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Breakfast with Chou-Chou

Monday, July 11, 11:00 AM PDT

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$15 – $30

Join Debussy at the breakfast table with his wife and beloved daughter, Chou-Chou, as his imagination is stirred by the toys in the nursery, the paintings on the wall, and fantasies of sunlit ancient Greece. Susan Waterfall will play the “Children’s Corner” suite, Eric Kritz will join her on the Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, and Daniel Lockert will team up with her on Six Épigraphes Antiques. Two sonatas will round out the petit-déjeuner: the darkly humorous Sonata for Cello and Piano, and the magical Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola.

Children’s Corner Suite
Susan Waterfall, piano

Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum
Jimbo’s Lullaby
Serenade for a Doll
The Snow is Dancing
The Little Shepherd
Golliwog’s Cakewalk

Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano
Eric Kritz, clarinet; Susan Waterfall, piano

Sonata for Cello and Piano
Burke Schuchmann, cello; Carolyn Steinbuck, piano

Six Épigraphes Antiques
Daniel Lockert and Susan Waterfall, piano

To Invoke Pan
The Nameless Tomb
May the Night Be Propitious
The Dancer with Crotales
The Egyptian Woman
To Give Thanks for Morning Rain

Sonata for Flute, Harp, and Viola
Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; Anna Maria Mendieta, harp; Nao Kubota, viola

Debussy: 2022 Featured Composer

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For 2022, Susan Waterfall’s composer series will feature the innovative and influential Claude Debussy. Immerse yourself in his world and his music, and understand how his music evolved over his lifetime with narrated chamber recitals featuring exciting guest artists, and various other settings of Debussy’s work across the Festival.

Explore the Series

If you’d like to familiarize yourself with some of this music in advance, we recommend the following recordings and notes: String Quartet performanceString Quartet notes, more String Quartet notes, Afternoon of a Faun performance, Faun notes.

Waterfall’s productions always present exciting, absorbing playing of great music, but are also rare, distinctive examples of what can be called music education, though they’re more conversational, truly a sharing of perspective, interest, anecdote. There’s a sense of immediacy to her delivery, weaving in and out of the playing, an intimately conceived present awareness of this heritage. It’s something unique that needs to be experienced.” -Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet

For 2022, the Festival’s main stage is again temporarily transplanted from our signature Tent Concert Hall in Mendocino Headlands State Park to the beautiful, iconic and historic 1938 Cotton Auditorium in nearby Fort Bragg. We’re pleased to also welcome the return of more intimate concerts in Preston Hall, our smaller Mendocino venue. While we’d hoped to be back in the Tent Concert Hall this year, the combination of pandemic-related disruptions in the availability of vital resources (such as labor) and lingering uncertainty about public health conditions this summer would have made that an unacceptably risky proposition. Meanwhile, work is under way toward our 2023 return to our home since 1985, the Tent Concert Hall on the Mendocino Headlands.

Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination, including at least one booster, is required, and masks must be properly worn at all times while on event premises. Though it might exceed official requirements, this policy is based on current conditions and the results of our most recent audience survey.



Monday, July 11
11:00 AM
$15 – $30
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Mendocino Music Festival
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Generously Sponsored by
Fran Schwartz and family in memory of Roger Schwartz


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Mendocino, CA 95460 United States
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