The first part of this concert, “All Creatures Great and Small” will feature the Festival Chamber Chorale, directed by Jenny Matteucci, singing a menagerie of music from Renaissance to Contemporary, celebrating our beloved four-legged and winged friends. Includes Rutter’s “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” Tavener’s “The Lamb,” and Copland’s “I Bought Me a Cat.”
After a brief pause, Jenny Matteucci will conduct the Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Festival Chorus in Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” a joyful hymn of praise in 12 brief movements, featuring soloists Aimée Puentes, soprano, and Heidi Waterman, mezzo-soprano.
Violin 1: Jeremy Preston, Marcia Lotter; Violin 2: Tammie Dyer. Rick Shinozaki; Viola: Susan Freier, Matthew Oshida; Cello: Stephen Harrison, Julie Feldman; Contra Bass: Michel Taddei; Oboe: Thomas Nugent; Trumpets: Jonah Levy
- Aimée Puentes, soprano
- Heidi Waterman, mezzo-soprano
The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Chorale, directed by Festival Chorus Master Jenny Matteucci, was formed in 2018 as an offshoot of the much larger Festival Chorus, members of which were invited to audition.
Festival Artistic Director Allan Pollack: “I’ve been touched by the dedication of the members of the Festival Chorus, and so have wanted to create an opportunity for people who are ready to take their choral singing to the next level.” Festival Chorus Master Jenny Matteucci reports, “It is a joy to work with a group of singers who are willing to do the hard work on vocal technique in order to make increasingly excellent and inspiring music together.”
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.
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