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July 2017
$12 - $40

Calder Quartet

July 8 at 2:00 PM

Back for a fifth year of insightful and moving playing, the Calder will perform the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op.13; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132.

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The House Jacks

July 8 at 7:30 PM

Describing themselves as a “rock band without instruments,” The House Jacks have been leaders in the contemporary a cappella world for 25 years. Their arrangements were used for the smash hit movie Pitch Perfect and their music has been the soundtrack for NBC’s The Sing-Off and ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Primarily performing original music, The House Jacks have transcended simple “band” categorization and are now a thriving institution, always featuring some of the best vocalists in the world.

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The House Jacks Workshop

July 9 at 11:00 AM

Watch the House Jacks singers work their magic on several local a cappella groups.

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Side Note

July 9 at 2:30 PM

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Funky. Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twenty-somethings, each from a wildly different musical background, who draw on their diversity to create an all-new sound. Performing everything from classic 60s hits to mashups of the latest chart toppers, it’s contemporary a cappella pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music.

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Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Jeremy Cohen

July 9 at 6:00 PM

The season opens with the exotic rhythms and sinuous melodies of Gershwin’s Cuban Overture; Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade.

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In Bocca al Lupo

July 10 at 2:30 PM

A concert of medieval and Renaissance music. Featuring Shira Kammen, Allison Zelles Lloyd, Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey Shira has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, Kitka and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Shira, playing vielle, medieval harp and violin, will be joined by Allison Zelles Lloyd, medieval harp, and Peter Hallifax and…

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Laurie Lewis, Rita Hosking

July 10 at 7:30 PM

A key figure in bluegrass, traditional and folk music circles, Berkeley’s Laurie Lewis has established herself as one of the finest and most diverse talents in music today. A winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year, multiple times and a Grammy winner for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, it doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. Northern California’s own Rita Hosking is a…

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Stenberg/Cahill/Winant Trio Celebrates Lou Harrison

July 11 at 2:30 PM

In celebration of maverick composer Lou Harrison’s 2017 centennial, violinist Kate Stenberg, pianist Sarah Cahill, and percussionist William Winant will perform a concert of Harrison’s music spanning half a century – exuberant dance music from his early years, dissonant complexity from the 1940s, and substantial works from the 1980s. Their program will include Harrison’s Varied Trio, Grand Duo, A Summerfield Set, Largo Ostinato, Tandy’s Tango, Jig and Range-Song, Changing Moment, and Dance for Lisa Karon.

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Kathleen Grace Band

July 12 at 2:30 PM

“Smart, alluring and evocative” (Washington Post), Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her country, folk and jazz inspired music with audiences from New York to Peru. Her latest release, No Place to Fall, presents Grace’s dynamic original songs alongside revelatory covers of artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and The Meat Puppets. Grace’s trademark pure sound and deep lyrical connection infuse every moment of the album, from her deliciously honky-tonk interpretations of standards, to her own original music. The LA Times…

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Pine Leaf Boys

July 12 at 7:30 PM

Four-time Grammy-nominated, the world-renowned Pine Leaf Boys have made a name presenting their own inimitable brand of music with youthful exuberance, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, they are known for their wild shows, thoughtful arrangements, and breathing new life into Louisiana music. The best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time. New York Times

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Piano Series: John Novacek

July 13 at 2:30 PM

“A commanding presence at the keyboard” and an accomplished composer, John Novacek will perform the Beethoven Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2; Schumann Carnaval, Op. 9; Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, No. 1 in C Major & No. 15 in D-flat Major; Ginastera Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2; and Novacek 3 Concert Rags.

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Band of Heathens

July 13 at 7:30 PM

The term “Americana” was practically invented to describe the Band of Heathens’ sound, rich with lyrical content and supported by soaring guitar work and a rock-solid rhythm section. Hailing from Austin, Texas, and together ten years, the group fuses Lone Star blues, rock, and soul sounds with influences from Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul, heartland country-rock and all points in between.

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Zoe Ellis with Maya Kronfeld, piano

July 14 at 2:30 PM

Zoe Ellis’s dramatic and colorful voice is well known to music fans in the Bay Area and beyond. Described by reviewers as “a resourceful and inventive vocalist,” she sang for many years with the Bay Area funk band, the Mo’Fessionals. A dynamic performer, Ellis’s credits include live performances with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Donald Byrd, Phil Lesh and Friends, ZADELL music co-lead with her big brother Dave Ellis, SoVoSo, Slammin All-Body Band, Darryl Anders AgapeSoul, and as the leader…

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Opera: Don Pasquale

July 14 at 7:30 PM

Guest conductor Jason Sherbundy Stage director Ann Woodhead Donizetti’s effervescent opera is generally regarded as one of the greatest comic operas and a melodic masterpiece. A young couple in love schemes to thwart the plans of an old buffoon who wants to marry the girl himself. Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert lecture by Jason Sherbundy and Ann Woodhead.

