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DRAMATIC DIVA SINGS WORKS OF AMERICAN COMPOSERS IN WEILL
by Vaida Falconbridge
Sunday, April 13, 2014
After opening her April 13 Weill Hall recital with the bright “The Year’s at the Spring,” probably Amy Beach’s best-known song, soprano Deborah Voigt paused for a moment to say to the audience, “When we were putting the program together, we had no idea it would be so apropos!” Continuing with the ...
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RUSSIAN PIANIST, RUSSIAN MUSIC, RUSSIAN DRAMA
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 13, 2014
In the season’s penultimate Sonoma Classical Music Society concert on Sunday afternoon, April 13, Russian pianist Anastasia Dedik played an all-Russian program that was heavy on drama with just a modicum of lyricism. Two Rachmaninoff Etudes Tableaux opened the program, the E-Flat Minor from Op. 33 ...
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WARM SPRING MUSIC AND ART IN CAS ORGAN RECITAL
by Jim Harrod
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Spring brought flowers and the virtuoso organist Faythe Freese to play a joyful recital on March 23 at Santa Rosa’s Resurrection Parish. Both the artist and the beautiful spring weather were most welcome, and the event was part of the Creative Arts Series. Ms. Freese, Professor of Organ at The Un...
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MOK ONE SPEED AND ELEGANCE IN SRJC CHAMBER RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, February 16, 2014
After a decade-long absence, Gwendolyn Mok returned to the SRJC Chamber Series Feb. 16 in a gem of a balanced and elegant piano recital. Before an audience of 140 in the College’s Newman Auditorium, the San Jose-based artist began with Beethoven’s early A Major Sonata, Op. 2, No. 2. She quickly cau...
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HU'S ON FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Music at Oakmont in their eight-concert season features mostly instrumental ensembles, and rarely pianists. But when they do the pianists are pretty good. Ching-Yun Hu's performance Feb.13 in Berger Auditorium, for example, was at a first-cabin level of virtuosity. A conventional repertoire first h...
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IMPECCABLE BEETHOVEN FROM THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, February 09, 2014
In the classical music world, snazzy innovation and music puffery catch the headlines, but there is always a role for an instrumental group with long experience and impeccable artistic integrity. The Alexander String Quartet's Feb. 9 concert in the Sonoma Classical Chamber Music Series proved that d...
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GALLIC PERFECTION
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 22, 2013
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has made French piano music a principal part of his career, but his artistry extends to far more than Gallic masterpieces, as he convincingly demonstrated in a Nov. 22 recital for the SRJC Chamber Concerts series. Before 180 in Newman Auditorium, Mr. Bavouzet opened with a spar...
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TOUR DE FORCE
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Pianist Gustavo Romero has become a frequent Sonoma County visitor, playing in several Santa Rosa halls and homes in recent years. On Nov. 1, he made his Marin County debut at Dominican University’s Guest Artist Series in Angelico Hall. The Dallas-based artist eschews stage flair and keeps remarks ...
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ITALIAN ORGANIST PLAYS YON'S MUSIC IN CREATIVE ARTS SERIES RECITAL
by Jim Harrod
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Organist Emanuele Cardi played a recital of fiery virtuosity to an appreciative audience of organists and organ music fans October 20 in Santa Rosa’s Church of the Resurrection, opening the Creative Arts Series season. Mr. Cardi is organist and choirmaster at the Ghilardi and Carli organs of St. ...
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MORE WORDS THAN NOTES
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Soheil Nasseri opened the 23rd Music at Oakmont season Oct. 17 in a piano recital where words from the artist nearly overwhelmed the offered music. Choosing an all-Beethoven program, Mr. Nasseri preceded the A Major Sonata, Op. 101, with words of personal introduction and humorous anecdotes. The wo...
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American Guild of Organists / Friday, February 10, 2012
Angela Kraft Cross, organ

Organist Angela Kraft Cross

ORGANIST CROSS PERFORMS HER WORKS AT REDWOOD AGO RECITAL

by Harold Julander
Friday, February 10, 2012

A “cross-section” of “angelic” compositions “krafted” by Angela Kraft Cross, virtuoso organist and composer, were presented by the artist Feb. 10 at Santa Rosa’s Church of the Incarnation.

The program, produced by the Redwood Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, included a variety of pieces composed over a 20-year period. Included were several fun compositions, Folk Hymn Fantasia on Lord of the Dance (1993), and All Hallows Voluntary (2010), the latter a modernized version of a typical English trumpet tune. Three introspective pieces, the Christmas compositions Les Bergers (1999) and Mary Magnificat (2010), and I Thirst (2011) (written for Lent) followed. Ms. Cross then played two dramatic works, Courage in a Time of Struggle (2011), written for the 10th anniversary of 9-11-2001, and Homage to Henry Nouwen: From the House of Fear to the House of Love” (2008).

All of the compositions were approachable and descriptive of their intention, and Ms. Cross was able to draw out of the Church of the Incarnation 33-rank pipe organ registrations that clearly matched with the moods and descriptive intent. These compositions are not without technical challenges, and this artist met these head on, executing runs on the pedals and leaps on the keyboards.

The program was part Twilight Pipe Organ Recital Series at Incarnation, Santa Rosa. In March, Robert Huw Morgan, Stanford University Organist, will play an all Bach program March 9, followed the next day with a workshop on Bach’s music. The workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes lunch, and is co sponsored with the Redwood AGO. For more information, please contact Harold Julander at bach4m3@sonic.net or 707-694-1896.