Arts & Events

AROUND AND ABOUT: Berkeley Period Instrument Musicians Start Up First Valley of the Moon Music Festival, July 18-August 2

Ken Bullock
Friday July 17, 2015 - 06:21:00 PM

Cellist Tanya Tomkins—co-founder of the new Valley of the Moon Music Festival, starting this weekend at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, the only festival in the U. S. featuring Classical and Romantic chamber music played on period instruments—recalls when she was "studying and performing in Holland, years ago" she heard the Orchestra of the 18th Century play "a very familiar" Mozart symphony on period instruments. -more-

New: George Cleve Kicks off Midsummer Mozart 2015

Reviewed by James Roy MacBean
Tuesday July 21, 2015 - 02:13:00 PM

In this, the 41st season of Midsummer Mozart, founding director George Cleve scheduled Program I with Mozart’s 41st Symphony in C Major, as well as such less frequently encountered works as the Oboe Concerto in C Major, the Horn Concerto No. 2 in Eb Major, the overture to the one-act opera Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario) and several rarely performed arias. On Friday evening, July 17, the Midsummer Mozart company performed at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Maestro Cleve, who now uses a wheelchair, conducted only the opening Impresario overture and the final work, Mozart’s 41st or “Jupiter” Symphony. All the other works by Mozart were ably conducted by Assistant Conductor, Florin Parvelescu. -more-