The Mendocino Music Festival 2011
25th Anniversary Season

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Town of Mendocino with the Mendocino Music Festival's big white 850-seat tent concert hall overlooking Mendocino Bay and the blue Pacific Ocean. Town of Mendocino with the Mendocino Music Festival's big white 850-seat tent concert hall overlooking Mendocino Bay and the blue Pacific Ocean. Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Warm summer evening light bathes the Mendocino Music Festival concert hall tent for the Opening Concert. Festival Manager Nancy Harris is in the foreground wearing sunglasses. Opening Night of Mendocino Music Festival 2011 in the giant 850-seat canvas concert hall. Opening Night - The MMF Orchestra conducted by Allan Pollack. Allan Pollack conducts the orchestra. The orchestra takes a bow. Twilight intermission on Opening Night Opening Night twilight intermission panorama - Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Spencer Myer performs the Gershwin Concerto in F Major for Piano and Orchestra. Spencer Myer performs the Gershwin Concerto in F Major for Piano and Orchestra as Maestro Allen Pollack conducts the orchestra. Spencer Myer Pianist Spencer Myer, Conductor Allan Pollack and the whole orchestra take a bow after the Gershwin Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Allan Pollack and Spencer Myer take a bow. Pianist Paul Hersh gave one of his very popular lecture recitals at Preston Hall in the first concert of the Piano Series of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011. Paul Hersh at the piano in Preston Hall. The Preston Hall audience for Paul Hersch Thelonious Sphere Monk III, son of the the jazz piano great, introduces the Kevin Eubanks Quartet. T.S. Monk turns, revealing the Brother Thelonious ale label image on the back of his shirt, designed by local artist Eduardo Smissen for North Coast Brewing. Kevin Eubanks Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums with Kevin Eubank. Jazz guitarist and former Tonight Show with Jay Leno bandleader Kevin Eubanks. Bill Pierce blows sax with the Kevin Eubanks Quartet Kevin Eubanks Rene Camacho on electric upright bass. Kevin Eubanks Bill Pierce Rene Camacho on electric upright bass. The Kevin Eubanks Quartet at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Kevin Eubanks Quartet Kevin Eubanks and his band thank the audience after their performance. Conductor Les Pfutzenreuter of the Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Tenor Pedro Rodelas performs in the "We Love You, Lenny" concert. Lauren Post and Shawnette Sulker sing "Ohio" from the Stephen Sondheim musical "Wonderful Town." Mezzo soprano Lauren Post performs in the We Love You Lenny concert of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Mezzo soprano Lauren Post performs in the We Love You Lenny concert of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Pedro Rodelas, tenor Tenor Pedro Rodelas and soprano Shawnette Sulker perform in the "We Love You, Lenny" concert. Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Les Pfutzenreuter, conductor of the MMF Chamber Orchestra. Shawnette Sulker and Michel Taddei sing "Oh Happy We" from Candide. Tenor Michel Taddei doffed his coat and pants in a surprise ending to "Oh Happy We" from "Candide" with soprano Shawnette Sulker. Michel Taddei shuffles off stage with a laughing Shawnette Sulker. Shawnette Sulker performs "Glitter and Be Gay" from Bernstein's "Candide." Shawnette Sulker sings "Glitter and Be Gay" from Bernstein's "Candide." Shawnette Sulker performs "Glitter and Be Gay" from Bernstein's "Candide." Shawnette Sulker performs "Glitter and Be Gay" from Bernstein's "Candide." Shawnette Sulker and conductor Les Pfutzenreuter. Pedro Rodelas, Lauren Post, Michel Taddei and Shawnette Sulker sing "Make Our Garden Grow" from Bernstein's "Candide" as Les Pfutzenreuter conducts the MMF Chamber Orchestra to conclude the "We Love You, Lenny" concert. Pedro Rodelas, Lauren Post, Michel Taddei and Shawnette Sulker sing "Make Our Garden Grow" from Bernstein's "Candide" as Les Pfutzenreuter conducts the MMF Chamber Orchestra to conclude the "We Love You, Lenny" concert. Pedro Rodelas, Lauren Post, Michel Taddei and Shawnette Sulker take a bow with Les Pfutzenreuter to conclude the "We Love You, Lenny" concert. The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra takes a bow at the conclusion of the "We Love You, Lenny" concert. Pianist Spencer Myer at Preston Hall for his performance in the Piano Series of MMF 2011. Pianist Spencer Myer Pianist Spencer Myer at Preston Hall in the Piano Series of MMF 2011. Spencer Myer at the piano. Preston Hall audience for Spencer Myer The audience gives warm applause