Valley of the Moon Festival


david williams

Festivals. Love them or hate them, they’re everywhere. Emptying your local store racks of sunglasses and tank tops and littering your streets with cheap beer cans and glitter. But this weekend there’s something different in store for you because it’s final weekend of the first ever music festival in the U.S. entirely devoted to classical and romantic chamber music on period instruments. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann to Mendelssohn will all be performed on original or period instruments in use at the time the music was originally composed. Complimentary wine will be offered and those who are 30 and under can enjoy these impeccable aural arrangements for just $20. Top national and international artists who are renowned experts in historic performance like Elizabeth Blumenstock, Monica Huggett, Eric Hoeprich, and others will perform for audiences but their roles go beyond that. The musicians will also coach and mentor the young emerging artists who are a part of the festival’s Apprenticeship Program, a show you can see for free on Friday night.

If You Go:

When: Friday through Sunday, July 31-August 2 at various times

Where: Hanna Boys Center 17000 Arnold Drive in Sonoma

Cost: Starting at $20 (Apprentices will offer a free concert on July 31 at 7:30pm)

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.