The 2015 Fall Casual Concerts Series
In the Brent Auditorium - 282 South High St., Sebastopol Ca *
Oct. 9: Greenhouse
In recent years there has been considerable interest in roots music from all over the planet. The “World Music” phenomenon has caused artists and audiences everywhere to examine indigenous musical forms as well as their own musical heritages and to create exciting new fusions of traditional and modern styles. Combining this trend with the resurgence of acoustic music in general and Celtic folk music in particular, Greenhouse creates a Celtic Fusion which they call Celtic with a Kick.
Drawing from the immense wealth of traditional Irish, Scots, and English music, Greenhouse combines those influences with contemporary and original material to create an exciting style all their own: a style that is respectful of the tradition while maintaining a decidedly non-purist approach. Acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin and tin whistle meet with percussion, didgeridoo and thrilling vocal harmonies in a Celtic Fusion that is sometimes hard-driving, sometimes mellow, but always interesting and eminently listenable. Their original arrangements bring a creative, modern edge to time-honored material.
Greenhouse has been at the forefront of Northern California’s Celtic Revival since its inception in 1991, entertaining audiences with their blend of lively jigs and reels, tender ballads, and rousing pub songs. While usually performing as a quartet, they have several talented collaborators who each bring their unique contributions to the mix. Members of the group are: Patricia Casey, lead vocalist, doubling on tin whistles and didgeridoo; Greenhouse founder Michael Rofkar vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, octave mandolin and tin whistles; Jon Berger, fiddle, melodeon; Tony Blake, percussion; alternating on percussion is Gary Palmatier; and Daniel Patrick Reynolds, electric bass and Pollmann Busetto upright bass.
Friday, October 9, 7:30pm, Brent Auditorium, $12
Coastal Winds & The Brass Quintet
Join oboist Daniel Celidor , John Lounsberry (French Horn) and seven other chamber performers for an afternoon featuring woodwind and brass quintets. Daniel Celidore attended Oberlin Conservatory and Sonoma State University. He is a founding member of Nota Bene and the Coastal Winds. He is adjunct oboe instructor for Santa Rosa Junior College, and Sonoma State University. and recently appeared as soloist with the American Philharmonic, the St Helena Chamber Singers, and in performances with Nota Bene and the Coastal Winds. John Lounsbery graduated from Juilliard. He was formerly a member of the Milwaukee Symphony (67-02) and New Haven Symphony (65-67) as principal horn. He played the world premiere of the David Amram Horn Concerto as well as many solos and concertos with the Milwaukee Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Locally, he has played with the American Philharmonic and is currently on the faculty (as horn instructor) at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Sunday, November 22 Robert Brent Auditorium, 7:00pm, $20/$15 Seniors/$10 Students
Sing-Along Messiah – An Annual Holiday Event
Let your holiday spirits soar at the 22nd annual Sing-Along Messiah, Saturday, December 5th, at 2:00 pm at the Sebastopol United Methodist Church, 500 North Main Street. No previous experience or vocal ability is necessary.
This annual holiday event is directed by John Maas and features local instrumentalists and soloists. Light refreshments are provided and a limited number of scores are available for loan. Join the string quartet, soloists and chorus for a festive time for the whole family.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2pm; $6/$15 family (four or less)
Want to rehearse your part? Interested singers can rehearse with Director Maas on Sunday, November 29, at 4 pm in SCA's Fireside Room, 282 S. High Street, Sebastopol.
Monthly concerts presented by SCA's Music Committee showcase local musicians. Previous performers have included: Bonnie Brooks, Gwyneth Davis, Christopher Fritzsche, Judiyaba, Larry London, Marilyn Thompson, Nicholas Xenelis; The Sonoma County Twenty Fingers Club, and the Aurio Trio. Our Annual Sing Along Messiah is a community favorite. A Casual Concert Application is available for interested performers.
* Sing-A-Long Messiah is an "off-site" venue.