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July 2013

Free

Pre-concert Lecture with Rich Festinger 2013

Monday, July 15, 7:00 PM PDT

Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00, Music for a Summer Evening, with composer Rich Festinger.

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July 2015

Pre-Concert Lecture, Patrick Gomes 2015

Saturday, July 11, 7:00 PM PDT
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Pre-Concert Lecture, Eugene Brancoveanu 2015

Friday, July 17, 7:00 PM PDT
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$12 – $29

Mozart with Punch and Dreck 2015

Sunday, July 19, 3:00 PM PDT

Two multi-media lectures, a Punch tasting, and music, both ribald and ravishing.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Susan Waterfall 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 PM PDT
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Pre-Concert Lecture, Patrick Gomes 2015

Saturday, July 25, 7:00 PM PDT
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May 2016

How to Listen to Beethoven: An Exploration of Musical Form 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

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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July 2016

Pre-Concert Lecture, Erin Neff 2016

Friday, July 15, 6:30 PM PDT

Enhance your experience of this evening’s opera performance with a pre-concert lecture by director Erin Neff. Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff’s dynamic performance abilities and radiant sound have earned her the veneration of her musical peers and made her an audience favorite throughout the country. Equally at home in the operatic, lied and oratorio repertoires, Ms. Neff is much sought after in the vocal profession. Ms Neff was most recently heard as Marianna in Rossini’s one act farce Il Signor Bruschino, the…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D. 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 PM PDT

Deepen your enjoyment of the evening’s concert by attending this pre-concert lecture by Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.

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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Pre-Concert Lecture, Stefanie Tcharos 2016

Saturday, July 23, 6:30 PM PDT

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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January 2017

Free

Does Music Transform Young Lives?

Sunday, January 29, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

Does Music Transform Young Lives? Yes! The Mendocino Music Festival and the Community Center of Mendocino invite you to spend an hour experiencing the transformative joy that music can bring to kids. Listen to nine-year old Frej Barty describe the process of developing a plot for the mini-opera we presented at last summer’s Operation Opera, Abduction From the Webaglio, part of our Community Center summer camp, and then enjoy a video of the performance. Share in the magic as CCM Program…

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July 2017

Pre-Concert Lecture, Jason Sherbundy and Ann Woodhead 2017

Friday, July 14, 6:30 PM PDT
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$12 – $30

Understanding Schubert: Multimedia Lecture 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2:30 PM PDT

In Susan Waterfall’s multi-media exploration of Franz Schubert’s life, you will learn how the Vienna of Mozart and Beethoven changed with an increasingly large, restricted and regimented urban middle class. Schubert’s potent settings of Romantic lyric poetry thrived in bourgeois settings where there was a growing need for personal emotional outlet. The inwardness and subjectivity of Schubert’s music mirrored the search for meaning and belonging in an alienating world where nature was increasingly seen as the only solace. Tenor Brian…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D. 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 PM PDT

Kayleen Asbo is a passionate scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, Kayleen also teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to Contemporary Classical Music have been hailed as “inspirational,”…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2017

Saturday, July 22, 6:30 PM PDT

Daniel Lockert has collaborated with singers past and present of the Metropolitan Opera, such as Deborah Voight, as well as current young recitalists, including Christopheren Nomura. As a coach and teacher, he has been on the staffs and faculties of the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, and the Aspen Music Festival.

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June 2018

Free

Thoughts on Interpretation: a discussion with Allan Pollack and Susan Waterfall 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

Thoughts on Interpretation: a discussion with Allan Pollack and Susan Waterfall Join in a discussion of the interpretation of classical music. What does interpretation mean? What kind of effect does it have on the listener, if any? What are some of the issues musicians explore as they study, prepare and perform a piece of music? Does an orchestra need a conductor? Examples will abound, and you will be able to express your own reactions to the music as many interesting topics…

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July 2018

Pre-Concert Lecture, Erin Neff 2018

Friday, July 13, 6:30 PM PDT

Enhance your experience of this evening’s opera performance with a pre-concert lecture by director Erin Neff. Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff’s dynamic performance abilities and radiant sound have earned her the veneration of her musical peers and made her an audience favorite throughout the country. Equally at home in the operatic, lied and oratorio repertoires, Ms. Neff is much sought after in the vocal profession. Ms Neff was most recently heard as Marianna in Rossini’s one act farce Il Signor Bruschino, the…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Marcia Lotter 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 PM PDT

