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July 2019

Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/14)

Sat, July 13, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $52

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Sat, July 13, 7:30 PM

Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country, and bluegrass.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/14)

Sun, July 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Stephen Prutsman

Sun, July 14, 6:00 PM

To open the classical festival, Maestro Allan Pollack will lead the orchestra in Respighi’s evocative tone poem, Pines of Rome; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, with its lyrical second movement; and Pictures at an Exhibition, the stunning suite Mussorgsky wrote in honor of a painter friend who died young.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/19)

Mon, July 15, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robert Schwartz

Mon, July 15, 2:30 PM

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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$15 – $42

Sheléa

Mon, July 15, 7:30 PM

With hands that effortlessly glide over the keys and a voice that will carry you to the moon, Sheléa’s musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today. While donning multiple hats of vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer, Sheléa evokes the sultry energy of Whitney Houston and the piano chops and writing prowess of Alicia Keys. Read Sheléa’s Bio

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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/19)

Tue, July 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Calder Quartet

Tue, July 16, 2:30 PM

Back for a seventh year of sensitive and eloquent playing, the Calder will perform Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major; Daniel Bjarnason’s Still Shot; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major Op. 130 (with Finale).

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$80

Coro Mendocino Wine Tasting

Tue, July 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us at an extraordinary Coro wine tasting event, while enjoying the sparkling views from the upper reaches of the Hill House House Inn. It was 13 vintages ago that a group of Mendocino County winemakers joined together and came up with a unique idea to create an ultra-premium wine blend that would showcase the heritage varietal of Mendocino County, Zinfandel. The christened label and blend known as “Coro,” named and inspired from the Latin root for “chorus” is the first wine of its kind to set blending and aging parameters for a wine distinctive to its region in the United States, bringing together the best of Mendocino County grapes and wine.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/19)

Wed, July 17, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robin Sutherland

Wed, July 17, 2:30 PM

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 – $42

Le Vent du Nord

Wed, July 17, 7:30 PM
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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/19)

Thu, July 18, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Piano Series: Spencer Myer and Mario Diaz-Moresco

Thu, July 18, 2:30 PM

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 – $42

Badi Assad, Diego Figueiredo

Thu, July 18, 7:30 PM

Brazil’s Badi Assad is lauded as one of the world’s most unique performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. Combining an extraordinary guitar talent, unique mouth percussion and beautiful singing, Assad creates an exciting, fresh sound. Fellow Brazilian Diego Figueiredo, a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling, is a fast-rising star among the world’s greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names as he unites a fusion of Brazilian music with jazz. Twice a winner at the Montreux Jazz Competition, Figueiredo is also a producer, arranger, orchestrator and multi-instrumentalist.

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$15 – $30

Kathleen Grace

Fri, July 19, 2:30 PM

Kathleen Grace has forged a remarkable career that has sent her around the globe playing for audiences who appreciate her eclectic musical tastes that range from jazz, to blues, to indie folk. Following a year recording with the iconic Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and performing with the chart-topping rock band, Portugal. The Man, Grace returns to the Music Festival performing her nostalgia-driven songs. Her upcoming albums, Tie Me to You and Like a Radio, feature unique collaborations with…

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Guitars in the Mendocino Village

Fri, July 19, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you’re out and about Mendocino on Friday afternoon July 19 during the Festival you may happen upon a little Bach, some bossa nova, or even a classic pop song being conjured up on one or more guitars. The Mendocino Guitar Workshop, in co-operation with the Mendocino Music Festival, will unleash another eclectic crew of guitarists in shops and galleries around the village to add a little spice to the fortnight’s already festive air. Watch for signs indicating the locations…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Anne Woodhead

Fri, July 19, 6:30 PM

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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$15 – $52

Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore

Fri, July 19, 7:30 PM

Guest conductor Mary Chun. Stage director Ann Woodhead. Donizetti’s enduringly popular comic opera features a spunky and beautiful landowner, a poor but good-hearted country boy and a puffed up sergeant who vie with each other for her affections, and a quack doctor who specializes in love potions that may bring two of them together. But which two? Beautiful arias and duets fill this two-act opera. Aurelie Veruni, Adina; Kevin Gino, Nemorino; Alex DeSocio, Belcore; Bojan Knezevic, Dulcamara; Ana Lucas, Gianetta;…

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/20)

Sat, July 20, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi and Andrew York

Sat, July 20, 2:30 PM

Fingerstyle guitar master Alex de Grassi is the founder of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop which runs concurrently with the Mendocino Music Festival. Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, composer and guest workshop teacher Andrew York joins him again this year in a concert program featuring their solo and duo compositions and arrangements that blend the sonorities of steel-string and classical guitar. They will be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar…

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$15 – $55

Festival Big Band: Tribute to Aretha, featuring Kim Nalley

Sat, July 20, 7:30 PM

With a reputation as one of the world’s best jazz and blues vocalists, Kim Nalley is back to join the big band musicians in a tribute to the incomparable Aretha Franklin. She has pipes to burn, a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, and projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone.

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$15 – $30

Brahms: His Life and Times, featuring Susan Waterfall

Sun, July 21, 2:30 PM

Brahms’ momentous meeting with Clara and Robert Schumann when he was only 20 forged a bond of love and familial connection that lasted throughout Brahms’ and Clara’s lifetimes. Susan’s lecture will be supplemented with images and recorded examples. The two chamber concerts divide Brahms’ life roughly in half: before and after 1878, when he grew the bushy beard he was able to hide behind for the rest of his life.

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$15 – $52

Ruthie Foster

Sun, July 21, 7:30 PM

Hailing from rural Texas, Foster is a singer-songwriter of blues and folk music. Mixing a wide palette of American song forms, from gospel and blues to jazz, folk and soul, she is often compared to Bonnie Raitt. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster has developed a unique sound not contained in a single genre. That sound echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career—marching to the beat of her own drum. Click here…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Mon, July 22, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$100

Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party

Mon, July 22, 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 by 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…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Tue, July 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Brahms: Clean-Shaven

Tue, July 23, 2:30 PM

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 – $42

Carolyn Wonderland

Tue, July 23, 7:30 PM

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Wed, July 24, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

The Odd Dogs

Wed, July 24, 2:30 PM

The Odd Dogs’ sound is a melting pot of dynamic rock and world music, expressed through jazz and improvisational sensibilities. The band draws from a rich pallet of musical influences: Rush, Tool, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Joe Zawinul, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, and Thelonious Monk. Each an accomplished musician in his own right, the members of The Odd Dogs have a combined 200+ years in the music world. Their versatility and experience is exactly what made it possible for them…

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

Wed, July 24, 6:30 PM

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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$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring Spencer Myer

Wed, July 24, 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra with pianist Spencer Myer The concert will open with Mendelssohn’s evocative concert overture, The Hebrides; long-time crowd favorite Spencer Myer will bring his warm and intelligent interpretation of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54; and Brahms’ last symphony, No. 4 in E minor Op. 98 will wrap up the evening. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/27)

Thu, July 25, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Brahms: Bearded

Thu, July 25, 2:30 PM

Susan Waterfall and Eric Kritz will play the Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 120; Christopher Nomura and Daniel Lockert will sing Vier Ernste Gesänge; and Jay Zhong, Tammie Dyer, Susan Freier, Stephen Harrison, and Danny Sheu will play the String Quintet No. 2 in G Major Op. 111, “Prater.”

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$15 – $42

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Thu, July 25, 7:30 PM

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter who started his career as a Blue Grass Boy in 1964. By Bill Monroe’s own admission, Peter sounded a lot like him and when the two harmonized, they were said to have reached “heavenly heights.” The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band is made up of outstanding musicians; joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Keith Little, banjo; Paul Knight, bass; Chris Henry, mandolin; and Blaine Sprouse, fiddle. The band plays original songs written by Rowan along…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Fri, July 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Fri, July 26, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert 2019

Fri, July 26, 4:00 PM

The annual recital by the enormously talented young string players from the festival’s Emerging Artists Program is anticipated by all who love chamber music.

