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Chamber music festival in Glen Ellen Hanna Boys Center

Sunday July 14th -

Valley of the Moon Music Festival, the nation’s first and only organization devoted to presenting chamber music from the classical era to the early 20th century, will return to the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium on July 14-28.

Now in its fifth season, this year’s Valley of the Moon Music Festival celebrates Europe’s powerful 19th century salonnières, women who worked to advance the careers and reputations of composers from Bach to Stravinsky. The festival will make a musical tour of several influential European salons including those of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel in Leipzig, Sara Levy in Berlin and Winnaretta Singer, the “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.”

“Several of the salonnières were excellent artists in their own right,” added Eric Zivian, festival co-founder and music director. “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 the program.”

In keeping with its mission to expand the horizons of historically informed music for future generations, Valley of the Moon Music Festival supports a two-week, full-scholarship summer residential program for advanced music students and young professionals. Apprentices collaborate with and are coached by some of the world’s leading experts in early music.

Tickets, $25-$45, are available at, or by phone at (888) 596-1027.