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PIANISM OF SUBSTANCE AND CONTROL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Israeli pianist Einav Yarden has had several past Sonoma County appearances, but her Oct. 16 Music at Oakmont recital exhibited a new and attractive level of resolute programming, instrumental mastery and impressive musicianship. She played three substantial works, including the opening Second Engl...
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LATE-INNING HEROICS
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Much like a home baseball team that scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, the Santa Rosa Symphony saved the best for last in its Sunday afternoon concert on Oct. 12. They led off with a tentative but ultimately captivating reading of Richard Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks,...
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MAGICAL GUITAR MASTERY IN KANENGISER'S SCHROEDER RECITAL
by Chloe Tucker
Friday, October 10, 2014
William Kanengiser is known to many in the classical guitar world as one of today’s most virtuosic players, and his recital October 10 in Sonoma State’s new Schroeder Hall was a fine testimony to his stellar reputation. Mr. Kanengiser took the stage with all the charming felicity of a player who si...
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PROPULSIVE BERLIOZ AND CONSUMMATE CONDUCTOR STAR AT MARIN SYMPHONY
by Terry McNeill
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
It’s not an easy task to upstage the virtuoso cellist Zuill Bailey, but Marin Symphony conductor Alasdair Neale did it convincingly in a Sept. 30 concert at the Marin Center Auditorium. Mr. Bailey didn’t easily relinquish the starring role and played an eloquent and urbane performance in St. Saëns’...
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INTOXICATING ORCHESTRAL SONORITIES
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, September 28, 2014
For the first Sunday afternoon concert of their 16th season, on Sept. 28, the Sonoma County Philharmonic presented an all-Russian program that spotlighted intoxicating orchestral sonorities and heroic conducting from Norman Gamboa. He opened with a stunning performance of Kabalevsky's snappy overtur...
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THE BALLADE OF JUHO POHJONEN
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Planning a piano program around a single theme or name can be tricky because cutesy connections can easily displace artistic merit. Fortunately, Juho Pohjonen's Sept. 14 recital in the inaugural "Sundays at Schroeder" concert was a textbook example of a successful theme--ballades--supported by wonde...
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POTENT STUDENT WORKS IN ARIADNE TRIO CONCERT
by Nicki Bell
Sunday, August 24, 2014
On a lovely August 24 afternoon the Trio Ariadne played the seventh of ten concerts inaugurating the opening of SSU’s Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center. It was part of a celebratory splash to introduce the music community to this little jewel of a hall, the 250-seat capacity and acoustics pe...
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ACOUSTIC CLARITY AT LAST
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, August 24, 2014
After years of chamber music frustration in Sonoma State University's Ives and Weill halls, the Trio Navarro basked in acoustical clarity Aug. 24 at their debut concert in the university's new Schroeder Hall. The acoustics in Weill before small audiences, and with lush romantic chamber music, made ...
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FACULTY AND COMMUNITY MUSICIANS JOIN IN SCHROEDER CELEBRATION
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Though many of the inaugural Schroeder Hall concerts had larger audiences than the Aug. 24 faculty and community musician event, few of them had such lovely music on display. Some of the best were first, with ravishing music from SSU guitarist Eric Cabalo and Santa Rosa Symphony violinist Eugenie W...
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VOCAL PYROTECHNICS LIGHT UP SCHROEDER HALL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, August 24, 2014
What could end a wildly successful 10-concert inaugural weekend in SSU’s new Schroeder Hall? A resounding concert of manifold brass, organ and voice that turned out by a wide margin to be the overall audience favorite. The long Sunday evening event put on display every piece of Schroeder’s vaunted...
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CHAMBER REVIEW
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center / Saturday, October 18, 2014
Musicians TBA

The Society Players After the Brahms Quintet in Weill Hall (N. Bell Photo)

AUTUMNAL BRAHMS IN WEILL CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

by Nicki Bell and Sonia Tubridy
Saturday, October 18, 2014

If you were in Weill Oct. 18 you might have experienced heaven, a Brahms heaven, when New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center played an all-Brahms concert in the Hall’s MasterCard Performance series.

It was late Brahms which means rich emotional expression and deep and fluid themes. The clear connection between five musicians and five introspective compositions gave this familiar music a freshness that seemingly left the audience of 800 deeply moved.

