Sunday December 10th at 4PM
Hanna Center Auditorium

All proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund




Our Musical Offering:

Selections from
Schubert’s iconic Cello Quintet
Mendelssohn C Minor Piano Trio
and more wonderful chamber music on historic instruments

Followed by a wine reception
generously hosted by Kivelstadt Cellars

Chris Whitley*, violin
Kumiko Sakamoto, violin
Cynthia Black, viola
Laura Gaynon*, cello

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano

* Apprentice Laureate



At Community Foundation Sonoma County, we know philanthropy has the power to connect people, ideas and resources to benefit all who live here. The Sonoma County Resilience Fund pairs our 34 years of grantmaking expertise with funding to help meet the medium and long-term rebuilding needs in our community. Recovery from these fires will take years; our fund will be there for it.

The transformative power of music brings hope and meaning to our lives, connects us to the best side of humanity, and creates community through beauty and expression.

We offer this concert ENTIRELY BY DONATION. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Resilience Fund at Community Foundation Sonoma County. Donations also accepted at the door, but pre-event "ticket" donations will allow us to seat everyone more quickly. Please use the links on this page to pay what you can.




As a baroque violist and violinist, Ms. Black has most recently performed with Apollo’s Fire, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, Three Notch’d Road Baroque, and Publick Musick. She continues as a member of the CWRU/CIM Baroque Orchestra, serving as Concertmaster and formerly Principal Viola. She has participated in Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and recently performed on vielle at the Boston Early Music Festival as part of CWRU’s Collegium, studying under Debra Nagy.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Black performs throughout northeast Ohio and has appeared in performance alongside artists such as Barry Shiffman, Denis Brott, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Matt Haimovitz. She has spent her most recent summers at the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Residency, Kneisel Hall, and Sarasota Music Festival. As a member of the former Calliope Quartet, she performed nearly thirty outreach concerts with her colleagues as part of the Banff International String Quartet Competition’s Quartet in the Community in 2010.


Apprentice Laureate

Laura Gaynon is an active performer of both modern and baroque cello based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Described as "stunning" by the SF Examiner,  Laura has performed with the American Bach Soloists, with the unconducted orchestra One Found Sound, and as a founding member of the baroque chamber ensemble MUSA. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with  Kim Kashkashian, Krista Bennion-Feeney, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Paul Hersh, and Ian Swensen. She is also Artistic Director of Bay Area Concerts at Home, a chamber music series that takes place entirely in the living rooms around the Bay Area. Recent festival appearances include the American Bach Soloists Academy, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Taos School of Music, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the 2012 International Piatigorsky Cello Masterclasses at USC.

Laura has degrees from Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with an M.M. in cello performance and an Artist Certificate in chamber music as a student of Jennifer Culp. She earned an added emphasis in Historical Performance through her studies with baroque cellist and viola da gambist Elisabeth Reed and harpsichordist Corey Jamason, and in 2013 won the Baroque Concerto Competition.


Kumiko Sakamoto is a devoted performer, chamber musician, and multi-talented artist. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, France, Poland, and Italy. Kumiko recorded the first album of Gino Gorini's works under the Tactus label which was released in 2015. Kumiko holds a Master's degree in Chamber Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied violin with Ian Swensen and voice with Pamela Fry. The Thalea String Quartet, of which she is a member, recently completed their tenure as the first Quartet-in-Residence at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Kumiko has attended the Zephyr Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, Morningside Music Bridge in Gdansk, Poland and in Calgary, Alberta, Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, Valhalla Summer School of Music in Silverton, British Columbia, and a Walnut Hill School (New England Conservatory) summer program which included a performance at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and a ten day concert tour of Paris. In the summer of 2012, Kumiko performed the music of Gino Gorini at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. After performing at La Fenice, Kumiko was asked back to the festival lo spirito della musica di Venezia concert series at Teatro La Fenice in 2013 to perform solo and chamber concerts with works by Casella, Gorini, Malipiero, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.


Apprentice Laureate

Canadian violinist Christopher Whitley is an engaging and versatile performer. From Baroque to electronic music, Christopher is committed to exploring and performing music of all styles. 

As a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet, Christopher has performed recitals in the US, Canada, France and Italy and has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence, Kronos and Borromeo Quartets. The Thalea String Quartet was named the first string quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed in a number of world famous halls including the Kennedy Center and Massey Hall. 

Christopher has performed on period instruments at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, CA. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Christopher has performed as a member of NOVUS NY and as both concertmaster and soloist of the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is a regular guest of San Francisco jazz group Le Jazz Hot, performing music inspired by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. 

As a composer, Christopher’s primary focus is on expanding the potential of the solo violin, incorporating technology, electronic music and interactive visual art. Blending classical music, popular music and a variety of improvised styles, he has performed across the United States and Canada, including at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York. He has been invited to create new works at residencies at the Banff Centre and at the Britten Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh, UK. 


Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, cellist Tanya Tomkins is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She has performed on many chamber music series to critical acclaim, including the Frick Collection, “Great Performances” at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal.

She is renowned in particular for her interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, having recorded them for the Avie label and performed them many times at venues such as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle Early Music Guild, Vancouver Early Music Society, and The Library of Congress.

Tanya is one of the principal cellists in San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She is also a member of several groups including Voices of Music and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio (with Monica Huggett and Eric Zivian). On modern cello, she is a long-time participant at the Moab Music Festival in Utah, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, and a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. As an educator, Tanya has given master classes at Yale, Julliard, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and runs the Benvenue House Concert Series in Berkeley.


Music Director and Co-Founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Eric Zivian was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receive graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.

Mr. Zivian has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He performed the Schumann Concerto with the Diablo Symphony in Walnut Creek in October 2013.

Since 2000, Mr. Zivian has performed extensively on original instruments, playing fortepiano in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. He is also a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble and Earplay. He is a frequent guest artist on the San Francisco Conservatory's faculty chamber music series. Mr. Zivian's compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.


photos by Rick Wicklund