PROGRAM ARCHIVES SUMMER FESTIVALS

2015 - 2019

 

SALONNIÈRES:
WOMEN OF POWER + INFLUENCE
Chamber Music from Bach to Stravinksy

2019

 

FESTIVAL EVENTS 2019

Sunday July 14
Countess Maria von Thun: 
Mozart, Clementi, Beethoven


Estate Dinner
Valley of the Moon Winery

Wednesday July 17
Master Class with Rachel Barton Pine

Saturday July 20 
Princess Cristina Belgiojoso: 
Chopin, Franck, Liszt, Bellini

Sunday July 21
Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac
Fauré, Chausson, Stravinsky

Estate Dinner
Valley of the Moon Winery

Monday July 22
Fortepiano Lecture

Saturday July 27
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: 
Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn

Sunday July 28
Sara Levy:
CPE & WF Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn

Clara Schumann:
Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms

This summer the Festival will celebrate our 5th season in Sonoma with a tribute to the extraordinary Salonnières of the 19th Century. These powerful women were the influencers of their day. They curated fantastic events in their homes by bringing together great performers, composers, and thinkers; helped shape the musical taste of 19th-century Europe; and launched the careers of outstanding composers whose music we still enjoy. 

World-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine will join us on our second weekend of concerts in music by Franck and Chausson. Other highlights will include Stravinsky's classic Three Pieces for String Quartet, and other works by Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms.

Our second annual Blattner Lecture Series will feature both new and familiar star lecturers who will explore the social and musical context of the 19th-century salon. This year all lectures are free (separate tickets not needed).

Sip wine and enjoy the Sonoma vista while mingling with the artists on the patio after concerts. Each reception features a different local winery pouring their finest for you to taste. And feel free to picnic on the patio before concerts.

Enjoy a delightful dinner at Valley of the Moon Winery's Madrone Estate, just five minutes away, on July 14 or 21. Our musicians will welcome you there with a special brief performance.


 

VIENNA IN TRANSITION:
FROM THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE DAWN OF MODERNISM

2018

 

From the late 18th-century through World War I, Vienna was home to many of Europe’s most creative writers, thinkers, and artists. Our concerts this year, performed on period instruments, span nearly 150 years of music. As a rare treat, we are extending the concept of historic performance practice to Expressionist chamber music by performing two works of Schoenberg on gut strings.

This summer, we pay homage to Vienna not only in our choice of repertoire, but also by inaugurating our Blattner Lecture Series, in which three prestigious lecturers join us to discuss Vienna and its influence on music and culture.

We are thrilled that our Apprenticeship Program, in which five talented young musicians are coached by and perform with our faculty, is tuition-free for the second year in a row. In addition, we continue to foster the success of past Apprentices through our new Laureate Program. We are excited to welcome these musicians back as they continue to thrive in their careers.


 

SCHUMANN'S WORLD:
HIS MUSIC AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED

2017

 

FESTIVAL EVENTS 2017

Saturday July 15 
Festival Founders' Circle Private Concert

Sunday July 16 
Opening Concert: “Deserving of a Laurel Crown”
(with KDFC's Rik Malone)

Saturday July 22:
“Hats Off, Gentlemen—A Genius!”

Sunday July 23 
“Fair Queen of My Heart”

Saturday July 29 
“The Grandeur of the Noblest Things”

Sunday July 30 
Morning Concert: “Only Genius Entirely Understands Genius”

Sunday July 30 
Conversations with Kate: Schumann—“The Composer as Journalist” Lecture & Lunch

Sunday July 30 
Festival Finale: “The Age of Bravura”


This year the Festival celebrates the world of Robert Schumann, juxtaposing the composer’s own compositions with chamber works by composers he idolized and championed. Schumann was a brilliant composer and an influential critic who wrote with passion and humor about the struggles and ecstasies of his contemporaries and musical precursors. By performing on period instruments with attention to historical practices, our musicians aspire to present Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet or Chopin’s Cello Sonata as Schumann might have heard these works during his lifetime.

Enjoy a picnic on the patio of the Hanna Boys Center before attending a concert, and stay for a complimentary glass of wine while mingling with the artists afterwards. Each reception will feature a different local winery pouring their finest for you to taste! We will also have special appearances by KDFC’s Rik Malone and Harvard musicologist
Kate van Orden.

 

THE VOICE IN CHAMBER MUSIC

2016

 


The chamber music of the 19th Century is intended to be experienced in intimate spaces, rooms humble or grand, where there is no separation between audience and performers. 

Why “The Voice in Chamber Music”? Our programs will explore how chamber music was influenced by poetry, song, and opera. 19th-century music lovers considered a chamber music concert incomplete without a song or two. A typical salon, where chamber music was generally performed, included poets and writers as well as composers. Setting words to music was a way for musicians and composers to interact with their fellow artists and flatter their patrons.

The repertoire will focus on the composers' love of Opera and Lieder in pieces both instrumental and vocal. The Festival will present 19th Century gems including Beethoven's Septet with historical wind instruments, Death and the Maiden Quartet, and Lieder with both tenor and soprano.  We will also have mid-week events this summer, including a lecture and a master class open to the public. 

 

INAUGURAL SEASON

2015

 

INAUGURAL SEASON

About 18 months ago, we dreamed of starting a music festival in beautiful Sonoma, devoted to performing Classical and Romantic music on original instruments. Our vision was to invite a world-class roster of musicians to play with us, and to have an Apprentice program, in which emerging young artists would play and be coached by our faculty. Now, after many months of hard work and a few miracles, our dream has become a reality. We are excited to present some of the greatest works of chamber music, performed on the instruments for which they were written, and to do it all in Sonoma, the “real wine country” - a community that places such value on authenticity.

We want to thank the Hanna Boys Center for allowing us to present our concerts in this beautiful auditorium. We also want to thank the people of Sonoma, our board, our donors and our great staff and volunteers. Without them, this festival could never have happened.