The Festival features over 30
performances in four series and includes master class workshops, open orchestral
rehearsals and culinary events showcasing the local beers, wines and foods of
Mendocino California, April 24, 2013—The
Mendocino Music Festival
has announced the lineup of its 27th season, and will once again present its
wide range of genres in the Tent Concert Hall on the Mendocino Headlands and at
other nearby venues.
This year the Festival Classical Program
takes place from July 13—July 27. Jazz, World and Boogie Programs are from July
14—July 26. The Festival features over 30 performances in four series and
includes master class workshops, open orchestral rehearsals and culinary events
showcasing the local beers, wines and foods of Mendocino County.
The Classical Program opens with a Festival Orchestra performance, conducted by
Allan Pollack, of works by Verdi and Prokofiev, and the Romantic favorite
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist James D’Leon. Orchestra
performances include East and West, with guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda; Rossini’s
opera Il Signor Bruschino; and, with the Festival Chorus, works by Bruch,
Bernstein, Beethoven and Mozart. The Classical Program includes chamber music
and piano lecture-concerts.
JAZZFest features the perennial Big Band
Night and a double bill of Hot Club of San Francisco and Julian Pollack Trio.
The Festival’s educational events include a Peer-to-Peer Jazz Workshop, free to
high school students, by the Thelonious Monk Institute All-Star High School Jazz
Sextet, consisting of prize winning high school musicians from around the
Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame headlines the
Boogie, Blues & Bluegrass series. A concert benefit for the Festival features
the country-rock band POCO.
The World Series opens with a daylong program, Umi no Hi: A Celebration of
Japan’s Ocean Day. Pianist Susan Waterfall’s multi-media concert, Ocean That Has
No East, No West: The Life and Legacy of Toru Takemitsu, features Takemitsu’s
student Shin-Ichi Fukuda.
Festival Artistic Director Allan Pollack said: “We are presenting our most
forward-looking program ever. Our Classical Program features traditional
favorites alongside modern works from Asian composers. Musicians from around the
world will bring Japanese, Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban, American and Celtic
sounds among others.”
Tickets for the Festival are on sale May 1; full program lineup is at
About Mendocino Music Festival
Founded in 1986, Mendocino Music Festival creates a close community of musicians
and audiences for two weeks every July on the ocean bluff of Mendocino Headlands
State Park, and in the village of Mendocino and points nearby. The Festival is
hosted by California State Department of Parks and Recreation. Its central venue
is the 800-seat Tent Concert Hall, purchased by the Festival as a result of a
capital campaign originated by members of the Festival Orchestra, leading
orchestral musicians from around the region and nation. Residents and lodging
establishments of the Mendocino coast host close to one hundred orchestra
musicians and visiting artists from around the world. Inns, hotels and
restaurants, in partnership with the Festival, offer visitor packages including
discounted festival tickets and special offers. The Festival’s Presenting
Sponsor is North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, CA.
Mendocino Music Festival Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.