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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Gottschalk in Petaluma
150 Year Commemorative Concert

Louis Moreau Gottschalk

The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum will host a duo-pianist concert to commemorate L. M. Gottschalk’s Petaluma performance exactly 150 years ago on July 27, 1865.

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), known as America’s first concert pianist and composer, was the “rock star” pianist of the day, mobbed by adoring fans wherever he went.

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Pianists Marilyn Thompson and Antonio Iturrioz will perform 2-hand and 4-hand pieces by Gottschalk, who staged “monster” concerts that included up to 30 pianos, and orchestras with 650 musicians.

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Make Reservations for ‘Gottschalk in Petaluma – 150 Year Commemorative Concert

Or call us with Credit Card Information at (707) 778-4398

At the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th Street (Corner of 4th and B Street)
Monday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
$10.00 – (Still available online!)
(Sorry, Balcony Seating is Sold Out)
Students – Free!

Learn more about Gottschalk’s Work:

L.M. Gottschalk – Wikipedia

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May 26, 2015 – Jura Margulis in Concert!

Jura Margulis 2015

Performing the music of Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich and Scriabin.

Once again, world-renowned virtuoso pianist, Jura Margulis returns May 26th to the North Bay with a powerful and uplifting performance to inspire audiences of all ages.
Margulis has developed quite a loyal and dedicated following and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy this concert in the beautiful and acoustically superior Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association have been working together for over four years, bringing high-quality classical music to Petaluma.

Margulis will play his sixth concert on the legendary Henry F. Miller concert grand, which is currently housed in the Petaluma Museum. His first performance on this piano was at the Charles M. Schultz Museum in 2009. This piano was built in Boston in 1899 and has been magnificently restored by JB Piano Company in San Rafael.

Margulis will be playing works by Schumann & Liszt, as well as his own beautifully crafted arrangements of masterpieces by Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich and Scriabin.

Enjoy complimentary wine, cheeses and bread generously provided by local wineries and Petaluma Creamery.

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3rd Annual Jazz Concert Celebrating
Black History Month
The doRiaN Mode

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Friday, February 6, 2015* – 6:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month and the opening of “The Many Faces of Petaluma” – An exhibit about the ethnic and cultural groups that call Petaluma home.
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.

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

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

*Note: Date Change –Rescheduled Event

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Valentine’s Evening Classical Concert

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Music Inspired by Love

Works by Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Bruch

Performed by Carol Menke, Soprano;
Jennifer Sills, Viola;
Roy Zajac, Clarinet;
Elizabeth Walter, Piano

What a perfect way to complement Valentine’s Day– an exquisite concert in an intimate setting–the acoustically renowned and charming Petaluma Historical Library & Museum! Enjoy complimentary Port and fine Chocolates (Compliments of Sonoma PortWorks and Papas Chocolates)

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 4th St. (Corner of 4th & B)
February 14, 2015, 8:00 PM

For Reservations:  $25 in advance
($30 at the door)

Ask about balcony seating with elite beverage service!

Presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance &
The Petaluma Museum Association

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The Festival Consort presents their concert “Renaissance Glory”, 2014

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The Festival Consort has been performing its Christmas concert “Renaissance Glory” for the past twelve years to sold out audiences in venues in Sonoma County.

This Year’s Performance:

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
20 Fourth Street, Petaluma
$20.00 at the Door and also Online:


The Festival Consort has been delighting audiences for thirty eight years with their concerts of medieval and renaissance music. They have toured the United States, played at renaissance fairs, and have entertained at weddings and banquets throughout the Bay Area.


The group’s six performers — two vocalists and four instrumentalists — perform on authentic replicas of early instruments.


Well known vocalists — soprano Carol Menke and countertenor Christopher Fritzsche, join instrumentalists David Hogan Smith, Joanna Bramel Young, Alan Paul and Robert Cronin in a concert of traditional European Christmas carols and works by European composers from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries.


Composers include Praetorius, Hassler, Agazzari, Orlando di Lasso and Constantini.


Consorts of carefully matched recorders, crumhorns, shawms, and schreyerpfeifen (all tuned and adjusted by director David Hogan Smith), also include douçain, curtal (renaissance bassoon), guitar and sackbut.  More Information about Festival Consort here.


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wine tasting


Locally Loved Wines Paired
with Romantic Music

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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Betany Coffland, mezzo-soprano
“a vibrant stage presence”
– San Francisco Classical Voice

Aaron Larget-Caplan, spanish and classical guitar
“a riveting artist”
 – Washington Post


Jazz Concert Celebrating Black History Month

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Exhibit Opening Jazz Concert

Saturday, February 1, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Join us as we start off the month with a jazz concert featuring local artist Dorian Bartley (bass/voxals), Bob Johns (piano/trumpet), David Scott (sax) and Tony Blake (percussion).


Conversing Tones
An Autumn Concert

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The Navarro Chamber Players
Performing Mozart, Andriasov & Ravel

Victor Romasevich, Viola
Jill Rachuy Brindel, Cello and
Marilyn Thompson, Piano

Sunday, Nov. 10 2013 at 7:00 pm

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
20 Fourth Street, Downtown Petaluma


California Redwood Chorale
at the Petaluma Historical Library
and Museum

California Redwood Chorale in Budapest

LANDMARKS. . . With Love Concert

Director Robert Hazelrigg leads the California Redwood Chorale in beautiful music about Love . . . love of music, love of home, and love of each other.

For more information visit the California Redwood Chorale’s Website .


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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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