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  • Big Time in Little River 2014

    Saturday December 6, 2014 2:30-5:30
    Little River home of John and Kathy Danhakl
    Festival Big Band All-Stars Kathleen Grace, Julian Pollack, Allan Pollack, Ralph Humphrey; Libations, Sensations, Delectables, Treats, and your Festival Family—all in a matchless setting!

  • Bachfest: Berkeley Preview

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    8:00 PM, Berkeley City Club Members Lounge
    An elegant preview of the Mendocino Music Festival’s July Bachfest will be presented at the historic Berkeley City Club, an architectural masterpiece by Julia Morgan.

  • Sostenuto: A Celebration of Sustainability

    Friday, July 11, 2014, 6-9 pm
    At the spectacular oceanfront home of Linda and Fedele Bauccio. Celebrate music and the sustainable abundance of Mendocino County. Enjoy a sumptuous seasonal buffet presented at stations in the kitchens, at the grill, and throughout the gardens, with selections from Don Giovanni.

  • Festival Orchestra with Stephen Prutsman

    Saturday, July 12, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    Audience favorite Stephen Prutsman will play the Mozart Piano Concerto in C minor. “Conga” by Marquez will have you dancing in your seats, and conductor/composer Allan Pollack will present his piece “A Summer Evening at the Boonville Fair.”

  • Bachfest July 13-16

    July 13-16
    Various Venues
    Susan Waterfall’s 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? Featuring 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: Bach and Beer

    Sunday, July 13, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    J. S. Bach enjoyed life enormously, and this certainly included beer drinking. He was often paid in beer. Find out more interesting and seldom considered facts in a multi-media lecture with historian Bob Winn, noted beer authority Jay R. Brooks, and scholar/pianist Susan Waterfall.

  • Claire Lynch Band: Taking Bluegrass to New Heights

    Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    Combining strength and purity of voice, enchanting and subtle song writing, and superb musicianship, the Claire Lynch Band takes bluegrass to new heights.

  • Bachfest: Bach at the Keyboard

    Monday, July 14, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Preston Hall
    Pianists Susan Waterfall and Carolyn Steinbuck will consider Bach’s role as father and teacher, and will explore the international influences on his music. The concert consists of the Two-Part Inventions, the Italian Concerto, the C minor Partita, and the 6-Voiced Ricercare from the Musical Offering.

  • Juncal Street: Homage to the Flamenco Tradition

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

  • Bachfest: The Unaccompanied Suites

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Mendocino Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
    Bach’s keyboard works are often played, but there are not so many opportunities to hear the wonderful suites for other instruments, and even more rare, to hear them in the lovely setting and gorgeous acoustics of the sanctuary of the historic Mendocino Presbyterian Church.

  • A Cappella Fever

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Preston Hall, Mendocino Presbyterian Church
    The Coast is home to several excellent small a cappella groups, all singing for the pure love of it while holding down their day jobs.  Men’s Acafellas, women’s In the Mix, women’s trio River, and SATB Sine Nomine will sing music from four centuries, everything from do-wop, to gospel, to hit tunes from the ‘40s, to madrigals.

  • Bachfest: Musical Offering, and Prutsman Plays Bach

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    Susan Waterfall will describe the history and significance of Bach’s Musical Offering, and perform canons and the Trio Sonata from that work, with Jeremy Cohen, violin; Mindy Rosenfeld, flute; Burke Schuchmann, cello. Brilliant Bach interpreter Stephen Prutsman will play and conduct the Festival Chamber Players in Bach’s Clavier Concerto in D minor.

  • Piano Series: Robert Schwartz

    Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:00 PM
    Preston Hall
    Pianist Robert Schwartz is returning to the Festival to play Mozart Sonata in Bb Major K. 570, Mendelssohn Songs Without Words (Selected) and Brahms Sonata in F Minor Op. 5.

  • April Verch Band: Extravagant Step-Dancing Style from Canada

    Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    April Verch specializes in the hybrid heritage of her native Ottawa Valley, creating North American roots music with fantastic fiddling, great songwriting, a terrific band, and amazing step-dancing—who could ask for more?

  • Piano Series: Paul Hersh

    Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Preston Hall
    The Piano Series regulars always welcome Paul Hersh’s lecture recitals. This season Hersh will bring his son, violinist Stefan Hersh, to explore Beethoven’s last violin and piano sonatas.

  • Opera: Don Giovanni

    Friday, July 18, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    Mozart’s Don Giovanni is one of the most important operas of all time, and is an audience favorite for good reasons. An extremely dramatic work, full of intrigue, spooky ghosts, beautiful damsels, and revenge, it’s based on the fictional legends of the notorious seducer, Don Juan, who carelessly abuses everyone in his life, until he meets his match.

  • Kathleen Grace Band

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

  • Festival Big Band with Kim Nalley: Homage to Aretha Franklin

    Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    The annual Big Band concert will feature vocalist Kim Nalley, with her amazing 3 ½ octave range and striking stage presence, singing songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, accompanied by the all-star Big Band, directed by conductor and saxophonist Allan Pollack.

  • Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen: Legends of Country Rock

    Sunday, July 20, 2014, 2:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    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.  They have the superb blend and easy interchange that only long-time friends can achieve.  They can play nearly any instrument you could throw at them and will give you a good, rocking country time.

  • POCO

    Sunday, July 20, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    One of the first and longest-lasting country-rock groups, POCO will perform an encore concert on the stage of the Mendocino Music Festival.  Rusty Young has announced the band’s February 2014 retirement from regular touring, but has agreed to do one more performance for the Festival as a result of the great reception the band got in 2013.

  • Calder Quartet

    Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    Benjamin Jacobson, violin Andrew Bulbrook, violin Jonathan Moerschel, viola Eric Byers, cello.  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.

  • Ledford House: the Iconic Festival Dinner Party

    Monday, July 21, 2014 6:00 PM
    Ledford House Restaurant
    A magical evening of gourmet food, wines from Goldeneye, and music at one of the area’s leading restaurants, with a performance by David McCarroll, violin, and Miles Graber, piano.

  • Frederica von Stade

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    “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 – that few other recitalists can match.” Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

  • Suzanna Smith and Kenny Washington

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

    Superheroes of the Bay Area Jazz Scene.

    Listen to the magic as Smith, who combines the confessional imperative of a singer/songwriter with the rhythmic acuity of a jazz chanteuse, teams up with Washington, a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting.

  • Festival Orchestra

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    Join us in a celebration of romance as you listen to the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Jean Sibelius and Symphony #2 of Rachmaninoff, both thrilling, monumental works. Julian Waterfall Pollack will premier his evocative Night Flower.

  • Festival Chamber Players

    Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:00 PM
    Preston Hall
    Mozart’s 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.

  • Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

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

  • Emerging Artists Concert

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    4:00 PM, Preston Hall
    Recital by participants in the Emerging Artists Scholarship Program.

  • Irma Thomas: Queen of the Delta Blues

    Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    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. “She remains one of America’s most distinctive and classic singers, a treasure from the Golden Age of soul music, who remains as completing and powerful as ever…” Rounder Records

  • Julian Waterfall Pollack and Natalie Tenenbaum: Duo Pianos

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

  • Festival Orchestra and Chorus

    Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 PM
    Tent Concert Hall
    The final orchestral concert of great choral works by Haydn and Bach will provide a fitting climax to the Festival.  Handel’s Royal Fireworks for orchestra alone will precede Bach’s Cantata #51 and Haydn’s Creation, sung by large choir and soloists.