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45035 Main Street
Mendocino, CA 95460 United States

July 2019

$15 – $55

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus 2019

Saturday, July 27, 7:30 PM PDT

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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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2019

Saturday, July 27, 6:30 PM PDT

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Saturday, July 27, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $52

Sweet Honey in the Rock® 2019

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM PDT

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)

Friday, July 26, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/27)

Friday, July 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $42

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band 2019

Thursday, July 25, 7:30 PM PDT

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 (no chorus) (7/27)

Thursday, July 25, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 2, featuring Spencer Myer 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 PM PDT

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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Pre-Concert Lecture, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D. 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 PM PDT

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $42

Carolyn Wonderland 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 PM PDT

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)

Tuesday, July 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/24)

Monday, July 22, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $52

Ruthie Foster 2019

Sunday, July 21, 7:30 PM PDT

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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$15 – $55

Festival Big Band: Tribute to Aretha, featuring Kim Nalley 2019

Saturday, July 20, 7:30 PM PDT

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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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/20)

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
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$15 – $52

Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore 2019

Friday, July 19, 7:30 PM PDT

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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Pre-Concert Lecture, Anne Woodhead 2019

Friday, July 19, 6:30 PM PDT

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 – $42

Badi Assad, Diego Figueiredo 2019

Thursday, July 18, 7:30 PM PDT

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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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/19)

Thursday, July 18, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $42

Le Vent du Nord 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Opera (7/19)

Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/19)

Tuesday, July 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $42

Sheléa 2019

Monday, July 15, 7:30 PM PDT

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 (7/19)

Monday, July 15, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
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$15 – $52

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Stephen Prutsman 2019

Sunday, July 14, 6:00 PM PDT

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, Orch. 1 (7/14)

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

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 2019

Saturday, July 13, 7:30 PM PDT

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)

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/14)

Friday, July 12, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT
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July 2018

$15 – $55

Festival Orchestra 3 2018, featuring the Festival Chorus, with Amy Bouchard, mezzo soprano

Saturday, July 21, 7:30 PM PDT

The season closes with the delightful Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Elgar’s fascinating Enigma Variations, and John Rutter’s Magnificat sung by massed chorus, with Amy Bouchard, mezzo soprano. Ticket price includes pre-concert lecture at 6:30

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2018

Saturday, July 21, 6:30 PM PDT

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/21)

Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $50

Pine Leaf Boys 2018

Friday, July 20, 7:30 PM PDT

A smash hit at last year’s festival, the Pine Leaf Boys have been described by the New York Times as “the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time.” Four-time Grammy-nominated and hailing from southwest Louisiana, they are known for their own inimitable brand of music, blending the sounds of Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp-Pop, Country, and Soul. Their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements have breathed new life into Louisiana music. …the link that connects the young and…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/21)

Friday, July 20, 1:30 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/21)

Friday, July 20, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $40

Venice 2018

Thursday, July 19, 7:30 PM PDT

Performing together since 1980 and consisting of two sets of brothers, Venice’s music is a reflection of growing up in the California beach town for which the group is named. With sounds at once familiar and fresh, their music is a winning hybrid of folk/rock/soul. Venice’s trademarks are their beautiful harmonies, personal lyrics, and high-energy shows; their distinctive vocal sounds have allowed them to perform and record with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/21)

Thursday, July 19, 10:00 AM PDT
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$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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Pre-Concert Lecture, Marcia Lotter 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 PM PDT

A freelance musician throughout northern California, Marcia Lotter received her undergraduate training from the University of Washington in Seattle and has studied with such noted teachers as Vilem Sokol, Andor Toth, and Leonard Austria. Marcia performs in chamber groups for concerts and special events and has played in back-up groups for singers such as Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins, and Andrea Marcovicci. She plays regularly in the Santa Rosa Symphony and is a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony String Quintet…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/18)

Wednesday, July 18, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $40

The Dustbowl Revival 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 PM PDT

With a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds, this eight-piece group “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/18)

Tuesday, July 17, 10:00 AM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/18)

