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Mendocino Music Festival

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May 2016

How to Listen to Beethoven: An Exploration of Musical Form

May 1 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Community Center of Mendocino,
998 School Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Increase your musical pleasure by learning to listen to musical form! If you know what the form is going to be, you will have a good chance of following it as the piece unfolds. Susan Waterfall and Allan Pollack will help you to understand the features of sonata, rondo, and variation form with diagrams, audio examples and definitions of terms like tonality, modulation, and counterpoint.

In July, join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music.

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Volunteer Sign-Up Day

May 21 @ 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Community Center of Mendocino,
998 School Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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July 2016

Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/10)

July 8 @ 2:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$175

Sostenuto: A Celebration of Sustainability 2016

July 8 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Friday, July 8, 2016, 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 a representative 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  production of Abduction from the Seraglio. Sostenuto…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/10)

July 9 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $39

Bach Violin Sonatas, featuring Stephen Prutsman, Geoff Nuttall

July 9 @ 2:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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The rapturous music of J. S. Bach opens the 2016 Festival with all six of the rarely heard sonatas for violin and piano. Described as the “Jon Stewart of chamber music,” violin virtuoso Geoff Nuttall redefines what a chamber concert can be, with his creative daring and flair for entertaining. Nuttall is known for his ability to juxtapose the ridiculous with the sublime and is first violinist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In partnership with audience favorite, world-renowned pianist…

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$12 - $49

Peter Mawanga

July 9 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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A self-proclaimed “Voice for the Voiceless” and leader of the premier band in Malawi, Mawanga joins traditional Malawian rhythms, compositions and vocal arrangements with modern instrumentation to produce socially conscious, inspirational music. With his poignant songs and strong messages, the artist strives to speak for the underprivileged and expose the world to the riches of Malawian music. Fusing the rock outfit of drums-bass-guitar with the traditional sounds of Malawi’s marimba, thumb piano and percussion, his Afro-vibes is a modern African…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/10)

July 10 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $49

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Stephen Prutsman

July 10 @ 6:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Tonight we celebrate instrumental masters: Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. There will be energy and passion in the tent, opening with the final movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony—an Allegro with great Brio. Then brilliant pianist Stephen Prutsman plays Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto, a work immediately familiar and joyful, “turning the concert stage into a platform for the emotions…” And to send you into the fog humming and singing, Tchaikovsky’s combustible Fifth Symphony, so uplifting and so fiery that during the Second World…

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/15)

July 11 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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Rehearsal, Opera (7/15)

July 11 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $29

Piano Series: Gloria Cheng

July 11 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano The six film composers represented on this program have among them amassed 73 Oscar nominations and eight wins. “But,” ponders the introductory essay to Gloria Cheng’s recent CD, “what melodies, harmonies, what cadences haunt their private dreams?” Hear selections from pieces written expressly for her by John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, E.T.), Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes), Don Davis (The Matrix, Beauty and the Beast), Michael Giacchino (Up, Lost, Ratatouille) and Randy…

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$12 - $39

Paul McKenna Band

July 11 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Combining their love for folk and traditional music, the Paul McKenna Band offers captivating sounds. With a contemporary approach, but not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements have been called both fresh and innovative. Their exciting sound is created through outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion. The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” – New York Times

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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/15)

July 12 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $39

Calder Quartet

July 12 @ 4:00 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Returning for a fourth year of insightful and moving playing, the internationally acclaimed Calder Quartet will perform the Debussy String Quartet; Anders Hillborg Kongsgaard Variations; and Beethoven Op. 59 No. 2. The Calder Quartet always plays impeccably, with passionate engagement. The Debussy quartet is a sparkling, effervescent work.  Beethoven’s eighth quartet, often called the Second Razumovsky Quartet, is a delightful romp, showing the dramatic but playful side of the great genius.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/15)

July 13 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $29

Side Note

July 13 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Fresh. Funky Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twentysomethings, from wildly different musical backgrounds, who draw their diversity to create an all-new sound. It’s contemporary a cappella – pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some buzzin’ beats, rockin’ riffs and hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music!

