Emerging Artists Recital

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. CHOOSE SEATS AND BUY

$15 – $30
Event Series Piano Series: Rachel Breen

Piano Series: Rachel Breen

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Currently based in Germany, American pianist Rachel Breen’s performances have been described as “truly show-stopping” (Gramophone UK), having “a beautiful piano sound and original detail.” She has enjoyed an active and successful competition career and has performed and taught masterclasses world-wide. Breen will put her own stamp on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Nicolai Medtner’s Sonata Op. ...

$15 – $30
Event Series Dan Crary

Crary, Evans and Barnick

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

A flatpicking bluegrass guitar legend with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance, Dan Crary is one of the founding fathers of the flatpicking and “newgrass” movements in Americana and Bluegrass music. He is joined by Bill Evans, one of the most celebrated virtuosos in the history of the banjo, and their soulful-singing partner ...

$15 – $30

Ravel: The Attraction of Modernism, featuring Susan Waterfall

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Susan Waterfall will play Sonatine. Silvie Jensen, mezzo-soprano, will be joined by Daniel Lockert on piano for Deux melodies hébraïques. Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta will be joined by a small group of string and woodwind players to perform the chamber piece, Introduction et Allegro. On Chansons Madécasses, Silvie Jensen, mezzo-soprano, will be joined by Mindy ...

$15 – $30
Event Series Sam Reider

Sam Reider, with Jorge Glem

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Pianist, accordionist, composer, and educator from San Francisco, Reider brings together various streams of American music, from jazz and folk tunes to popular song and contemporary composition. He has appeared as a bandleader and soloist at major festivals and venues around the world, and his performances and original compositions have been featured on NPR, PBS ...

$15 – $30

Piano Series: Ralph Van Raat and Heather Pinkham, duo pianos

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

The artists will play John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction for two pianos, named after a small truck stop on US 395 near the California–Nevada border. Pinkham’s Mechanical Transcendence for two pianos tells the story of an android that wishes to become human. Joep Franssens’ Old Songs, New Songs for two pianos will be followed by another ...

$15 – $30

Kalil Amar Wilson

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Kalil Wilson’s bright re-imaginings of jazz standards and originals are informed by the rich history of great jazz singing and meld with their heartfelt, eclectic stylings. An Oakland native, they are the offsping of Nigerian bassist/bandleader Babá Ken Okulolo and an American mom with a record collection of vintage jazz, African, R&B, and salsa. Mentored ...

$15 – $30

Piano Series: Jeffrey LaDeur, with Kindra Scharich

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Jeffrey LaDeur is known for his rare blend of insight, spontaneity, and approachable, communicative stage presence. He is the founder and artistic director of the San Francisco International Piano Festival and president of the American Liszt Society, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her ...

$15 – $30
Event Series Mads Tolling

Mads Tolling, with pianist John R. Burr

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

An internationally renowned violinist and composer originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Mads Tolling now calls San Francisco home. As a former nine-year member of both bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards, and he was nominated for a third Grammy in 2015. He was the 2016 winner of ...

$15 – $30

Ravel: The Lure of the Exotic, featuring Susan Waterfall

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Susan Waterfall will play Pavane pour un infante défunte, Oiseaux tristes, and Un barque sur l'ocean. She will be joined by Julian Pollack on “Mother Goose Suite.” Jenny Matteucci, soprano, accompanied by Daniel Lockert on piano, will present Cinq mélodies populaires grecques. The Piano Trio in A minor will close out the concert, with Sam ...

$15 – $30
Event Series Foxglove, with Gwyneth Moreland

Foxglove, with Gwyneth Moreland

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Over the past 20 years, Foxglove has established itself as a Mendocino County favorite. The band’s selection of heartfelt originals and carefully curated covers have featured tight harmonies and tasty string-band instrumentation. Gwyneth Moreland, a Mendocino County native, was a teenager when the band was formed. She was immediately adored by Foxglove fans for her ...

$15 – $30

Festival Chorale: All Creatures Great and Small (Preston Hall)

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Classical composers have always been inspired by animals. Think of orchestral works like Carnival of the Animals by St. Saens or Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. In the field of vocal music, the great lieder composers found inspiration in bird flight, the galloping of horses, or the tranquility of the gazelle. The Italian madrigal, ...

