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Early springtime concert at Jack London State Park

The Jack London Piano Club’s first concert in their 2014 series of piano recitals is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, and will benefit Jack London State Historic Park. The concert features the world premiere of a new composition, “Jack’s Ode to Charmian,” with lyrics from the 1905 love letters Jack London wrote to his future wife Charmian Kittridge.

The music for this new composition is by Jud Goodrich, founder of the Jack London Piano Club, which has raised over $7,000 since 2011 to benefit the park and recently marked its 25th anniversary. Copies of the sheet music for this new musical composition and celebration of the Londons’ love affair will be available at the concert.

Guest vocalist Dr. Ralph Hoyal will sing, accompanied by composer Goodrich playing Charmian’s grand piano. This will set the seasonal theme for the Piano Club concert celebrating both Valentine’s Day and the Presidents Day holidays. Club member pianists performing include John Dinwiddie, Deborah Knapp, Larisa Migachyov, Zina Milyavsky, Esfir Ross, and Jim Wittes.

Hoyal has appeared in many local theatrical productions including principal roles with the Marin Civic Light Opera Company, Santa Rosa Players, Spreckles and the Raven Theater.

The concert takes place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the House of Happy Walls Museum, with refreshments served at intermission. Tickets are $20 (which includes parking) and can be bought by going to, or at the museum.

Seating is limited. Performance space can be reached by stairway only. For more information about access call 938-5216.

Community Calendar

Sugarloaf Trail Crew
Night Sky Trails
Creekside Nature Hike
Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance Fundraiser
Forest Therapy
Economic Recovery town hall meeting