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Valley of the Moon Music
Festival (VMMF), the first and only organization in the U.S. devoted to presenting the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic eras performed on instruments built when the music was written, today announced the program for its Fifth Anniversary Season next summer. The Festival will pay tribute to Europe's powerful 19th century salonnières, women who worked to advance the careers and reputations of composers from Bach to Stravinsky. Returning to the Hanna
Center Auditorium in Sonoma July 14 - 28, the Festival will make a musical tour of several salons including those of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel in Leipzig, Sara Levy in Berlin and Winnaretta Singer, "Princesse de Polignac," in Paris.
"Europe's salonnières were the 'influencers' of their day," said Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director Tanya
Tomkins. "Through their salons they helped to shape the musical taste of their time, bringing together great performers, composers and intellectuals. They promoted Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Fauré, among many others."
"Several of the salonnières were excellent artists in their own right," added Festival Co-Founder and Music Director
Eric Zivian, "individuals like Maria
Wilhelmine von Thun, praised for her keyboard playing, and composers Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, several of whose works will be featured on our program."
Additional salons to be explored include those of Pauline
Viardot and Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, both in Paris.
Next season's program will continue the Festival's foray into early 20th century chamber music - performed on gut strings as it would have been at the time - with Igor Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet from 1914/18. Stravinsky was a regular at Singer's Parisian salon, a source of many significant musical commissions.
Among the world-renowned players and teaching artists to participate in 2019 is American violinist Rachel Barton Pine, in her Festival debut. She will perform César Franck's aptly named "Trio de Salon" as well as Ernest Chausson's Concerto for violin and piano with string quartet accompaniment. Other new faces will include esteemed Canadian violinist Marc Destrubé as a faculty artist.
In addition to Tomkins on cello and Zivian on fortepiano, returning artists include Liana Bérubé, violin; Elizabeth
Blumenstock, violin; Madeleine Bouïssou, cello; Christian De Luca, piano; Nikki
Einfeld, soprano; Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Phyllis Kamrin, viola; Jeffrey LaDeur, fortepiano; Carla Moore, violin; Anna Presler, violin; and Kyle Stegall, tenor.
Kate van Orden, Harvard University's Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of Music, will lead the Festival's second annual Blattner Lecture Series, endowed by a gift from Kimberly and Simon
Blattner. Through this Series, the Festival will present several pre-concert lectures by experts in music and the arts, providing greater context to each program.
Concerts take place at 4 p.m. on Saturdays
and Sundays, July 14 - 28. An additional 11 a.m. concert is scheduled for Sunday, July 28. Tickets for next summer, $45 for single concerts with discounts available, will go on sale in the spring. For more information visit valleyofthemoonmusicfestival.org.