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$12 - $39

Stray Birds

July 13 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Hailing from Pennsylvania and flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album, The Stray Birds is a genre-melding acoustic trio of classically trained musicians who have been making music of all kinds since childhood. The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench – has received rave reviews at the 2014 Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland, following that appearance with a number of sold-out concerts in England and Ireland. Crowding around…

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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/15)

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

Piano Series: Robert Henry

July 14 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Enjoy the fascinating programming and gorgeous pianism of this charming young pianist from Georgia. In addition to Haydn and Brahms, you will hear a rarely heard work by Lili Boulanger, sister of the great French pedagogue, Nadia Boulanger, who was a major figure in twentieth century music. Both women studied with Faure before Lili’s early death in 1918. The Helps “Portrait” will be a touching reminder of Robert Helps’ own appearance in the Festival Piano Series in 1997. A significant …

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$12 - $39

Alex DeGrassi/Andrew York Duo; Badi Assad

July 14 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Alex de Grassi and Grammy award winner Andrew York are widely acclaimed as leading innovators and virtuosos of acoustic and classical guitar; the duo combine their distinctive compositions, arrangements, and technical mastery to deliver an astonishingly diverse program of music. Assad is a vibrant and exciting singer/guitarist from Brazil who transcends traditional styles with her unique mixture of pop, jazz and ethnic sounds from around the world. De Grassi’s long-running Summer Intensive Guitar Workshop, held here on the coast, runs concurrently…

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$12 - $29

Clairdee, Soulful Songstress

July 15 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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This woman can do it all,” is how the Los Angeles Daily News describes Clairdee. With her lustrous voice, soulful delivery, and scene-stealing charisma, she has honed a repertoire of standards set to state of the art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining. Pianist Ken French has been performing jazz piano professionally for nearly two decades on the San Francisco scene and as far afield as Japan and the Atlantic seaboard.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Erin Neff

July 15 @ 6:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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$12 - $49

Opera: Abduction from the Seraglio

July 15 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece, comic but passionate, written in the fervor of love for his soon-to-be wife, Constanze.  Full of spectacular arias and charming “Turkish” orchestral effects. Our scene opens with Mozart, age 25, living in Vienna, newly released from bondage to the Archbishop of Salzburg, and perhaps best of all, living in Madam Weber’s household, where her daughter, Constanze, peers speculatively at this young and famous musician. How best to make his name in Vienna, home to the Prussian…

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/16)

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

Piano Series: Christopher Atzinger

July 16 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Praised for his interpretive vision and power, Atzinger’s program includes his signature performance of the monumental Barber Sonata.  Mozart Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat Major, K. 570; Brahms Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 118; Pierre Jalbert Toccata; Chopin Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49; Barber Sonata for Piano, Op. 26.

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$12 - $53

Festival Big Band, featuring Carol Welsman

July 16 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Canadian-born and now based in Los Angeles, jazz vocalist and pianist Welsman has been nominated for five Juno Awards. Downbeat Magazine gave her new album “Alone Together” five stars.

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$12 - $29

All About Beethoven

July 17 @ 2:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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A witty and penetrating multi media lecture by Susan Waterfall, providing an overview of Beethoven’s life, music, family, friends, patrons, fellow musicians, Napoleon, the Viennese cultural milieu, and the ongoing controversy about the immortal beloved.

Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music.

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$12 - $49

Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line

July 17 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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American singer/songwriter Nora Jane Struthers, a former Brooklyn high school English teacher, grew up singing and playing music with her father, a bluegrass musician. Making a major life and career change during a visit to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the early 2000’s, she made the decision to move to Nashville and went on to win the 2008 Telluride band competition with her first solo-fronted group, the Bootleggers. Described as “quietly brilliant” by NPR, Struthers formed The Party Line in…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/20)

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

Young Beethoven (1792-1802)

July 18 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Arriving in Vienna from Bonn, the socially awkward Beethoven strives to attain the stature of Haydn and Mozart, mastering all genres before his hearing loss becomes pronounced.

Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music. For this concert Waterfall is joined by Eric Kritz, Burke Schuchmann, David McCarroll, Miles Graber, and the Festival Chamber Players.

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$85

Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party 2016

July 18 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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 Alex DeGrassi. 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…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/20)

July 19 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $29

Beethoven: The Heroic Period (1802-1812)

July 19 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Accepting his deafness and physical infirmities, Beethoven vows to “seize Fate by the throat” and pursue his artistic goals.

Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music. For this concert Waterfall is joined by Keisuke Nakagoshi, Alex Boyer, Angela Moser, and Carolyn Steinbuck.

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$12 - $39

Jack Broadbent, Liz Vice: Double Bill

July 19 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Jack Broadbent started his career with humble beginnings busking, and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his live shows and unique style of slide guitar. Raised in rural England and with a musician father, Jack was brought up on a diet of music that could later be described as his main influences, including acts such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. With feet planted firmly in an authentic blues…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/20)

July 20 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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Pre-Concert Lecture, Susan Waterfall

July 20 @ 6:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Deepen your enjoyment of the evening’s concert by attending this pre-concert lecture by Associate Artistic Director and Festival Co-Founder Susan Waterfall.

Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music.

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$12 - $49

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring David McCarroll

July 20 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Violin virtuoso David McCarroll returns to dazzle Festival audiences with his rapturous, yet tender, interpretation of Beethoven’s great Violin Concerto. The Festival Orchestra also performs Beethoven’s majestic Eroica Symphony, full of drama and pathos. Two defining symphonic masterpieces from Beethoven’s Heroic Period, and a soloist of international repute.

Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/23)

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

Late Beethoven (1813-1827)

July 21 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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After the renunciation of his “immortal beloved,” in social withdrawal and complete deafness, Beethoven forged a final style.

Join Susan Waterfall and an array of exceptional Festival musicians for five days of lectures and narrated concerts exploring the life and music of Beethoven, the most influential and consistently popular composer in Western music. For this concert she is joined by Brian Thorsett, Miles Graber, Tammie Dyar, Tingting Gu, Alexander Volonts, and Burke Schuchmann.

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$12 - $39

Julian Pollack, featuring Sveti and ROSA

July 21 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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An exciting and many faceted evening inspired by traditional Serbian folk music. Enjoy Julian with drummer Marko Djordjevic’s band, Sveti, and their amazing compositions based on Serbian folk rhythms. The international women’s vocal group ROSA, specializing in Serbian non-tempered singing, will round out a complex and riveting musical evening! Sveti is a group of absolutely monster musicians.” – Phil DiPietro, Allaboutjazz ROSA CGA PROMO 2-HD from Marija Stojnic on Vimeo.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/23)

July 22 @ 10:00 AM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/23)

July 22 @ 1:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
Orchestra rehearsal
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$12 - $29

Emerging Artists Concert

July 22 @ 4:00 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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This is the annual, much anticipated recital by the outrageously excellent young string players from the festival’s Emerging Artists Program.

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$12 - $49

Buckwheat Zydeco

July 22 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Buckwheat Zydeco, the stage name of Stanley Dural, Jr., is one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success. He has played many major music festivals including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Folk Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. In addition to performing with a large number of famous musicians such as Eric Clapton (with whom he also recorded), U2, and the Boston Pops, the band performed at the closing ceremonies of the…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/23)

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

Gwyneth Moreland and Friends

July 23 @ 2:30 PM
Preston Hall,
44867 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Gwyneth Moreland’s gift for open-hearted storytelling is perfectly suited to the modern art of folk music. No wonder, then, that “Slaughterhouse Gulch,” the first single from her latest album, landed her on the Folk Airplay charts. Gwyneth’s songs flow with a graceful simplicity infused with the ambience of her home perched in the majestic redwoods and fog of the Mendocino Coast. Gwyneth’s unique and captivating songs and voice have created devoted fans across the U.S. and, with her latest album,…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Stephanie Tcharos

July 23 @ 6:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Stefanie Tcharos is a historian of early modern music with broad expertise in 17th– and 18th-century Europe, and specialties in Italian music and musical practices.  Her research and teaching traverse diverse subjects, including the critical history of opera, baroque music drama and related vocal traditions, music production and reception in early modern contexts, genre study, historiography and theories of social and cultural history, and the history of musicology.  She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Princeton University and has been…

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Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus

July 23 @ 7:30 PM
Tent Concert Hall,
45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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The season closes with Bach’s moving and magnificent Mass in B minor, a sublime choral experience with orchestra, chorus. The Mass in B minor shows Bach at the height of his powers, expressing the grandeur of heartfelt spiritual expression as no one else has ever been able to do.  Nothing can compare to the glory of a great chorus and orchestra to soothe the soul and comfort the weary along the mysterious journey of life. Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert…

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