The Friday, Dec. 9, Column


Soundbytes – Holiday concert round-up

The holidays are creeping up fast this year and Christmas is only two weeks away, that’s right, and that means it’s time for holiday concerts and Sonoma Valley has no shortage of them, and for all ages and music tastes.

The Sonoma Valley Chorale is in action at the Church of Latter Day saints for two shows, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, the Chorale is presenting “Christmas is for Children.”  Jeane MacPherson will be doing the narration for “Brother Heinrick” and there will be an appearance from Santa and cookies are also promised. Shows both days start at 3 p.m. For tickets and more info, point your browser to

Musicworks!Sonoma is presenting it’s annual holiday show this weekend as well, at the Faith Lutheran Church of Sonoma Valley on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. This years show is titled “Christmas Splendor” and will have James Griewe as artistic director, and feature John Simon on piano when they will be celebrating new musical stylings of Christmas favorites, giving the audience a chance to sing-a-long with the choir. Also appearing as a special guest will be Judy Coe on flute and Carolyn Niehaus, who is music instructor at Altimira Middle School. The event is also a benefit for F.I.S.H and canned food will be collected at the event, which is free and open to the public. Saturdays show starts at 7 p.m. and Sunday it’s a matinee, kicking off at 2 p.m.

The Sonoma Conservatory of Dance will be presenting the classic “The Snow Maiden” at the Sebastiani Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, with a full-length ballet and character dance performance recounting a beautiful Russian folktale filled with love and magic. Evan Johnston, of Benicia is featured as Lel, the Russian shepherd boy who falls head over heels in love with the beautiful and mystical Snow Maiden, played by Sonoma Conservatory of Dance’s Emily Curiel. Also in the cast are sweet snow drops and icicles, fierce snow guards, four powerful winds, a fun snow family, an icy snow queen, and many more creatures of wonder from a mysterious otherworld of perpetual winter, all played by members of the dance troupe. The show is also a benefit for SAY Grief Services. Showtime both days is at 1 p.m. and tickets will be available at the Theatre box office. For more info, point your browser to


The Carrtunes

Set List – The Rundown

Annex Wine Bar, 865 W. Napa St. Sonoma, 938-7779
Tonight, Dec. 9: Lynne O and Friends Christmas Show. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Shameless. 7:30 p.m.

Church of Latter Day Saints, 16280 La Grama Dr., Sonoma, 996-2369
Saturday, Dec. 10: Sonoma Valley Chorale presents “Christmas is for Children.” 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11: Sonoma Valley Chorale presents “Christmas is for Children.” 3 p.m.

El Verano Inn, 705 Laurel Ave. El Verano, 935-0611
Tonight, Dec. 9: The Last Resort and Mid Life Krysis, 9 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church of Sonoma Valley, 19355 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, 996-7365
Saturday, Dec. 10: MusicWorks!Sonoma presents “Christmas Splendor.” 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11: MusicWorks!Sonoma presents “Christmas Splendor.” 2 p.m.

Friday Farmers Market, Depot Park, 270 First St W. Sonoma
Today, Dec. 9: Stewart Degner. 9:30 a.m.

HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway Sonoma, 935-9100
Tonight, Dec. 9: David Thom and Friends. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Aaron Redner. 8 p.m.

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E. Sonoma, 935-0660
Tonight, Dec. 9: Sean Carscadden Trio. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10: Mostly Simply Bluegrass. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11: Food drive for F.I.S.H with the Carrtunes. 6 p.m.

Olde Sonoma Public House, 18615 Sonoma Hwy. Boyes Hot Springs, 938-7587
Saturday, Dec. 10: Karaoke. 7:30 p.m.

Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E. Sonoma, 996-9756
Saturday, Dec. 10: Sonoma Conservatory of Dance presents The Snow Maiden. 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11: Sonoma Conservatory of Dance presents The Snow Maiden. 1 p.m.

Sonoma Speakeasy and American Music Hall, 452 First St. E. ste. G. Sonoma, 996-1364
Tonight, Dec. 9: Ryan Tatarian. 6:30 p.m. 3 on a Match. 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10: the Marks Brothers. 5:30 p.m. C.Z. and the Bon Vivants. 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11: “Open Mic and Mimosas.” 1 to 7 p.m. Acrosonics. 5 p.m. Blues Jam. 8 p.m.

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