• 28th Annual
    Mendocino Music Festival

    2014 Season July 12-26

    A magical blend of fine music by outstanding performers in one of the most enchanting sites in Northern California. Evening and afternoon concerts include orchestra, Big Band, a piano series, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and popular contemporary music.

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    Mendocino Music Festival 2014
  • Sostenuto! A Celebration of Sustainability

    Friday, July 11, 2014, 6-9 PM
    Little River home of Linda and Fedele Bauccio
    Limited to 150 guests.

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    Celebrate Music and the sustainable abundance of Mendocino County. Dine al fresco in the beautiful gardens of this spectacular oceanfront home. Enjoy a sumptuous seasonal buffet, presented at stations in the kitchens, at the grill, and throughout the gardens. Be transported by selections from this summer’s performance of Don Giovanni.

    Sostenuto!
  • Festival Orchestra: Opening Night!

    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall
    Stephen Prutsman, Piano

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    Festival 2014 opens with a tasty Mozart sandwich: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, featuring Stephen Prutsman, sandwiched between two equally spectacular modern works: Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Arturo Marquez) and A Summer Evening at the Boonville Fair (our own Allan Pollack).

    Festival Orchestra with Steven Prutsman
  • Bachfest July 13-16

    Various Venues and Times

    This Susan Waterfall Production is a four-day celebration and exploration of the life and art of J. S. Bach. Why was the greatest musical genius of all time often paid in beer? Why did he care so much about counterpoint?

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    The four programs will include historian Bob Winn, noted beer authority Jay R. Brooks, pianist Carolyn Steinbuck, violinist Jeremy Cohen, cellist Burke Schuchmann, flutist Mindy Rosenfeld, and pianist and conductor Stephen Prutsman with the Festival Chamber Players.

    Bachfest July 13-16
  • Claire Lynch Band

    Sunday, July 13, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Combining strength and purity of voice, enchanting and subtle song writing, and superb musicianship, the Claire Lynch Band takes bluegrass to new heights. International Bluegrass Association Female Vocalist of the Year for three years running.

    Claire Lynch Band
  • Juncal Street

    Homage to the Flamenco Tradition

    Monday, July 14, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Six incredible artists, all virtuosi of their art forms, draw global inspiration from contemporary art and dance. Three-time Isadora Duncan nominees for Most Outstanding Music, Ensemble, and Individual Performance, they constitute a multicultural medley of Gypsy, French, and Spanish origins.

    Juncal Street
  • April Verch Band

    Thursday, July 17, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Extravagant step-dancing style from Canada. Steeped in the hybrid heritage of her native Ottawa Valley, Verch creates North American roots music with fantastic fiddling, great songwriting, a terrific band, and amazing step-dancing. A major hit with Shetland audiences for years.

    April Verch Band
  • Opera: Don Giovanni

    Friday, July 18, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni, Mozart’s sometimes comic opera based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional cad who gets what’s coming to him…in Hell!

    Opera: <em>Don Giovanni</em>
  • Kathleen Grace Band

    Saturday, July 19, 2014
    3:00 PM, Preston Hall

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    A favorite of the Festival as Big Band singer, Kathleen Grace returns with her own band and her own songs that fuse the musical language of jazz, rock and folk with extraordinary storytelling abilities.

    “…somewhere between cheeky and poignant, plugging their brand of jazz, rock, and folk into the purity of music…” –Jordan Richardson, Blog Critics Magazine

    Kathleen Grace Band
  • Festival Big Band with Kim Nalley

    Homage to Aretha Franklin

    Saturday, July 19, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    With her amazing 3½-octave range and striking stage presence, Kim Nalley will sing songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, accompanied by the all-star Festival Big Band directed by conductor and saxophonist Allan Pollack.

    Festival Big Band with Kim Nalley
  • Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

    Legends of Country Rock

    Sunday, July 20, 2014, 2:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall

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    Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, teams up with his buddy Herb Pedersen from the Desert Rose Band to play their own blend of bluegrass, folk, and country music.

    “These guys are really special. They’ve been playing together all along and have influenced so many other musicians, but they’re still vibrant.”  –Rich Denhart

    Hillman/Pedersen
  • POCO Encore Concert

    Sunday, July 20, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Rusty and the boys return to rock the Mendocino Headlands once more with their trademark blazing instrumentals and soaring harmonies, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous “Poconut.”

    POCO Encore Concert
  • Calder Quartet

    Monday, July 21, 2014
    3:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times, the Calder Quartet defies boundaries through performing a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel the true intention of the work’s creator.

    Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Andrew Bulbrook, violin, Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello

    Calder Quartet
  • Frederica von Stade

    Miles Graber, Piano

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    “Even if she were not one of the great singers of our day, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade could probably draw a full house of people eager just to be in her presence and watch her be herself. She’s that enchanting. Von Stade communicates something to her listeners – a startling radiance compounded of serene grace and simple delight…” –Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

    Frederica von Stade
  • Suzanna Smith and Kenny Washington

    Superstars of the Bay Area jazz scene

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    3:00 PM, Preston Hall

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    Smith is “…a truly unique talent…organic, eclectic, and contemporary, yet rooted in the tradition of what old school vocal jazz was once all about—soul.” –Brent Black, criticaljazz.com
    “Kenny Washington is the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene, a vocalist with an exuberantly supple tenor that glides effortlessly into the stratosphere.”  –Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle

    Suzanna Smith and Kenny Washington
  • Festival Orchestra

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall
    David McCarroll, Violin

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    International Wunderkind David McCarroll and the Festival Orchestra perform the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, after which the orchestra takes things up a whole step with the dramatic turmoil-to-triumph Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

    Orchestra 2
  • Festival Chamber Players

    Featuring Miles Graber and Carolyn Steinbuck

    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    3:00 PM, Preston Hall

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    Mozart Quintet in E flat Major for Piano and Winds K.452, and the Schumann Quintet in E flat Major for Piano and Strings, played by the world-class Festival Orchestra’s principal players, joined by pianists Miles Graber and Carolyn Steinbuck.

    Festival Chamber Players
  • Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Poncho Sanchez’s music is a swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At every show, Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn with results that are no less than dazzling.

    Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
  • Irma Thomas

    Queen of the Delta Blues

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    Grammy winner;  one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices; dubbed the Soul Queen of New Orleans; Thomas will warm your heart with her blend of roots and blues.  This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a legend of our own time, inviting you to share a trip with her into the jazz scene of New Orleans.

    Irma Thomas
  • Julian Waterfall Pollack and Natalie Tenenbaum

    Duo Pianos

    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    3:00 PM, Preston Hall

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    Two of the most brilliantly talented pianist/composers from the New York scene team up to play the driving, rhythmic music of Adams, Reich, and their own compositions, as well as creative arrangements of popular contemporary songs.

    Julian Waterfall Pollack and Natalie Tenenbaum: Duo Pianos
  • Festival Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    8:00 PM, Tent Concert Hall

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    The Festival Orchestra, Chorus, and soloists join forces for the Festival’s traditional grand finale, this year featuring Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Bach’s Cantata No. 51, and selections from Haydn’s epic masterpiece The Creation.

    Finale: Festival Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

MMF at the ExploratoriumBenefit Events

The Festival presents many opportunities to support the arts while enjoying culinary delights and live musical performances! Whether you seek the sweet or savory, craft beer or sumptuous wine, there are Benefit Events designed with you in mind.

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2014 Performances

The 2014 Festival offers a magical blend of fine music by outstanding performers including orchestra concerts, Big Band, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and popular contemporary music.

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