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GOING BAROQUE!
by James Harrod
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Virtuoso organist Charles Rus returned to the Bay Area and Sonoma County November 30th to perform a dazzling recital of Baroque organ music. Mr. Rus channeled the souls of the great 17th century giants of organ composition into the beautiful newly installed pipe organ in Sonoma State’s Schroeder Hal...
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ROBUST PLAYING IN KENNER'S ANGELICO HALL DEBUT RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Europe-based Kevin Kenner chose a husky program for his Marin debut recital Nov. 9 in Dominican University’s Angelico Hall, and elected three masterpieces from the Romantic piano literature. Schubert’s C Major “Wanderer” Fantasy has nearly disappeared from recital programs, but it was a deft openi...
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CHAMBER MUSIC MASTERY IN VALLEJO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
by Elizabeth Warnimont
Sunday, November 09, 2014
The Vallejo Symphony Orchestra presented the first small group performance of its 2014-2015 season Nov. 9 in the casual setting of Vallejo’s First Presbyterian Church. Clarinetist Diane Maltester wowed the audience with stunning performances of pieces by well-known and rarely heard composers. “Dian...
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FRANCK ORGAN WORKS SUBLIMELY PLAYED BY MANWELL IN CAS RECITAL
by Jim Harrod
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Organist Philip Manwell played a sublime recital of the major organ works of César Franck October 26 at Santa Rosa’s Resurrection Parish. The concert was a delightful treat both for those not acquainted with Franck’s organ music and for the many organists in the audience who have studied the Belgian...
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THREE DISPARATE SONATAS HIGHLIGHT BELL'S SR SYMPHONY BENEFIT IN WELLS
by Nicki Bell
Friday, October 24, 2014
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax made the Well Fargo Center their first stop Oct. 24 on their world tour, and it was a scintillating benefit recital for the Santa Rosa Symphony. Mr. Bellʼs virtuosity and musicianship have elicited universal critical praise including swe...
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IMPECCABLE ARTISTIC TASTE IN ANTON NEL SRJC RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Reporting on a recital by the Austin-based pianist Anton Nel is a predictably satisfying task. His playing Oct. 19 in SRJC’s Newman Auditorium mirrored a recital on the same stage nearly two years ago and showcased a high level of professionalism and artistry. Beginning with Mozart’s D Major "Dupor...
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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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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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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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KAHANE RECITAL HELPS INAUGURATE SCHROEDER HALL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Jeffrey Kahane returns frequently to Sonoma County in conducting and concerto performance, but rarely in recital. Two past solo events come to mind, a "fantasy" program where the Copland outshone the Schumann and Chopin, and an uneven concert capped by Chopin's F Minor Ballade. A jammed Schroeder ...
RECITAL REVIEW
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.