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July 2021

$15 – $35

Stephen Prutsman 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 7:30 PM PDT

An enthusiast of the “Progressive” or “Art Rock” genre, and a performer in a couple of “Prog Rock” bands in the late 70s, Stephen Prutsman has been drawn to create solo piano (and fiendishly difficult) transcriptions of several Prog classics. For this short recital he’s chosen “Sound Chaser” by YES and GENESIS’ “Supper’s Ready.” These rich tapestries of sonic innovation make for an unusual and unique pairing with the music of another great progressive thinker and composer, J.S. Bach.

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September 2020

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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July 2019

$15 – $30

Brahms: Clean-Shaven-2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2:30 PM PDT

Susan Waterfall will play the Four Ballades Op. 10; Miles Graber, Larry Lowe, and Jay Zhong will essay the Horn Trio in E-flat Major Op. 40; and Carolyn Steinbuck, Jay Zhong, Tammie Dyer, Susan Freier, and Stephen Harrison will interpret the F minor Piano Quintet Op. 34.

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Spencer Myer and Mario Diaz-Moresco 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2:30 PM PDT

Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone; Spencer Myer, piano An afternoon of songs, old and new: Brahms, Schubert, and Barber will make up the first half; gems by Respighi, John Musto and Amy Beach will round out the program.

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robin Sutherland 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2:30 PM PDT

By Tonality Joined Most known for his playing of Bach, Robin Sutherland will contrast some Bach works with pieces by other composers in the same key. This concert will pair Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major (BWV 848) with “partners,” the menuet movement of Ravel’s Sonatine, among others. After intermission, he will take us on an excursion from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C minor (BWV 826) to Haydn’s Sonata in C minor (Hob XVI/20).

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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robert Schwartz 2019

Monday, July 15, 2:30 PM PDT

Robert Schwartz is an active performer and a teacher in the Bay Area. His wide-ranging program will include Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major; Chopin’s Impromptus in G-flat Major and A-flat Major; Chopin’s Barcarolle Op. 60; and Brahms’ 8 Klavierstücke Op. 76.

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July 2018

$15 – $50

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring John Novacek, piano 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 PM PDT

Festival Orchestra with pianist John Novacek Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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$15 – $30

Chopin 4, Piano Series: Spencer Myer 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2:30 PM PDT

Piano Series, with continued focus on Chopin In his recital for the Piano Series Spencer Myer will play, among other works, the Four Scherzi of Chopin. Haydn’s Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI: 31; Debussy’s Estampes and L’isle joyeuse; and all four of Chopin’s scherzi: No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20; No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31; No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39; and No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54.

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$15 – $30

Chopin 3, Piano Series: John Novacek 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2:30 PM PDT

Piano Series, with continued focus on Chopin In his recital for the Piano Series,  John Novacek has chosen examples from four important Chopin genres: the etude, the nocturne, the impromptu, and the ballade. Chopin’s Etude in A-flat Major, Nocturne No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, and Ballade No. 1 in G minor. Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511, Messaien’s Le baiser de l’enfant-Jésus, and Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3 and Rhapsodie espagnole, S.254.

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July 2017

$12 – $30

Piano Series: Molly Morkoski 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2:30 PM PDT

With a “refined kind of virtuosity,” Molly Morkoski will perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight); John Adams’ Phrygian Gates; and Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52. “…a refined kind of virtuosity.” Allan Kozinn for the NY Times “Outstanding!” Richard Dyer for the Boston Globe “Exhilarating!” Leslie Kandell for American Record Guide

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$12 – $50

Festival Orchestra 2 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 PM PDT

Our inquiry into Schubert concludes with one of his most deeply felt orchestral works, the Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished); Richard Strauss’ Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra features dazzling keyboard work; and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 closes the concert with “a grand melody in a major key.” Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert lecture by Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D.

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$12 – $30

ZOFO Duet 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2:30 PM PDT

When you sit two acclaimed soloists at one piano, “you get something energetic and electrifying… out of this world.”  Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands, blazing a bold new path for four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. “…jaw-dropping awesome!” San Francisco Examiner “…dazzling…” Los Angeles Times “ZOFO’s feisty performances…

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$12 – $30

Piano Series: John Novacek 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2:30 PM PDT

“A commanding presence at the keyboard” and an accomplished composer, John Novacek will perform the Beethoven Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2; Schumann Carnaval, Op. 9; Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, No. 1 in C Major & No. 15 in D-flat Major; Ginastera Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2; and Novacek 3 Concert Rags.

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July 2016

$12 – $29

Piano Series: Christopher Atzinger 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2:30 PM PDT

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 – $29

Piano Series: Robert Henry 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2:30 PM PDT

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 – $29

Piano Series: Gloria Cheng 2016

Monday, July 11, 2:30 PM PDT

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 – $49

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Stephen Prutsman 2016

Sunday, July 10, 6:00 PM PDT

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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$12 – $39

Bach Violin Sonatas, featuring Stephen Prutsman, Geoff Nuttall 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2:30 PM PDT

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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July 2015

$12 – $29

Piano Trios: Miles Graber 2015

Saturday, July 25, 3:00 PM PDT

Audience favorite pianist Miles Graber will bring two of his friends, violinist Jeremy Preston and cellist Robert Howard, to join him for a sublime concert of delicious chamber music. The Beethoven Archduke Trio is warm and wonderful; the Shostakovich trio is both ethereal and boisterous fun.

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$12 – $29

Piano Series: Spencer Myer 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 3:00 PM PDT

Spencer Myer’s devoted fans will hear a radiant, diverse concert of Mozart Sonata K. 283, the Schumann Fantasie, the Ravel Sonatine, Chopin’s Polonaise-fantaisie, Op. 61, and three Bolcom Rags. Come enjoy this afternoon salon, which will be a rare chance to interact with and learn from this engaging and articulate artist.

