Bay Area Musicians Start Summer Music Festival in Sonoma

Cellist Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian, fortepianist, have announced plans to start Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma Valley.

Tanya has appeared in concert on Baroque and modern cellos across the US, Canada, and Europe, including the Concertgebouw in Holland and
Lincoln Center. She recently performed the Bach solo Cello Suites at the Library of Congress, Le Poisson Rouge in New York, and for San Francisco Performances. She is a member of the Philharmonia and Portland Baroque Orchestras.

Eric holds degrees from Curtis, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music. Since 1995, he has lived in the Bay Area, where he composes and plays
solo and chamber music on both modern and period instruments. He has
performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the Portland and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestras. He was fortepiano soloist in the
San Francisco Symphony’s 2013 Beethoven Festival.

The annual summer festival will feature chamber music of the Classical and Romantic eras, performed on original instruments in an intimate setting. Many great musicians who have performed with San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra – including Elizabeth Blumenstock, Monica Huggett and Eric Hoeprich -- have agreed to perform at the festival. All the musicians will also have an active role in teaching young professionals to perform on period instruments.
There will be an inaugural concert this summer on Sunday, July 27th at 3:30 at the wonderful Hanna Boys Center auditorium near the town of Sonoma (the full, two-week long festival will follow in the summer of 2015). Tomkins, Zivian and associates will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets are $40 each, but as a friend of The Sonoma Classical Music Society, you get a 50% discount, so you pay only $20. Tickets are available through the Sonoma Community Center Box Office. Order online at: and use the discount code SCMS. You may also call the box office at (707) 938-4626, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Please order soon as seats are limited.


Classical Special offer for friends of the Sonoma Music Society

Use the discout code: SCMS
for a 50% discount!

About the Sonoma Classical Music Society

The Sonoma Classical Music Society was formed in 2004 with the mission of sponsoring a series of classical music concerts in Sonoma of the highest professional quality. An application for membership in the Sonoma Classical Music Society may be obtained at the website: .

Detailed press releases for each concert will be issued approximately six weeks before the performance date. If you have questions, please call (707) 939-3683, or e-mail