Marvelous May Concerts and Valley of the Moon Music Festival


Tanya and Eric with clarinetist Eric Hoeprich

Our fabulous May concerts provided a foretaste of our upcoming Valley of the Moon Music Festival, having its inaugural season this July 19th  – August 2nd in Sonoma.

As some of you know, Benvenue House Music is now under the umbrella of Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

We believe that the Valley of the Moon Music Festival is the first event in the US to present Romantic and Classical music exclusively on the original instruments.

Musicians are coming from all over the world to perform on and teach about 18th and 19th century instruments. Beloved music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, among others, comes to life in a new way on these historical instruments, when played by such accomplished artists.

We hope to see you all in Sonoma this summer at our venue, the Hanna Boys Center. Hanna has a wonderful new auditorium, ample free parking, and a lovely patio to sip wine on.

DSC00512The Valley of the Moon Music Festival also has apprentices, who will be featured both during our concerts and in a concert of their own.

Details and tickets can be found at Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

Watch this space this fall for more information about upcoming events at the Benvenue house. We are excited to embark on this new chapter. We hope you will come along too.


Benvenue House Music is an affiliate of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival
PO Box 538, Sonoma, CA 95476

French Baroque in March

French Baroque MusicDear All,

Looking forward to our March concerts. Please note that neither of them are at the Benvenue House and you must RSVP for the exact location.

Do let us know you will be coming. We always sell out!

Harpsichordist Davitt Moroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist Kate van Orden, gambist Elisabeth Reed, and cellist Tanya. The program includes Corette, Boismortier, Marais, and Barriere.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015, 3 p.m. in collaboration with MÜsic in Mill Valley.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 7:30 p.m. West Berkeley.

Also, on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m. we are co-sponsoring an additional show at First Congregational Church in Berkeley (with the same program). This show is part of their Resonance Series. For more information about that show go to:

And check out our new Valley of the Moon Music Festival website! Tickets go on sale soon. You can sign up here to be notified by e-mail when they are available — along with other Valley of the Moon Music Festival news.


Benvenue House Music is an affiliate of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival
PO Box 538, Sonoma, CA 95476

Delicious January Concerts

IMG_2978January was a whirlwind, with two concerts featuring the amazing Telegraph Quartet (joined by Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian for the second half of the program).

Then, on January 11th  (during the day for a change), we all enjoyed a delightful performance from the Apprentices that also featured Eric Zivian and Kim Mai Nguyen — all on original instruments.

Pictured here: Apprentices Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo (violin) and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer (cello), rehearse with Eric Zivian before the concert on January 11th.

Emma and Angel Cakes

Emma and Angel Cakes

Our January food sponsors were truly stellar as well. Fournée Bakery, a new artisan bakery behind the Claremont Hotel provided cookies and brownies and Angel Cakes, a custom cupcakery, shared their delectable creations on two of the nights.

Mark your calendar for our March concerts on the 22nd and 23rd. You won’t want to miss harpsichordist Davitt Maroney with bass-line friends bassoonist Kate van Orden
and cellist Elisabeth Reed. We will update the calendar to reflect the exact French Baroque program they will play soon.

Our other passion project, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, is shaping up fast. Check this space for more details of this summer’s program in the coming days.

Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma where Valley of the Moon Music Festival will be held

Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma where the Valley of the Moon Music Festival will be held

Interested in our concerts or Valley of the Moon Music Festival? Please visit our Join Us page or e-mail us at

Triumphant First Concerts

photo 2Our season has opened and the initial concerts were beyond our expectations.

On December 14th, Ignacio Prego performed the Goldberg Variations on harpsichord gorgeously, in the gracious living room of Christina and Ken Hecht. Our food sponsor for that evening was Sanctuary Bistro in Berkeley, a brand new vegan and gluten-free organic restaurant that happens to also make delicious food.

photo 2_2The next night, back at Benvenue, featured Maria Martinez and Tanya Tomkins on cellos, Eric Zivian and Derek Tam on fortepianos, and Paul Avril on natural horn. Tanya commented that the natural horn changes everything in a good way, transforming the Schumann Variations into something even more special, with everyone playing more sensitively along with the horn.

One patron commented that it was the best chamber music concert  she had ever heard. Delectable edibles that night were provided by Standard Fare, a prepared fine food and take out concept from Kelsie Kerr, an alumna of Chez Panisse.apprentices

Our December 17th concert, generously co-sponsored by Michele and Kwei Ü of MÜsic in Mill Valley, introduced our new apprentices, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello and viola da gamba. The Apprentices brilliant debut was supported by Maria Martinez on cello and Ignacio Prego on harpsichord. (See photo at right.)

Introducing Valley of the Moon Music Festival

We hope that these wonderful evenings are just a foretaste of what is in store this summer in Sonoma when the Valley of the Moon Music Festival has its inaugural season (July 18 – August 2nd). The first ever Festival in the US devoted to romantic and classical music on period instruments, it will also have an apprentice program and encourage artistic cooperation among musicians young and old from all over the world. We will keep you posted, but you can also visit the new website:

logoInterested in our concerts? Please visit our Join Us page or e-mail us at

Can’t Wait to See You Soon

logo_picDear Friends,

The first concert of our new season is almost here.

