Symphony of the Redwoods returns with summer concert series – Fort Bragg Advocate-News
FORT BRAGG – Starting Sunday, July 25, the Redwood Symphony presents a series of four outdoor concerts at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Mendocino Presbyterian Church. The concerts include a variety of instruments and styles of music, with something for everyone. The July 25, August 1, and August 15 concerts are held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and are free with admission to the Botanical Gardens. The August 8 performance takes place on the grounds of the Presbyterian Church in Mendocino and is free. All concerts will take place on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
July 25 kicks off the series with an electrifying performance by jazz legend Paul McCandless and acclaimed Bay Area trio Charged Particles. A talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, Paul McCandless specializes in oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones, whistles and a collection of folk flutes. He has performed with the Paul Winter Consort and is a founding member of the Oregon Jazz Group.
Paul McCandless will be joined by Charged Particles, known for their funky Latin jazz and use of intricate arrangements to create drama and suspense. Their energetic and collaborative approach translates into a musical journey that takes the audience through all the emotions of life. This concert will be particularly exciting as it is the world premiere of a new repertoire celebrating pianist and composer Lyle Mays, who passed away in 2020.
On August 1, flautist Kathleen Reynolds and her friends will perform. Reynolds will be joined for this concert by violinist Marcia Lotter, cellist Corinne Antipa and violist Jeff Ives. Although they have been colleagues for many years in local orchestras, this is their first concert in this configuration. The relatively rare quartet formation of flute, violin, viola and cello is perfect for an outdoor concert without a piano, and gives the audience the chance to hear wonderful pieces that could not be performed otherwise.
The program will include Mozart’s “Quartet in D major KV 285”, a familiar favorite, as well as several lesser-known works. Reynolds is particularly looking forward to performing a piece by Volkmar Andreae, which she has performed before and loved. Each of the musicians suggested additional pieces to create a varied program of quartets and trios ranging from classical to modern.
On August 8 at the Presbyterian Church in Mendocino, the Arcata Bay String Quartet will perform. Founded in 2017, the quartet is made up of violinists from Humboldt State University’s Faculty of Music, Cindy Moyer and Karen Davy, community violinist Sherry Hanson and cellist Garrick Woods.
The program will include the famous “String Quartet No. 8 in C minor” by Dmitry Shostakovich, composed in Dresden in 1960 and dedicated to the victims of war and fascism. Other favorite quartets, including Beethoven’s “Quartet in G major” and Brahms “Quartet in B-flat”, will also be performed on the outdoor stage.
The final concert in the series will feature Scott Macomber on trumpet, joined by trombonist Bruce Chrisp and pianist Sharon Lee Kim. They will present a varied repertoire, from the Baroque to the 20th century. A longtime resident of the Bay Area, Macomber has fond memories of the beautiful scenery of the Mendocino Coast as well as the energetic and supportive public.
For this concert, Macomber chose music well suited to an outdoor location. The program includes “Contrapunctus 12” by JS Bach, an exciting duet for trumpet and trombone, as well as pieces by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
After a quiet season without concerts, Symphony of the Redwoods is delighted to once again bring live music to the Mendocino Coast. These outdoor concerts will be offered free of charge as a thank you to the community. The orchestra returns to the Cotton Auditorium for its 2021-2022 concert season, with performances on November 13 and 14, February 5 and 6, and April 9 and 10.
Symphony of the Redwoods has been offering classical music live on the Mendocino Coast since 1983. Learn more at symphonyoftheredwoods.org