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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 ...
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HERE COMES THE ORGAN!
by James Harrod
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The rich sounds of Dutch Renaissance organ flutes, reeds, and mixtures sounded in Sonoma County August 23 when James David Christie inaugurated the new Schroeder Hall pipe organ installation at Sonoma State University. Under the performer’s experienced and sensitive touch, the Brombaugh Opus 9 mech...
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UNHURRIED COMMAND IN MENDO FESTIVAL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Pianist Robert Schwartz opened Mendocino Music Festival’s piano series July 17 with a set of works in a recital made for keyboard connoisseurs. His success was doubly gratifying for the artist as he had played on the same stage at last year’s Festival, but had to cancel most of the recital due to il...
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ELEGANCE AND INTROSPECTION
by Nicki Bell
Sunday, May 18, 2014
A May 18 Weill Hall audience was led by the hands and heart of Richard Goode to a quiet realm of the sublime with a performance of the masterful last three Beethoven Piano Sonatas. The program was billed as the first time the artist has toured with the Op. 109, 110 and 111 pieces, and these weighty...
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PRISTINE CONTROL, SUBDUED EMOTION
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Hilary Hahn’s April 27 Weill Hall recital found the violinist entering the stage without her instrument, beginning ten minutes of comments about the program. She does these introductions well, and most of the audience enjoyed the discourse comparing Schubert's Fantasia for Violin with Schoenberg’s t...
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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...
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.