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Opera
A PROVOCATIVE DON GIOVANNI AT MENDOCINO FESTIVAL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, July 18, 2014
At each Mendocino Music Festival a key evening is given over to a staged opera in the big tent, and last year Rossiniís frothy ďIl Signor BruschinoĒ was an audience hit but hardly comprehensive operatic fare. Times change. Mozartís weighty opera Don Giovanni was given a propulsive but often confus...
Recital
UNHURRIED COMMAND IN MENDO FESTIVAL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Pianist Robert Schwartz opened Mendocino Music Festivalís 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 yearís Festival, but had to cancel most of the recital due to il...
Symphony
A MUSIC OFFERING IN A SONIC MIXTURE
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Bachís iconic D Minor Clavier Concerto was the centerpiece in the fourth day of Mendocino Music Festival events July 16 in the big tent concert hall, with San Francisco-based Stephen Prutsman the featured artist. Conducting a chamber orchestra of ten from a lidless piano, Mr. Prutsman took fast te...
Choral and Vocal
A CAPAPELLA FEVER AHH
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Choral singing, especially unaccompanied by piano or orchestra, seldom gets exposure at a summer music festival. So it was a surprise July 16 to find the Mendocino Music Festival featuring a full program of a capella singing in downtown Mendocinoís Preston Hall. Perhaps due to the local performers...
Symphony
DRAMATIC SUMMER MUSICAL FARE IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Monday, July 14, 2014
Napaís Festival Del Soleís summer resident orchestra, Sphinx, made a dramatic Weill Hall appearance July 15 with three star performers and a curious mix of pungent repertoire. Violinist Pinchas Zuckerman received the biggest adulation from the audience, closing the first half playing Bruchís G Mino...
Chamber
SUMMER SCHUBERT SUNSHINE
by Terry McNeill
Friday, June 27, 2014
Though not as well known as the formidable Trio Navarro, the Amaryllis Trio has had an increasing chamber music presence since 2012 with manifold Sonoma and Marin County concerts. Sebastopolís St. Stephen's Church and the Numina Center for the Arts hosted them June 27 in a sparkling concert of four ...
Chamber
A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME BRASS CONCERT
by Philip Beard
Thursday, June 12, 2014
"I think I just died and went to heaven" is a stock phrase for times of unusual bliss. On June 12 at SSU's Green Music Center, I didn't in fact die, but the 2Ĺ hours spent listening to the National Brass Ensemble came as close to a brass player's heaven as I can imagine. The hall was all but sold o...
Opera
HILARIOUS "MARRIAGE OF FIGARO" AT CINNABAR
by Nicki Bell
Friday, May 30, 2014
The Cinnabar Theater mounted a delightful, madcap, rambunctious, completely charming, extremely funny, very classy production of Mozartʼs opera "The Marriage of Figaro" from May 30 to June 15. With the feel of a 1920s Upstairs/Downstairs farce, it was sung in English and easily understood. Tho...
Symphony
BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN, BOON FOR MUSIC LOVERS
by Steve Osborn
Thursday, May 22, 2014
For its postseason concert on May 22, the Santa Rosa Symphony--together with piano soloist Jeffrey Kahane and conductor Bruno Ferrandis--played for free. The money they would otherwise have earned will be used to benefit more than 20,000 children served by the Symphony's extensive outreach efforts, ...
Symphony
POWERFUL SHOSTAKOVICH WORKS CLOSE USO'S SEASON
by Earl Dixon
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Ukiah Symphony Orchestra concluded its current season on the May 17 weekend with a focus on Shostakovich. The featured works in Mendocino Collegeís Center Theater were the second Piano Concerto in F major, Op. 102 and Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47. Pianist Aaron Ames played the concerto an...
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.