Art, Music and Cultural Events in Fall
Art, Music and Cultural Events in Fall
Autumn is jam packed with Sonoma County cultural events, including the symphony's season opener, open house art studios, creative dance, and film screenings. Channel your inner artist with interactive opportunities.
Santa Rosa Symphony
Oct. 5-7, 2019
The Santa Rosa Symphony begins its 92nd season with the first series programmed by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. The stunning Green Music Center's Weill Hall will give due justice to the dynamic season opener, Unmasking the Stars, which features renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven's Concerto No. 4, a selection from composer-in-Residence Matt Browne's How the Solar System Was Won, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, and Anna Clyne's Masquerade. Lecce-Chong gives 30-minute pre-concert talks prior to each performance that include time for Q&A. Visit the concert event page to get familiar with the music in advance with program note, a Spotify playlist of the concert's music, and an overview video by Santa Rosa Symphony Cultural Historian Kayleen Asbo, PhD.
Sonoma County Art Trails
Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, 2019
More than 140 artists open their studios for self-guided tours, in locations from Geyserville in the north to Petaluma in the south, and from the town of Sonoma in eastern Sonoma County to Bodega Bay on the coast. You can meet with the creative talents, admire (and purchase) unique works, and enjoy full days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. exploring Sonoma County's scenic towns and back roads. This is top quality art, too, since the event is juried, meaning all artists must be approved by an outside panel of experts. Each artist must also provide an original piece of art for a preview exhibition at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
Rodney Strong Vineyards Dance Series: MOMIX
Oct. 17, 2019
The fall installation of Rodney Strong's Dance Series brings MOMIX to Santa Rosa's Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Moses Pendleton founded and directs this company of dancer-illusionists. Productions explore the beauty of the human form along with the beauty of nature, music, and scenography. The diverse musical score ranges from Vivaldi to New Age to birdsong. There is an element of intrigue in a MOMIX show for all ages, with fun and imaginative props and gorgeous imagery. Stick around afterward for a post-show discussion.
Alexander Valley Film Festival
Oct. 17-20, 2019
The Alexander Valley Film Festival is celebrating five years this fall. Film buffs can enjoy national and international features, documentaries, and short films as well as join in a special opening night celebration and special programs. Young filmmakers are honored with a Student Film Competition, which is enhanced by a visiting filmmaker panel. Films are screened at Cloverdale's Clover Theater, Healdsburg's Raven Film Center, and a variety of venues in Northern Sonoma County.
Jazz in the Autumn
Oct. 26, 2019
The annual Jazz in the Autumn concert brings acclaimed musicians to the intimate setting of the Gualala Arts Center, nestled in the redwoods on the northern Sonoma County coast. This year's artists include Jamie Davis, vocalist on the Grammy-nominated album "All About That Basie," accompanied by Larry Vuckovich, piano, and Jeff Chambers, bass. Savor Davis' bass baritone voice and enjoy solo piano gems by Vuckovich.
Flower Crowns Dia Sonoma
Oct. 27, 2019
Get ready for Dia de los Muertos celebrations at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art's Flower Crowns Workshop, 2-4 p.m. Learn how to make Mexican paper flowers and then fasten them together to make crowns in the style of Frida Kahlo. On Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 6:30 p.m. join Sonoma's citywide celebration, Dia Sonoma. There will be altars on the Sonoma Plaza, live music, arts and crafts, food, and more.
Wine Country Spoken Word Festival
Nov. 7-10, 2019
All voices are celebrated at the annual Wine Country Spoken Word Festival. Petaluma's Mystic Theatre, Hotel Petaluma, and other downtown locations host national and international spoken word artists for three days of stories, poetry, and comedy. This year's headliners include Elna Baker, Bil Lepp, Akwi Nji, and Antonio Rocha, with a special Thursday night workshop with Margot Leitman. Audiences will be entertained, inspired, and interaction will be encouraged!