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$15 – $52

Sweet Honey in the Rock®

Fri, July 26, 7:30 PM

Sweet Honey is a well-known Grammy Award-winning (and many times nominated) a cappella ensemble that expresses their history as African American women through song, dance, and sign language. Rooted in the hymns, gospel music, and spirituals, the troupe seeks to preserve and extend the traditions of African American vocal music while addressing the critical issues of our time. This vibrant group educates, entertains, and empowers with a compelling theatrical flair and beautiful singing. There will be a sign language interpreter…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Sat, July 27, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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$15 – $30

Business Casual

Sat, July 27, 2:30 PM

Bay Area vocal band Business Casual explores a wide range of genres including pop, jazz, soul, folk and swing to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers, today’s top 40 hits, and award-winning original songs. In 2018, Business Casual was named National Champion at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival and their first original single, “Ain’t No Way,” was released. With the powerful leads, floor-thumping bass, and sizzling beats in this energetic show, audiences can’t believe the singers…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert

Sat, July 27, 6:30 PM

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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$15 – $55

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus

Sat, July 27, 7:30 PM

Festival Orchestra and Chorus The season finale will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major; Brahms’ orchestrally-accompanied choral work, Schicksalslied Op. 54; and Beethoven’s great choral Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125, with soloists Shawnette Sulker, Betany Coffland, Christòpheren Nomura, and Alex Boyer. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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September 2019

Mendocino Music Festival Chorale Auditions

Mon, September 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Monday, September 9, 11-1:30 and 6-8.

September 9, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM. The Mendocino Music Festival Chorale is looking for singers for its small auditioned ensemble. Particularly seeking tenors, and potentially other voice types, for two concerts per year plus possible involvement in the Festival Opera. Rehearsals are Sundays 6:00-8:00 PM. Please prepare a song (accompanist will be provided) and be prepared to sightread a brief passage. Email jenny.matteucci@gmail.com for an audition slot, indicating which window of time you would like.

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October 2019

$80

Finding Your True Voice (8 weeks, 9/16-11/4)

Mon, October 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 4

Mondays, 6:00-7:00 PM, September 16-November 4 (eight weeks). We often spend time comparing our voice to the great singers of our era. Each and every voice is as unique as a fingerprint. Let this voice class in basic vocal technique help unleash your best voice and find the uniqueness in your own singing.

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$80

Sight-Singing (8 weeks, 9/16-11/4)

Mon, October 7, 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:15 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 4

Mondays, 7:15-8:30, September 16-November 4 (eight weeks). Can’t tell the difference between a Bb and a flat tire? Have you sung in a choir for years and still don’t know what all the “hashtags” (#) mean? Let us unravel the not so secret code of good musicianship and sight reading. We’ll help make your singing experience more enriching and fun by giving you the tools you need to not only help your whole choral experience but enlighten your musicianship skills as well.

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$80

Vocal Masterclass (8 weeks, 9/16-11/4)

Mon, October 14, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 4

Mondays, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, September 16-November 4 (eight weeks). The world of vocal repertoire has a vast array of songs for every voice type, from art song to folk songs, from Bach to Beatles. In this class, we will explore different styles for your voice and we’ll assign you music that will help build not only your voice but your vocal confidence as well.

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$80

Vocal Masterclass (8 weeks, 9/16-11/4)

Mon, October 14, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 AM on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 4

Mondays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, September 16-November 4 (eight weeks). The world of vocal repertoire has a vast array of songs for every voice type, from art song to folk songs, from Bach to Beatles. In this class, we will explore different styles for your voice and we’ll assign you music that will help build not only your voice but your vocal confidence as well.

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