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Redwood Arts Council

Director/Leader: Ralph Schoolcraft
Phone: (707) 875-3215
Home Venue:
Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Court at Graton Road
Occidental, California  95465
For us, the measure of a concert is how often and how deeply it moves us, both by the magnificence of the music being performed and by the powerful perceptions brought to it by the performers.

The Redwood Arts Council was founded in 1980 by a group of music lovers whose goal was to bring quality entertainment to the Occidental community. The Redwood Arts Council books concerts that rival the quality of chamber music performances in large metropolitan areas.

The term “chamber music” evokes images of classical instruments–a flute, strings, or perhaps a piano. For us, a chamber performance simply means the artist appears in a small setting with close to perfect acoustics. A diversified program of outstanding music is regularly presented.

During the past 35 years the Council has presented more than 300 performances in its chamber music series, featuring such internationally acclaimed artists as Leslie Parnas, Bonnie Hampton, Anner Bylsma, Robert Mann, James Buswell, David Abel, John Gibbons, Nathan Schwartz, Julie Steinberg, Anonymous 4, the Oberlin Piano Trio, the Alexander, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Colorado, Coull, Lark, Australian, Cavani, Parisii and Kronos String Quartets as well as Keith Terry, The Klezmorim, The Cambridge Buskers, The Amherst Saxophone Quartet, The Modern Mandolin Quartet, Richie Cole, Rosalie Sorrels, and Tuck & Patti. Local artists have included members of the Santa Rosa Symphony and of the Occidental Choir, Allaudin Mathieu, Janet Greene, Chaskinakuy, and Patrick Ball.

 Recent Reviews
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, January 22, 2023
New York’s Frisson Ensemble mounted an eclectic program at the Redwood Arts Council’s Jan. 22 concert that was long on informality and high on convincing artistry. Eighty attended in the Occidental Center for the Arts.

Britten’s Phantasy Quartet from 1933 opened the formal program featurin...

Archived Reviews

Hermitage Piano Trio. Ilya Kazantsev, piano; Sergey Antonov, cello; Misch Keilen, violin
Lysander Piano Trio:
Itamar Zorman, violin; Michael Katz, cello; Liza Stepanova, piano
Daniel Chong and David McCarroll, violin;
Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello
Borromeo String Quartet
Fischer Duo
Norman Fischer, cello
Jeanne Kiernan, piano
Škampa String Quartet
École Royale: Kathleen Kraft, flute; Kati Kyme, violin; David Wilson, viola; David Morris, cello
Hugo Wolf Quartet
Sebastian Gertler, Violin
Regis Bringolf, Violin
Gertrud Weinmeister,

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-- Events --

Friday, March 24, 2023
2:00 PM - Occidental
Pacifica Trio. Piano ,flute and oboe
Bach: Sonata in G Minor; Dring: Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano; Saint Saëns: Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Franck: Piece V; Gershwin: TBA; Fusion: Amazing Grace. Other music TBA...
Friday, April 28, 2023
7:00 PM - Occidental
Arod Quartet
Program TBA...
Sunday, May 21, 2023
2:00 PM - Occidental
Marta Aznavoorian, piano; Ani Aznavoorian, cello
Beethoven: A Major Sonata, Op. 69; Arutunian:Impromptu; Debussy: Cello Sonata; Komitas: Apricot Tree and Plane Tree; Khachturian: Ivan Sings; Piatigorsky: Variations on a Paganini Theme...

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