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NORTH GERMAN CHORALES WERE MUSIC FOR THE SOUL AT AGO RECITAL
by James Harrod
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Organist Paul Blanchard played an outstanding and instructive recital August 28 at Santa Rosa’s First Presbyterian Church. It was the fourth and last in a series of summer Sunday recitals featuring organists of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and underwritten by the Churc...
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FRESH AND LIVELY HANDEL ORGAN CONCERTOS IN AGO ARTIST RECITAL
by James Harrod
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Organist Beth Zucchino played a delightful recital of three Handel concertos August 21 at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa. This was the third in a series of summer Sunday recitals featuring organists of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). The program was three o...
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INSPIRING INTERPRETATIONS IN DE SANTIS ORGAN RECITAL
by James Harrod
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Organist Greg de Santis played a delightful and expertly shaped recital of mostly familiar selections August 14 from the classical organ repertory at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa. The program opened with Mendelssohn’s C Minor Prelude and Fugue, Opus 37, No 1. The three preludes and ...
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WILKINSON PERFORMS IN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ORGAN RECITAL
by James Harrod
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Organist Cathryn Wilkinson played a delightfully warm and entertaining recital of mostly organ transcriptions August 7 at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa. The music was happy and cheerful despite the dry church acoustics, and was intelligently and carefully played. The only missing eleme...
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19TH CENTURY STAR POWER AT VOM MUSIC FESTIVAL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, July 30, 2016
In the penultimate concert July 30 of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival’s second season, the compositions of Schubert. Rossini and Beethoven were featured in a program titled "Star Power in the 19th Century." Iron Horse Vineyards provided the reception’s wines. Classical Sonoma was unable ...
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PIANOSONOMA SERIES OPENS WITH ECHT GERMAN ROMANTICISM
by Terry McNeill
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
PianoSonoma’s second season in SSU’s Schroeder Hall began July 26 with a mixed program under the series appellation “Vino & Vibrato.” The set of student workshops and concerts, headed by Juilliard School pianists Jessica and Michael Shinn, puts artists in residence in close contact with Sonoma Coun...
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BACH'S MIGHTY MASS ENDS MENDOCINO FESTIVAL
by Paula Mulligan
Saturday, July 23, 2016
For the final concert of the Mendocino Music Festival July 23 Alan Pollack conducted the Festival Orchestra and Chorus in just one work, Bach’s B Minor Mass.  The orchestra, much reduced in size to suit the needs of the sparser scoring and the character of the composition’s period, ably supported th...
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SCHUBERT'S THEMES OF YOUTH AND DEATH AT VOM MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The beautiful new Hanna Boys Center auditorium in Sonoma Valley was the setting for the July 23 concert of the Valley of the Moon (VOM) Music Festival, now in it’s second year. Directors Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian have created a Festival of Classical and Romantic repertoire played on period inst...
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LATE BEETHOVEN EXPLORED AT MMF CONCERT IN PRESTON HALL
by Paula Mulligan
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Mendocino Music Festival performance in Preston Hall July 22 was titled “Late Beethoven,” and was the final presentation in the tribute to the composer that was part of this year’s Festival.  Pianist Susan Waterfall has been giving a series of lecture dealing with Beethoven’s life and music, and...
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HEROISM AND SUBTLETY IN ALL-BEETHOVEN MMF CONCERT
by Paula Mulligan
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Much of the emphasis of this year’s Mendocino Music Festival has been about Beethoven, and a series of small venue performances with Beethoven lectures by Festival co-director Susan Waterfall preceded the July 20 orchestra performance in the big tent on Mendocino’s main street. From the opening bar...
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CHAMBER REVIEW
Amaryllis Trio / Saturday, September 10, 2016
Lisa Doyle, violin; Wendy Reynolds, cello; Sonia Morse Tubridy, piano

Amaryllis Trio

BEETHOVEN AND LALO MUSIC FLOWER IN AMARYLLIS TRIO'S HOUSE CONCERT

by Terry McNeill
Saturday, September 10, 2016

When driving into Guerneville Sept. 9 for the Amaryllis Trio’s house concert, a massive backlog of cars presaged a jammed musical afternoon. But for the cognoscenti the Trio’s music upstaged the big jazz festival crowds, and rewarded the 25 assembled in Sonia’s Tubridy’s charming hillside home with music of Beethoven, Lalo, Mendelssohn and Haydn.

It was a benefit for the River Choir, directed for many years by Ms. Tubridy.