$20

Emerging Artists Concert

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. CHOOSE SEATS AND BUY

$15 – $30
Event Series Sounds and Perfumes of Evening

Sounds and Perfumes of Evening

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Debussy was interested in writing music that evoked feelings in listeners and in himself, and these pieces showcase his ability to conjure the mysterious atmosphere of night, moonlight, and erotic love, as well as the darker emotions of war and conflict. In this elegant soiree, Susan Waterfall will play two preludes and a waltz, Carolyn ...

$15 – $30
Event Series Breakfast with Chou-Chou

Breakfast with Chou-Chou

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Join Debussy at the breakfast table with his wife and beloved daughter, Chou-Chou, as his imagination is stirred by the toys in the nursery, the paintings on the wall, and fantasies of sunlit ancient Greece. Susan Waterfall will play the “Children’s Corner” suite, Eric Kritz will join her on the Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, and Daniel Lockert will team up with her on Six Épigraphes Antiques. Two sonatas will round out the petit-déjeuner: the darkly humorous Sonata for Cello and Piano, and the magical Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola.

$15 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Brahms: Bearded 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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.” BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Brahms: Clean-Shaven-2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Brahms: His Life and Times, featuring Susan Waterfall 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi and Andrew York 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$15 – $30

Kathleen Grace 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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, ...

$15 – $30

Piano Series: Spencer Myer and Mario Diaz-Moresco 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robin Sutherland 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$15 – $30

Piano Series: Robert Schwartz 2019

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. His playing was crystal clear and his poetic insights remarkable.” BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Alex de Grassi, Andrew York 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$15 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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. BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Chopin 4, Piano Series: Spencer Myer 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$15 – $30

Chopin 3, Piano Series: John Novacek 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$15 – $30

Chopin 2: Susan Waterfall, Miles Graber, David Kadarauch

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Susan Waterfall will discuss and perform a selection of Chopin’s  Mazurkas,  the dance genre where he refined his mastery of the folk idiom and launched his most daring compositional experiments. Susan will also play Chopin’s Barcarolle, Opus 60, and touch on its special place both in Chopin’s output. and as a source for the future ...

$15 – $30

Festival Chamber Players 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Bach’s Trio Sonata in E-flat Major; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor; and Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings. Tammie Dyer, violin; Susan Freier, violin; Jay Zhong, violin, Eric Kritz, clarinet; Tom Nugent, oboe; Stephen Harrison, cello; Carolyn Steinbuck, piano. BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Clairdee: A Love Letter to Lena Horne 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

In “A Love Letter to Lena Horne,” Clairdee will commemorate the career of the groundbreaking singer, actress, and activist with fresh arrangements of songs associated with Horne from Harlem to Hollywood, Broadway and beyond. The program will include historical references and personal reflections on Horne’s significance as an American cultural icon. Clairdee’s lustrous voice and ...

$15 – $30

The Mattlock Duo Cabaret 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

The Mattlock Duo (husband-and-wife team Daniel Lockert and Jenny Matteucci) will transform Preston Hall into a New York cabaret with music that crosses over from favorite standards, to twentieth century “classical” composers, and to Broadway. Their eclectic and humorous show “For the Love of…” will explore the many facets of love and showcase songs with ...

$15 – $30

New Esterhazy Quartet 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

London, 1845: Gratitude to Josef Haydn will showcase this quartet’s core repertoire by playing four of Haydn’s string quartets: D minor, C Major, D Major, and B-flat Major. Founded in 2006, the quartet takes its name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades. BUY TICKETS

$15 – $30

Business Casual 2018

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Formed in 2012, vocal band Business Casual is rapidly becoming a fixture in the Bay Area vocal music scene. The group explores a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B, guaranteeing that there is something for everyone in their energetic, all-ages shows. With powerful leads and sizzling beats, audiences can’t ...

