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Mendocino Music Festival

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April 2015
$100

Big Band in San Francisco 2015

April 27 @ 6:30 PM
Moraga Hall at the Presidio Officers’ Club,
50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco, CA 94129
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For one night only, the Bay Area’s own formidable jazz and blues singer Kim Nalley will sing Aretha Franklin’s hits, backed up by the powerful Festival Big Band. This reprise of last summer’s smash sensation Festival performance will be held in Moraga Hall, located at the Presidio Officers’ Club, on April 27. The event will also include food and drink from award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins and her newly opened Arguello. “The Mendocino Music Festival is an unbelievable event,” said Fedele Bauccio, CEO…

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May 2015

Volunteer Sign-Up Day

May 16 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Community Center of Mendocino,
998 School Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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July 2015

Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/11)

July 10 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/11)

July 10 @ 2:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$175

Sostenuto: A Celebration of Sustainability

July 10 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, July 10, 2015, 6-9 pm At the spectacular oceanfront home of Linda and Fedele Bauccio. Celebrate music and the sustainable abundance of Mendocino County. Enjoy a sumptuous seasonal buffet presented at stations in the kitchens, at the grill, and throughout the gardens. [Click to see last year’s menu.] Prepared and presented in the fantastic indoor and outdoor kitchens of the Bauccios’ Little River home. The evening will feature musical highlights from this summer’s Mozart in Mendocino celebration, and from…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/11)

July 11 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Pre-Concert Lecture, Patrick Gomes

July 11 @ 7:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $49

Festival Orchestra with Livia Sohn

July 11 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The Festival will open with the delightful Second Jazz Suite of Shostakovich, showing the light side of this composer. Award-winning violinist Livia Sohn will perform the thrilling Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on her Guadagnini violin. Ending the program is the lyrical Symphony No. 7 of Prokofiev, warm and wonderful with melodies he originally wrote for children’s films. This is an evening to lift your spirits and gladden your heart. Violinist Livia Sohn is a stunning musician… Every gesture leads inexorably to…

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$12 to $39

De Temps Antan

July 12 @ 3:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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De Temps Antan performs memorable and time-honored melodies of Quebec, songs with a hint of contemporary that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. With a special blend of musical flair and using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these virtuosos – Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis – create memorable songs of yesteryear. A performance with boundless energy and the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music!

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$12 to $39

Vishten

July 12 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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A Canadian roots music band, Vishten entertains with a high-spirited concert of Acadian and Celtic genres combined with rock and indie-folk influence. One of the most respected bands on the international touring scene, enjoy Vishten’s trademark blend of accordion, fiddle, flutes, step-dancing, guitar, to name just a few. These musicians are powerful francophone singers and fiery instrumentalists! This trio blends Celtic and French influences with Canada’s equivalent of Cajun music.” – Mosaïk Review Living Traditions Magazine They’re one of the…

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/17)

July 13 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $39

Calder Quartet

July 13 @ 3:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The Calder Quartet, called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times, performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works – including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès – the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The…

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$12 to $39

California Honeydrops

July 13 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The California Honeydrops don’t just play music – they throw parties and have taken the party all over the world. From European tours to featured slots at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Outside Lands, their shared vision and main purpose is always for the audience to sing and share their joy. They’ve come a long way since two of their members started busking in an Oakland BART station; now five members strong, this enormously energetic band draws on diverse musical…

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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/17)

July 14 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Piano Series: Paul Hersh, Stefan Hersh

July 14 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Paul Hersh returns with his violinist son Stefan. They’ll play Op. 30, No. 3, an effervescent piece from Beethoven’s middle years.  Paul Hersh will also perform the delicate sonata Op. 109, one of Beethoven’s final compositions.  Come hear Beethoven chamber music as it was meant to be played, in a small, intimate setting with friends and (especially in this case) family.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/17)

July 15 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

A Cappella Fever

July 15 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Featuring Acafellas, In the Mix, River, Cor Unum, Mendonoma Chamber Chorus Is it something in the bracing coastal air? Or is it a kind of fever? It seems this sparsely coastline boasts a far above average number of excellent a cappella groups, all singing for the love of it, while working jobs ranging from judge, to gardener, to doctor, to innkeeper, and more. This year has seen the birth of two new groups: Cor Unum, a mixed voice trio, and…

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$12 to $39

Cantus

July 15 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) nine-member men’s vocal ensemble, Cantus is known internationally for its trademark warmth and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Hailing from Minneapolis-St. Paul and acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus performs more than 60 concerts annually nationally and internationally and has released 17 albums on its own self-titled label.  The group is renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods…

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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/17)

July 16 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Piano Series: Ching-Yun Hu

July 16 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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A luscious concert of Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke D. 946, Ravel’s La Valse, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14, Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (revised 1931). Acclaimed worldwide for her “dazzling technique and deeply probing musicality,” Ching-Yun Hu has won many international competitions and has performed on tour with the Israel Philharmonic. This is a great opportunity to hear a rising new star at the beginning of her career.