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$12 – $29

Piano Series: Ching-Yun Hu 2015

Thursday, July 16, 3:00 PM PDT

Acclaimed worldwide for her “dazzling technique and deeply probing musicality,” Ching-Yun Hu has won many international competitions and has performed on tour with the Israel Philharmonic. This is a great opportunity to hear a rising new star at the beginning of her career.

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$12 – $29

Piano Series: Paul Hersh, Stefan Hersh 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 3:00 PM PDT

Paul Hersh returns with his violinist son Stefan. They’ll play Op. 30, No. 3, an effervescent piece from Beethoven’s middle years.  Paul Hersh will also perform the delicate sonata Op. 109, one of Beethoven’s final compositions.  Come hear Beethoven chamber music as it was meant to be played, in a small, intimate setting with friends and (especially in this case) family.

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July 2014


Julian Waterfall Pollack and Natalie Tenenbaum: Duo Pianos 2014

Saturday, July 26, 3:00 PM PDT

Two of the most brilliantly talented pianist/composers from the New York scene team up to play the driving, rhythmic music of Adams, Reich, and their own compositions, as well as creative arrangements of popular contemporary songs. The eclectic program was drawn together by the performers’ love of great music, regardless of genre, and their interest in the immense sound that two pianos are capable of producing together. Julian Waterfall Pollack:   ”…a ferociously assured and creatively dazzling pianist, composer, and arranger…”…

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Festival Chamber Players 2014

Thursday, July 24, 8:00 PM PDT

The concert will consist of the Mozart Quintet in E flat Major for Piano and Winds K.452, and the Schumann Quintet in E flat Major for Piano and Strings, played by the world-class Festival Orchestra’s principal players, joined by pianists Miles Graber and Carolyn Steinbuck. Mozart wrote his only piano quintet at the height of his powers, when he was 28 years old.  He had never before attempted a piece for such a combination of instruments: bassoon, clarinet, horn and…

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Piano Series: Paul Hersh 2014

Friday, July 18, 3:00 PM PDT

The Piano Series regulars always welcome Paul Hersh’s lecture recitals. This season Hersh will bring his son, violinist Stefan Hersh, to explore Beethoven’s last violin and piano sonatas.

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Piano Series: Robert Schwartz 2014

Thursday, July 17, 3:00 PM PDT

Pianist Robert Schwartz is returning to the Festival to play Mozart Sonata in Bb Major K. 570, Mendelssohn Songs Without Words (Selected) and Brahms Sonata in F Minor Op. 5. Schwartz is an active performer and teacher, with international credits.  He is often soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and has a new CD coming out of the piano music of Debussy, Franck, and Poulenc.

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$12 – $37

Bachfest: Musical Offering, and Prutsman Plays Bach 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 8:00 PM PDT

Susan Waterfall will describe the history and significance of Bach’s Musical Offering.  Fascinating canons and the Trio Sonata from that work will be performed by Waterfall, with Jeremy Cohen, violin; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; Burke Schuchmann, cello. On the second half of the program, the brilliant Bach interpreter Stephen Prutsman will play and conduct the Festival Chamber Players in Bach’s Clavier Concerto in D minor.

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Bachfest: Bach at the Keyboard 2014

Monday, July 14, 3:00 PM PDT

Pianists Susan Waterfall and Carolyn Steinbuck will consider Bach’s role as father and teacher, and will explore the international influences on his music. The concert consists of the Two-Part Inventions, the Italian Concerto, the C minor Partita, and the 6-Voiced Ricercare from the “Musical Offering.”

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$12 – $47

Festival Orchestra with Stephen Prutsman 2014

Saturday, July 12, 8:00 PM PDT

Audience favorite Stephen Prutsman will play the Mozart Piano Concerto in C minor in the opening Festival concert. “Conga” by Marquez will have you dancing in your seats. Conductor/composer Allan Pollack will present his piece “A Summer Evening at the Boonville Fair,” that musically evokes the many festive aspects of the annual county fair. A fun, upbeat concert that everyone will enjoy. “Pianist Stephen Prutsman has won major classical music competitions, he’s written arrangements for string quartets and pop stars…

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May 2014


Bachfest: Berkeley Preview

Wednesday, May 28, 8:00 PM PDT

An elegant preview of the Mendocino Music Festival’s July Bachfest will be presented at the historic Berkeley City Club, an architectural masterpiece by Julia Morgan. Susan Waterfall, Jeremy Cohen, Mindy Rosenfeld, and Burke Schuchmann will perform highlights including the Musical Offering, D Minor Violin Chaconne, the Italian Concerto, and selections from suites and sonatas.  No host bar.

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July 2013

Piano Series: Jacqueline Schwab 2013

Thursday, July 25, 3:00 PM PDT

Thursday July 25 3:00 PM Preston Hall Schwab plays “gorgeously spare piano” (The Boston Globe) yet “sounds as if she has an orchestra at her fingertips” (Sing Out). She was chosen by Ken Burns to play for numerous public television documentaries, including the Grammy award-winning Civil War and the Emmy award-winning Baseball.

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Gloria Cheng 2013

Monday, July 22, 3:00 PM PDT

Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, described by the New York Times as “an invaluable new-music advocate,”

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Piano Series: Robert Schwartz 2013

Thursday, July 18, 3:00 PM PDT

Hailed by Hugh Wolff of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as “one of the finest pianists of his generation,” Schwartz has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad in recent seasons.

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Piano Series: James D’Leon 2013

Monday, July 15, 3:00 PM PDT

James D’Leon, who is featured in the Festival Orchestra performance of Rachmaninoff, returns to the Piano Series with his “Exciting pianism filled with powerful emotion”

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