The Frisson Ensemble – January 10, 2018

The Frisson Ensemble
Community Church of Sebastopol
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The Frisson Ensemble is explosive!

From New York City, the chamber ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. With its flexible grouping, Frisson is able to showcase a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. An ensemble of six are touring the west coast and Redwood Arts is indeed lucky to have been able to book them.

The Frisson Ensemble are:
Jeremías Sergiani Velázquez, violin
Caeli Smith, viola and Associate Director
Julian Schwarz, cello
Ji Weon Ryu, flute
Thomas Gallant, oboe and Artistic Director
Stas Chernyshev, clarinet

W. A. Mozart: Finale from Quartet K.370 for oboe and strings
J. C. Bach: Quintet for violin, viola, cello, flute and oboe
G. Gershwin: Preludes for clarinet and strings
Frisson Celtic: Suite of traditional Celtic Tunes and improvisations
Cassado: Allegro from suite for solo cello
Reger: Largehetto from Serenade for flute, violin and viola
Von Dohnanyi: String Trio in C Major
Svante Henryson: Off Pist
De Wailly: Anbade for flue, oboe and clarinet
Enrico Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe

Artists’ Website:

$30 General

Fellowship Hall Community Church of Sebastopol UCC
1000 Gravenstein Hwy North
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-2484

Moon Over Buffalo – January 9, 2018

Moon Over Buffalo
6th Street Playhouse
January 11th – February 3rd, 2019

By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Carl Jordan

Fading actors frantic for their former glory!

Set in Buffalo, New York, in 1953, a couple in a crumbling marriage struggles to keep their acting ensemble together long enough for a famed director to see them perform. But with a pregnant ingénue, a drunk leading man, and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly and hilariously wrong.

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm
$30 Adult
$28 Senior (62+)
Saturday @ 2:00 pm, Thursday @ 7:30 pm
$28 Adult
$26 Senior
All performances
$20 Under 30
$22 Value seats

Season subscriptions available.

G.K. Hardt Theatre
6th Street Playhouse
52 W. 6th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 523-4185

Sonoma County, One Year Later – January 8, 2018

Sonoma County, One Year Later
Finley Center Auditorium
Thursday, January 10th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

As we commemorate the anniversary of the fires that devastated so much of Sonoma County, those of us who live in and love this county reflect on the past year’s efforts to rebuild and rethink our priorities. KSRO Host Pat Kerrigan is moderator for the conversation between Sheriff Rob Giordano, Fire Chief Tony Gossner, and Supervisor Shirlee Zane, as they come together to discuss the setbacks, victories, and the community’s resilience this past year and look towards the future.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

This event is sponsored by the City of Santa Rosa.

Admission is free.
Pre-registration is highly recommended; seating is limited to 300 seats.

Finley Center Auditorium
2060 W. College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 579-1500

The Last Devadasi: A Novel by Barbara Baer – January 7, 2018

Book Launch: The Last Devadasi: A Novel by Barbara Baer
Occidental Center for the Arts
Sunday, January 13th, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join us for a book launch featuring local author Barbara Baer’s new novel The Last Devadasi.

The event will include selected readings, Indian dance troupe performance, author Q & A, book sales and signing.

Barbara L. Baer received her BA and MA at Stanford University before going to South India to teach and study dance. She has reviewed classical and contemporary dance for newspapers and periodicals in America and France. Credits include fiction in Redbook and reportage for The Nation. She lives in Sonoma County, California, where she and her husband, Michael, who is also a writer, cultivate pomegranates and olives.

Exotic refreshments served.

Admission is free.

Occidental Center for the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct.
Occidental, CA 95465
(707) 874-9392

Dying Well With Hospice – January 4, 2018

Wednesdays at Hospice – “Dying Well with Hospice”
Memorial Hospice, Santa Rosa
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Caregiving for a loved one is challenging and stressful at times, but the rewards are immeasurable. “Dying Well with Hospice,” written from a family perspective as well as a hospice nurse perspective, validates the importance of end-of-life care. It also helps us to discover the spiritual and emotional benefits that can be attained by supporting a loved one through this poignant time.

Paula Wrenn spent more than 25 years as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, and has assisted several family members in their transition from life to peaceful death.

Jo Gustely, hospice RN, shares the importance of entering hospice at the appropriate time,
enhancing quality of life.

Admission is free.

Memorial Hospice
439 College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
(707) 778-6242 or (707) 568-1094

Next Level Conference – January 3, 2018

Next Level Conference 2019: Expanding Boundaries
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Sunday, February 10th, 2019

You may be making music in Sonoma County, but your creative playground is much bigger. Creative collaboration is definitely not bound by geography. The opportunity to connect with both fans and musical partners from all over is getting easier. By working with a broader palette of partners, with different tools and skills, you can push the limits of your capacity, grow your audiences, and ultimately increase revenue streams.

