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BACH'S MIGHTY MASS ENDS MENDOCINO FESTIVAL
by Paula Mulligan
Saturday, July 23, 2016
For the final concert of the Mendocino Music Festival July 23 Alan Pollack conducted the Festival Orchestra and Chorus in just one work, Bach’s B Minor Mass.  The orchestra, much reduced in size to suit the needs of the sparser scoring and the character of the composition’s period, ably supported th...
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LATE BEETHOVEN EXPLORED AT MMF CONCERT IN PRESTON HALL
by Paula Mulligan
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Mendocino Music Festival performance in Preston Hall July 22 was titled “Late Beethoven,” and was the final presentation in the tribute to the composer that was part of this year’s Festival.  Pianist Susan Waterfall has been giving a series of lecture dealing with Beethoven’s life and music, and...
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HEROISM AND SUBTLETY IN ALL-BEETHOVEN MMF CONCERT
by Paula Mulligan
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Much of the emphasis of this year’s Mendocino Music Festival has been about Beethoven, and a series of small venue performances with Beethoven lectures by Festival co-director Susan Waterfall preceded the July 20 orchestra performance in the big tent on Mendocino’s main street. From the opening bar...
Chamber
PERIOD INSTRUMENT SOUND AT VOM FESTIVAL'S OPENING CONCERT AT HANNA CENTER
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Every summer music festival has a unique character, and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma has the singular character of stressing period instruments that sound well for mostly period repertoire. In the Festival’s opening concert July 17 this was best in evidence for two Beethoven wor...
Recital
BALANCED VIRTUOSITY IN ATZINGER MMF RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Pianist Christopher Atzinger’s Mendocino Music Festival recital July 16 in the small Preston Hall looked formidable on paper larded with what might be said to be “non festival, non summer” music. There were no light Gershwin or Schubert dance works, and for some the six pieces from Brahms’ Op. 118 ...
Opera
ONE-NIGHT STAND AT MMF'S ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
by Terry McNeill
Friday, July 15, 2016
Mozart’s Opera “Abduction from the Seraglio” has a long reputation as being tough for singers, and it was with some trepidation that I entered the Mendocino Music Festival’s massive white tent July 15 to hear and see the new production from the 30th season. Not to Worry. Conducted by Festival Arti...
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OF ANGELS, DEMONS AND ENCORES
by Kayleen Asbo
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Each successive event at this summer’s Mendocino Music Festival has brought an unfolding cornucopia of delights. Elements of the exceptional three previous classical programs coalesced July 14 into a magnificent and singular tour de force when pianist Robert Henry traversed the entire topography of...
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ANGUISH AND TRIUMPH IN MENDOCINO FESTIVAL'S BIG TENT
by Kayleen Asbo
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The Mendocino Music Festival is highlighting Beethoven this summer, and July 10’s program in the tent could have appropriately borrowed the subtitle from Jan Swafford’s 2014 biography of the composer, Anguish and Triumph. The Festival’s second classical concert paired two Beethoven works wit...
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BACHANALIAN BEGINNING AT MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL
by Kayleen Asbo
Saturday, July 09, 2016
In ancient Greece there were two gods of music, representing two different musical principles. Apollo, God of the Sun, was associated with intellectual clarity, and his was a kind of music that focused on order, balance, refinement and mathematical precision. Dionysus (known to the Romans of a lat...
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CHAMBERFEST ENDS WITH SUMPTUOUS ALL-MOZART CONCERT IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, June 26, 2016
SSU’s ChamberFest concluded its second season June 26 with what was predicted to be a capstone concert, the last in a sterling series of seven devoted to Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. And the all-Mozart concert in Weill Hall came close to being the most memorable of all, but not quite. Before ...
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. Cross’s robustly athletic program featured Bach’s Fantasie and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, and the chorale Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam; Mendelssohn’s Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D; Schumann’s Canons in A flat and B minor, Opus 56; Liszt’s 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 friend’s 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 instrument’s 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.