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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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