2015 has been a good year for Symphony of the Redwoods and we’re looking for an even better one in 2016.
The Fall Concert in November was a smash hit with violinist Yevgeny Kutik bringing back quite a few folks for both performances of the Bruch’s Violin Concerto #1.
The Holiday Revue, our annual fundraiser pops concert, was another success! Mainly accompanied by Les Pfutzenreuter and the Symphony Pops Orchestra, Marja Liisa Kay, our emcee, sang beautifully and luxuriantly as always and brought together several friends for duos, trios & quartets of great holiday music.
They were all joined by two a cappella groups: the ever-popular Acafellas and the lyrically lilting ladies of In the Mix. In addition, four little ballerinas from the Children’s Ballet Theater of the Mendocino Coast performed an endearing interpretation of the Spanish dance from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. The audience provided the punctuating oo’s and aww’s. The tiny dancers were incredibly sweet.
The feature article for December’s Real Estate Magazine – Mendocino Coast was all about our Symphony, entitled “Our Local Orchestra”. We handed the magazines out with the programs at the Revue & will have some copies available at the Winter Concert coming up on February 6 & 7. If you haven’t yet read the article, please grab a copy. Or you can read it online here.
On January 31, Laura Reynolds, oboe, will be joined by friends Beth and Tom Aiken, oboe and harpsichord, and Eva von Bahr, bassoon, at Preston Hall in Mendocino for a bit of chamber music, ranging from baroque to contemporary. More info to follow.
Then on February 6 & 7, the Symphony will play Delius’ “Walk to the Paradise Garden”, an orchestral interlude from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet. Erin Neff, mezzo soprano, joins us that weekend to insert thoughts of summer into the dark winter nights. She will be singing Les nuits d’été by Berlioz. The concert will finish with Dvorak’s 5th Symphony. A delightful and exciting program we’ll tell you more about in a few weeks.
On March 13, the Noyo Consort – composed of Don Benham, trombone, Jason Kirkman, piano, Lou Johnson, guitar, and Stacey Street, voice – will present a varied program ranging from lieder to the blues at Preston Hall in Mendocino, the final Opus Chamber Music concert for the season. It sounds like fun! Watch for another blog post.
Finally, we tie off this season with the Spring Concert on April 9 & 10 featuring Natsuki Fukusawa, piano, joining us for Brahms’ Piano Concerto #1. Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture and Hayden’s Symphony #103, Drum Roll, will round out the program.
And this will have been our 33rd season of providing live classical music to coast audiences and visitors. We are so proud of having served you over the years and we are working hard to continue the tradition. Please join us at the concerts and remember us when you find you have spare funds. Without our donors and sponsors – private individuals and local businesses – we truly could not survive.
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!