Dramatic highlights included the Beethoven G Major Trio, Op. 1, No 2, and the opening movement of Lalo’s C Minor Trio, Op. 7. Beethoven’s virtuosity was on display in this early piece that still has echoes of Haydn’s 30-plus trios, but the creative counterpoint individually stamps the work. Ms. Tubridy’s pianism seemed to envelope the string instruments, almost swelling on some notes, and was the voice leader.

The Largo Con Espressione and the Presto finale were well played, the first having a lovely slow dance duo from Ms. Tubridy and violinist Lisa Doyle, and the second full of repeated notes and short, snazzy phrases. The musicians were able to find a long thematic line in the busy movement, though some rhythmic instability was heard. Beethoven never seems to let go of one cadenza when another catches his fancy, and the Amaryllis caught and portrayed the excitement of the 1795 work.

The opening Allegro movement from Lalo’s early C Minor Trio (Op.7) and featured cellist Wendy Reynolds’ suave introductory phrasing and a march theme in the piano part that frequently varied the tempo. Ms. Doyle’s tone is not rich but here was penetrating in the high register, and the movement’s powerful conclusion led inexorably into the romantic ardor of the slow movement of Mendelssohn’s ever-popular D Minor Trio, Op. 49. Here a leisurely tempo was adopted with minimal ritards and the string instruments took away the big themes from the piano. Such glorious themes, and the Trio played them with gentle luftpausen and subsequent handoffs from piano to violin to finally cello.

Haydn’s E Minor Trio (Hob. XV 12) opened the program in an unfussy performance full of rhythmic contrasts. The piano part carried the themes with strong low register string playing and the Andante had a nod towards Mozart’s trios. In the concluding Rondo the Amaryllis shared a playful approach to joyous music, with Ms. Reynolds providing deft support and careful attention to a big descending passage for all three players near the end. The sonic mix was good, with here and there an underlined dissonance. Dissonance in Haydn?

Piazzolla’s short Verano Porteño from the celebrated “Four Seasons in Buenos Aires” (1965) concluded the concert to acclaim. As with most Piazzolla works the tango rhythms and inflections can be treacherous for multiple performers, but the Amaryllis met the challenges with aplomb.

Classical Sonoma reviews rarely mention a concert’s extra-music aspects, but at this West County event the gratis intermission food was special, led by apple crisps made the same morning from local fruit. A great combo with strong coffee.

Events Calendar

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Sonoma County Philharmonic
Saturday, September 24, 2016
7:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor
Stravinsky: Suitre from the Ballet "Pucinella"; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 ("Eroica"); Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks...
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Cinnabar Theater
Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 PM - Petaluma
Cast and directors are listed at the Sept. 2 Calendar entry
Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella" $35 in advance, $40 at the door; youth and under 21 $25/$30...
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Sonoma County Philharmonic
Sunday, September 25, 2016
2:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major ("Eroica"); Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks; Stravinsky: Suite from the Ballet "Pucinella"...
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Cinnabar Theater
Sunday, September 25, 2016
2:00 PM - Petaluma
Cast and directors are listed at the Sept. 2 Calendar entry
Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella" $35 in advance, $40 at the door; youth and under 21 $25/$30...
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Symphony Napa Valley
Sunday, September 25, 2016
3:00 PM - Yountville
Michael Guttman, conductor. Nikolay Khozyainov, iano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67; Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 ("Emperor") Tickets are $30 to $55...
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Jazz at Lincoln Center
Saturday, October 01, 2016
7:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Program TBA Gala 2016-2017 season Opening Concert. Tickets starting at $50. Dinner and entertainment following the concert, with information at 707 664-3517, and at www.mc.sonoma.edu/gala...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Saturday, October 08, 2016
8:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor. Jean Ferrandis, flute
Britten: Four Sea Interludes (from the Opera "Peter Grimes"), Op. 33a; Bernstein: Halil (Nocturne); Mozart: Concerto in G Major, K. 313/285c; Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Sunday, October 09, 2016
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor. Jean Ferrandis, flute
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes, Op. 33a; Bernstein: Halil; Mozart: Concerto in G Major, K. 3 13/285c; Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93...
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Bella Sorella
Sunday, October 09, 2016
3:00 PM - Vallejo
Bella Sorella. Nova and Susanna Jiménez, sopranos; Danielle Naler, piano; Joyce Lee, violin.

Sartori and Quarantotto: Con te Partiro; Delibes: Flower Duet from the Opera "Lake"; Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody; Herbert: Italian Street Song; Berlin: Sisters (from "White Christmas"); Bizet: A Carmen...
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Guest Concert Series
Sunday, October 09, 2016
3:00 PM - San Rafael
Eric Chin and Joseph Malle, violin; Pei-Ling, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello
Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2; Britten: Three Divertimenti; Dvorak: A-Flat Major Quartet, Op. 105...
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