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THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF MORGAN HILL, GILROY & SAN MARTIN

A supplement to the Gilroy Dispatch & Morgan Hill Times

NOVEMBER 22, 2019

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The Besson family take pride in their historic Gilroy vineyard, and that love of the land has carried into its fourth generation, no easy feat. Writer Laura Ness sat down with Denise Besson and her husband James Fahey, all with full wine glasses in their hands, to learn the history of the vineyards and check in on Besson’s new wine label. Besson

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FAMILY LEGACY The historic Besson Family Vineyards is now producing wine under its own label, led by its fourth generation, Denise Besson.

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idle up to either side of the bar window at Besson Family’s mini-barn tasting room, and a great view awaits. For those who are inside looking out, the window frames the 20-acre old vine vineyard as it meanders down to Uvas Creek, back-dropped by the dun-colored rolling foothills in the distance. Those on the outside looking in will see a pool table, a cozy seating area with a woodstove and reclaimed

barnwood paneling. Picking bins, stenciled with names of local farming legends, have been integrated into the walls. To the back stands another bar, above which are displayed bottles from the many wineries that have purchased Besson fruit over the years. Among them are Birichino, Sarah’s Vineyard, Bonny Doon, Calera, I. Brand and Orin Swift. Besson now has its own wine label, Besson Family Vineyards, which began in 2017 as a way ➝6

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to honor the family’s farming way of life, and to establish a new tradition for the next generation to steward, along with this land. After decades of selling grapes to others, the sole member of the fourth generation of the family, Denise Besson, decided to make wine with her family’s name on it. “We wanted to share this special place, and these beautiful old vines, with others,” she said, gesturing towards the old vine grenache, decked in their full autumnal regalia, their trunks gnarled by more than a century of growth. These vines have seen so much change in the world since they were planted: two world wars, the Great Depression, Prohibition, wine in cans, the birth of the internet and a worldwide obsession with cell phones. Yet the vines live on, unfazed, determined to produce their finest fruit, year after year. The crop may be meager, but the flavors speak to the grace and confidence of age. Under the Besson Family label, which will be about 500 cases annually, there are a rosé of syrah, chardonnay, syrah and cabernet sauvignon, almost all of it estate, and all made by Pedro Vargas, a

UC Davis graduate whose winery, Vino Vargas, is in San Miguel. Future releases will include a Century Vines grenache, Ancient Vines zinfandel, pinot noir and port. Besson, who is the fourth generation to live on this 50-acre parcel, is pleased to be carrying on her family’s legacy in the Santa Clara Valley. Her great-grandfather, Jean Auguste Besson, a French immigrant who came to Gilroy in 1925, purchased farmland with vines that exist to this day, including grenache planted in 1910, old vine zin planted in 1922 and Mission vines planted in the late 1800s. The 15-acres of grenache are among the oldest in Santa Clara County, and both the grapes and the resulting wine are highly sought after. Her father, George Besson Jr., has been farming grapes for most of his life, and considers it an honor to work the land. They now have eight varieties between the two parcels. Although she pursued a career in teaching communications studies and public speaking, having taught at Gavilan College for 22 years, Besson said she felt compelled to be part of the only business her family has ever known. ➝8


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GILROY

THANKSGIVING CENTERPIECE The public is invited to create a festive floral centerpiece to put on display at Thanksgiving dinner. Expressions Floral’s staff will provide instruction on a creative centerpiece design. All abilities are welcome to attend. Light snacks and drinks will be served, and guests are welcome to bring their favorite wine or other beverage. Space is limited. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 6:30-8:30pm at Expressions Floral, 850 San Benito St., Hollister. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl.com/y6zgpmdh.

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TIMECAPSULE PARTY Lightpost Winery invites the public to preserve the spirit of Thanksgiving at its time capsule party. Guests will have a time capsule to put their thankful memory of 2019 inside in any form that fits in. Messages, photos or small trinkets are all welcome. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 4:30-6pm at Lightpost Winery, 900 Lightpost Way. Be sure to arrive prior to 5:30pm to place a memory in the capsule. For information, visit tinyurl.com/y6zx4d84.

