life on November 14 when a stellar ensemble from the Manhattan Chamber Players, a New York-based collective, arrived to perform two piano quintets: Vaughn-Williams’ in C Minor (1903), little known and rarely performed; and Schubert’s in A Major D. 667 (the “Trout,” 1819) one of the most frequently performed works in the chamber repertoire.

This is the 49th season of the Society, and after the enforced hiatus due to the pandemic, outg... more

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SPARKLING WIND, STRING, HARP MUSIC AT DEVON HOUSE GARDEN CONCERT
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Take a mild autumn evening, a garden gazebo with patterned rugs and lit with soft bulbs, shake in a fine chamber ensemble, add a rising new moon, and you have a recipe for the musical delight that violist Elizabeth Prior presented Oct. 9 in her Devon House Garden Concert series.

The Marin Terra Linda program featured violinist Joseph Edelberg; Jesse Barrett, oboe; flutist Stacey Pelinka; Rebecca Roudman, cello; Ms. Prior and guest artist harpist Chloe Tula. All but Ms. Tula are Santa R... more

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ECHOS ON A WARM SUMMER NIGHT
Saturday, July 10, 2021
ECHO Chamber Orchestra’s first concert in a year and a half, “A Musical Promenade,” was a promenade indeed. When patrons arrived at San Anselmo’s First Presbyterian Church for the 6:00 performance July 10, they were funneled through the garden to the Duncan Hall patio, where folding chairs were set up helter-skelter for the first part of the program.

Knowing this would challenge some audience members, flutist Carol Adee, ECHO ebullient personnel manager, promised popsicles for all who ... more

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SPLENDID STRINGS IN A SUNLIT GARDEN
Sunday, November 1, 2020
A sun-drenched autumn afternoon, a Marin County garden and six superb string players from the Santa Rosa Symphony were manna from heaven to a pandemic-weary audience starved for live music.

The sextet of Santa Rosa Symphony musicians performed to a small group of 20 Nov. 1, the day after Halloween. Ghosts, pumpkins and clutches of bright fall leaves adorned SRS Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior’s San Rafael back yard. Since summer, she has hosted small open-air concerts, a rarity these ... more

SONGS AND ECHOES OF HOME IN AIZURI QUARTET CONCERT
Sunday, March 8, 2020
From the first richly layered harmonies of Dvořák’s Cypresses, the Aizuri Quartet held the March 8th audience at Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church in thrall. The church was more than half full, a good crowd considering present anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus. Taking precautions, the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society board encouraged the audience to spread out and suspended their practice of offering refreshments at intermission.

Dvořák first wrote Cypresses as a son... more

ECLECTIC VIOLIN AND PIANO WORKS IN VIRTUOSIC MILL VALLEY RECITAL
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Blending virtuosity with sublime artistry, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and pianist Wu Qian gave the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society audience many thrills February 23, performing four muscular and soulful works by four composers from four countries: de Falla, Schumann, Stravinsky, and Grieg. The clear, balanced acoustics of Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church were ideal for this intimate music.

Their program opened with de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas, written in 1914 fo... more

PREMIER OF KAIZEN AND DRAMATIC MOZART HIGHLIGHT ECHO CHAMBER CONCERT
Sunday, February 16, 2020
As concertgoers took their seats in San Anselmo’s First Presbyterian Church for ECHO Chamber Orchestra’s February 16 program, they were surprised to see at center stage two bass drums, a tom-tom, bongos, high hat and cymbals.

It was the occasion of the world premiere of "Kaizen," composed and performed by ECHO percussionists Christian Foster Howes and Alapaki Yee. Mr. Yee explained from the stage that "Kaizen" is a Japanese term “about the small, consistent changes we go through in our... more

CHALLENGING WORKS IN GOULD TRIO'S MILL VALLEY CHAMBER CONCERT
Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Gould Piano Trio, founded 28 years ago by violinist Lucy Gould, has been one of the UK’s most prestigious ensembles. Its January 26 performance in Mill Valley Chamber Music Society’s series demonstrated how richly they deserve that reputation. The concert, held at the Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church, featured three demanding works, all of which were stunningly performed.

Members of the Trio: Lucy Gould, violin; Benjamin Frith, piano; and cellist Richard Lester, with clarinetist Rober... more

SYMPHONY
MOZART MASTERWORK HIGHLIGHTS MARIN SYMPHONY CONCERT
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Excitement was palpable in the Marin Civic Center Auditorium Jan. 25 as the Marin Symphony in splendid full force took the stage for a richly textured Masterworks II program. Prevented from giving its first Masterworks offering by the wildfire-caused blackouts last October, the orchestra returned with great energy.

