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July 2018
$15 - $40

Soloists Together: Geoff Nuttall, Livia Sohn, Stephen Prutsman

July 7 at 2:00 PM

Before their solo turns later in the week, this afternoon Geoff Nuttall, violin, and Livia Sohn, violin, join Stephen Prutsman, piano, to play Telemann’s Gulliver Suite, Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major, instrumental versions of familiar arias by Bizet, Verdi, and Gluck, and Hubay’s Carmen Fantasie.

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The StepCrew

July 7 at 7:30 PM

Bringing together three styles of exhilarating dance forms—Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap—these dancers and musicians take you on an amazing dance journey. As if dancing weren’t enough, The StepCrew boasts world-class fiddlers backed by an ensemble of some of the most talented musicians in the Celtic music scene today.

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Festival Orchestra 1: Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Livia Sohn, violin

July 8 at 6:00 PM

Festival Orchestra with violinist Livia Sohn and soprano Shawnette Sulker The season opens with Bernstein’s energetic and rhythmic Candide Overture; Copland’s inspiring and melodic Appalachian Spring; Barber’s Violin Concerto; Bernstein songs “New York New York,” “A Little Bit in Love,” “Some Other Time,” “Glitter and be Gay”; and dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

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Business Casual

July 9 at 2:30 PM

Formed in 2012, vocal band Business Casual is rapidly becoming a fixture in the Bay Area vocal music scene. The group explores a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B, guaranteeing that there is something for everyone in their energetic, all-ages shows. With powerful leads and sizzling beats, audiences can’t believe this group is using only their voices.

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Lucia Micarelli

July 9 at 7:30 PM

Violinist Lucia Micarelli journeys through many musical influences from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, all bound together by her trademark vulnerability and technical wizardry. Called “a violinist of heart-melting talent” by the Wall Street Journal, Micarelli is best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and classic rock band Jethro Tull, as well as her starring role as Annie in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Treme.

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Calder Quartet

July 10 at 4:00 PM

Welcomed for a sixth year of sensitive and eloquent playing, the Calder will perform the Beethoven String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74, The Harp; Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135.

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New Esterhazy Quartet

July 11 at 2:30 PM

London, 1845: Gratitude to Josef Haydn will showcase this quartet’s core repertoire by playing four of Haydn’s string quartets: D minor, C Major, D Major, and B-flat Major. Founded in 2006, the quartet takes its name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades.

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Eric Bibb

July 11 at 7:30 PM

With a career spanning five decades, three dozen albums, countless radio & television appearances, and concerts all over the globe, Eric Bibb is one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A fiery singer with soul, gospel and folk roots, his blues are honest and powerful. Born in New York and raised in a musical family, Bibb currently lives in Sweden.

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The Mattlock Duo Cabaret

July 12 at 2:30 PM

The Mattlock Duo (husband-and-wife team Daniel Lockert and Jenny Matteucci) will transform Preston Hall into a New York cabaret with music that crosses over from favorite standards, to twentieth century “classical” composers, and to Broadway. Their eclectic and humorous show “For the Love of…” will explore the many facets of love and showcase songs with intimate style.

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Barefoot Movement

July 12 at 7:30 PM

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home, The Barefoot Movement has been heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising new bands on the bluegrass scene.” Selected as showcase artists at conferences of both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival, this acoustic band takes listeners back to another place and time with a show as fun to watch as it is to hear.

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Clairdee: A Love Letter to Lena Horne

July 13 at 2:30 PM

In “A Love Letter to Lena Horne,” Clairdee will commemorate the career of the groundbreaking singer, actress, and activist with fresh arrangements of songs associated with Horne from Harlem to Hollywood, Broadway and beyond. The program will include historical references and personal reflections on Horne’s significance as an American cultural icon. Clairdee’s lustrous voice and soulful delivery hearken back to a time when jazz, pop, and R&B often blended seamlessly together.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Erin Neff

July 13 at 6:30 PM

Enhance your experience of this evening’s opera performance with a pre-concert lecture by director Erin Neff. Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff’s dynamic performance abilities and radiant sound have earned her the veneration of her musical peers and made her an audience favorite throughout the country. Equally at home in the operatic, lied and oratorio repertoires, Ms. Neff is much sought after in the vocal profession. Ms Neff was most recently heard as Marianna in Rossini’s one act farce Il Signor Bruschino, the…

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Opera: Cimarosa, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Luçik Aprahämian, Guest Conductor

July 13 at 7:30 PM

Guest conductor Luçik Aprahämian Stage director Erin Neff Bologna in the 1700s. Geronimo is a cranky older man with two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. He also has a hearing problem and constantly misunderstands everything he’s told. Carolina has recently married Geronimo’s clerk, Paolino, without telling anyone because Geronimo would never have consented. To deal with Geronimo, Paolino has arranged a match between Elisetta and a wealthy nobleman, Count Robinson. Geronimo has always envied the nobility so the hope is that…

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Festival Chamber Players

July 14 at 2:30 PM

Bach’s Trio Sonata in E-flat Major; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor; and Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings. Tammie Dyer, violin; Susan Freier, violin; Jay Zhong, violin, Eric Kritz, clarinet; Tom Nugent, oboe; Stephen Harrison, cello; Carolyn Steinbuck, piano.