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THANKSGIVING GOLF Gilroy Golf Course’s Thanksgiving Day Shotgun is open to golfers of any skill level, challenging golfers while providing a picturesque backdrop. Golfers can play an 18-hole or nine-hole game and still have plenty of time to make it home to carve the turkey. Thursday, Nov. 28, 8am-noon at Gilroy Golf Course, 2695 Hecker Pass Road. For information, visit tinyurl.com/y5mqfjhd.

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TURKEY TROT Thanksgiving celebrations for the whole family are planned in Gilroy and Morgan Hill Nov. 24-28.

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Las Madres of Gilroy will hold its first Turkey Day Tot Trot 5K. Guests are invited to run, walk, bike or stroll in the official 5K Trot, and kids 10 and under will enjoy the 1K Fun Run. Holiday gift drop stations will be available to collect unwrapped toys for children up to age 12. Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:30-11:30am at Gilroy Sports Park, 5925 Monterey Frontage Road. For tickets, visit tinyurl.com/y4q7ehmr.

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HISTORIC VINEYARDS Besson’s 15 acres of grenache, planted in 1910, are among the oldest in Santa Clara County. “I was going through a divorce,” she said. Pointing to a hillside above an old walnut orchard on the adjacent parcel, she continued, “I lived on the other side. I literally moved over the hill and came back home. My grandparents had always wanted me to live here on the property.” Besson and her husband, James Fahey, a Gilroy native with a background in solar, beam as they share the story of how they met. They were set up by a music professor at the college who thought they would be a good match. Recalls Besson of their first date, “James said, ‘how about let’s just go to lunch?’ He took me to Nepenthe!” Says Fahey, “I remember the wine we had: Seasmoke Pinot.” The wheels started turning. That was five years ago. They were married in July 2019. “At the time, no one was living in this house,” Besson said. “One night during a harvest moon, we sat outside, right in this place where we are sitting now, and James said, ‘I’m going to build a huge deck here

someday.’ We talked to my Dad about the idea of bottling our own wine and he loved it.” She credits mentors such as Tim Slater of Sarah’s Vineyard, Jeff Fadness of La Vie Dansante and John and Carolyn Aver. “We’ve learned so much from our neighbors and fellow winegrowers,” she said. “They’ve been enormously helpful to us and we are so very grateful.” The radiant glow as she talks about the wines, her respect for her father and their plans for the future, tells a story all its own. But she has little trouble articulating her message. After all, she’s an expert at public speaking. “We wanted to do this for the love of the vines, to establish a legacy,” Besson said. “I feel such an enormous sense of gratification. This is very special for us.” For now, Besson Family Vineyards is open only by appointment, and for special wine club events, which are held five or six times a year. For information, visit bessonfamilyvineyards.com.


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NOVEMBER 22, 2019

HIKING AFTER THANKSGIVING

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Open Space Authority docents will host a moderate walk for “Hike Your Pie Off.” The moderate 4.3-mile hike will traverse the Mayfair Ranch Trail to the Longwall Canyon Trail to take in sweeping vistas of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Dress in layers, wear sun protection and bring water. Saturday, Nov. 30, 9am-noon at Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, 4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill. For information, visit openspaceauthority.org.