for Spencer Myer. Pianist Spencer Myer performs an encore. Spencer Myer performs an encore. Spencer Myer performs an encore. After several encores, Spencer Myer returns for a final bow at his concert at Preston Hall. Spencer Myer after the concert with MMF board member Sandy Riegler and husband Guenter. The Travlin' McCourys bluegrass band played hot traditional bluegrass to a large and enthusiastic audience in the big tent concert hall at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 The Travlin' McCourys The Travlin' McCourys The Travlin' McCourys Ron McCoury of The Travelin' McCourys Jason Carter of The Travelin' McCourys The Travelin' McCourys Ronnie McCoury of The Travelin' McCourys Banjo player Rob McCoury The Travlin' McCourys fiddle player Jason Carter. Banjo player Rob McCoury Jeff White on guitar with the Travelin' McCourys. Jason Carter and Ronnie McCoury Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury and Alan Bartram sing three part harmony vocals into a single microphone. Jeff White on guitar with the Travelin' McCourys. Banjo player Rob McCoury The Travelin' McCourys Ronnie McCoury, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram The Travelin' McCourys end their concert. The a cappella quartet Eclectica performed an afternoon concert at Fort Bragg Methodist Church. They are Paul Friesen, Bessy Krauss, Dennis Freeze and Beth Seaward. The a cappella quartet Eclectica performed an afternoon concert at Fort Bragg Methodist Church. They are Paul Friesen, Bessy Krauss, Dennis Freeze and Beth Seaward. The a cappella quartet Eclectica performed an afternoon concert at Fort Bragg Methodist Church. They are Paul Friesen, Bessy Krauss, Dennis Freeze and Beth Seaward. The a cappella quartet Eclectica performed an afternoon concert at Fort Bragg Methodist Church. They are Paul Friesen, Bessy Krauss, Dennis Freeze and Beth Seaward. The Dave Scott Jazz Quartet at Preston Hall at the first concert of the new Jazz Series. The Dave Scott Jazz Quartet at Preston Hall at the first concert of the new Jazz Series. Dave Scott Daniel Fabricant on bass with Dave Scott Quartet. Scott Foster on guitar with Dave Scott Quartet. Surya Patri on drums with the Dave Scott Quartet. The Dave Scott Jazz Quartet at Preston Hall at the first concert of the new Jazz Series. The Dave Scott Jazz Quartet at Preston Hall at the first concert of the new Jazz Series. Dave Scott Scott Foster on guitar with Dave Scott Quartet. Dave Scott Dave Scott Daniel Fabricant on bass with Dave Scott Quartet. Daniel Fabricant on bass with Dave Scott Quartet. Surya Patri on drums with the Dave Scott Quartet. The Dave Scott Jazz Quartet at Preston Hall . Dave Scott Susan Waterfall comes on stage to begin her "Irrestible Grooves" Concert at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Susan Waterfall and Julian Waterfall Pollack play dual pianos to begin the Irresistible Groove program at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Susan Waterfall and Julian Waterfall Pollack play Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" Variations. Susan Waterfall at the piano. Julian Waterfall Pollack at the piano. Quartet San Francisco in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Quartet San Francisco in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Jeremy Cohen and Susan Waterfall Jeremy Cohen Jeremy Cohen and Susan Waterfall take a bow.  Michele Kwon, cello, and Keith Lawrence, viola, of Quartet San Francisco. Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose of Quartet San Francisco. Keith Lawrence, viola, of Quartet San Francisco.   Quartet San Francisco and Susan Waterfall Quartet San Francisco in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Quartet San Francisco takes a bow An ensemble of 15 musicians performs the "Eight Lines" Octet by Reich. Mary Chun conducts the ensemble for the Reich octet. Jeremy Cohen and Susan Waterfall take a bow at the conclusion of the "Irresistible Grooves" concert. Robert Schwartz at Preston Hall Robert Schwartz at Preston Hall Robert Schwartz at Preston Hall Robert Schwartz at Preston Hall Robert Schwartz at Preston Hall Robert Schwartz greets a friend after the concert at Preston Hall. Susan Waterfall and Robert Schwartz talk after the concert. The Mendocino Music Festival 2011 orchestra conducted by Allan Pollack plays the Overture from The Magic Flute to begin the OperaFest concert. The Mendocino Music Festival 2011 orchestra conducted by Allan Pollack plays the Overture from The Magic Flute to begin the OperaFest concert. The full Operafest vocal ensemble: Matthew Miksak, Kathleen Moss, Sascha Joggerst, Jillian Boye, Hector Vasquez, Erin Neff, Cynthia Clayton Vasquez, and John Pickle. Baritone Hector Vasquez in