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The Sonoma County Library is thrilled to partner with the Santa Rosa Symphony to host six free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches in March 2015. These are the first ensemble performances of a unique, exciting and year-long collaboration between the Sonoma County Library and the Santa Rosa Symphony. The performances are all small-group ensembles, and will include not only a performance of wonderful music, but also an up-close- and-personal look at what it takes to become a professional musician.

Saturday, March 7: String Quintet performances for the whole family

  • 1:00 p.m. at the Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
  • 2:30 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library (150 Coddingtown Mall Center, Santa Rosa)

These concerts will feature familiar pieces like The Pink Panther, The Elephant from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Eine Kline Nachtmusik, a Looney Tunes Fugue and maybe Sponge Bob and Star Wars, along with a few other popular pieces.  Children will learn about the various different instruments and how they produce sound, along with their role in the orchestra. Both performances are funded by the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries.

Saturday, March 14: Brass Quintet performances

Sonoma Valley Regional Library (755 West Napa Street, Sonoma)

  • 1:00 p.m. Performance for children
  • 2:30 p.m. Performance aimed at adults

The first performance, targeted for kids, will take a fun look at the inner workings of a chamber music ensemble, answering burning questions like "What makes a brass quintet?  How do musicians communicate with each other during a performance? How do they turn popular music into a piece they can play?" The second performance will feature music from well-known composers--and some not-so-familiar--covering four hundred years of classical music, including works from composers Giovanni Gabrieli (16th-century Italian), Johann Sebastian Bach (18th-century German), Gioacchino Rossini (19th-century Italian), and Enio Morricone (20th-century Italian). Both performances are funded by the Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library.

Saturday March 28: String Quintet performances

Healdsburg Regional Library (139 Piper Street Healdsburg)

  • 1:00 p.m. Performance for children
  • 2:30 p.m. Performance aimed at adults

The concerts will feature familiar pieces like The Pink Panther, The Elephant from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Eine Kline Nachtmusik, a Looney Tunes Fugue and maybe Sponge Bob and Star Wars, along with a few other popular pieces.  Children will learn about the various different instruments and how they produce sound, along with their role in the orchestra. The quintet’s musicians are violinists Jay Zhong and Eugenia Wie; Meg Eldrideon on viola; Adelle-Akiko Kearns on cello; and bassist, Randall Keith. Both performances are funded by the Healdsburg Friends of the Library.

 

Seating for all performances is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please refer to the Library's press release, or contact Kiyo Okazaki at kokazaki@sonoma.lib.ca.us.

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