GILROY FALL BOUTIQUE Fortino Winery is hosting the annual Fall Boutique in its Barrel Room. Handcrafted

items and gifts including pottery, candles, jewelry, art and more will be presented by more than 35 artists and vendors. Attendees will also enjoy music by Carlos Padilla,

mulled apple cider, holiday cookies and Fortino wines. Admission is free and all are welcome. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, 11am-5pm each day at Fortino Winery, 4525 Hecker Pass Highway. For information, visit fortinowinery.com. EVENING OF FLAMENCO “Sky: An Evening of Flamenco,” a performance by internationally known Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes, will be hosted by Gallery 1202. Fuentes, one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture, will be accompanied by Spanish music duo Diego Amador Jr. and Pedro Cortes. Guests will also enjoy

refreshments and free wine tasting. Tickets are $15-$30. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7-9pm at Gallery 1202, 7363 Monterey St., Gilroy. For tickets, visit gallery1202.com. HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE South County Tail Waggers’ third annual Holiday Boutique features ornaments, decorations and other items for sale among a Christmas display. Wine, cheese and other treats will be served for guests to enjoy while shopping. A portion of proceeds will benefit South County Tail Waggers. Sunday, Nov. 24, 3-6pm at Robert Raymond Salon, 7465 Eigleberry St., Gilroy. For information, visit tinyurl.com/ y44mokml.


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DIWALI CELEBRATION

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night of laughter, food and music at Granada Theatre’s Dinner & Comedy Show. Guests will enjoy the comedy of Sammy Obeid, dancing and dinner prepared by the Live+Love+Leal culinary team. Guests must be 21 or older to attend, and dress to impress with collared shirts and no ball caps. Saturday, Nov. 23, 6-10pm at Granada Theatre, 17440 Monterey St., Morgan Hill. For information, visit liveloveleal.com.

The Indian Association of South Santa Clara County is holding its Annual Silver Jubilee Diwali Celebration. Guests will be treated to a social hour, appetizers, dinner and desserts. The extravaganza also features an entertainment show and hour of dancing. Saturday, Nov. 23, 6-11pm at Ann Sobrato High, 401 Burnett Ave. For information and tickets, visit iascinfo.com.

AUTHOR VISITS Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with stories of Native American

DINNER & COMEDY Enjoy a

GHADERI-FOCKS DUO A concert featuring Morgan Hill native violinist Kimia Ghaderi and pianist Andrew Focks will benefit Coyote Creek Music Festival’s programming and education outreach initiatives. Attendees can hear a program of violin and piano, learn about

CCMF’s upcoming plans and meet dedicated musicians and staff members. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30-9pm at Advent Lutheran Church, 16870 Murphy Ave., Morgan Hill. For information, email info@ coyotecreekmusic.org.

HOLLISTER BLACK WEDNESDAY BASH Soul Kiss Band will perform at a Pre-Thanksgiving Party featuring food, beer and no cover charge. Soul Kiss performs a variety of top pop, rock, country, hip-hop, old school, classic rock and R&B hits from today and yesteryear. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8-11pm at Grillin & Chillin Alehouse, ➝ 13

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BROADWAY ADAPTATION Beauty and the Beast, the longrunning Broadway show based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, arrives for South Valley audiences. This classic tale of transformation and tolerance follows Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince who must learn to love and be loved to break the curse of an enchantress. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, 7pm and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2pm at St. Catherine School, 17500 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill. Tickets are $15, available at the door prior to showtime.

Life as the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library present visits with two authors on Saturday, Nov. 23. First, join Sonia Antaki, author of “Red Dove, Listen to the Wind,” a book of inner strength and adventure that follows 13-yearold Red Dove on a journey across the Great Plains, at 11am at BookSmart, 421 Vineyard Town Center. Then head to the Morgan Hill Library for Conversations with author Elias Castillo and journalist/filmmaker Robin Shepherd as they discuss “A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions,” at 3pm at Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For information, visit friendsmhlibrary.org.

Gilroy Gardens’ 26 acres of trees and gardens come alive with sparkling light displays and holiday treats during Gilroy Gardens Holiday. Attendees can ice skate, visit with Santa, ride favorite rides and more. Select nights, Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 4-9pm and Dec. 31, 4pm-midnight at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. For information, visit gilroygardens.org.

