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Notable Excitement: 30 Years of Music at Kohl Mansion

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A European chateau, a lavish palace, a convent, a grand chamber haunted by a ghost—these are but a few of the backdrops that form the colorful tapestry of Music at Kohl Mansion. Notable Excitement: 30 years of Music at Kohl Mansion by Liz Dossa recounts the captivating history of the longest-running chamber music series on the San Francisco Peninsula.

The setting of Kohl Mansion is unmatched for music—both glorious and warm. Notable Excitement captures the charm of the historic mansion and the challenges of creating a lasting arts organization which has featured musicians of international stature. The Mansion has seen world premieres, a catastrophic earthquake, the debuts of stars destined for international fame, and, always, intimate music played live by the world’s finest classical musicians – at Kohl, there is “always a sense of event” according to cellist Emil Miland, a frequent performer.

Through extensive interviews, concert-goers, artists, board members and staff –past and present– describe the profound ways the music has affected them. They recount the stormy night when the lights went out, animated conversations over canapés after concerts, lean years that nearly silenced the hall, deep and lasting friendships that have formed – inspired by the transformative experience of great music, memorably shared. The book, written by the series’ creator, unveils a triumphant success story via the remembrances and anecdotes of those who have cherished the music throughout its first thirty years. Notable Excitement is liberally illustrated with photographs and sidebar stories of people and events that have marked important milestones.

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