performance with the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra during the OperaFest program. Operafest at Mendocino Music Festival Kathleen Moss and John Pickle John Pickle and Kathleen Moss Cynthia Clayton Vasquez and Hector Vasquez Cynthia Clayton Vasquez and Hector Vasquez, Kathleen Moss and John Pickle. Hector Vasquez, Cynthia Clayton Vasquez, Kathleen Moss and John Pickle take a bow. Soprano Cynthia Clayton Vasquez performs in the OperaFest program at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Kathleen Moss Kathleen Moss Kathleen Moss, Matthew Miksak and John Pickle Erin Neff, Jillian Boye, Kathleen Moss, Matthew Miksak and John Pickle Cynthia Clayton Vasquez and Hector Vasquez Matthew Miksak, Jillian Boye, Erin Neff and Cynthia Clayton Vasquez Hector Vasquez, John Pickle, Matthew Miksak, Jillian Boye, Erin Neff and Cynthia Clayton Vasquez. Cynthia Clayton Vasquez, Erin Neff and Jillian Boye take a bow. Soprano Cynthia Clayton and tenor John Pickle perform the Love Duet from Tosca in the OperaFest program. Hector Vasquez and Jillian Boye Tenor John Pickle, Bass Matthew Miksak and soprano Kathleen Moss. An ensemble of seven fine singers performed the Act I Finale from Rossini's opera "L'italiana in Algeri" to cap the OperaFest program at Mendocino Music Festival 2011. The Real Vocal String Quartet performed in the Mendocino Presbyterian Church sanctuary. The Real Vocal String Quartet singing and playing. Irene Sazer and Alisa Rose singing a cappella. Jessica Ivry of the Real Vocal String Quartet The Real Vocal String Quartet at Mendocino Presbyterian Church. The Real Vocal String Quartet at Mendocino Presbyterian Church. Francis Vanek takes a tenor sax solo with the MMF Big Band. Allan Pollack leads the MMF Jazz Big Band. Jim Dukey solos on sax. Featured vocalist Kathleen Grace with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Featured vocalist Kathleen Grace with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Featured vocalist Kathleen Grace with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Featured vocalist Kathleen Grace with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Featured vocalist Kathleen Grace with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Julian Pollack on piano, Terry Simcik on guitar. Featured vocalist Kathleen Grace with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Julian Waterfall Pollack on piano with the MMF Jazz Big Band Jim Dukey takes a sax solo with the MMF Big Band. Bandleader Allan Pollack tales an alto sax solo with the MMF Big Band. Allan Pollack on sax with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Allan Pollack on sax with the MMF Jazz Big Band. Greg D'Augelli solos with the Big Band Julian Pollack on piano with the Big Band playing his arrangement. Julian Pollack on piano with the Big Band playing his arrangement. Kathleen Grace was featured vocalist with the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Big Band led by Allan Pollack. The Saturday night, July 16 audience was large and enthusiastic, and the music was absolutely top notch. Jazz singer Kathleen Grace with concert sponsor Moira Conzelman after the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Big Band concert. MMF Emerging Artists concert Kevin Rogers and Grace An performed a Kodaly duo during the MMF Emerging Artists concert. Grace An performs during the MMF Emerging Artists concert MMF Emerging Artists concert MMF Emerging Artists concert Mendocino Music Festival 2011 emerging artists performers after their Sunday July 17 afternoon concert in the big tent. The Mendocino Music Festival 2011 concert hall tent as seen from the Mendocino Hotel balcony just before the Julian Pollack Trio jazz concert July 17, 2011. The Julian Pollack Trio. Jazz pianist and composer Julian Waterfall Pollack performs with his trio at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Jazz pianist and composer Julian Waterfall Pollack in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Noah Garabedian on bass with the Julian Pollack Trio. Noah Garabedian on bass with the Julian Pollack Trio. Evan Hughes on drums with the Julian Pollack Trio. Evan Hughes on drums with the Julian Pollack Trio. Jazz pianist and composer Julian Waterfall Pollack in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Jazz pianist and composer Julian Waterfall Pollack in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Noah Garabedian on bass with the Julian Pollack Trio. Noah Garabedian on bass with the Julian Pollack Trio. Evan Hughes on drums with the Julian Pollack Trio. Jazz pianist and composer Julian Waterfall Pollack in performance at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Evan Hughes on drums with the