Monday, July 16, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $55

Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley, Kenny Washington 2018

Saturday, July 14, 7:30 PM PDT

The red-hot Festival Big Band plays the perennially sold-out concert, this year with two vocalists to add to the high energy.  Last year’s Big Band vocalist Kim Nalley returns again this year to set the woods, and the house, on fire.  According to Down Beat, “Sultry voiced Nalley brings an irresistibly sexy sense of swing, rhythmic dexterity and beautiful sound to the classics, with her crisp diction and playful delivery of earthy lines.”  New Orleans native Kenny Washington has a…

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/14)

Saturday, July 14, 10:30 AM PDT
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$15 – $50

Opera: Cimarosa, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Luçik Aprahämian, Guest Conductor

Friday, July 13, 7:30 PM PDT

Guest conductor Luçik Aprahämian Stage director Erin Neff The original setting is Bologna in the 1700s. Geronimo is a cranky older man with two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. He also has a hearing problem and constantly misunderstands everything he’s told. Carolina has recently married Geronimo’s clerk, Paolino, without telling anyone because Geronimo would never have consented. To deal with Geronimo, Paolino has arranged a match between Elisetta and a wealthy nobleman, Count Robinson. Geronimo has always envied the nobility so…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Erin Neff 2018

Friday, July 13, 6:30 PM PDT

Enhance your experience of this evening’s opera performance with a pre-concert lecture by director Erin Neff. Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff’s dynamic performance abilities and radiant sound have earned her the veneration of her musical peers and made her an audience favorite throughout the country. Equally at home in the operatic, lied and oratorio repertoires, Ms. Neff is much sought after in the vocal profession. Ms Neff was most recently heard as Marianna in Rossini’s one act farce Il Signor Bruschino, the…

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$15 – $40

Barefoot Movement 2018

Thursday, July 12, 7:30 PM PDT

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home, The Barefoot Movement has been heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising new bands on the bluegrass scene.” Selected as showcase artists at conferences of both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival, this acoustic band takes listeners back to another place and time with a show as fun to watch as it is to hear.

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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/13)

Thursday, July 12, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $40

Eric Bibb 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 7:30 PM PDT

With a career spanning five decades, three dozen albums, countless radio & television appearances, and concerts all over the globe, Eric Bibb is one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A fiery singer with soul, gospel and folk roots, his blues are honest and powerful. Born in New York and raised in a musical family, Bibb currently lives in Sweden.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/13)

Wednesday, July 11, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $40

Calder Quartet 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 4:00 PM PDT

Welcomed for a sixth year of sensitive and eloquent playing, the Calder will perform the Beethoven String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74, The Harp; Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135.

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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/13)

Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $40

Lucia Micarelli 2018

Monday, July 9, 7:30 PM PDT

Violinist Lucia Micarelli journeys through many musical influences from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, all 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 classic rock band Jethro Tull, as well as her starring role as Annie in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Treme.

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/13)

Monday, July 9, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $50

Festival Orchestra 1: Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Livia Sohn, violin 2018

Sunday, July 8, 6:00 PM PDT

Festival Orchestra with violinist Livia Sohn and soprano Shawnette Sulker The season opens with Bernstein’s energetic and rhythmic Candide Overture; Copland’s inspiring and melodic Appalachian Spring; Barber’s Violin Concerto; Bernstein songs “New York New York,” “A Little Bit in Love,” “Some Other Time,” “Glitter and be Gay”; and dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/8)

Sunday, July 8, 10:00 AM PDT
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$15 – $50

The StepCrew 2018

Saturday, July 7, 7:30 PM PDT

Bringing together three styles of exhilarating dance forms—Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap—these dancers and musicians take you on an amazing dance journey. As if dancing weren’t enough, The StepCrew boasts world-class fiddlers backed by an ensemble of some of the most talented musicians in the Celtic music scene today.

