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HEALDSBURG PHILHARMONIA PLAYS THE RAVEN
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Les Pfutzenreuter is a conductor that gets around, moving from his Ukiah base at Mendocino College and the Ukiah Symphony to festival and concert appearances with many orchestras. February 22 found him with the Healdsburg Philharmonia in that City’s Raven Theater with works of Copland and Tcha...
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CHAMPAGNE ORGY OF SWISS ORCHESTRA'S SOUND IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Orchestras on tour usually perform hefty display works to showoff their virtuosity and power. And so it was with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) Feb. 14 in Weill Hall. Big works, weighty display. And in a surprise the compositions by Stravinsky and Ravel in the second half did the rare th...
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LENGTH? HEAVENLY LENGTH AT SO CO PHIL CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A Bruckner Symphony performance can be a demanding task for both the orchestra and audience, as each of the nine are long and musically wandering. But not that wander are lost, as the Sonoma County Philharmonic proved in their Feb. 15 concert in the Santa Rosa High School Performing Arts Center. L...
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BOLD OPERATIC AND SYMPHONIC CONTRASTS IN SF SYMPHONY CONCERT
by Nicki Bell
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Pianist Peter Serkin and San Francisco Symphony Laureate conductor Herbert Blomstedt pulled musical extremes together on Feb. 12 in Weill Hall Symphony concert where artistic experience was a defining factor. From the warmth and humor of Mozart’s F Major Piano Concerto, K. 459, to the turmoil, drama...
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A BANDONEONIST WALKS INTO A BAR ...
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Seeing a bandoneón player in front of a symphony orchestra reminds one of the old joke about a kangaroo walking into a high-priced bar. The bartender says, "We don't get many kangaroos in here," to which the kangaroo replies, "With these prices, I can see why." Likewise, if a bandoneónist were to wa...
Chamber
INTENSE STRING PLAYING IN HEALDSBURG'S ALL-POLISH COMPOSER PROGRAM
by Nicki Bell
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
A surprise program change greeted a full house in Healdsburg’s SHED Grange Room Feb. 4 when the Szymanowski Quartet from Warsaw played an all-Polish composer concert. Judging by audience comments at intermission the displacement of an arrangement of a Mussorgsky work by Penderecki’s Third Quartet w...
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KNOTTY CELLO MUSIC THAT WAS (MOSTLY) EASY TO LOVE
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Notable cello concerts have recently graced Sonoma County with Edward Arron’s Oakmont recital and Yo Yo Ma’s sterling solo outing in Weill. So it was not surprising that Sæunn Thorsteindóttir walked onto the Schroeder Hall stage Feb. 1 with pianist Elizabeth Roe and found a packed house of non-Supe...
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ZOOLOGICAL THEME RESOUNDS IN SPLENDID VSO HOGAN CONCERT
by Elizabeth Warnimont
Sunday, January 25, 2015
A pair of virtuosic young pianists wowed the crowd Jan. 25 at the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra concert in Vallejo’s Hogan Auditorium, and part of the proceeds from the mostly animal-themed music benefited the Humane Society of the North Bay. Symphony conductor David Ramadanoff warmed up the afternoon...
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SNAZZY CLARINET-PIANO WORKS IN MILL VALLEY CHAMBER CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Often international-level instrumental duos are pickup couplings, one virtuoso’s schedule meeting another’s with the resulting desultory concerts. An exception would be the violinist Anne Sophie Mutter with her long-time partner Lambert Orkis, and the Nakamatsu-Manesse Duo. The latter played a pro...
Recital
MESMERIZING BACH AND CASALS IN MA'S WEILL HALL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Cellist Yo Yo Ma’s warm friendship with North Coast audiences entered a new chapter Jan. 24 in a standing-room only and stage seats Weill Hall recital. Playing three Bach Suites for solo cello, Mr. Ma could have echoed the young Liszt’s famous comment, “the concert is me.” But the concert was real...
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.