Opening the concert was the A Minor Trio, Op. 114, for clarinet, cello and piano. From the first warm and glorious tones we were immersed in a world of beauty, expressively played by pianist Shai Wosner, cellist Timothy Eddy and clarinetist David Schifrin. The intertwining of the instrumental voices and long elegiac melodic lines produced wonderful harmonies.

Mr. Wosner was then joined by violinist Erin Keefe in the last Brahms Violin Sonata, Op. 108, the great work in D Minor. The ardor and drama of the Brahms Trio’s finale is picked up in the first movement of the complex sonata. It was a passionate and beseeching reading that melted into pure song. The Adagio was played with direct expression, pedal point and was mesmerizing.

Following intermission Mfr. Wosner played two piano gems, the Intermezzo from Op. 117 (No. 1) and the E Flat Rhapsody from Op. 119. The pianist provided the requisite power in the coda of the latter work and the playing, as Clara Schumann remarked, “combines passion and tenderness in the smallest of spaces.”

Concluding the evening was the monumental Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115, with violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky joining Ms. Keefe, violist Mark Holloway and Mr. Eddy and Mr. Schifrin in an assured and autumnal performance. Weill’s pristine acoustics generated contrapuntal clarity and the lovely pianissimos left one tingling, and Mr. Schfrin's breath control was remarkable. It was visually exciting to watch the quintet’s internal communication, subtle body language and split-second music responses. This blending, contrasts, solos, duets and passionate partnering all evoked an elegant dance.

It was an evening of heavenly sounds and glorious Brahmsian beauty.

Events Calendar

RECITAL
Santa Rosa Symphony
Friday, October 24, 2014
8:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Joshua Bell, violin; Alessio Bax, piano
Grieg: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op.8; Schubert: Sonata in A Major, Op. Post. 162, Duo, D. 574; Prokofiev: Sonata No 1 in F Minor, Op. 80. Additional works will be announced from the stage. A benef...
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Anderson and Roe
Friday, October 24, 2014
8:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Elizabeth Joy Roe and Greg Anderson, piano
Program TBA...
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Creative Arts Series
Sunday, October 26, 2014
3:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Philip Manwell, organ
Franck: Choral in E Major; Prelude, Fugue and Variation; Cantabile; Prière; Fantasie in A Major; Choral in A Minor A donation of $15 is suggested...
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Marin Symphony
Sunday, October 26, 2014
7:30 PM - San Rafael
Alasdair Neale, conductor. Navah Perlman, piano
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37; Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67...
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Trio Navarro
Sunday, October 26, 2014
2:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Trio Navarro. Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello; Victor Romasevich, violin; Marilyn Thompson, piano
Rachmaninoff: Trio in G Minor; Beethoven: Trio in B Flat, Op. 97 (Archduke); Bruch: 4 pieces selected from Achtstücke, Op. 83...
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CHORAL AND VOCAL
Church of the Incarnation
Sunday, October 26, 2014
5:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Cantiamo Sonoma, conducted by Carol Menke
Service of Choral Evensong, including music of Victoria and Palestrina. Other music TBA Free admission....
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Sonoma Classical Music Society
Sunday, October 26, 2014
3:00 PM - Sonoma
Nigel Armstrong, violin; pianist TBA

Music of Biber, Bach, Ysaye. Additional music TBA Tickets: $35. Sonoma Classical Music Society: $30; students $10....
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SYMPHONY
Marin Symphony
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:30 PM - San Rafael
Alasdair Neale, conductor. Navah Perlman, piano
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37; Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67...
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Quatuor Mosaïques
Saturday, November 01, 2014
7:30 PM - Rohnert Park
Erich Höbarth and Andrea Bischoff, violin; Anita Mitterer, viola; Christophe Coin, cello
Haydn: Quartet, Op. 20, No. 2: Schubert: E Flat Quartet, No. 10, D. 87; Beethoven: G Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Saturday, November 08, 2014
8:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor; Christian Poltéra, cello
Debussy: Prelude to the "Afetrnoon of a Faur"; Dutilleux: Tout un Monde Lointain (A Whole Distant World); Beethoven: Symphony No. 7...
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