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GRAND GESTURES IN VIEAUX'S WEILL HALL GUITAR RECITAL
by Gary Digman
Friday, October 18, 2013
Weill Hall is an imposing building situated on the Sonoma State campus, and still has that “new car smell” about it. I was looking forward to hearing guitarist Jason Vieaux’s performance October 18, not only to hear the artist but to experience the acoustics of the hall about which I have been heari...
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BOTTI'S BAND TRUMPETS HIGH-WIRE DERRING DO IN SUMMER-ENDING WEILL CONCERT
by Philip Beard
Sunday, August 25, 2013
No question about it: Weill Hall was the happening place to be on Aug. 25 with trumpeter Chris Botti and his entourage delivering two and a half hours of jazzy, rocky, funky, high-wire derring-do to an audience that loved every minute of it. Almost. The performance was stunning both figuratively an...
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LATE WINTER TURNS TO SPRING IN CREATIVE ARTS SERIES CONCERT
by Michael J. Mello
Sunday, February 24, 2013
A concert of Renaissance and Celtic songs for voice, lute and recorder was presented by soprano and lutenist Doris Williams with the assistance of recorder virtuoso Claudia Liliana Gantivar and mandolinist Mike Bell. The Feb. 24 event in Santa Rosa’s Resurrection Parish Church was part of the Creat...
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MESSIAEN PIANO PRELUDES HIGHLIGHT SMITH RECITAL IN SANTA ROSA
by Beth Zucchino
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Marin Pianist Jean Alexis Smith played a stunning recital Jan. 27 in the first 2013 concert for the Creative Arts Series. In remarks to the Resurrection Parish audience, the pianist explained that although her program has a range of styles from Baroque to Contemporary, all the composers involved wr...
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TANAKA PLAYS AUTHORATIVE MOZART IN CREATIVE ARTS SERIES FORTEPIANO RECITAL
by Richard Wayland
Sunday, April 29, 2012
A pleasant surprise greeted me April 29 when I attended a fortepiano recital at Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa. The venue was simple, modern, beautiful, and seating was comfortable. The décor reminded me of Pi, a Parisian artist of the fifties. The performer for the season’s final Creative A...
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ALIAKBARI AND TEWARI SHINE IN SEBASTOPOL ARTS CENTER RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 19, 2010
Carolyn Tewari must be the most active performing pianist in Sonoma County. In addition to teaching, she has a full schedule playing in retirement homes, churches and concert halls, and has a penchant for music by women composers and partnerships with colleagues. On November 19 she joined h...
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VILLIERS STANFORD SONATA HIGHLIGHTS AGO RECITAL
by Harold Julander
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Pipe Organ Mini Recital Series at Santa Rosa’s Church of the Incarnation continued March 12th with a program by Jim Harrod honoring St. Patrick’s Day. Mr. Harrod is assistant organist at Star of the Valley Catholic Church, Oakmont, in Santa Rosa. The one-half hour recital consisted mostly by ...
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BRASS GROUP EXCITING AT WELLS
by Sid Gordon
Sunday, March 07, 2010
In a March 7 concert titled “An American Musical Journey,” The Dallas Brass featured American music from the Revolution to the present day. The program, produced by the Santa Rosa Concert Association in the Wells Fargo Center, was woven together by clever narration and music history provided by Mich...
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COLORFUL VIRTUOSITY IN COUCH ORGAN RECITAL
by Jim Harrod
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Sonoma County hosted a magnificent exposition of the art of organ playing and interpretation on November 1 by Leon W. Couch III. Performing at the organ console of Resurrection Catholic Church in Santa Rosa and sponsored by the Creative Arts Series, Mr. Couch performed a selection of organ classics...
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RED PRIEST TAKES A HALLOWEEN TOUR OF BAROQUE EUROPE
by Joanna Bramel Young
Sunday, October 25, 2009
What better time than Halloween to experience a “fantastical” performance of baroque music? On Oct. 25, the touring group Red Priest transformed the formal Wells Center stage into an area of demons, ghosts, strange dreams and wild dances. Produced by the Santa Rosa Concert Association, the event had...
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AGO - Santa Rosa Concert / Friday, September 11, 2009
Harold Julander

Church of the Incarnation Organist Harold Julander

JULANDER LAUNCHES A.G.O. TWILIGHT SERIES

by James Harrod
Friday, September 11, 2009

North Bay music fans had the opportunity Sept. 11 to hear pipe organ virtuosity by Santa Rosa organist Harold Julander, as he presided at the console of the mighty Casavant organ at Church of the Incarnation in downtown Santa Rosa. This well attended twilight concert featured composers of classical organ music from the Baroque to the 20th Century.

Mr. Julander opened the recital playing the Concerto del Signor Meck (Allegro-Adagio-Allegro) by Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748), an organ transcription of a Baroque chamber orchestra concerto. Mr. Julander played the concerto with authentic Baroque keyboard touch and with effortless dialogue between the two divisions of the instrument. The delicate registration of the melody and accompaniment of the Adagio was authentic to the Baroque sound, as was the organ plenum used in the opening and closing Allegro.

Courageously passing through a time warp, Mr. Julander resurrected the romantic spirit of Franz Liszt, playing his Evocation a la Chapelle Sixtine. Liszt’s chromatic acrobatics in the d’Allegri et section of the Evocation lifted the audience higher and higher without a stumble. Next came music of Olivier Messiaen with a skilled and sensitive performance of two portions of the L’Ascension Suite:(Alleluias sereins and Transports de joie). Beginning with the quiet flute sound of actual bird calls, typical of Messiaen, the music graduated into a thunderous awakening of nature.

The recital’s closing was “back to Bach” with a fast, flawless playing of the Fugue in D major, BWV 532, followed by standing applause from the large audience.

The twilight organ recitals will continue on the second Friday of each month sponsored jointly by the Church of the Incarnation and the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and featuring local recitalists.