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MYER'S MENDO FESTIVAL RECITAL SPOTLIGHTS MOZART TO BALCOM
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Completing the Mendocino Music Festivalís piano series July 22 was an energetic recital by returning Festival artist Spencer Myer. The nearly full Preston Hall audience was treated to a program, announced from the piano, that had broad musical appeal and panache. Exploring the Festivalís Mozart t...
Symphony
MOZART'S GENIUS UPSTAGES DIVA, YOUTH AND CONDUCTOR IN STERLING MMF CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Mendocinoís eclectic Music Festival gave a strong imprimatur to the Mozart theme July 22 with a radiant orchestral and vocal concert in the big white tent on the Mendocino headlands. The Overture from ďThe Abduction from the SeraglioĒ (K. 384) opened the concert in an adroit reading that was...
Chamber
CLARINET MUSIC LAUNCHES NEW FESTIVAL IN SONOMA VALLEY
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Among the several North Coast summer festivals in 2015 is a new one, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, directed by San Francisco-area artists Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian. Itís unique in presenting seven concerts of the Classical and Romantic eras with instruments designed and mostly built wh...
Opera
OPERA BUFFA HI JINX IN ROSSINI'S BARBER AT MENDO FESTIVAL
by Ken Bullock
Friday, July 17, 2015
During his July 17 lecture before the sole Mendocino Music Festival performance of Rossiniís The Barber of Seville, stage director Eugene Brancoveanu spoke of Commedia DellíArte. Mr. Brancoveanu, who sang the baritone title role of Figaro, alluded to the stylized clowning that is sometimes p...
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ELEGANT SCRIABIN, CHOPIN AND GRANADOS IN MENDO FESTIVAL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu made a formidable Mendocino Music Festival debut recital July 16 in Mendocinoís Preston Hall. A full house warmly greeted the diminutive artist, and she responded with a pensive and then dramatic performance of Scriabinís Sonata Fantasy, Op. 19. Writers refer to thi...
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SPLASHY RUSSIAN MUSIC IN MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL OPENER
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Summer music festivals season tend to be launched each season with a sparkling audience-pleasing program, and the 29th Mendocino Music Festival opening concert was no exception July 11 with an all-Russian program in the big white tent concert hall on Mendocinoís breezy bluff. Conducted by Artistic ...
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FRENCH ROMANTIC ORGAN MUSIC IN NUMINA RECITAL
by James Harrod
Friday, July 10, 2015
Etienne Walhain played a magical recital July 10 of organ music of Bach, Scarlatti and Franck. Displaying total command of the Church of the Incarnationís Casavant instrument under his hands and feet, Mr. Walhain performed his program from memory with breath taking speed, accuracy, and clean articul...
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BRANDENBURGS A SPIRITUAL GIFT IN FINAL CHAMBERFEST CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, June 28, 2015
ďWell, you should have been there.Ē A trite saying used too often by concertgoers? Sure. But surely it was the appropriate adage for the final Chamberfest concert June 28 in Sonoma Stateís Weill Hall. Capping a nine-event series mostly in Schroeder Hall, Jeffrey Kahane led ensembles of up to 20 ...
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TWO EXEMPLARY ORGAN RECITALS HIGHLIGHT CHAMBERFEST
by James Harrod
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Baroque music aficionados and organists were glued to their seats at Chamberfestís June 27 and 28 when Malcolm Matthews performed two amazingly perfect recitals of Baroque organ music from North Europe of the 16th and 17th centuries. The two prodigious concerts included no less than 17 selections,...
Chamber
INTREPID VIRTUOSITY IN PAREMSKI'S BRAHMS VARIATIONS
by Terry McNeill
Friday, June 26, 2015
Sonoma County organist James Harrod contributed the organ work analysis in this review. Pianist Natasha Paremski had the stellar role June 26 in the third Chamberfest program in Schroeder Hall, beginning with Beethovenís A Flat Sonata, Op. 110. Classical Sonoma was unable to review the Sonat...
RECITAL REVIEW
Creative Arts Series / Sunday, March 18, 2012
Angela Cross, organ

Organists (l to r) Beth Zucchino, Angela Kraft Cross and Harold Julander March 18

ORGAN VIRTUOSITY IN CROSS' CREATIVE ARTS SERIES RECITAL

by James Harrod
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bay area virtuoso organist Angela Kraft Cross favored Sonoma County organ fans with a bounteous floribunda of favorite organ classics in a March 18 recital at Santa Rosa's Resurrection Parish, produced by the Creative Arts Series.

Ms. Crossís robustly athletic program featured Bachís Fantasie and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, and the chorale Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam; Mendelssohnís Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D; Schumannís Canons in A flat and B minor, Opus 56; Lisztís Prelude and Fugue on B*A*C*H*; and the popular Symphonie VI in G minor by Widor.

However, for a welcoming introduction, Ms. Cross played her own composition from 2009, A Joyous Celebration. This work is an exuberantly happy arrangement of canons dancing in perfect counterpoint. Although composed for the solemnity of a friendís wedding, one could imagine, when listening to this lovely invention, that the entire Bay Area morning commute had become suddenly giddy with springtime. We should hear it every morning on the radio. I recommend it.

This entire program was performed with unrelenting artistry, unhesitating tempo, and delicately articulated touch appropriate to each composer. The familiar standards of the organ literature were played note perfect and heart felt as if they could be immediate inventions of the performer.

The artist employed the organ sensitively and correctly underpowered for the instrumentís space. The Allen Renaissance Quantum digital organ has four separate and complete tonal resources for use: English Cathedral, French Romantic, American Classic, and Neo-Baroque.

Angela Kraft Cross is well known as a performing artist and promoter of organ performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to her music career, Ms. Cross is an ophthalmologist.