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News: 07/01/2018

Valley of the Moon Festival explores 'Vienna In Transition'

Explore the most influential music composed in Vienna, featuring a lesser-known oboe quartet by Vanhal, the chamber music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and Schoenberg's Second String Quartet, as the Valley of the Moon Music Festival returns to the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium for a musical journey to this central European capital. Running July 15-29, “Vienna In Transition: From the Enlightenment to the Dawn of Modernism” also includes the inaugural Blattner Lecture Series featuring Thomas W. Laqueur of U.C. Berkeley and Kate van Orden of Harvard University.

The opening concert on July 15 features Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, the Vanhal Oboe Quartet, and Mozart's G minor Viola Quintet. The festival resumes on July 21 with a program including Mozart's Violin Sonata K. 547 in F major, songs by Brahms and Hugo Wolf, and Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 2. Lyric coloratura soprano Nikki Einfeld, tenor Kyle Stegall, violinists Elizabeth Blumenstock, Liana Bérubé and Anna Presler, violist Phyllis Kamrin, cellist Tanya Tomkins, and forte pianist Eric Zivian will all be featured artists in the festival.

The final weekend will present three concerts on July 28 and 29. Saturday's concert features a mostly Beethoven program with the Quintet for Piano and Winds and the Spring Sonata. Sunday's performances reconvene in a program titled “The Viennese Coffee House,” where the central work will be Schubert's magisterial Octet in F major. The festival comes to a close at 4 p.m. with a program including Brahm's Piano Quartet in G minor and Sonatensatz, and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). The Festival invites apprentices to perform in the final four concerts and on July 28, the Apprentice string quartet will perform a pre-concert.

In addition to the music, there will be tastings from local winemakers such as Kivelstadt Cellars, Idell Family Vineyards, Bar None's Canyon, and Valley of the Moon Winery, and post-concert winemaker dinners.

General admission is $45 per concert. Discounts are available for individuals under 35, for early bird reservations, and for groups of six or more. For tickets and information, visit

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