Our 2016 Season is Here!

The Sonoma Classical Music Society is pleased to announce its 12th season of presenting great classical music in Sonoma.  All 2016 concerts will be held at Vintage House Sonoma, 264 First Street East in Sonoma. Tickets for each concert are $35.00 for the general public, $25.00 for members of the Society, and $10.00 for students 18 and under.  Tickets may be obtained from the Society’s website, www.sonomaclassical.org, in about a week, and will be available from Readers’ Books, Pharmaca, and Vintage House, approximately three weeks prior to the performance, and at the door. Annual membership drive is in Dec/Jan and the cost is $30/year.  

​The concert schedule is:
 
1. Sunday, January 24th 2016, at 3:00 p.m. The Benvenue Trio and Friends will perform a program of works by Robert Schumann, including his majestic Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44. The Benvenue Trio is composed of local favorites Tanya Tomkins on cello, Eric Zivian on piano, and international superstar Monica Huggett on violin.  For this performance, they will be joined by Jodi Levitz, viola, and Carla Moore, violin.
 
2. Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Pianist Anastasia Dedik returns to Sonoma for an encore performance, a CD-release recital, celebrating the release of her new CD.  She will be performing works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky-Pletnev, and Rachmaninov.  
 
3. Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.  The Telegraph Quartet, headquartered in Berkeley and winners of the prestigious Bischoff String Quartet competition, makes its Sonoma debut will perform an exceptional program, including Mozart’s String Quartet K. 428, and the great “Death and the Maiden” quartet by Schubert.
 
4. Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The Vinifera Trio, a local group based in Napa, makes it Sonoma debut with a wonderfully eclectic program, including Francois Poulenc’s “Invitation to the Castle,” Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio, Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldiers Tale,” Bela Bartok’s “Contrasts,” and an arrangement of George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”  The Trio is composed of violin/viola, clarinet, and piano.
 
Detailed press releases for each event will be released approximately six weeks prior to each performance.  We look forward to seeing you all in 2016.

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About the Sonoma Classical Music Society

The Sonoma Classical Music Society was formed in 2004 with the mission of sponsoring a series of classical music concerts in Sonoma of the highest professional quality. An application for membership in the Sonoma Classical Music Society may be obtained at the website: www.sonomaclassical.org. .

Detailed press releases for each concert will be issued approximately six weeks before the performance date. If you have questions, please call (707) 939-3683, or e-mail
wa11yb@hughes.net.
​Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for members of the Society, and $10 for students, and may be obtained from www.sonomaclassical.org; from 
Readers Books, Pharmaca, Vintage House, and at the door. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The Napa based Vinifera Trio premiers in Sonoma when it performs in concert on Sunday, May15, 2016, at Vintage House, Sonoma, 264 First St. East, at 2:00 p.m.  The Vinifera Trio is comprised of Rachel Patrick, violin, Matthew Boyles, clarinet, and Ian Scarfe, piano.  They have put together a wonderfully eclectic program of both classical and contemporary works, including Mozart’s Trio for Piano, Viola, and Clarinet in E-flat major, K. 498 (“Kegelstatt”), composed in 1786; Francois Poulenc’s Invitation to the Castle, a suite written in 1948 and based on the play of the same name by Jean Anouilh; the concert suite from Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat (A Soldier’s Tale), premiered in 1919; Bela Bartok’s Contrasts, written in 1938 and based on Hungarian and Romanian dance melodies; and an arrangement of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, written and premiered in 1928.  Tickets for the concert may be obtained from Readers’ Books, Pharmaca, Vintage House, and at the door.

The Vinifera Trio takes its name from the Old World wine producing grape (Vitus Vinifera) and performs a range of classical and contemporary repertoire, bringing an appealing kind of casual intimacy to even the most formal concerts and events. They have performed at venues and concert series across California and Oregon, and were an ensemble in residence at the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.  They have given lectures and presentations at Willamette 
University and Pacific Union College, and are creating the Napa Valley Forum for New Music, which will debut in 2016.  Additionally, they are bringing their fresh energy and insights to underage audiences at schools and workshops, including El Verano School in Sonoma, seeking to inspire the next generation of connoisseurs.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this young, exciting, and brilliant group in a program designed to delight you ears!  See you on May 15th!