Welcome to the Redwood Arts Council's 33rd Concert Season!
Note Program Change May 18th
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the original performers, Del Sol String Quartet and Trio Chaskinakuy have had to postpone the original concert. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. Please call us if you have further questions.
With the buzz of the opening of the Green Center in Sonoma County, obviously the classical music scene in Sonoma County has flourished, and we can take considerable credit for that achievement. Looking over the long list of outstanding musicians who have played in Occidental, we note that Redwood Arts Council introduced over 80% of them to Sonoma County audiences. Last season, we presented two world premieres by the outstanding Ives and Kronos Quartets, and we continue to remain committed to the evolution of new music and to introducing world-class musicians new to Sonoma County, such as this season's Calder Quartet, Young-Ha Kim, and Del Sol String Quartet with Trio Chaskinakuy. In addition, we encourage the evolution of young, local musicians. Last year we provided the string students at Analy High School a personal, in-depth workshop from the Cavani String Quartet, helping them to receive a "Unanimous Superior" at the California Music Educators Association festival at Sonoma State University, the highest rating possible. We feel great pride in our accomplishments.
Our mission is to provide musical experiences like these for the community that will enrich lives, connect neighbors, and allow younger musicians to flourish. So that we can continue our mission this season, we now offer you nine exceptional and diverse performances at a great price with meaningful benefits.
What we offer our audiences in exchange for their support are powerful experiences of outstanding performances in our new, intimate, acoustically outstanding setting, as noted in a letter from a supporter:
Even though some time has passed since your last concert, and I have forgotten the musician's name, the sound, the beauty created and my response to it lingers. I was also deeply affected by watching the faces of the others who were responding with so much intent. I was struck by the difference between listening to a recording versus sharing the live musical experience with my community. At a Redwood Arts Concert, the resonance comes from the audience as well as the instruments.
Come be a part of this audience! In contrast to the larger hall experience, we offer an intimate concert setting with opportunity to meet the artists and be closer to the music. We invite you to become a Season Ticket Subscriber or Redwood Arts Council Member! Please, take a moment to read about all of this season's performances, the options for support and benefits for you discussed on our website.
We know that in times of economic downturn, choosing to subscribe is difficult, but we hope that you appreciate our solid reputation of excellence and feel compelled to support us generously. With artist fees on the rise, and grant funding on the decline, we need YOUR help as a subscriber to survive! Of course, we also welcome membership support and volunteers to help us with administration, fundraising, publicity, and more. Choosing to do so makes you part of our cast!!
Without your participation, we would not have been able to expand the classical music scene in Sonoma County. And without you, we cannot continue to help young performers and composers develop into the next generation of great artists. With your help, we can continue to present the seasons of outstanding performances in a small setting that you have come to appreciate.
Candace Mackey, Director
Redwood Arts Council
PO Box 449
Occidental, CA 95465