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$15 – $40

Soloists Together: Geoff Nuttall, Livia Sohn, Stephen Prutsman 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2:00 PM PDT

Before their solo turns later in the week, this afternoon Geoff Nuttall, violin, and Livia Sohn, violin, join Stephen Prutsman, piano, to play Telemann’s Gulliver Suite, Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major, instrumental versions of familiar arias by Bizet, Verdi, and Gluck, and Hubay’s Carmen Fantasie.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/8)

Saturday, July 7, 9:30 AM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/8)

Friday, July 6, 2:00 PM PDT
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July 2017

$12 – $50

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus 2017

Saturday, July 22, 7:30 PM PDT

The season closes with Verdi’s dramatic Requiem, a “mass written by an agnostic opera composer in memory of a dear friend and public hero.” Four soloists and the Festival Chorus will sing the monumental work. Julie Kierstine, soprano Donna Olson, mezzo soprano Alex Boyer, tenor Phil Meyer, bass Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert lecture.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Daniel Lockert 2017

Saturday, July 22, 6:30 PM PDT

Daniel Lockert has collaborated with singers past and present of the Metropolitan Opera, such as Deborah Voight, as well as current young recitalists, including Christopheren Nomura. As a coach and teacher, he has been on the staffs and faculties of the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, and the Aspen Music Festival.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/22)

Saturday, July 22, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $50

San Jose Taiko 2017

Friday, July 21, 7:30 PM PDT

Acknowledged as one of the premier taiko ensembles in the world, San Jose Taiko has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum.  Founded in 1973 by young Asian Americans searching to convey their experiences as third generation Japanese Americans, and inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, company performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/22)

Friday, July 21, 1:30 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/22)

Friday, July 21, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $40

Julian Pollack and J3P0 2017

Thursday, July 20, 7:30 PM PDT

Julian Pollack brings his project and band J3P0 to the Festival stage this summer. Pollack will be joined by Cale Hawkins, Justin Golder and Adam Jackson. These jazz musicians explore popular songs from the later part of the 20th century as well as originals, through the lens of talk box vocals and jazz harmony, with a nod to contemporary music production. Experience the latest New York neo-fusion—jazz, funk and soul—in kaleidoscopic arrangements using laptops, synthesizers, and the Talkbox. “I remember…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (no chorus) (7/22)

Thursday, July 20, 10:00 AM PDT
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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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Pre-Concert Lecture, Kayleen Asbo, Ph. D. 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 PM PDT

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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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/19)

Wednesday, July 19, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $40

Richie Goods and Nuclear Fusion 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 PM PDT

Bassist Richie Goods, the youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, has toured with a variety of jazz and popular artists including the Headhunters, Lenny White, and Whitney Houston, among others. Goods’ lengthy discography also includes Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common. Together with his fusion/funk band Nuclear Fusion, they ignite the stage and excite the audience in one beautiful chain reaction. One of the most sought after Jazz and R &…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/19)

Tuesday, July 18, 10:00 AM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 2 (7/19)

Monday, July 17, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $40

Kanekoa, Joan Soriano: Double Bill 2017

Sunday, July 16, 7:30 PM PDT

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers. This engagement of Joan Soriano is funded through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with…

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$12 – $30

Understanding Schubert: Multimedia Lecture 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2:30 PM PDT

In Susan Waterfall’s multi-media exploration of Franz Schubert’s life, you will learn how the Vienna of Mozart and Beethoven changed with an increasingly large, restricted and regimented urban middle class. Schubert’s potent settings of Romantic lyric poetry thrived in bourgeois settings where there was a growing need for personal emotional outlet. The inwardness and subjectivity of Schubert’s music mirrored the search for meaning and belonging in an alienating world where nature was increasingly seen as the only solace. Tenor Brian…

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$12 – $55

Festival Big Band, featuring Kim Nalley 2017

Saturday, July 15, 7:30 PM PDT

Kim Nalley has pipes to burn, packing a 3½ octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it’s Kim Nalley and no one else—an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.

