Monday, October 31, 2011

"XY" Mysteries

Where is this concert?
One of the original aims of this series was to have concerts in as many different venues as possible. We have repeated a few wonderful ones. But now we get to have one in a very unlikely place...our local nursery! We have been buying plants there for years! (And we have to keep buying them because we are lousy gardeners and keep letting them die) Luckily we know the new owners of what was Bassignani Nursery. Carol and Clark Mitchell recently took over the business, and gave it a name that is easier to say: Grow Gardens. (we keep trying!)
The address is 1841 Gravenstein Highway, just south of downtown Sebastopol. We are rounding up chairs, but if you have a favorite folding chair, bring it along!

And what on earth are you going to play?
As to what we are playing....Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931) played and wrote amazing virtuoso violin music. Rachelle will show what that's about! William Young (died 1662) wrote much viol music. Gwyneth and Yaba can do that. Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) In Groves Dictionary of music it says; "His compositions arise from more abstract structures, often mathematical models." Larry and Yaba explore this curious world. Yradier will sound familiar and Yokoyama is very approachable, especially with Larry's interpretation. CodeX...Ahhhhh.....Maria, David, Gwyneth and Yaba are reveling in many codices and picking the best CodeX for the concert.......
A very varied concert. X-treme? No, interesting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wrapping up "W"!

We wrangled space from the Pirate Exhibit at Petaluma Museum for this....One trio is acknowledging composer Brian Wilson, the other is playing "Stopping by Woods" by Janis Wilson.
We received a lovely email from audience member Gary Shepard: "I thought tonight's concert had a special feeling. The amazing acoustics, the intimacy, the lush, full sound, and a sense of passion and commitment on the part of all performers all combined to create an exciting experience....A true troupe of artists at their best."