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Sostenuto 2020: A Celebration of Sustainability

Fri, July 10, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sostenuto 2020: The British Music Invasion Friday, July 10, 2020, 6-9 pm At the spectacular oceanfront home of Linda and Fedele Bauccio. Celebrate all that the Festival represents—music, sustainable food, art, and nature, with a sumptuous al fresco dinner prepared by Bon Appétit Management Company and local organic wine provided by Frey Vineyards. In music, Sostenuto means to sustain. Just as Fedele Bauccio is committed to sustainable food, he contributes to the sustained future of the Festival through our amazing…

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$15 – $54

Las Cafeteras

Sat, July 11, 7:30 PM

A Chicano band from East Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are known for their infectious live performances and music that fuses word and folk music with traditional Son Jarocho, Afro-Mexican music, and zapateado dancing. Remixing roots music and telling modern stories, Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound. Crossing genres and musical borders, they’ve played with Mexican icons Caifanes and Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the…

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$15 – $54

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Robin Sutherland

Sun, July 12, 6:00 PM

Festival Orchestra with pianist Robin Sutherland To open the classical festival, Maestro Allan Pollack will lead the orchestra in Dvořák’s vivacious Carnival Overture. Robin Sutherland will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595, his last, written in 1791, the year he died. The concert will end on the high notes of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major.

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$15 – $30

Alexander String Quartet

Mon, July 13, 2:30 PM

Nearing its 40th anniversary, the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet is widely admired for its interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven, but it is no stranger to new music. The group will play the Mozart String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonant,” and the Brahms String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1. Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 will follow the intermission. The only string quartet Debussy wrote, it has become one of the most admired…

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$15 – $44

Le Vent du Nord

Mon, July 13, 7:30 PM

Wildly popular at last season’s Festival, this award-winning and highly acclaimed group is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Daniel Lockert Organ Recital

Tue, July 14, 2:30 PM

Keyboardist Lockert will bring a change of tone to the piano series with his recital of classical, modern, and contemporary pieces for the organ. Beginning with the Orgelmeister himself, Johann Sebastian Bach, and including pieces by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, and Franck, Lockert takes his survey into the 20th century with works by Pepping, Jongen, and Langlais. He will finish up with pieces by living composers David Conte and Johannes Michel.

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robin Sutherland

Wed, July 15, 2:30 PM

Most known for his playing of Bach, this afternoon Robin Sutherland will take on the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, consisting of an aria and 30 variations. On one level, this icon of Western music is simply a beautiful keyboard work and, on another, it’s a Rubik’s Cube of invention and architecture. First published in 1741, it is named for harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been its first performer.

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$15 – $44

Otis Taylor

Wed, July 15, 7:30 PM

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, blues singer/composer Otis Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica. Capable of exploring any musical mood at any given time, Taylor forces his audience to expect the unexpected. While his music, an amalgamation of roots styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny, and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. “I’m good at dark, but I’m not a particularly unhappy person,” he says.

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Gloria Cheng

Thu, July 16, 2:30 PM

Gloria Cheng is recognized as an eloquent performer of contemporary music. The Washington Post called her “one of the most adventurous interpreters of contemporary music around.” Her program will celebrate the voices of Chinese composers in America—among them Chen Yi, Joan Huang, Anthony Cheung, Wang Lu, and Carolyn Chen—and include pieces from Cheng’s tribute disc to the late composer Steven Stucky, Garlands for Steven Stucky, a collection of pieces by 32 of his friends and former students. Cheng will conclude…

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$15 – $44

Lucia Micarelli

Thu, July 16, 7:30 PM

After dazzling our Festival audience in 2018, violinist Lucia Micarelli will return to explore musical influences ranging from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music, bound together by her trademark vulnerability and technical wizardry. Called “a violinist of heart-melting talent” by the Wall Street Journal, Micarelli is best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and classical rock band Jethro Tull, as well as her role as Annie Talarico in HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Tremé.”

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$15 – $30

Jackie Gage, featuring pianist Tammy Hall

Fri, July 17, 2:30 PM

Jackie Gage is a Bay Area jazz singer whose velvety voice, and uplifting songwriting create a relaxed atmosphere familiar to California natives. With her relocation to New York, Jackie has found mentorship among artists like Marc Cary, Antoinette Montague, and Irwin Hall, and has opened for the likes of Darlene Love, El Debarge, Eric Benét, and Marsha Ambrosius. Pianist Tammy Hall is an accomplished solo artist, bandleader, and composer. Having worked with vocalists Etta James, Kim Nalley, Holly Near, Mary…

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$15 – $54

Opera: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Fri, July 17, 7:30 PM

Guest Conductor Mary Chun Stage Director Elly Lichtenstein Cinderella (La Cenerentola) is a comic opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. He composed it in three weeks when he was 25 years old, but it is considered some of his finest writing for solo voice and ensembles. Kindra Scharich, Angelina; Xavier Prado, Ramiro; Lee Strawn, Don Magnifico; Deborah Rosengaus, Tisbe; Autumn Allee, Clorinda; Robby Stafford, Alidoro; Igor Vieira, Dandini.

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$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi with Sean McGowan

Sat, July 18, 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi—founder of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop that runs concurrently with the Festival—will be joined by jazz guitarist extraordinaire Sean McGowan in a concert program featuring their solo and duo compositions and arrangements that explore a wide range of musical styles.