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Rehearsal, Big Band (7/15)

Saturday, July 15, 10:30 AM PDT
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$12 – $50

Opera: Don Pasquale 2017

Friday, July 14, 7:30 PM PDT

Guest conductor Jason Sherbundy Stage director Ann Woodhead Donizetti’s effervescent opera is generally regarded as one of the greatest comic operas and a melodic masterpiece. A young couple in love schemes to thwart the plans of an old buffoon who wants to marry the girl himself. Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert lecture by Jason Sherbundy and Ann Woodhead.

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Jason Sherbundy and Ann Woodhead 2017

Friday, July 14, 6:30 PM PDT
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$12 – $40

Band of Heathens 2017

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 PM PDT

The term “Americana” was practically invented to describe the Band of Heathens’ sound, rich with lyrical content and supported by soaring guitar work and a rock-solid rhythm section. Hailing from Austin, Texas, and together ten years, the group fuses Lone Star blues, rock, and soul sounds with influences from Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul, heartland country-rock and all points in between.

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Rehearsal, Opera Dress (7/14)

Thursday, July 13, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $40

Pine Leaf Boys 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 7:30 PM PDT

Four-time Grammy-nominated, the world-renowned Pine Leaf Boys have made a name presenting their own inimitable brand of music with youthful exuberance, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, they are known for their wild shows, thoughtful arrangements, and breathing new life into Louisiana music. The best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time. New York Times

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/14)

Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 AM PDT
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Rehearsal, Opera (no orch.) (7/14)

Tuesday, July 11, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $40

Laurie Lewis, Rita Hosking 2017

Monday, July 10, 7:30 PM PDT

A key figure in bluegrass, traditional and folk music circles, Berkeley’s Laurie Lewis has established herself as one of the finest and most diverse talents in music today. A winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year, multiple times and a Grammy winner for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, it doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. Northern California’s own Rita Hosking is a…

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Rehearsal, Opera (7/14)

Monday, July 10, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $50

Festival Orchestra 1, featuring Jeremy Cohen 2017

Sunday, July 9, 6:00 PM PDT

The season opens with the exotic rhythms and sinuous melodies of Gershwin’s Cuban Overture; Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/9)

Sunday, July 9, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $50

The House Jacks 2017

Saturday, July 8, 7:30 PM PDT

Describing themselves as a “rock band without instruments,” The House Jacks have been leaders in the contemporary a cappella world for 25 years. Their arrangements were used for the smash hit movie Pitch Perfect and their music has been the soundtrack for NBC’s The Sing-Off and ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Primarily performing original music, The House Jacks have transcended simple “band” categorization and are now a thriving institution, always featuring some of the best vocalists in the world.

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$12 – $40

Calder Quartet 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2:00 PM PDT

Back for a fifth year of insightful and moving playing, the Calder will perform the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op.13; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132.

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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/9)

Saturday, July 8, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
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Rehearsal, Orch. 1 (7/9)

Friday, July 7, 2:00 PM PDT
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July 2016

$12 – $49

Festival Orchestra 3, featuring the Festival Chorus 2016

Saturday, July 23, 7:30 PM PDT

The season closes with Bach’s moving and magnificent Mass in B minor, a sublime choral experience with orchestra, chorus. The Mass in B minor shows Bach at the height of his powers, expressing the grandeur of heartfelt spiritual expression as no one else has ever been able to do.  Nothing can compare to the glory of a great chorus and orchestra to soothe the soul and comfort the weary along the mysterious journey of life. Ticket includes 6:30 PM pre-concert…

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Pre-Concert Lecture, Stefanie Tcharos 2016

Saturday, July 23, 6:30 PM PDT

Stefanie Tcharos is a historian of early modern music with broad expertise in 17th– and 18th-century Europe, and specialties in Italian music and musical practices.  Her research and teaching traverse diverse subjects, including the critical history of opera, baroque music drama and related vocal traditions, music production and reception in early modern contexts, genre study, historiography and theories of social and cultural history, and the history of musicology.  She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Princeton University and has been…

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Rehearsal, Orch. 3 (7/23)

Saturday, July 23, 10:00 AM PDT
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$12 – $49

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet 2016

Friday, July 22, 7:30 PM PDT

Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of Zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

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