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11 pairings. Alara Cellars and JasonStephens Winery have teamed up with Heritage Chocolates to present this decadent experience. Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, at 6pm each day at The Stomping Ground, 6500 Brem Lane, Gilroy. For information, visit thestompingground.com.

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The Hollister Downtown Association will hold its 29th annual Lights On Celebration. This family-friendly, all-day community event features a holiday car display, Dec-A-Tree Contest, food vendors and live entertainment. A free “Christmas Traditions”-themed parade begins at 5:30pm. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for pictures at 7pm in front of the Veterans Memorial Building. Saturday, Nov. 30, 10am-7pm on San Benito Street, Hollister. For a complete list of events and more information, visit downtownhollister.org.

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WATSONVILLE

SALAMANDER HIKE The Salamander Hike at Mount Madonna will offer participants the opportunity to discover the park’s amphibian nightlife. Join a park ranger and natural resource coordinator at the Blackhawk trailhead for this evening adventure. Attendees are advised to wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight. Saturday, Nov. 23, 5:30-7:30pm at Mount Madonna County Park, 7850 Pole Line Road, Watsonville. For information and reservations, call 408.482.8783. CHOCOLATE & WINE The Stomping Ground is hosting two nights of chocolate and wine

OUTDOOR MOVIE The Grinch (2018 version) will be screened at the Downtown Amphitheater. Guests are invited to pack a dinner, wear their pajamas, cuddle up in blankets and enjoy the show. This free showing is presented by Engenius Learning Center of Morgan Hill along with the City of Morgan Hill. Saturday, Nov. 30, 5-7pm at 17000 Monterey St., Morgan Hill. For information, visit tinyurl.com/y5zg6smm. DUELING PIANOS Dueling Pianos International will perform with two grand pianos playing classic rock, country, hard rock, Top 40 and more. Attendees will also enjoy dinner by the Live+Love+Leal culinary team. Saturday, Nov. 30, 6-10pm at Granada Theatre, 17440 Monterey St, Morgan Hill. For tickets and information, visit liveloveleal.com. CHRISTMAS CONCERT Mezzo soprano Laure de Marcellus will perform at Mission San Juan Bautista in “Heaven’s Light: A Christmas Concert.” De Marcellus will perform with her longtime collaborator Alberto Urroz in this special Christmas program. Space is limited,

HOLIDAY COMEDY The Gilroy Center for the Arts will host the performance of The Hallelujah Girls, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. In this comedy, five women realize time is precious after the passing of a dear friend. In an effort to change their lives and achieve their dreams they decide to turn a rundown church into a spa, but each has their own issues preventing them from being motivated. This production runs through Dec. 1 at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey St., Gilroy. For information and performance schedule, visit limelightactorstheater.com. EXHIBITION AND RAFFLE The San Benito County Arts Council presents its newest exhibition, “Small Works: An Exhibition & Raffle of Small Scale Artwork.” This exhibition features original artworks no larger than 7 inches by 9 inches, created by more than 30 local artists and including paintings, pottery, ceramics, photography, prints and more. This exhibition will be held through Dec. 6, concluding with an Art Party and Live Raffle Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30pm at ARTspace ANNEX, 217 Fifth St., Hollister. Visit sanbenitoarts.org. HEARTWARMING PLAY South Valley Community Theater is bringing the perfect “ladies night out” for the holidays to local audiences with its production of Steel Magnolias. Filled with hilarious repartee, the play follows the bond of a group of ladies in small town Louisiana through funny, tragic and touching moments. This production runs through Saturday, Dec. 7 at Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For information and tickets, visit svct.org.

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PLAZA HOLIDAY Holidays in the Plaza, presented by the City of Watsonville, features the Holiday Train for a tour around the plaza and visits with Santa in his workshop for a photo. Also enjoy food, music, snow and the main event, the Holiday Tree Lighting. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1-7pm at Watsonville City Plaza, 358 Main St. For information, visit cityofwatsonville.org.

