Annual Concerts — Benefiting Sonoma Community Center
The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble (VOMCE) was conceived by the five “founding members” of the Ensemble (Brian Sebastian, Sheila Whitney, Shannon Howlett, Jerome Smith, and Greg Grabow) during an informal Christmas party at Brian’s home in 2006. Over the course of the following year, the concept grew and singers were added, rounding out the Ensemble with eight voices – two on each part.
VOMCE gave its debut performance in December 2007, singing a Christmas concert at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art as a benefit for the museum. It was a smashing success. Since then, the group has evolved, increasing its membership to 16 voices, deepening technical and artistic performances, and gaining notoriety in the community and a loyal and enthusiastic audience. With an embrace of 500 years of acapella classical choral repertoire, VOMCE has performed a holiday and a Spring program every year since. In July 2016 VOMCE continued to break new ground with its first-ever summer pop-up concert at Madrone Vineyard Estates in Glen Ellen. As with every concert since 2007, VOMCE donates the concert proceeds to local charitable arts programs through its collaboration with the Sonoma Community Center.
April 27, 2019 – The Art of Song
Followed by wine & hors d’oeuvre reception w/ Bradley Ellingboe.
Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
April 28, 2019 – The Art of Song Matinee
St Andrew Presbyterian Church
16290 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
Ambassador James D. Zellerbach founded Hanzell Vineyards in 1953 with a vision to create wines that could compete on the world stage. Named after his wife Hana, Hanzell sits at the southern toe of the Mayacamas mountain range overlooking the south-western end of Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay. After extensive time spent in Burgundy, Zellerbach returned inspired and educated by the region’s wines and grapes—Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He then planted these two varieties at a time when there were less than a few hundred acres of each planted in North America. Since 1975, Hanzell has been solely owned by the de Brye family, who is dedicated to the preservation of tradition with a progressive and holistic approach which will ensure the sustainability for generations to come.