With its stunning acoustics, intimate size and classic architectural interior, the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum affords performers and concert goers alike the ultimate in sound experience.  Based around the 1899 Henry F. Miller Piano, the Museum has featured classical performances by such greats as Nigel Armstrong and Miles Graber, Jura Margulis, Elizabeth Walter, Yun Chu, Amy Hiraga, Shu-Yi-Pai, Nanci Severance, Peter Wyrick, Matthew Young,  the 5 B concert featuring Judiyaba, Marilyn Thompson and Roy Zajac, Jillian Boye and others.

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Upcoming Events!

4th Annual Jazz Concert Celebrating Black History Month The doRiaN Mode

Saint Valentine’s Day Classical Concert

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4th Annual Jazz Concert Celebrating
Black History Month
The doRiaN Mode

Friday, February 5, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

20 4th Street, Petaluma

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month.  The concert features local vintage jazz & blues group, The doRiaN Mode, with Dorian Bartley – bass/vocals, Bob Johns piano/cornet, David Scott – sax/flute and Tony Blake -percussion.

Buy tickets Online for The 4th Annual Jazz Concert 

OR: Call us at 707-778-4398

Cost – $20.00 downstairs includes food and beverages
($25.00 at the door)
$30.00 upstairs (limited seating) includes an amazing view, champagne, and food


Last year this concert sold-out, so get your ticket early!

DORIAN BARTLEY sings vintage jazz and blues while playing upright bass, supported by the piano and cornet of Bob Johns. They are joined by a variety of instruments as suits the occasion, including percussion and tenor sax: The doRiaN Mode. She enjoys jazz standards, cabaret classics and world music. Dorian expresses her biracial identity through her music. She was born in the Midwest and performed in string bands throughout her youth. Dorian pursued choral studies at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley and taught vocal music for many years in Petaluma’s public schools as well as working with the Artifacts, a local trio. She currently performs with Foxes in the Henhouse, winner of the Bohemian’s 2013 Norbay Award for Best Acoustic/Folk Band, as well as The Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble and various freelance groups. Dorian plays at clubs, festivals and private events around the Bay Area.

BOB JOHNS (piano/cornet) Bob’s early piano lessons grew into a desire to improvise like his father who played jazz trumpet in big bands and small groups. When he arrived in San Francisco after a 4-year Navy hitch, Bob found like-minded players who formed the fusion group Nexus, playing in San Francisco and the East Bay through the 80s. He played keyboard and trombone for a time in the African group, Hedzoleh Soundz. Bob plays each Tuesday night with his jazz buddies at the Comstock Saloon in San Francisco’s North Beach. He hosts an Open Mic once a month in Petaluma at the United Methodist Church.

TONY BLAKE (percussion) was born and raised in San Francisco. Chameleon-like and eclectic in his percussive expression, Tony is equally comfortable in symphony orchestras, small jazz ensembles, folk, rock or world music groups. He has developed a playing style that draws on many traditions. Finding the common pulse to support the music inspires him, no matter what the setting. Tony resides in Petaluma and is employed as an Environmental Scientist. He spends much of his free time traveling the San Francisco Bay Area making music.

DAVID SCOTT (sax) boarded a ship when he was an Australian teenager and headed for New Caledonia as a jazz musician. He settled for 10 years in Tahiti, playing jazz, rock and island music as well as learning French. David loved the fast dance tempos and when he sat in with a Sonoma County band, Gator Beat (now known as Gator Nation) in 1990, he found a means to express his own unique Zydeco style with interwoven horn and accordion. David is part of the Collaboration Jazz Band which performs locally.

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Saint Valentine’s Day
Classical Concert

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Music Inspired by Love
Featuring the works of Brahms, Liszt, Thomson & Dvorak

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an enchanting classical music concert at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. You’ll enjoy beautiful compositions by Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak, and selected works by Handel, Hindemith, Sheldon, and Thomson. Widely known as the “Carnegie Hall” of Petaluma (built in 1904 as a Carnegie Library), the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library features stunning acoustics in an elegant, neoclassical concert hall.

Performing at this special concert will be Elizabeth Walter & Marilyn Thompson (piano), Judiyaba (cello), Carol Menke (soprano), Eileen Morris (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Trujillo (tenor), and Thomas Hart (bass).

With complimentary wine and cheese, a perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day!

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street, Downtown Petaluma
February 14th, 2016 3:00 PM
Complimentary wine & cheese

$25 General Admission
$35 Balcony (Limited Seating) With Elite Beverage Service, Port & Chocolates

Buy tickets Online for The Valentine’s Day Classical Concert

OR: Call us at 707-778-4398


Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52
Liszt: Liebestraume No. 3
Dvorak: Selections from Slavonic Dances
Other selected works by: Handel, Hindemith, Sheldon, Thomson

Presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance & the Petaluma Museum Association

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Museum Location and Hours

The Petaluma Historical Museum is located at 20 Fourth Street,
in downtown Petaluma, CA 94952.  (707) 778-4398

Hours Thursday through Saturday:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.


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