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ZOFO Duet

July 15 at 2:30 PM

When you sit two acclaimed soloists at one piano, “you get something energetic and electrifying… out of this world.”  Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands, blazing a bold new path for four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. “…jaw-dropping awesome!” San Francisco Examiner “…dazzling…” Los Angeles Times “ZOFO’s feisty performances…

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Alex de Grassi with Andrew York

July 15 at 2:30 PM
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Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley

July 15 at 7:30 PM

Kim Nalley has pipes to burn, packing a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it’s Kim Nalley and no one else—an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.

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Understanding Schubert: Multimedia Lecture

July 16 at 2:30 PM

In Susan Waterfall’s multi-media exploration of Franz Schubert’s life, you will learn how the Vienna of Mozart and Beethoven changed with an increasingly large, restricted and regimented urban middle class.  Schubert’s potent settings of Romantic lyric poetry thrived in bourgeois settings where there was a growing need for personal emotional outlet.  The inwardness and subjectivity of Schubert’s music mirrored the search for meaning and belonging in an alienating world where nature was increasingly seen as the only solace. Tenor Brian…

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Kanekoa, Joan Soriano: Double Bill

July 16 at 7:30 PM

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers. Describing its music as ukulele-powered Hawaiian reggae folk rock, Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, rock, folk, blues, reggae and…

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Joan Soriano Workshop

July 17 at 10:00 AM

Be inspired by Joan Soriano’s work with local middle and high school students who have been participating in the Lead Guitar program.

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Schubert Chamber Music 1

July 17 at 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall will play Moments Musicaux and discuss the significance of Schubert’s “character pieces,” which, like lieder, suited the Romantic goals of intimacy and fantasy. Schubert’s exceptional ability to portray women in lieder will be demonstrated by soprano Julie Kierstine and pianist Daniel Lockert. The Octet, modeled on Beethoven’s popular Septet, is unusually outgoing, but its gaiety is outlined with Schubertian shadows. The Octet will be performed by the Festival Chamber Players. Festival Chamber Players: Jay Zhong, violin Tammie Dyer,…

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Schubert Chamber Music 2

July 18 at 2:30 PM

The most domestic of all genres, the four-hand piano piece, attained its pinnacle with Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, written in the last year of Schubert’s life.  It will be performed by Julian Waterfall Pollack and Susan Waterfall.  The String Quintet in C Major for quartet and an additional cello is a work of supreme inspiration and craft, an expression of Schubert’s love of life as he faced his early death. Festival Chamber Players: Jay Zhong, violin Tammie Dyer, violin…

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Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion

July 18 at 7:30 PM

Bassist Richie Goods, the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, has toured with a variety of jazz and popular artists including the Headhunters, Lenny White, and Whitney Houston, among others. Goods’ lengthy discography also includes Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common. Together with his fusion/funk band Nuclear Fusion, they ignite the stage and excite the audience in one beautiful chain reaction.

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Babaghanoush

July 19 at 2:30 PM

Guitarist Dimitris Mahlis, drummer Ralph Humphrey, bassist Jerry Watts and saxophonist Antti Suzuki bring life to the multi ethnic compositions of Mahlis. Mahlis’s playing style has been described as soulful and unique, and his compositions have set a standard in cross-cultural pollination. Suzuki’s improvisational talents have been showcased over a varied musical landscape. Humphrey’s brilliant way with multiple meters, along with Watts’ unique approach to non-western genres, creates a rhythm section that explores musical territory with ease.

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Festival Orchestra 2

July 19 at 7:30 PM

Our inquiry into Schubert concludes with one of his most deeply felt orchestral works, the Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished); Richard Strauss’ Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra features dazzling keyboard work; and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 closes the concert with “a grand melody in a major key.” Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert lecture by Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.

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Julian Pollack and J3PO

July 20 at 7:30 PM

Julian Pollack brings his project and band J3PO to the Festival stage this summer. Pollack will be joined by Cale Hawkins, Justin Golder and Adam Jackson. These jazz musicians explore popular songs from the later part of the 20th century as well as originals, through the lens of talk box vocals and jazz harmony, with a nod to contemporary music production. Experience the latest New York neo-fusion—jazz, funk and soul—in kaleidoscopic arrangements using laptops, synthesizers, and talk box.

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Emerging Artists Concert

July 21 at 4:00 PM

The annual and much anticipated recital by the enormously talented young string players from the Festival’s Emerging Artists Program is one of the season’s highlights.

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San Jose Taiko

July 21 at 7:30 PM

Acknowledged as one of the premier taiko ensembles in the world, San Jose Taiko has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum.  Founded in 1973 by young Asian Americans searching to convey their experiences as third generation Japanese Americans, and inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, company performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in…

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Piano Series: Molly Morkoski

July 22 at 2:30 PM

With a “refined kind of virtuosity,” Molly Morkoski will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight); John Adams’ Phrygian Gates; and Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52. “…a refined kind of virtuosity.” Allan Kozinn for the NY Times “Outstanding!” Richard Dyer for the Boston Globe “Exhilarating!” Leslie Kandell for American Record Guide

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Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus

July 22 at 7:30 PM

The season closes with Verdi’s dramatic Requiem, a “mass written by an agnostic opera composer in memory of a dear friend and public hero.” Four soloists and a massed chorus will sing the monumental work. Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert lecture.

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