Missy Mazzoli’s “These Worlds in Us,” written 2006, a shining nine-minute tone poem scored for full orchestra plus two melodicas (related to the harmonica and accordion), op... more

SPIRITUAL LATE BEETHOVEN QUARTET HIGHLIGHTS MILL VALLEY CHAMBER CONCERT
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, called “unparalleled in its inexhaustibility” by critic Thomas May, is a daunting challenge. Orchestral in concept, filled with wit and charm, melancholy and fury, it almost overwhelms listeners. Playing the frenetic Scherzo, a violinist once commented, was “like galloping through hell.” But the piece is sublime, and the Telegraph Quartet, performing it Nov. 10 at Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church for the Mill Valley Chamber Music... more

ECHO OPENS NEW SEASON WITH PROVOCATIVE PROGRAMMING
Sunday, September 22, 2019
ECHO Chamber Orchestra’s season opening concert Sept. 22 featured an ambitious program of four works, ranging from 1815 to the very present. Performed in the graceful high-vaulted First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, the concert engaged rapt attention of the 70 attending. Conducted by Daniel Canosa, ECHO presents a single performance at each program and draws between 25 and 52 musicians from around the Bay Area, and the ensemble’s musical scope is far-reaching.

The evening began wi... more

MARIN SYMPHONY SEASON CLOSES WITH AUTUMNAL ELGAR AND THEATRICAL BEETHOVEN
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Mozart’s enchanting Overture to his opera The Magic Flute, a miniature tapestry of gems from the 1791 work, opened the Marin Symphony’s final concert of the 2018-2019 season. Under conductor Alasdair Neale, the playing of the sprightly seven-minute piece by a reduced-size classical ensemble sparkled like crystal.

It was Mozart’s practice to compose an overture after completing the respective opera score, so the piece contains intimations of all that is to come: evocation of earth and s... more

SHAHAM-EGUCHI DUO'S EXCITING MUSICAL GENEROSITY IN WEILL
Friday, April 26, 2019
Violinist Gil Shaham may be the most modest virtuoso on the concert stage today, and it is the great music he most wishes to put forward, never himself. Generosity, a quality he is known for, was abundantly clear in Weill Hall April 26 when he performed, with pianist Akira Eguchi, a generous program spanning four centuries of music.

The duo opened the program with Kreisler’s exhilarating Praeludium and Allegro. The piece, which Kreisler pretended for years was by the Baroque composer Ga... more

SHARED INSTRUMENTAL BEAUTY IN VIEAUX-MEYERS WEILL HALL CONCERT
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Exciting timbral sound and intricate counterpoint, made possible when two artists with complementary instruments play together, were richly explored by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and guitarist Jason Vieaux March 30 in Weill Hall. Whether in close harmony, or unison, or weaving separate melodies together, they shared exquisite music to an appreciative audience of 900.

One pleasure of hearing two master musicians is that there are seemingly few barriers to what they can do. The musical ... more

RARE MAHLER QUARTET AT MILL VALLEY CHAMBER CONCERT
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Piano quartets are relatively rare in the classical literature, and there are only about 40 compositions for the combination of piano, violin, viola and cello, mostly from the Romantic period of the mid to late 1800s. It therefore was special March 24 to hear three great works of this medium, performed by the Fauré Quartett from Germany in Mill Valley Chamber Music Society’s season closer at the Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church.

The Fauré (Dirk Mommertz, piano; Erika Geldsetzer, violin; S... more

INTRIGUING BELL-HAYWOOD RECITAL BEFORE FULL HOUSE IN WEILL HALL
Friday, February 8, 2019
A big portion of the capacity audience in Weill Hall February 8th came to hear violinist Joshua Bell’s virtuosity, and were treated as well to splendid playing from Sam Haywood, Mr. Bell’s regular pianist since 2010. The duo performed three engaging sonatas, highlighted by Mr. Bell’s sterling technique, precise intonation and powerful thematic projection. An easy rapport between the two was a joy to hear and observe.

Beethoven’s enigmatic fourth Sonata 4 in A minor, Op. 23, opened the ... more

ECLECTIC PASSIONATE PROGRAMMING AT MARIN SYMPHONY CONCERT
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The Marin Symphony’s second Masterworks concert of the 2018-19 season featured works by John Adams, Sibelius and Brahms, a masterful assembly. In a spoken introduction before the program’s first half, conductor Alasdair Neale primed the audience for the “terra incognita” of Adams’ The Chairman Dances and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7. The more familiar Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 occupied the entire second half, with soloist Orion Weiss.

The Chairman Dances was composed in the 1980s while A... more

KHOZYAINOV'S BRILLIANT PIANISM IN MILL VALLEY RECITAL
Sunday, January 13, 2019
In its third concert of the season the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society Jan. 13 presented Russian virtuoso Nikolay Khozyainov. His intelligent and sensitive interpretations, masterful pedal work, and virtuoso technique left the near-capacity audience in Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church astounded and gratified.

His program began tenderly with the opening bars of Chopin’s F Major Ballade No. 2, Op. 38, contrasting gentle passages with thunderous outbursts to evoke manifold emotions. Then h... more

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