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Culture Crush: Sinfonietta Strings and More | Bohemian



Sinfonietta strings

the North Bay Sinfonietta takes the stage April 8 at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Newman Auditorium. This chamber orchestra, founded by conductor Cynthia Weichel in 2014, has more than 30 amateur, professional and student musicians from Sonoma County. At the next concert, the orchestra’s string section will perform pieces including Edward Elgar’s Elegy 1909, Op. 59, described as marvelous in its devotional expression of unheroic grief; John Rutter’s Suite for String Orchestra from 1973, with each of the four movements named after popular English folksongs; and I Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini, written in a single night on February 6, 1890 and dedicated to the memory of Prince Amadeo di Savoia, Duca d’Aosta and the King of Spain. The Sinfonietta plays Friday, April 8 at the Newman Auditorium on the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation $10. Classicalsonoma.org/calendar.


Jazz Trio

This Friday, April 1, the Joel Kruzic Trio will bring his brand of smooth, jamming jazz to The Big Easy, the underground nightclub and restaurant in Petaluma’s historic American Alley. The venue offers an inclusive and eclectic vibe, where all are welcome to listen to music five nights a week, and a full restaurant menu for dance-induced hunger pangs. Joel Kruzic is a Sonoma County resident who grew up in a musical family. He started playing the guitar at the age of eight, at 14 he had started playing the double bass, and then decided to pursue his career in music, attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. After five years in New York, he moved to the Bay Area with his inimitable sound. Kruzic’s prodigious East Coast-influenced sounds shine through in his technique and rhythm. Friday, April 1 at The Big Easy, 128 American Alley, Petaluma. 7 p.m. Free. Bigeasypetaluma.com


Beauty of Napa Valley

Sofie Contemporary Art Gallery in Calistoga is pleased to announce the opening of the Persistence of beauty, the gallery’s first exhibition of 2022. Curated by gallery director Jan Sofie, the exhibition features a diverse representation of Bay Area artists and is inspired by the enduring power of grace and beauty. simple through tumultuous and unpredictable times. Through a myriad of different mediums and styles, each artist represents resilience and joy through the courageous channel of art. Artists include Will Ashford, Don Bishop, Beka Brayer, Monica Bryant, Arminee Chahbazian, Terry Holleman, Anne Pentland, Todd Pickering, Susan Proehl, Inez Storer, Susan Stover and Jonah Ward. The Persistence of Beauty is on view until June 12. Sofie Contemporary Arts Gallery, 1407 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Galerie.sofiegallery.com


Merger of MOCA

In his latest show, Marin-based artist Bill Russell uses icebergs as a metaphor for the effects of global warming. Presented at Marin MOCA from April 2 to June 5, Russel’s Show on ice is based on his research in climate science and a recent trip to Iceland. The artist intends, through his depiction of melting icebergs in relation to cultural icons like Noah’s Ark and the Titanic, to create an accessible and informative show about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. confronted. On April 22, Marin MOCA will moderate a conversation between Russell and art therapist Ariella Cook-Shonkoff, MFT, ATR about the role of art in understanding the climate crisis and the therapeutic benefits of creating art in the face of climate change. climate anxiety. Marine MOCA, 500 Palm Drive, Novato. General admission is free to the public. Marinmoca.org.

—Jane Vick