$15 – $30

Piano Series: Molly Morkoski 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$12 – $30

Emerging Artists Concert 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

The annual and much anticipated recital by the enormously talented young string players from the Festival’s Emerging Artists Program is one of the season’s highlights. BUY TICKETS

$12 – $30

Babaghanoush 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Event Sponsor Guitarist Dimitris Mahlis, drummer Ralph Humphrey, bassist Jerry Watts and saxophonist Antti Suzuki bring life to the multi ethnic compositions of Mahlis. Mahlis’s playing style has been described as soulful and unique, and his compositions have set a standard in cross-cultural pollination. Suzuki's improvisational talents have been showcased over a varied musical landscape. ...

$12 – $30

Schubert Chamber Music 2 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

The most domestic of all genres, the four-hand piano piece, attained its pinnacle with Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, written in the last year of Schubert’s life.  It will be performed by Julian Waterfall Pollack and Susan Waterfall.  The String Quintet in C Major for quartet and an additional cello is a work of supreme ...

$12 – $30

Schubert Chamber Music 1 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Susan Waterfall will play Moments Musicaux and discuss the significance of Schubert’s “character pieces,” which, like lieder, suited the Romantic goals of intimacy and fantasy. Schubert’s exceptional ability to portray women in lieder will be demonstrated by soprano Julie Kierstine and pianist Daniel Lockert. The Octet, modeled on Beethoven’s popular Septet, is unusually outgoing, but ...

$12 – $30

ZOFO Duet 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

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 ...

$12 – $30

Zoe Ellis with Maya Kronfeld, piano 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Zoe Ellis's dramatic and colorful voice is well known to music fans in the Bay Area and beyond. Described by reviewers as "a resourceful and inventive vocalist," she sang for many years with the Bay Area funk band, the Mo’Fessionals. A dynamic performer, Ellis’s credits include live performances with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Donald ...

$12 – $30

Piano Series: John Novacek 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

“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 ...

$12 – $30

Kathleen Grace 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

“Smart, alluring and evocative” (Washington Post), Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her country, folk and jazz inspired music with audiences from New York to Peru. Her latest release, No Place to Fall, presents Grace’s dynamic original songs alongside revelatory covers of artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and The Meat Puppets. Grace’s ...

$12 – $30

Stenberg/Cahill/Winant Trio Celebrates Lou Harrison 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

In celebration of maverick composer Lou Harrison’s 2017 centennial, violinist Kate Stenberg, pianist Sarah Cahill, and percussionist William Winant will perform a concert of Harrison’s music spanning half a century – exuberant dance music from his early years, dissonant complexity from the 1940s, and substantial works from the 1980s. Their program will include Harrison's Varied ...

$12 – $30

In Bocca al Lupo 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

A concert of medieval and Renaissance music. Featuring Shira Kammen, Allison Zelles Lloyd, Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey. Shira has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, Kitka ...

$12 – $30

Side Note 2017

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Funky. Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twenty-somethings, each from a wildly different musical background, who draw on their diversity to create an all-new sound. Performing everything from classic 60s hits to mashups of the latest chart toppers, it's contemporary a cappella pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, ...

$12 – $30

Gwyneth Moreland and Friends 2016

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Gwyneth Moreland’s gift for open-hearted storytelling is perfectly suited to the modern art of folk music. No wonder, then, that “Slaughterhouse Gulch,” the first single from her latest album, landed her on the Folk Airplay charts. Gwyneth’s songs flow with a graceful simplicity infused with the ambience of her home perched in the majestic redwoods ...

$12 – $29

Emerging Artists Concert 2016

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

This is the annual, much anticipated recital by the outrageously excellent young string players from the festival’s Emerging Artists Program. BUY TICKETS

$12 – $29

Late Beethoven (1813-1827)

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

After the renunciation of his “immortal beloved,” in social withdrawal and complete deafness, Beethoven forged a final style.

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. For this concert she is joined by Brian Thorsett, Miles Graber, Tammie Dyar, Tingting Gu, Alexander Volonts, and Burke Schuchmann.

$12 – $29

Beethoven: The Heroic Period (1802-1812)

Preston Hall 44867 Main Street, Mendocino, CA, United States

Accepting his deafness and physical infirmities, Beethoven vows to “seize Fate by the throat” and pursue his artistic goals.

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. For this concert Waterfall is joined by Keisuke Nakagoshi, Alex Boyer, Angela Moser, and Carolyn Steinbuck.

$12 – $29