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Festival Big Band, featuring Zoe Ellis, Kim Nalley, Kenny Washington

July 14 at 7:30 PM

The red-hot Festival Big Band plays the perennially sold-out concert, this year with three vocalists to add to the high energy.  In her second appearance at the Festival, Zoe Ellis is well-known to audiences across California.  Described by reviewers as a “resourceful and inventive vocalist,” she sang for many years with the Bay Area funk band, the Mo’Fessionals.  Last year’s Big Band vocalist Kim Nalley returns again this year to set the woods, and the house, on fire.  According to…

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Chopin: Dreams and Memories of a Lost Homeland; Multimedia Lecture by Susan Waterfall.

July 15 at 2:30 PM

Chopin Series Opening Presentation Susan Waterfall’s multimedia exploration of Frederic Chopin’s life and times (1810-1849) will explore his early years as a musical prodigy in Warsaw, and his last 19 years as a popular composer and piano virtuoso in Paris.  Chopin’s dedication to Bach, Mozart, Italian opera, and traditional Polish music and his relationships with Schumann, Liszt, George Sand, Delacroix, and Mickiewicz will be discussed.  Learn about Chopin’s invention and development of musical genres such as the prelude, the ballade,…

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Perla Batalla: House of Cohen

July 15 at 7:30 PM

Once a Leonard Cohen back-up singer, singer-songwriter Batalla launched her solo career with Cohen’s encouragement. The Grammy-nominated Batalla has recorded seven albums, written for both film and television, and toured worldwide.

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Chopin 2: Susan Waterfall, Miles Graber, David Kadarauch

July 16 at 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall will discuss and perform a selection of Chopin’s  Mazurkas,  the dance genre where he refined his mastery of the folk idiom and launched his most daring compositional experiments. Susan will also play Chopin’s Barcarolle, Opus 60, and touch on its special place both in Chopin’s output. and as a source for the future pianism of Faure and Debussy. David Kadarauch, cello, and Miles Graber, piano, will perform Chopin’s Cello Sonata Opus 65. Chopin’s final masterpiece was performed at…

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Chopin 3, Piano Series: John Novacek

July 17 at 2:30 PM

Piano Series, with continued focus on Chopin In his recital for the Piano Series,  John Novacek has chosen examples from four important Chopin genres: the etude, the nocturne, the impromptu, and the ballade. Chopin’s Etude in A-flat Major, Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, and Ballade No. 1 in G minor. Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511, Messaien’s Le baiser de l’enfant-Jésus, and Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3 and Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254.

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The Dustbowl Revival

July 17 at 7:30 PM

With a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds, this eight-piece group “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Chopin 4, Piano Series: Spencer Myer

July 18 at 2:30 PM

Piano Series, with continued focus on Chopin In his recital for the Piano Series Spencer Myer will play, among other works, the Four Scherzi of Chopin. Haydn’s Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI: 31; Debussy’s Estampes and L’isle joyeuse; and all four of Chopin’s scherzi: No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20; No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31; No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39; and No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Marcia Lotter

July 18 at 6:30 PM

A freelance musician throughout northern California, Marcia Lotter received her undergraduate training from the University of Washington in Seattle and has studied with such noted teachers as Vilem Sokol, Andor Toth, and Leonard Austria. Marcia performs in chamber groups for concerts and special events and has played in back-up groups for singers such as Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins, and Andrea Marcovicci. She plays regularly in the Santa Rosa Symphony and is a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony String Quintet…

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Festival Orchestra 2, featuring John Novacek, piano

July 18 at 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra with pianist John Novacek Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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Venice

July 19 at 7:30 PM

Performing together since 1980 and consisting of two sets of brothers, Venice’s music is a reflection of growing up in the California beach town for which the group is named. With sounds at once familiar and fresh, their music is a winning hybrid of folk/rock/soul. Venice’s trademarks are their beautiful harmonies, personal lyrics, and high-energy shows; their distinctive vocal sounds have allowed them to perform and record with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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Emerging Artists Chamber Music

July 20 at 4:00 PM

The annual recital by the enormously talented young string players from the festival’s Emerging Artists Program is anticipated by all who love chamber music.

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Pine Leaf Boys

July 20 at 7:30 PM

A smash hit at last year’s festival, the Pine Leaf Boys have been described by the New York Times as “the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time.” Four-time Grammy-nominated and hailing from southwest Louisiana, they are known for their own inimitable brand of music, blending the sounds of Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp-Pop, Country, and Soul. Their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements have breathed new life into Louisiana music. …the link that connects the young and…

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Alex de Grassi, Andrew York

July 21 at 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi is the founder of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop which runs concurrently with the Mendocino Music Festival. Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, composer and guest workshop teacher Andrew York joins him again this year in a concert program featuring their solo and duo compositions and arrangements that blend the sonorities of steel-string and classical guitar. They will be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert

July 21 at 6:30 PM

As a soloist or collaborator, Daniel Lockert is equally versatile on the piano, organ and harpsichord. A native of San Diego, CA, he began formal piano studies at the age of five. Throughout high school, he exclusively studied the organ.  After getting his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and a minor in organ from Loma Linda University, he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and obtained an advanced degree in the specialized field of Accompanying, studying with the…

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Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus, with Amy Bouchard, mezzo soprano

July 21 at 7:30 PM

The season closes with the delightful Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Elgar’s fascinating Enigma Variations, and John Rutter’s Magnificat sung by massed chorus, with Amy Bouchard, mezzo soprano. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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