The Sonoma Classical Music Society is continuing its series of concerts on Sunday, May 11, at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards when they will present Nigel Armstrong accompanied by Miles Graber for a 3 p.m. show. Armstrong has been labeled a protege, and declared as “an astonishing talent with exquisite technique,” “gifted” and “blazing” by the Chicago Tribune.
Armstrong began his violin studies here in Sonoma at the age of 5 with Leta Davis. He made his debut in 2002 with the Baroque Sinfonia and has since performed with the Boston Pops and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the Reno and Burbank philharmonic symphonies; the Berkeley and Downey symphony orchestras; Bozeman Symphony, San Francisco Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon, Argentina; the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, with which he performed for two seasons, the Marin Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony for which he was concertmaster from 2009 to 2011.
He was a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition, receiving Fourth Prize and winning Best Performance of a Commissioned Work by John Corigliano with “Stomp” and the list goes on and on. Graber received his musical training at the Julliard School and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. The program will include the “Preludio and Gavotte” from Bach’s“Partita No. 3 in E major,” Beethoven’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 47,”“The Kreutzer”; Debussy’s Claire de Lune; Tchaikovsky’s Melody; and Mozart’s Violin Sonata in G major, K. 301, as well as a couple of added surprises. Tickets and more info can be found by pointing your browser to sonomaclassical.org.
Single-day tickets for this year’s Huichica Music Festival held at Gundlach Bundschu Winery are now on sale. The dates for this years festival are Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, and will feature David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, Mount Eerie, Vetiver, Kelley Stoltz, Magic Trick, EDJ, Michael Hurley, Meg Baird, the Cairo Gang, Extra Classic, Light Fantastic, the Blank Tapes, Houndstooth, Golden Gram and more. For tickets and more info, point your browser to huichica.com
In addition to the complimentary Sunday afternoon performances and the Fall Festival, B. R. Cohn Winery has announced an intimate evening concert series to be held through the summer in the olive grove on the property. The Saturday evening shows kick off June 14, with Simple Creation, then on July 26, with Dgiin, Aug. 16, with Crazy Famous, Sept. 6 with the Creak and wrapping up Oct. 18 with Beso Negro. For tickets and more info, point your browser to brcohn.com/events or call the tasting room at 938-4064.
Speaking of the Sunday series, this Sunday, May 11, B. R. Cohn Winery presents Jonathan Wright for a 2 p.m. show. There is no cover.
Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood presents another “Wine Down Friday” today, May 9, with the Jami Jamison Band, kicking off at 5 p.m.
Sebastiani Winery and Vineyards continues the Friday night music series with the Cork Pullers tonight, May 9, kicking off at 6 p.m. There is no cover and the venue is child- and dog-friendly, but no outside alcohol is allowed on-premise.