Valley of the Moon Music Festival brings the unique sound of Classical and Romantic chamber music on period instruments to audiences in Sonoma and beyond, and expands the horizons of up-and-coming chamber musicians in our Apprenticeship Program.
After many years of exploring, performing and recording the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic periods on period instruments, founders Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian have come to the conclusion that these well-known pieces can be experienced in a completely new way, not only through the unique qualities of period instruments but also through a full understanding of period style. Tanya began to appreciate this many years ago in the Netherlands, where she studied and performed, when she heard a very familiar Mozart symphony performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the 18th Century.
Approached in a style more Baroque than modern, the piece came into an entirely new and fascinating light. The historical instruments took care of many of the balance problems that can arise playing on modern instruments, while bringing out the humor, charm, and poignancy of the music.
For the past ten years, Eric and Tanya have immersed themselves in Classical and Romantic music on period instruments: recording, performing, and teaching these pieces from an historic perspective. They have dedicated more and more of their time and attention to fostering students’ development by coaching, mentoring and featuring them in a house concert series. That led to the idea of starting a music festival devoted to performing and teaching this repertoire on period instruments. Valley of the Moon Music Festival is not just an exciting series of summer concerts in the beautiful town of Sonoma, but also a place for emerging musicians to thrive as they incorporate this chamber music into their professional lives.
Tickets are $25 advance, $5 more day of performance;
youth 7-17 admitted free with adult.
For advance purchase, visit BrownPaperTickets.com or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.