California Festivals


Mendocino Music Festival

July 13-27, 2019

Location: Approx. 3 hours north of San Francisco on CA-1
Tickets: $12-up


MENDOCINO, CALIF.--Perched on the Mendocino Headlands State Park in a 16,000 square foot Tent Concert Hall. A dramatic, beautiful spot in the town of Mendocino on the northern California coast where redwoods, rivers, restaurants, and trails offer lots to do - including Mendocino County wines and artisan beer tasting. Have a picnic lunch or dinner before your concert at the tables outside the Tent comes with a view to die for.

Past Entertainment

CALDER QUARTET   Performing the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13; and the Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132. 

THE HOUSE JACKS  Describing themselves as a rock band without instruments, The House Jacks have been leaders in the contemporary a cappella world for 25 years. 

SIDE NOTE  Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Funky. Fresh. Side Note is a contemporary a cappella pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. 

 9 6FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA 1, FEATURING JEREMY COHEN Season opens with the exotic rhythms and sinuous melodies of Gershwin's Cuban Overture; Piazzolla's Four Season of Buenos Aires; and Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. |  

IN BOCCA AL LUPO  Shira Kammen playing Vielle, medieval harp and violin, will be joined by Allison Zelles Lloyd, medieval harp, and Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey, violas da gamba. 

LAURIE LEWIS & THE RIGHT HANDS AND RITA HOSKING (double bill)   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. And, Norther California's own, Rita Hosking is a fierce and captivating country-folk voice, singing of culture clash, the working class and hope. 

SARAH CAHILL, KATE STENBERG, WILLIAM WINANT TRIO  In celebration of maverick composer Lou Harrison's 2017 centennial, the trio will perform a concert of Harrison's music spanning half a century. Program will include Harrison's Varied Trio, Grand Duo, A Summerfield Set, Largo Ostinato, Tandy's Tango, Jig and Range-Song, Changing Moment, and Dance for Lisa Karon.  

KATHLEEN GRACE  A naturally exquisite singer and songwriter, Grace's soulful instincts are skillfully hones by her experience in jazz and blues. 

PINE LEAF BOYS   Hailing from southwest Louisiana, PLB are known for their wild shows, thoughtful arrangements, and breathing new life into Louisiana music. 

PIANO SERIES: JOHN NOVACEK  Performing 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. 

BAND OF HEATHENS  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. 

ZOE ELLIS  Zoe Ellis' dramatic and colorful voice is well known to music fans in the Bay Area and beyond. 

OPERA: DON PASQUALE  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 want to marry the girl himself. 

PIANO SERIES: ZOFO  Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi have amazed audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. 

ALEX DEGRASSI WITH ANDREW YORK  Fingerstyle guitar master Alex deGrassi and Grammy Award-Winning classical guitarist Andrew York will perform solo and duo, and will also be joined by members of the Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop in the premier of a composition for guitar orchestra. 

FESTIVAL BIG BAND WITH KIM NALLEY  Kim Nalley has pipes to burn, packing a 3 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. $12-

UNDERSTANDING SCHUBERT OPENING LECTURE  In Susan Waterfall's multi-media exploration of Franz Schubert's life, you will earn how the Vienna of Mozart and Beethoven changes with an increasingly large, restricted and regimented urban middle class. Tenor Brian Thorsett and pianist Miles Graber will perform characteristic lieder. 

KANEKOA AND JOAN SORIANO (DOUBLE BILL)  Describing its music as ukulele-powered Hawaiian reggae folk rock, Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, rock, folk, blues, reggae and improvisation into a truly unique sound. Soriano, known as the Duke of Bachata, was born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, he plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. 

UNDERSTANDING SCHUBERT CHAMBER  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 daydream. 

UNDERSTANDING SCHUBERT CHAMBER The most domestic of all genres, the four-handed piano piece, attained its pinnacle with Schubert's Fantasy in F minor, written in the last year of Schubert's life, will be performed by Julian Waterfall Pollack and Susan Waterfall. 

7RICHIE GOODS & NUCLEAR FUSION  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. 

BABAGHANOUSH Guitarist Dimitris Mahlis, drummer Ralph Humphrey, bassist Jerry Watts and saxophonist Antti Suzuki bring life to the multi-ethnic compositions of Mahlis. 

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA  WITH MOLLY MORKOSKI   Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished): Richard Strass' Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra features dazzling keyboard work; and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. Ticket includes pre-concert lecture by Kayleen Asbo.  

JULIAN PLLACK FEATURING J3PO  Pollack will be joined by Cale Hawkins, Justin Golder and Adam Jackson, exploring popular songs from the later part of the 20th century as well as original, through the lens of talk box vocals and jazz harmony, with a nod to contemporary music production. $12-$40. |

EMERGING ARTISTS  The annual and much anticipated recital by the enormously talented young string players is one of the season's highlights. 

SAN JOSE TAIKO  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. 

PIANO SERIES: MOLLY MORKOSKI 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. 

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS CLOSING NIGHT   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. Soloists: Julie Kierstine, soprano; Donna Olson, alto; Alex Boyer, tenor; Phil Meyer, bass. 

Every July the Mendocino Music Festival offers music lovers the best in Classical Symphony, Celtic, Jazz and more Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Opera, Dance, Big Band, Chamber Music, including The Piano Series, and Intimate Village Concerts.

Primary event location is the Tent Concert Hall perched on the Mendocino Headlands State Park at 735 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460

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