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$15 – $60

Festival Big Band: Tribute to Stevie Wonder, featuring Kim Nalley

Sat, July 18, 7:30 PM

The dynamite vocalist Kim Nalley will return to sing with the Big Band this year in a tribute to the great Stevie Wonder. Along with other terrific jazz and pop tunes, the band will feature some of Stevie’s biggest hits—and he had many—in arrangements that show off his virtuosity and the incredible power of that big band sound.

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$15 – $30

Side Note

Sun, July 19, 2:30 PM

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Funky. Fresh. Side Note is a San Francisco septet of 20-somethings, each from a wildly different musical background, who draw on their diversity to create an all-new sound. Performing everything from classic 60’s hits to mashups of the latest chart toppers, it’s a contemporary a cappella take on pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some hot harmonies from Side Note, unlike almost anything else in vocal music.

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$15 – $54

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Sun, July 19, 7:30 PM

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began 30 years ago with a reputation for creativity and excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination for traditional folk music. Since then, they’ve been nominated three more times, most recently in 2011 for Grand Isle. When they focus their heart and skill…

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$100

Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party

Mon, July 20, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enjoy a delightful evening of gourmet food and music at one of the area’s leading restaurants, with premium wines generously supplied by Husch Vineyards, and an intimate musical performance TBA. 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 90 people…

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$15 – $30

Debussy: His Life and Times

Tue, July 21, 2:30 PM

Multimedia Lecture by Susan Waterfall Images by Mina Cohen Claude Debussy (1862-1918) reinvented the language of music for the 20th century. European wealth and technological advances had brought art from all over the world to Paris, a city with a fanatical desire to be entertained. With his phenomenal ear and prodigious technique, Debussy explored harmonies and musical forms that delighted the Parisians. About his iconoclastic music, Debussy told a friend, “There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure…

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$15 – $44

John Daversa Quartet; Julian Waterfall Pollack Trio

Tue, July 21, 7:30 PM

Returning to his roots on the acoustic piano in the trio format, Julian Pollack will perform selections from the great American song book as well as classics from the Bebop repertoire and some of his original compositions. A pianist, keyboardist, and producer described by Timeout New York as a musician who “deftly balances virtuosity with tenderness,” Julian is an in-demand sideman and a leader of his own projects, touring with the multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist, Marcus Miller. As J3PO, he…

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$15 – $30

Bululú

Wed, July 22, 2:30 PM

A San Francisco Bay Area band recently launched by Venezuelan-born percussionist Lali Mejia and Mexican string expert and vocalist Jose Roberto Hernandez, Bululú exemplifies kindred cultural streams flowing together harmoniously to create something new. The four-piece combo of veteran performers draws on folkloric styles from Venezuelan, Colombian, Chilean, Cuban and other Caribbean cultures, and showcases such flavorful music styles as tamboreras, calipsos, salsa, cumbias, sambas, and tambores de la costa. A vernacular Venezuelan term, Bululú means “a gathering of people…

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$15 – $54

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring Spencer Myer

Wed, July 22, 7:30 PM

Emmanuel Chabrier’s propulsive Rapsodie España will set the tone for an impressionistic evening. Mendocino favorite, Spencer Myer, will perform Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major—with its jazzy rhythms and harmonies. The second part of the concert will feature a couple of Debussy’s greatest hits: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, considered by some to be beginning of modern music, and the evocative La Mer.

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$15 – $30

Debussy: Moonlight, Satyrs and Courtesans

Thu, July 23, 2:30 PM

Early Debussy will be on the program as Marnie Breckenridge sings and Keisuke Nakagoshi plays four versions of “Clare de Lune” as well as Trois Chansons de Bilitis. Susan Waterfall and Daniel Lockert will perform Six Èpigraphes Antiques. After a piano visit to L’Isle Joyeuse and the Children’s Corner, Mindy Rosenfeld, Elizabeth Prior, and Anna Maria Mendieta will perform the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.

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$15 – $44

The Steel Wheels

Thu, July 23, 7:30 PM

From their base in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, roots music collective The Steel Wheels has earned a reputation as one of the top independent bands on the scene today. While 2017’s stunning studio album, Wild As We Came Here, was still ringing in the air, the band released two LPs of live music. Not content to let moss grow under their feet, the Wheels returned to the woods of Maine and the studio-retreat of Sam Kassirer, producer of Wild, to…

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$15 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert

Fri, July 24, 4:00 PM

The annual concert by the wonderfully talented young string players from the Festival’s Emerging Artists Program is anticipated by all who love hearing accomplished musicians interpret chamber music classics.

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$15 – $54

Ben and Noel Haggard

Fri, July 24, 7:30 PM

Having toured and played for years with their father, country great Merle Haggard, sons Ben and Noel are carrying on his legacy with a tour celebrating his enormous impact on the country music world. They will join together with Merle’s band for a great evening of memories and music. With the same natural phrasing and richly sonorous voices that one would expect, Ben and Noel add their own fresh takes on Merle’s legendary songs like “Silver Wings,” “Mama Tried,” and…

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$15 – $30

Debussy: The Dancehall, War, and Classicism

Sat, July 25, 2:30 PM

This varied concert of Debussy’s later works will range from a rhapsody for clarinet and piano, with Peter Josheff and Susan Waterfall, to dancehall music, etudes, and a two-piano suite with Susan and Carolyn Steinbuck. Soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Jeff LaDuer will perform some of Debussy’s most moving last songs. Fittingly, the concert will culminate with the final piece Debussy wrote, his Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, with Hrabba Atladottir and Miles Graber.

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$15 – $60

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus

Sat, July 25, 7:30 PM
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