A freelance musician throughout northern California, Marcia Lotter received her undergraduate training from the University of Washington in Seattle and has studied with such noted teachers as Vilem Sokol, Andor Toth, and Leonard Austria. Marcia performs in chamber groups for concerts and special events and has played in back-up groups for singers such as Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins, and Andrea Marcovicci. She plays regularly in the Santa Rosa Symphony and is a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony String Quintet…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2018

Saturday, July 21, 6:30 PM PDT

As a soloist or collaborator, Daniel Lockert is equally versatile on the piano, organ and harpsichord. A native of San Diego, CA, he began formal piano studies at the age of five. Throughout high school, he exclusively studied the organ.  After getting his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and a minor in organ from Loma Linda University, he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and obtained an advanced degree in the specialized field of Accompanying, studying with the…

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July 2019

Pre-Concert Lecture, Anne Woodhead 2019

Friday, July 19, 6:30 PM PDT

Lecture admission is included with your concert ticket. Ann Woodhead, Stage Director for this year’s opera, L’elisir d’amore,  is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, and director. This is her second production for the Mendocino Music Festival. Now a full-time Mendocino Coast resident, Ann lived in Sonoma County for 30 years, teaching at Sonoma State University from 1975-2001, where she was Professor of Dance.  She has performed as a dance soloist in the U.S. and Europe; toured with her own dance…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D. 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 PM PDT

Kayleen Asbo is a passionate scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, Kayleen also teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to Contemporary Classical Music have been hailed as “inspirational,”…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2019

Saturday, July 27, 6:30 PM PDT

As a soloist or collaborator, Daniel Lockert is equally versatile on the piano, organ and harpsichord. A native of San Diego, CA, he began formal piano studies at the age of five. Throughout high school, he exclusively studied the organ. After getting his Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and a minor in organ from Loma Linda University, he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and obtained an advanced degree in the specialized field of Accompanying, studying with the…

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February 2020

$15

Wonder Women: Hidden Heroines of Music History, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.

Saturday, February 8, 2:30 PM PST

Composer, musicologist and pianist Kayleen Asbo, the acclaimed cultural historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony, will introduce us through lecture and performance to four of the most fascinating women from music history. Meet Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine abbess of the 12th century whose art, music and writings about nature contain revelations of wonder for our own time; Italian courtesan Barbara Strozzi, whose ravishing works for voice and lute are models of intimate sensuality; the genteel Fanny Mendelssohn, who was…

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July 2020

$80

Lunchtime Lecture Series

Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM PDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 29

Eight Wednesdays at noon, June 10-July 29. An eight-week series of weekly Wednesday noontime talks curated by Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert. Topics range from the art of accompaniment to talks with composers, recitalists and more. Buy individually or as an eight-week series. Virtual; attend from anywhere. Missed the first one or two? For a limited time, buy the remaining (7 or 6) lectures at the series price ($80), still a savings.

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September 2020

Discover Lieder

Friday, September 11, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM PDT

A one-time, free introduction to Lieder. What is German Lieder? Lieder is literally the German word for songs, though the term is usually used in reference to German songs of the Romantic Period (19th Century) written for voice and piano. What makes Lieder unique is that the piano does more than merely accompany; it has an equal relationship with the voice and shares in the storytelling of the song. Join Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert as they delve deep into…

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Spencer Myer at Home

Friday, September 25, 12:00 PM PDT

Pianist Spencer Myer has wowed, inspired and touched Festival audiences many times, and is a warm-hearted and engaging conversationalist. Live from his living room in New York, he’ll give you a glimpse into his insights and process, including the nitty-gritty of practice, and he’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have. You’ll see and hear him perform Chopin, Beethoven, Gershwin, and more.

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October 2020

Text in Music: What About the Words?

Friday, October 16, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM PDT

How do composers choose their texts? What draws them to a particular poem, poet, or poetic theme? Most composers of art songs have a strong love of literature and keen knowledge about what sort of texts attract them as a composer. When composers set poems to music, the words take on a level of their own. They are encased in musical sound, which adds its own pitch, rhythm and texture. Join us as we explore this beautiful world of poetry…

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