UKIAH, CALIFORNIA– An All-Star lineup of musicians will join forces in a very special fundraising “Concert for Joel” (cellist Joel Cohen) at SPACE Theater in Ukiah on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:00PM. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $25 at Mendocino Book Company and Dig Music in Ukiah, and at the door the evening of the event. For more information, please call 707 621-0493. Proceeds from the “Concert for Joel” and silent auction will go towards defraying expenses and loss of income resulting from a severe illness that left Joel unconscious for ten days, in the intensive care unit for over three weeks, and a total of six weeks in the hospital.
The evening will feature Paul McCandless, Jeremy Cohen, Elena Casanova, Margie Rice, Spencer Brewer and Alex de Grassi in solo, duet and ensemble performances from the classical, jazz and popular repertoire. Also joining the lineup is pianist Ed Reinhart, vocalist Paula Samonte and a string quartet featuring cellist Clovice Lewis and violinist Tammie Dyer together with Jeremy Cohen and Margie Rice. Dr. Brian Hanson and Spencer Brewer will be the evening’s MCs. A selection of culinary delights provided by Jeanine Nadel and friends will be available for purchase, in addition to some wonderful silent auction items including a vacation stay in Baja, private in-home concerts, vintage wines, a farm-to-table dinner, and many more exciting items. Joel Cohen was inspired to move to the Ukiah shortly after performing with the Grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco and Alex de Grassi at the Winter Concert fundraiser for SPACE at the Mendocino College Theater in 2006. A native of Oakland, he received his early musical training in the San Francisco Bay area with Irene Sharp and Margaret Rowell. After receiving his B.Mus. from the University of Western Ontario, further studies took him to Holland until his return to the San Francisco Bay area where he served as co-principal cellist with the Oakland Symphony from 1979 to 1985. Joel then moved to Europe and served a principal cellist of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra from 1985 to 1997. During those years he also performed with the Vienna Radio Symphony (ORF/RSO), the Wiener Kammeroper, the Wiener Akademie (on period instruments), and Quartett Yggdrasil. He toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Johann Strauss Festival Orchestra of Vienna. Since moving to Ukiah, Joel has performed as soloist with both Ukiah and Santa Rosa symphonies, while continuing to perform with chamber groups and string quartets in the Bay Area and with the Boston based Improvelocity, a group dedicated to improvisation and the exploration of genre-bending musical forms. His eclectic musical interests has also led him to produce concerts locally featuring Scottish fiddle virtuoso Alastair Frasier and legendary chamber jazz group Oregon. He hosts the Music Without Borders radio show on KZYZ on alternate Mondays.