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July 2021

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The Life and Music of Kurt Weill

Friday, July 9, 5:00 PM PDT

Another of Susan Waterfall’s fascinating virtual presentations, this time about Kurt Weill. This gives you an opportunity to learn more before you attend the July 18 Weill concert in Cotton Auditorium. What happens when an impeccably trained young German composer decides he wants a new audience? When a nice Jewish boy starts hanging out with a Marxist poet and a Viennese flapper? When the distinction between highbrow and lowbrow becomes irrelevant? Susan Waterfall and her team have created a film…

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$15 – $35

Pine Leaf Boys 2021

Friday, July 16, 7:30 PM PDT

A smash hit at past Festivals, four-time Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys began as a group of friends getting kicked off the college campus for busking in Lafayette and have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of music. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, they are known for their wild shows, thoughtful arrangements and for bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, swamp pop, country and Zydeco.

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$15 – $35

Festival String Orchestra 1

Saturday, July 17, 7:30 PM PDT

In the first classical concert, Maestro Allan Pollack will lead the string orchestra in Bach’s richly textured Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, his clever and elegant homage to Mozart; and Samuel Barber’s poignant Adagio for Strings, “one of the most universally recognizable pieces of American concert music,” which Barber arranged for string orchestra in 1938 from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11.

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$15 – $35

One Life to Live: the Songs of Kurt Weill

Sunday, July 18, 7:30 PM PDT

Featuring Susan Waterfall, Jenny Matteucci, Daniel Lockert, and the Festival Chorale. One of America’s most eclectic immigrant composers is the incomparable Kurt Weill, with an array of music ranging from classical to Broadway. Join the Mattlock Duo (Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert), and the Festival Chorale, as they explore the breadth of Weill’s works, tracing his journey from the Weimar Republic, through his Paris years, and finally to his Broadway successes. The concert promises a glimpse into Weill’s diverse style,…

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$15 – $35

Diego Figueiredo 2021

Monday, July 19, 7:30 PM PDT

Grammy-nominated guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed. A brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music, and at the same time can be extremely modern and innovative, he is an extraordinary star among the world’s greatest jazz guitarists. Figueiredo’s superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now.

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$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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$15 – $35

Alexander String Quartet

Wednesday, July 21, 7:30 PM PDT

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet is widely admired for its interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich. The group will play the innovative Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Ravel’s lyrical and virtuosic String Quartet in F, and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor. The seventh of Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets was written in 1960 as a tribute to his first wife Nina, who died in 1954. It is a compact work…

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$15 – $35

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 2021

Thursday, July 22, 7:30 PM PDT

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. Twice voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the traditions of bluegrass and folk aren’t so much tools in her hands as burning sources of inspiration that have driven her through a thirty-plus year career at the forefront of American roots music.

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$15 – $35

Festival String Orchestra 2

Friday, July 23, 7:30 PM PDT

The lively “Hoe-down” from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo will get this show on the road. Maestro Pollack will then lead the Festival String Orchestra in his own composition, Suite for My Sweets, written as a piece celebrating the Festival’s return to live music. Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major will round out the evening. One of Dvořák’s most popular compositions, the five-movement serenade has been said to have “so much pure goodness in it that even the moments which could…

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$15 – $35

Perla Batalla

Saturday, July 24, 7:30 PM PDT

Once a Leonard Cohen back-up singer, singer-songwriter Batalla launched her solo career with Cohen’s encouragement. The Grammy-nominated Batalla has recorded seven albums, written for both film and television, and toured worldwide.

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$15 – $35

Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley

Sunday, July 25, 7:30 PM PDT

This year’s Big Band Night will feature the great Kim Nalley, singing the most popular tunes and arrangements that she has performed over the past number of years. There will be great music, great soloing, and that good old feeling the band has been bringing to its audiences for decades. Whether playing Count Basie, Aretha Franklin or Stevie Wonder, the band’s energy knows no bounds.

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