We are very excited about all of our firsts. It’s the first time we are featuring donated food from fantastic local purveyors — in the case of December 14th, it will be Sanctuary Bistro/Local Love Catering, a family-owned business that is completely organic.

We also have two brand new apprentices we can’t wait for you to meet — and more free concerts than ever before featuring these two gifted young women together with accomplished older artists.

See our new schedule page for the complete programs of this season’s events (also a first).

We hope you will join us in December for one of these three events. As always, it’s crucial to RSVP to ensure we are expecting you and that you know where to find us. All events are in Berkeley (although not all at the Benvenue House) except December 17th’s concert in Mill Valley.

To RSVP, or for anything at all, please e-mail us at

December Concerts

Sunday, December 14th, 2014, 7 p.m.
Goldberg variations
Ignacio Prego, harpsichord. Uplands in Berkeley.

Monday, December 15th, 2014, 7 p.m.
Brahms: Two piano repertoire
Schumann: Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn Piazzola; Tango for cello and piano, Chopin: Polonaise brillante for cello and piano. All original instruments.
Eric Zivian, Derek Tam, fortepianos; Tanya Tomkins and Maria Martinez, cellos; Paul Avril, horn.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Apprentice concert featuring Ignacio Prego, harpsichord; Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Maria Martinez, cellos; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin. Free and open to all. Mill Valley.

Interested in our concerts? Please visit our Join Us page or e-mail us at

Apprentice Concerts Announced/Schedule Updated

Eric Zivian and Derek YeeDear Friends,

Every season, we present our wonderful apprentices, in concert with our visiting musicians (and often also with Eric and me). We consider performance experience to be an important part of the education that they receive in our program — and they are terrific musicians in their own right.

The alchemy that happens when world-renowned virtuosos play with young musicians can be magical. We hope you will come early and enjoy these pre-events before our regular concerts and that you will also put two new events on your calendar: January 11tth, when we are presenting a free, all-apprentice concert featuring Eric Zivian and special guest Kim Mai Nguyen on viola and December 17th, also a free event, featuring apprentices plus Ignacio Prego and Maria Martinez in Mill Valley.

Also, more special guest musicians have been added to concerts since the brochure printed. See below for details!

As always, please e-mail us at to RSVP for each event. We are holding at least one concert in a new venue and we would hate for you to miss ouheadshot IGNACIO PREGO color reducedt.

2014/2015 Full Schedule (Pre-concerts added)

Sunday, December 14, 2014
7 p.m. Ignacio Prego plays the Goldberg Variations in Berkeley (Location to be determined)

Monday, December 15th, 2014
7 p.m. Eric Zivian and Derek Tam on fortepianos joined by cellists, Tanya Tomkins and special guest, Spanish cellist, Maria Martinez. Works by Chopin, Schumann and Piazzola

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Bonus apprentice concert in Mill Valley featuring Ignacio Prego, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, Maria Martinez, cellos, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin

Sunday, January 4th and Monday, January 5th, 2015
7 p.m. both nights. Viennese Extravaganza featuring the Telegraph Quartet, plus Eric and Tanya. Includes Mahler and some Beethoven.

NEW CONCERT! (Not previously mentioned in the brochure) Free and open to all.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
12 noon. Apprentices, Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo and Adaiha Macadam-Somer are joined by Eric Zivian and guest violist, Kim Mai Nguyen for Haydn and Mozart — on original instruments.

Laura Rubinstein-SalzedoSunday, March 22nd, 2015

6:30 p.m. PRECONCERT (NEW)
Apprentice Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo (violin) joins Harpsichordist, Davitt Maroney and cellist, Elisabeth Reed.

7 p.m. Harpsichordist, Davitt Maroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist, Kate van Orden and cellist, Elisabeth Reed. French Baroque and more.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
7 p.m. Harpsichordist Davitt Maroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist, Kate van Orden
and cellist, Elisabeth Reed. French Baroque and more. (Repeat performance)Adaiha MacAdam-Somer

NEW CONCERT! (Not previously mentioned in the brochure) Free and open to all.

Sunday, May 3rd
6:30 p.m. Apprentices join Eric Zivian for a piano trio by Schumann on original instruments

Tuesday, May 5th
7 p.m. Eric and Tanya are joined by early clarinet specialist Eric Hoeprich. Romantic pieces on original instruments.

–We can’t wait to see you!

Best of the East Bay!

image006In exciting (if unexpected news), Benvenue House Music won “Best Place to Enjoy Chamber Music” from the East Bay Express.

You can read all about it here.

In other news, our brochure has mailed. If you didn’t get yours and would like a hard copy, please e-mail us at

You can also download the back page (with the schedule) by clicking here: BHM_booklet_2014-15_back_OL.

Or see the previous post for the complete schedule.

We can’t wait to see you!