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April 2018
$100

MacCallum House Winemaker’s Dinner with Brutocao

April 26 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A perfect pairing: scrumptious food from MacCallum House’s celebrated chef Alan Kantor and elegant wines from Brutocao. An all-inclusive bargain at $100, the evening includes hors d’oeuvres and wine at 6:00, followed by dinner with wine at 7:00.

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May 2018

Volunteer Sign-Up Day 2018

May 19 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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July 2018

Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/8)

July 6 at 2:00 PM
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$175

Sostenuto: A Celebration of Sustainability

July 6 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, July 6, 2018, 6-9 pm At the spectacular oceanfront home of Linda and Fedele Bauccio. Celebrating the cuisine and music of the Caribbean, with Caribbean-flavored music from Pankind. In music, Sostenuto means to sustain. Just as Fedele Bauccio is committed to sustainable food, he contributes to the sustained future of the Festival through our amazing opening gala. He brings the same level of passionate care to both, and the Festival is very grateful to him and to Linda. We…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/8)

July 7 at 9:30 AM
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$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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$15 - $50

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/8)

July 8 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $50

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; and songs and dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/13)

July 9 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

Business Casual

July 9 at 2:30 PM

This dynamic group combines unexpected musical styles to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers, today’s top 40 hits, and award-winning original material. With such powerful leads and sizzling beats, audiences can’t believe this group is using only their voices.

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$15 - $40

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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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/13)

July 10 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $40

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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Rehearsal, Opera (7/13)

July 11 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $40

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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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/13)

July 12 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $40

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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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $50

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

July 13 at 7:30 PM

Guest conductor Luçik Aprahämian Stage director Erin Neff Cimarosa’s felicitous music carries an amusing story refreshingly free of absurd disguises and mistaken identities.  A young couple in love schemes to thwart the desires of the maiden’s father that she marry someone of higher status. Angela Cadelago, Carolina; Tonia D’Amelia, Elisetta; Sylvie Jensen, Fidalma; Michael Desnoyers, Paolino; Bojan Knezevic, Geronimo; and Ben Brady, Count Robinson. 

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/14)

July 14 at 10:30 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $55

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

July 14 at 7:30 PM

A high-octane g roup of singers and musicians will dazzle you with their interpretations of favorites from the American songbook and jazz repertoire.

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$15 - $30

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

July 15 at 2:30 PM

Chopin Series Opening Presentation From the colorful and exotic Polish peasant world to the fascinating salons of 19th century Paris, Susan Waterfall’s multi media presentation will captivate you with an in depth look at the life of Chopin. You will broaden your understanding of Musical Romanticism with its issues of loss, exile, suffering, otherness, and national identity. Although Chopin’s art is almost entirely dedicated to music for solo piano, it has been enormously influential, and to this day is astonishingly…

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$15 - $40

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/18)

July 16 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$85

Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party

July 16 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy a delightful evening of gourmet food and music at one of the area’s leading restaurants, with premium wines generously supplied by Husch Vineyards, and an intimate musical performance by TBA. The Ledford House Restaurant is located seven miles South of Mendocino on Highway One in Albion, California. Its bluff top location on the Albion headlands allows panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and breathtaking sunsets. The Restaurant reflects the provencal style of Southern France, and accommodates 65 to 90…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/18)

July 17 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $40

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/18)

July 18 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $50

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.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/21)

July 19 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $40

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/21)

July 20 at 10:00 AM
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/21)

July 20 at 1:30 PM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $50

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.” 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 the old generations.”…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/21)

July 21 at 10:00 AM
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$15 - $30

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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$15 - $55

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

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