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$12 to $39

Tierney Sutton: After Blue

July 16 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The Joni Mitchell Project, featuring Mark Summer and Serge Merland; plus Ralph Humprey, Julian Pollack In the first half of the concert Tierney Sutton will present some of the material from her acclaimed album After Blue, her tribute to Joni Mitchell. Jeff Simon of the Buffalo News called it “A truly great record” and said “Tierney Sutton sings Joni Mitchell, and if you think that even tells a fifth of the story, forget it. This is not just a jazz…

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$12 to $29

Dave Ellis and Friends

July 17 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis has long been a key figure in the fertile Northern California jazz scene. Perhaps the biggest lesson of the (San Jose) festival is that the Bay Area is filled with world-class jazz musicians…saxophonist Dave Ellis is so on top of his instrument and overall conception that it’s scary.” – Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Eugene Brancoveanu

July 17 @ 7:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
Mendocino, CA United States
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$12 to $49

Opera: Barber of Seville

July 17 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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This promises to be a magical production of one of the funniest operas of all times. Rossini at his rollicking best! The opera will be fully staged with costumes and supertitles. It is a story of love and deception in the intricacies of human interaction, all resolving happily in the end.

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/18)

July 18 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Alex DeGrassi

July 18 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi has influenced a whole generation of guitarists with his compositions, recordings and performances for solo guitar. The Wall Street Journal calls his playing “flawless,” and New York Guitar Festival director David Spelman hails him as “a treasure.” Having performed previously at the Festival, he returns to perform his original compositions and unique arrangements—from Hendrix to Gershwin—as well as new compositions for Harp Guitar.  His long-running Summer Intensive Guitar Workshop, held here on the coast, runs…

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$12 to $53

Festival Big Band featuring Zoë Ellis

July 18 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The Festival Big Band comprises seventeen nimble, creative, steaming and swinging pros who come together year after year for the sheer love of music- making with bandleader Allan Pollack, and for the joy of playing for wildly enthusiastic sold out audiences in the big tent on the bluffs. Zoë Ellis started singing in elementary school with light opera, and has expanded her music to include gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. She added a cappella improvisation to her repertoire when joining SoVoSo…

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$12 to $29

Mozart with Punch and Dreck

July 19 @ 3:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $49

Blame Sally

July 19 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Blame Sally, formed in 2000, doesn’t fall into the usual “girl group” category.  Each of the members – Pam Delgado (percussion and vocals), Renee Harcourt (guitar, bass and vocals), Jeri Jones (guitar, bass and vocals) and Monica Pasqual (piano, accordion and vocals) – put aside individual careers when they were in their late 30’s and 40’s to form the band. Their original and exciting sound has generated broad appeal and rave reviews. One of the finest bands in America right…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/22)

July 20 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Mozart at Home

July 20 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Mozart adored intimate family settings for music and felt at home with four fascinating musical families who inspired many of his works: The Mozarts, the Cannabiches, the Webers, and the Jacquins. The concert will include Sonata for Piano Four Hands K. 19d, written when Mozart was 9 years old; Piano Sonatas for Four Hands K. 309 and K. 381; Solo Sonatas K. 309 in C Major and K. 310 in A minor; an aria from the early opera Lucio Silla…

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$85

Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party

July 20 @ 6:00 PM

Enjoy a delightful evening of gourmet food and music at one of the area’s leading restaurants, with premium wines generously supplied by a yet-to-be-announced Mendocino County winery, and an intimate musical performance by a yet-to-be-announced performer in this summer’s Festival and another yet-to-be-announced performer in this summer’s Festival. Menu coming soon.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/22)

July 21 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Mozart at Court and Outdoors

July 21 @ 3:00 PM
Mendocino Presbyterian Church Sanctuary,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Featuring the Festival Chamber Players Many of Mozart’s chamber works were composed for aristocratic salons or outdoor entertainment. The Festival Chamber Players will perform two major works from the Viennese years: the G minor Viola Quintet, K. 516, and the Wind Octet, Serenade No. 12, K. 388. Mozart in Mendocino, a Four-Part Series This Susan Waterfall Production is a four-day exploration of the lesser-known aspects of Mozart’s life and music, with examinations of his social and cultural context, both silly…

