Calendar: July 12-18, 2021

Friday, July 16

Resonance featuring Derek Tam—Stormy Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas remain a cornerstone of every pianist’s repertoire. Join Derek as we explore two of the most popular sonatas of the set—the Grande sonate pathétique, Op. 13 (named as such by Beethoven) and the “Tempest,” Op. 31, No. 2 (not named as such by Beethoven). Derek will perform these sonatas on a modern reproduction of a five-octave piano by Johann Andreas Stein, whose pianos were much beloved by Mozart. These early pianos, now commonly referred to as fortepianos, also allow us to more easily uncover the expressive principles and performance possibilities that constitute what we now call the Classical style. *Please see website for guidance regarding masks and social distancing.

12:00 PM PT
Cost: Free
First Church Berkeley UCC, 2330 Channing St., Berkeley  More information HERE.

Saturday, July 17—Sunday, August 1

Valley of the Moon Music Festival—LOVE AND LONGING: Reaching Across the Distance 

Inspired by the human desire to connect, the chamber music of VMMF’s 7th Annual Season tells stories of separation, longing, and coming together. From Clara Schumann to the American composer Harry Burleigh, the Festival will also feature a series of beautiful art songs. Their magnificent poetry perfectly expresses this year’s themes. The eight Festival concerts build to a hope-filled Finale, a concert celebrating the joy and optimism of youth and renewal. In keeping with our mission, all Festival musicians will play instruments from the period when the music was composed: gut strings rather than steel, and four different period-specific pianos. As is our tradition, VMMF’s Blattner Lecture Series’ dynamic speakers will place the music into historic and social context. Join us to celebrate music and human connection. *VMMF is closely watching all current restrictions and protocols due to the pandemic. We are doing our utmost to keep both musicians and audiences safe.  Masks and social distancing will be required at all times.

Time: Varies (see website for individual event times); PT
Cost: FOR SINGLE TICKETS: $50 for a single live concert (limited capacity seating); $5 reservation fee + $20 suggested donation for a virtual concert. FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVAL SUBSCRIPTION: $35 registration fee + $135 suggested donation.
Online/Hanna Boys’ Center, Sonoma, CA.
More information HERE.

Written by Heidi Waterman