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RECITAL
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...
CHAMBER
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 ...
CHAMBER
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...
SYMPHONY
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...
SYMPHONY
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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PERIOD INSTRUMENT SOUND AT VOM FESTIVAL'S OPENING CONCERT AT HANNA CENTER
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Every summer music festival has a unique character, and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma has the singular character of stressing period instruments that sound well for mostly period repertoire. In the Festival’s opening concert July 17 this was best in evidence for two Beethoven wor...
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BALANCED VIRTUOSITY IN ATZINGER MMF RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Pianist Christopher Atzinger’s Mendocino Music Festival recital July 16 in the small Preston Hall looked formidable on paper larded with what might be said to be “non festival, non summer” music. There were no light Gershwin or Schubert dance works, and for some the six pieces from Brahms’ Op. 118 ...
Local Concerts  
RECITAL REVIEW
Redwood Empire AGO / Sunday, August 21, 2016
Beth Zucchino, organ

Organist Beth Zucchino

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 of the Op. 4 Concertos, HWV 289 – 294, composed between 1735 and 1736. These were the F Major (No. 1), the No. 4 in B Flat Major, and the G Minor. Ms. Zucchino played these works with consummate skill, recreating the likely effect of the original scoring for small organ and instruments in a concert hall.

Handel wrote 21 organ concertos for chamber organ and small orchestra to be played in dialogue on stage between the participants. These organs used were usually only one manual and with no independent pedal voice, and were designed to be played at intermission in the performance of his large oratorios. Later published editions of these compositions permitted performance of both the orchestra and organ parts played on alternate manuals of large organs with a pedal part provided for the orchestra’s score.

Ms. Zucchino chose to play these three concertos authentically with the original sounds of the small chamber organ, cleverly using the foundation stops of the church’s antiphonal organ and very soft typical Baroque registrations from the chancel organ. The effect was surprisingly light but lively. She played the program delicately and with clarity and precision. Her Baroque touch in the running lines of the cadenzas and her accuracy in the perilous jumps between the manuals were noteworthy. It was a joy to hear Handel in rest and quietness rather than in overbearing power.

A large and appreciative audience listened attentively to the recitals many subtle musical details, most likely not like the usually noisy attendees at intermission in London’s Covent Garden of Handel’s day.

The four-event series is underwritten by the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, and ends August 28 with a recital at 2 p.m. in the same church by Paul Blanchard.


Events Calendar

RECITAL
Redwood Empire AGO
Sunday, August 28, 2016
2:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Paul Blanchard, organ
Bach: Six Chorales; Scheidt: Canto Sacra - Warum Betrübst Du Dich, Mein Herz (SSWV 106); Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No. 6...
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OPERA
The Most Happy Fella
Friday, September 02, 2016
8:00 PM - Petaluma
Mary Chun, music director; Elly Lichenstein, stage director. Wayne Hovey, scenic designer. Performer
Frank Loesser: The Most Happy Fella Tickets $35 in advance; $40 at the door: 21 and under $25/$30...
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OPERA
Cinnabar Theater
Saturday, September 03, 2016
8:00 PM - Petaluma
Performers and Directors are listed on the Sept. 2 Calendar
Frank Loesser: "The Most Happy Fella" $35 in advance, $40 at the door; youth and under 21, $25/$30...
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OPERA
Cinnabar Theater
Sunday, September 04, 2016
2:00 PM - Petaluma
Performers and Directors are listed in 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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OPERA
Cinnabar Theater
Friday, September 09, 2016
8:00 PM - Petaluma
Performers and directors 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
Ukiah Symphony
Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00 PM - Ukiah
Les Pfutzenreuter, conductor
Jeff Ives: Fantasy Suite for orchestra; Haydn: Symphony in E Flat Major(Drum Roll): Clovis Lewis: The Score...
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OPERA
Cinnabar Theater
Saturday, September 10, 2016
8:00 PM - Petaluma
Cast and directors are listed on the Sept. 2 calendar entry
Frank Loesser's "The Most Happy Fella" $35 in advance, $40 at the door; youth 21 and under $25/$30 Pre-show tasting of Francis Ford Coppola wines included with the ticket purchase, 7 p.m....
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Amaryllis Trio
Saturday, September 10, 2016
4:00 PM - Guerneville
Lisa Doyle, violin; Wendy Reynolds, cello; Sonia Morse Tubridy, piano
Haydn: Tro, XV 12; Beethoven: Trio, Op. 1, No. 2; Lalo: Trio in C Minor, Op. 7 (Allegro Moderato); Mendelssohn: D Minor Trio, Op. 49 (Andante); Piazzolla: Verano Porteño There is a suggested donation...
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SYMPHONY
Ukiah Symphony
Sunday, September 11, 2016
3:00 PM - Ukiah
Les Pfutzenreuter, conductor
Jeff Ives: Fantasy Suite for Orchestra; Haydn: Symphony in E Flat Major, No. 103 (Drum Roll); Clovis Lewis: The Score...
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CHORAL AND VOCAL
Cantiamo Sonoma
Sunday, September 11, 2016
5:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Cantiamo Sonoma. Carol Menke, director
A service of Choral Evensong will feature the music of Tomkins, Sweelinck, Custer, Palestrina, and Rheinberger. There is no admission fee but donations are gratefully accepted. ...
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