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$12 to $39

Bassekou Kouyate

July 21 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Bassekou Kouyate, musician from Mali, is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa, which he started playing at the age of 12. His band is known as Ngoni ba and he has collaborated with many musicians around the world. He was part of Taj Mahal’s and Toumani Diabate’s Kulanjan project, has toured with Ali Farka Toure, impressing as the band’s solo ngoni player, and appeared on stage together with Sir Paul…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/22)

July 22 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Piano Series: Spencer Meyer

July 22 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Spencer Meyer’s devoted fans will hear a radiant, diverse concert of Mozart Sonata K. 283, the Schumann Fantasie, the Ravel Sonatine, Barber’s Excursions, and three Bolcom Rags. Come enjoy this afternoon salon, which will be a rare chance to interact with and learn from this engaging and articulate artist.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Patrick Gomes

July 22 @ 7:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
Mendocino, CA United States
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$12 to $49

Festival Orchestra featuring Frederica von Stade

July 22 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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This concert, the fourth in the Mozart in Mendocino series, contains some of the greatest music ever written, including the Overture from Abduction from the Seraglio K. 384, and Mozart’s last symphony, the Jupiter K. 551. Frederica von Stade will sing her favorite arias from Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutti, joined by Melissa Angulo, soprano and Jeremiah Smith, bass-baritone. Mozart fans will not want to miss this opportunity to hear the music of Mozart presented with…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/25)

July 23 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

JASBO, featuring the Jade Jazz Ensemble, Berkeley Young Musicians Choral Orchestra members

July 23 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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The Jade Jazz Ensemble and singers from the Berkeley Young Musicians Choral Orchestra will present JASBO (Jazz, Art Song, Broadway, Opera). The mission of the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra is to use high quality, intensive, musical training, academic support, and personal guidance to improve the lives of talented, low-income students, ages nine through eighteen, from throughout the Bay Area. This concert is part of the students’ seven-week intensive summer camp.

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$12 to $39

Matt Andersen, John Németh: Blues Double Bill

July 23 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Matt Andersen’s narrative driven writing cuts through the soul, blending blues and folk, delivered in total honesty. He takes listeners on a ride with his diverse musical styles, skilled guitar work and over-the-top showmanship. Matt’s intimate, high energy performances have captivated audiences from Canada, to the U.S., to Australia and the U.K., in both small clubs and festivals. I’m not trying to change anyone’s life in a big way but I love it when listeners really get involved in the…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/25)

July 24 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/25)

July 24 @ 1:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Emerging Artists Concert

July 24 @ 4:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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This is a recital by the outrageously excellent young players from the Festival’s Emerging Artists program. This program is limited to serious musicians between the ages of 18 and 26. It includes coaching in an intensive 2½ weeks of chamber music as well as participation in the Festival Orchestra in the company of professional musicians from the Bay Area, local artists, and soloists of national and international renown.

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$12 to $49

Clarice Assad Trio

July 24 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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A bold composer, a brilliant jazz pianist and an inventive vocalist all rolled into one, Clarice Assad floats freely across musical idioms. Born into one of Brazil’s most famous musical families, Assad is a symphonic and chamber music composer, a pianist and an arranger, a producer and a vocalist.  Her music, weaving together influences from different times and different places, defies categorization.  Assad’s work has been recorded and performed by the most prominent musicians in the world today, including violinist…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/25)

July 25 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $29

Piano Trios: Miles Graber

July 25 @ 3:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44831 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Audience favorite pianist Miles Graber will bring two of his friends, violinist Jeremy Preston and cellist Robert Howard, to join him for a sublime concert of delicious chamber music. The Beethoven Archduke Trio is warm and wonderful; the Shostakovich trio is both ethereal and boisterous fun.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Patrick Gomes

July 25 @ 7:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 to $49

Festival Orchestra featuring Spencer Meyer (piano) and the Festival Chorus

July 25 @ 8:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Two monumental works of the classical repertoire will be featured at the final concert of the season. Pianist Spencer Meyer will play the lovely Piano Concerto No. 21 of Mozart, featuring the “Elvira Madigan” theme used in that movie. One of the most important American artists of his generation, Spencer Meyer has garnered stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career. The Brahms Requiem will conclude the Festival with a grand…

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