The 2019 Next Level Music Industry Conference, to be held at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, will explore and help break down barriers of many types, including a live-remote recording between a Santa Rosa songwriter and Nashville musicians (see Songwriting Contest, below!). Other session topics will include getting more from your live recordings and making your home studio play “bigger,” connecting with regional and national resources, networking, and more.

To learn more and register for the conference, visit

Next Level Songwriting Contest
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 4:00 pm PST
Sonoma County songwriters are invited to submit a demo track to be considered for the opportunity to have the track workshopped and re-recorded with a backing band drawn from Nashville’s finest musicians. The live remote recording session will occur as a live webcast at the Next Level Conference on February 10, 2019 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Songwriter/producer Cliff Goldmacher, whose credits include collaborations with Keb’ Mo, Lisa Loeb, Mickey Hart, Mindy Smith, Ke$ha and more, will work one-on-one with the selected songwriter to reshape the original song, record the track, and lead the remote recording session.

To learn more and to enter the contest, visit

Next Level Grants
Application Opens Online: February 11th, 2019
Creative Sonoma is very happy to announce a third year of Next Level Grants for Musicians in Sonoma County. Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be available to help local professional musicians do what they need to do to advance their careers to the next level. Grantees will also receive 10 hours of one-on-one consulting with music industry experts on topics tailored to their individual needs. The online grant application will open on February 11, 2019 with an estimated deadline for submission of March 29, 2019. More information coming soon!

Learn more about the grants at

The 2019 Next Level Music Industry Program is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition – January 2, 2018

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Friday, January 18th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Members of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Weber, Vaughn Williams, Fiala, Enescu, and Accolay.

Featuring soloists on flute, violin, bassoon, oboe, trumpet and piano.

The students, ages 13-23, are members of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and have auditioned for the Concerto Competition to be a soloist with the orchestra.

Enjoy wonderful music performed by extraordinarily talented young people.

This performance is a benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education.

$15 General
$10 Student

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-4797

Kayaking the Laguna De Santa Rosa – January 1, 2019

Laguna de Santa Rosa
Kayaking Opportunities

Kayaking and canoeing in the Laguna is possible only in winter and only when rainfall has been significant within the previous one to two weeks. This is true in part because in many places the Laguna is a shallow floodplain environment and there needs to be enough water under the boat to allow navigation. High water levels are important also because of an invasive aquatic plant called Ludwigia in the system. When water levels are low paddling through the dense, tangled mats of plant material is not possible.

The Laguna’s 22-mile channel extends from Cotati to its confluence with the Russian River at Forestville, but the Laguna is far more than its main channel. It is a unique ecological system comprised of a mosaic of creeks, open water, perennial marshes, seasonal wetlands, riparian forests, oak woodlands and grasslands. The Laguna is an important stopover for thousands of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway and is home to a wide variety of life: more than 200 species of birds ranging from bald eagles to hummingbirds, steelhead, salamanders, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, mink, badger, and river otter.

In addition to the habitat it provides for wildlife, the Laguna is used for agricultural, recreational and educational purposes. It serves as a natural holding basin during our wet season and as an overflow area for the Russian River during floods, slowing and capturing floodwaters and easing their impact on lower Russian River communities. As the receiving water of a watershed where most of the county’s human population lives, it is a landscape feature of critical importance to Sonoma County’s water quality, flood control, and biodiversity.

Put-in sites:
Occidental Road near its intersection with Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa Property owned by County of Sonoma and trail maintained by Regional Parks Department You can paddle either north or south from this spot. If going south you may need to put in south of the Ludwigia that clogs the channel. If going north, follow the path at the base of the road west to the channel.

Santa Rosa Creek at Willowside Road, Santa Rosa Property owned by City of Santa Rosa If water levels are high enough you can kayak west in Santa Rosa Creek to the confluence with the Laguna, then turn south and follow the Laguna. How to Get There: The entrance to the trail is on Willowside Road, 0.5 miles south of Guerneville Road and 0.5 miles north of Hall Road. Park on the wide shoulders along Willowside Road near the trail.

Laguna confluence with the Russian River in Forestville. The Laguna joins the Russian River at Mirabel Trailer Park and Campground, 8400 River Road, Forestville. There is an easy put in area just behind the campground office. Mirabel Park rents kayaks and canoes, or you can bring your own. There is a small fee to park and launch your own boat. Check in at the office. From there you can go quite a ways upstream; you’ll be heading east then eventually south. This is an area not often visited by boaters and it has a quite different “feel” from the open, floodplain areas of the Laguna. It is more creek like with a heavy riparian canopy and steep banks on either side.

Swallow – December 31, 2018

Main Stage West
January 11th – 27th, 2019

A California Premiere by Stef Smith.

Stef Smith’s Swallow is a play about three women dealing with psychological trauma and striving for a fresh start in life. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, August 9th, 2015 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received a Scotsman Fringe First Award

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 5:00 pm

$30 General
$25 Senior
$15 Student

Main Stage West
104 N Main St
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0177