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2008 Mendocino Music Festival

This is the 22nd season of the Mendocino Music Festival. Mark your calendar for the dates of Saturday, July 12 to Saturday, July 26, for this magical event.  Artistic Director Allan Pollack has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mendocino Music Festival for the last 21 years. He has led both orchestra and chorus through many memorable performances. With a Ph.D. in composition from UC Berkeley, Pollack has composed a variety of pieces for the festival over the years. As a jazz musician, he leads the fabulous Festival Big Band and sometimes even takes a solo on saxohone himself. In addition to his Festival responsibilities, Pollack has a full studio of private students, and is the Music Director and Conductor of Symphony of the Redwoods for the last 20 years, and was appointed Artistic Director of the Camellia Symphony in Sacramento 3 years ago. Opening Night: Saturday, July 12 at 8 pm. The Festival Orchestra Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb, Stephen Prutsman, piano. Sunday, July 13 at 8 pm. Jesse Winchester, Singer/Songwriter & Floxglove 1960′s folk rock legend, composer of “Mississippi You’re On My Mind”, “Yankee Lady” and “Brand New Tennessee Waltz” sings with his gentle, sweet voice honest, whimsical lyrics and melodic tunes. Foxglove is the Mendocino Coast’s hip bluegrass, R&B, rock n roll influenced band. Monday, July 14 at 8 pm. Stephen Prutsman versatile and innovatiove pianist, composer and arranger presents a solo piano concert of preludes and fugues mixed with jazz, world and classical music, exploring and seeking common ground in the music of all cultures. Wednesday, July 15 at 8 pm. The Hot Club of San Francisco borrowing the original instrumentation from the Hot Club de France (violin, bass and guitars) this group breathes new life into the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with creative arrangements of classics and original compositions from lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Thursday, July 17 at 8 pm. ‘Degenerate Music’ Susan Waterfall & The Festival Chamber Players. Erin Neff, vocalist. After World War 1, Weimar Berlin was a cauldron of artistic ferment as avant-garde artists and intellectuals, most of them Jewish, struggled to create a modern German culture. Exuberant freedom and hectic experimentation masked a sense of impending doom. After 1933, Hitler denounced them all as “degenerate” and their forced exile carried Weimar modernity to the rest of the world. A re-creation of this fascinating and pivotal era with cabaret and chamber music of Weill, Schoenberg, and Eisler, photographs and film. Friday, July 18 & July 20 at 8 pm. Opera…. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro. The Festival Orchestra & Cast. Alan Pollack, conductor, Brian Leerhuber, baritone, Nicolle Foland, soprano, Christine Brandes, soprano, Eugene Brancoveanum, bass, Donna Olson, mezzo-soprano, Mark Hernandez, tenor, Matthew Miksak, bass. A hilarious comic opera about the foibles of lovers, with the witty, rapturous music of Mazart. Saturday, July 19, at 8 pm. Big Band Night with Allan Pollack & The All-Star Festival Big Band. Fasten your seatbelts for a swingin’ rocketship ride to the nostalgia zone. Shimmering vocals, surprise guest artists and the hot, brassy asounds of the fabulous All-Star Big Band. Tuesday, July 22, at 8 pm. Quintango acclaimed quintet (strings and piano) and dancers present a sizzling, seductive and passionate interpretation of Argentine tango. “For haunting melody, rhythm that makes every part of your anatomy move and a feeling of warmth and enthusiasm, Quintango is downright wonderful.” -Charleston Post and Courier- Wednesday, July 23, at 8 pm. Ballet & Orchestra with The Festival Orchestra, Allan Pollack, conductor, with special guests Company C Contemporary Ballet. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Ravel:Piano Concerto, Movement No. 2 with Susan Waterfall, piano, Gershwin: “Who Cares”, Rossini: Overtures. Thursday, July 24, at 8 pm. Festival Chamber Players Great Chamber Music of the 20th Century. Harrison: Simfony #13 for Percussion Quartet, Skostakovich: Piano Trio, Carolyn Steinbuck, piano (room 2 add violin & cello), Stravinsky: L’hostoire du soldat, Les Pfutzenreuter, Conductor. Friday, July 25, at 8 pm. Los Pinguos natives of Buenos Aires, these musicians combine Latin rhythms, Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, a Peruvian cajon and harmoninizing vocals to produce a vivacious sound, part salsa, part rock, part traditional Argentine music. The band has recorded four albums and appears on three Putumayo World Music compilations. Saturday, July 26, at 3 pm. Julian Waterfall Pollack & Friends. This uncannily young and astonishingly talented pianist leads his group of exceptional musicians in re-imagined jazz standards and original musical compositions that include jazz, rock and pop genres. He has performed with Joshua Redman and Nicholas Payton and appeared at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Lincoln Center and Yoshi’s. In 2007 he was guest on Marian McPartland’s syndicated radio show, Piano Jazz. Grand Finale Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm. Festival Chorus & Orchestra Walter Green Memorial Concert. Piano Series – Lectures & Recitals at Preston Hall Sunday, July 13 at 3 pm. Paul Roberts - Ravel: Jeux d’eau, Selection from Miroirs Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin. Debussy: selections from Preludes. Monday, July 21 & Tuesday, July 22 at 3 pm. Paul HershBach: Well-tempered Clavier, Book Two. The first half of Book Two will be performed on Monday, and the second half on Tuesday. Thursday, July 24, at 3 pm. Helene Wickett Sonatas by Beethoven & Elliot Carter. Youth Concerts – Festival Tent Sunday, July 13 at 2 pm. Children’s Matinee Selections from the Opening Orchestra Concert followed by our “Instrument Petting Zoo” where you can meet the musicians and play some instruments. Sunday, July 20 at 2 pm. Emerging Artists Concert Young musicians from the festival’s youth program perform in chamber ensembles with skill, emotion and depth well beyond their years. Special Events:
  1. Gala Opening Celebration…………Friday, July 11
  2. Meet Stephen Prutsman…………..Saturday, July 12
  3. Big Band Dance Party……………..Saturday, July 19
  4. The Dinner Party……………………Monday, July 21
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