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HOLIDAY TREE WALK At Roaring Camp’s Holiday Tree Walk, guests will ride the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain and take part in a walk lined with decorated holiday trees at the summit. The event also includes hot cider and a visit from Santa. Toys will be collected for Toys for Tots, and tickets purchased on site will receive a $2 discount per toy. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, at Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. For information and available departure times, visit roaringcamp.com.

and proceeds will benefit the Mission Parish. Saturday, Nov. 30, 7pm at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second St., San Juan Bautista. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl. com/y6mltg5z.

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SAVING THE STAGE South Valley Civic Theater will begin its 51st season

with the acquisition of Limelight Actors Theater.

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Downtown Gilroy venue was set to close

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imelight Actors Theater, which was in danger of shutting down following the retirement of its co-owners, will be under new management. South Valley Civic Theatre will assume management of Limelight following the end of its current show, The Hallelujah Girls, on Dec. 1. Scott Lynch, SVCT board president and a familiar presence on both Limelight's and SVCT's stages, said he looks forward to SVCT's growth and expansion to Gilroy. "As we begin our second half-century of providing live theater in the South Valley, we are excited about this opportunity to offer SVCT performances at this second venue while

preserving the unique characteristics of Limelight Actors Theater," he said. For the past nine years, Limelight Actors Theater has staged shows at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey St. Limelight was the brainchild of actor Kevin Heath, who created the theater company in part to entice people to the center. After nine years as a member of the Gilroy Arts Alliance and Limelight’s executive director—and after 43 Limelight productions—Heath and his husband and theater company co-owner Alan Obata are moving away. "Although it was a difficult decision to close Limelight; we couldn’t be happier with SVCT’s decision to continue the brand of theater we

created,” Heath said. “The community will be very pleased with what they will experience with the next generation of Limelight.” SVCT just completed its 50th season. While SVCT is the resident theater company of the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, its roots are in Gilroy. In 1969, Gilroy Community Theatre was established by a group of residents and volunteers. It was not until 1985 that it changed its name to South Valley Civic Theatre and expanded performance locations beyond Gilroy to include Hollister and Morgan Hill. SVCT settled in Morgan Hill in 2003, after completion of the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse. With its small black box stage, Limelight usually produces three shows a year, a mix of comedies and dramas. Meanwhile in the Playhouse, SVCT’s annual season features five productions, typically a mix of family and adult musicals, teen and children’s musicals, and a comedy or drama. With the acquisition of a second venue in Gilroy, SVCT anticipates continuing with a combined mix of eight plays and musicals. SVCT plans to retain the features of Limelight, such as the small cabaret theater experience and the option for attendees to bring their own dinner. “Limelight has been my home away from home for nine years,” said actress Rosalind Farotte. “It has been a haven for fine theater, great camaraderie. and enduring friendships. I was greatly saddened by the loss of our leaders, Alan and Kevin, and the apparent demise of Limelight Actors Theater. However, I am delighted that South Valley Civic Theater has decided to step in and hold this theater and its family together. Under the direction of SVCT, Limelight will continue to be a unique and treasured part of our artistic community.”


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DINNER PAIRINGS Local wine, such as Aver Family Vineyards’ chardonnay and viognier, complement Thanksgiving dinner.

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Reserve Monterey pinot noir and 2018 Estate Guglielmo Private Reserve Grignolino rosé. Dan and Thérèse Martin will be serving 2016 viognier, 2015 carignane, 2016 mourvèdre from Thérèse Vineyards, plus J.D. Hurley 2016 pinot noir. Vic Vanni of Solis recommends 2018 Solis Vino Roseo di Sangiovese and 2016 Estate grenache. Geoff Mace of Calerrain will serve his smooth and refined 2017 malbec with roast turkey slathered in butter and herbs. Satori goes big with 2015 merlot alongside squash soup, 2015 cabernet with turkey and fixings and 2015 petite sirah with chocolate pecan pie. Kim and Todd Englehardt of Lion Ranch are pouring 2017 Cuvée Blanc, 2018 Lioness Rosé (both 91 points, WE), along with their newly released Rhone red, 2017 Four Lions. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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anta Clara Valley wineries offer everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast, from sparkling and pinot noir to grenache, sangiovese and beyond. Begin with zingy-fresh 2018 Jason-Stephens “Pixelated” Rosé of Sangiovese and Alara Cellars sparkling, followed by Alara 2017 Barbera and Jason-Stephens 2013 Carmenere. Carolyn Aver from Aver Family will serve cream of chardonnay and gruyere soup, plus a fall panzanella salad with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts in brown butter dressing, with 2016 “Reverence” Chardonnay. Turkey with mushroom stuffing and mushroom gravy will complement the earthiness of 2016 “Hope” Rhone Blend, and triple berry pie will shine with 2016 Family Album Petite Sirah (91 points, Wine Enthusiast). Nik Zorn at Guglielmo recommends 2015 Guglielmo Private

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Classical duo kicks off series

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NEW SERIES The Ghaderi-Focks Duo will perform in Morgan Hill as a benefit for the upcoming Coyote Creek Music Festival.

Concerts to support inaugural festival NOVEMBER 22, 2019

By SUSAN L. RIFE

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he first in a series of concerts to benefit the inaugural Coyote Creek Music Festival will feature the Ghaderi-Focks Duo Nov. 23 in Morgan Hill. The duo—violinist Kimia Ghaderi and pianist Andrew Focks— are members of the artistic advisory committee to the chamber music festival, which will make its debut next June with three weekends of performances by more than a dozen professional classical musicians from around the country. The festival has its roots in the now-defunct NorCal Music Festival, which was based at Advent Lutheran Church for two years. Kyle Jones, music director at Advent Lutheran, is the festival director.

The festival’s mission is to partner with diverse communities through transformative musical performances, relevant and inclusive programming, and accessible education opportunities, particularly in the south Santa Clara Valley. The upcoming concert, and the festival, will be “a great way to introduce people who don’t go to San Jose or San Francisco” for classical performances, Ghaderi said. She is a Morgan Hill native who graduated from Live Oak High School in 2008. “Kimia’s and Andrew’s performance will certainly establish Coyote Creek Music’s commitment to excellence in all we do,” Jones said. “Morgan Hill is a great community and great communities deserve great music and art. This concert is only

the first of many more that lead up to the June festival.” The festival itself will run June 12-20. Monthly chamber music performances beginning in January will be “mutually beneficial for our organization as well as the community with which we are partnering,” Jones said. Pre-festival concerts are designed to create visibility in the south valley for the Coyote Creek Music Festival, expand the community’s opportunities for cultural enrichment and generate revenue for the festival itself, said Jones. Ghaderi and Focks will perform Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K 379; Clara Schumann’s Romance, Op. 22; Sarasate’s “Romania Andaluza;” Kreisler/Dvorak’s “Slavonic Fantasy;” Saint-Saens/Liszt’s “Danse Macabre;” and Grieg’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor. Ghaderi and Focks are music professors at the Cleveland Institute of Music and have collaborated since 2012. They performed at the 2018 and 2019 NorCal Festival, which presented both student and professional musicians in chamber and orchestral ensembles. Ghaderi is a graduate of Rice University in Houston and the Cleveland Institute. She teaches violin at the institute and is violinist for the Akron Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony. Focks teaches piano at Cleveland State University and piano and music theory at the Cleveland Institute. He studied at Florida State University, Rice and the Cleveland Institute. Admission to the Ghaderi-Focks recital is free, with donations accepted for next year’s festival. The evening also will include a presentation about the 2019-2020 festival season. The Ghaderi-Focks Duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Advent Lutheran church, 16870 Murphy Ave., Morgan Hill. Admission is free; donations accepted. For information, visit www.coyotecreekmusic.org or call (408) 430-7121.


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