Julian Pollack Trio. The rhythm section of the Julian Pollack Trio, Noah and Evan. Noah, Julian and Evan take a bow. Julian blows a kiss to the audience after a standing ovation . Pianist John Gilmore in concert at Preston Hall. Pianist John Gilmore in concert at Preston Hall. Pianist John Gilmore in concert at Preston Hall. Pianist John Gilmore in concert at Preston Hall. Pianist John Gilmore in concert at Preston Hall. Nina Mera with husband John Gilmore at the CD table after his concert. MMF benefit dinner at Ledford House. MMF benefit dinner at Ledford House. MMF benefit dinner at Ledford House. Ledford House owners Tony and Lisa Geer with MMF Festival Manger Nancy Harris and Board President Barbara Faulkner. San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 San Jose Taiko in performance at Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Orchestra Concert No. 2 was in memory of MMF co-founders Walter Green and Polly. The MMF Orchestra in performance of Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" (2nd movement) with Soprano Angela Eden Mosely as featured soloist. Soprano Angela Eden Mosely was soloist with the MMF Orchestra in performance of Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" (2nd movement) Angela Eden Mosely and Maestro Allan Pollack take a bow with the whole MMF Orchestra. Rehearsal for the final concert. Leaders of the violin section in rehearsal for the final concert. Cello section in rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Woodwinds in rehearsal for the final concert, including Principal Clarinetist Arthur Austin. Mindy Rosenfeld, Principal Flute, center, in rehearsal. Timpanist Tyler Mack and the wind section in rehearsal of the final concert. Don Ehrlich, Principal Viola, in rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Stephen Harrison, Principal Cello, in rehearsal for the final concert. Roy Malan, Concertmaster and Principal Violin, in rehearsal for the final concert. Marcia Lotter, Assisstant Concertmaster, in rehearsal for the final concert. Rick Shinozaki, Principal Violin II, in rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. In rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Rehearsal for the final concert. Panoramic view from rear of orchestra in rehearsal for the final concert. In rehearsal for the grand finale concert of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011, maestro Allan Pollack conducts the orchestra; vocal soloists are Erin Neff, Carrie Hennesey, David Gustafson and Matthew Miksak. Tuning the harp after rehearsal. Artist Patricia Martin Osborne displays some of her Mendocino Music Festival inspired watercolors in outside the festival tent Thursday morning. Bright banners against a blue sky at the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 The Festival Chamber Orchestra. The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra featuring soloists from the Emerging Artists program. Les Pfutzenreuter conducts The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra featuring soloists from the Emerging Artists program. The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra featuring soloists from the Emerging Artists program. Evening scene at intermission. The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Les Pfutzenreuter conducts The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Les Pfutzenreuter conducts The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Les Pfutzenreuter conducts The Mendocino Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. The New West Guitar Trio in performance at Hill House of Mendocino Friday afternoon in the Jazz Series of the Mendocino Music Festival. The New West Guitar Trio in performance at Hill House of Mendocino Friday afternoon in the Jazz Series of the Mendocino Music Festival. Audience applauds the New West Guitar Trio. The New West Guitar Trio in performance at Hill House of Mendocino. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Grammy nominated singer Betty Lavette and her band. Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Bettye Lavette live at Mendocino Music Festival 2011. Julian Pollack introduces the third concert of the new Jazz Series, featuring Becca Stevens and Taylor Eigsti. Becca Stevens Taylor Eigsti Becca Stevens Becca Stevens Becca Stevens Taylor Eigsti Taylor Eigsti and Becca Stevens Becca Stevens Taylor Eigsti and Becca Stevens Becca Stevens Taylor Eigsti Taylor Eigsti Taylor Eigsti and Becca Stevens Julian Pollack, Taylor Eigsti and Allan Pollack Becca Stevens, Susan Waterfall and Julian Waterfall Pollack Soprano Carrie Hennessey was featured soloist for the Mahler Song No. 3 to begin the Grand Finale concert of the 25th season. Soprano Carrie Hennessey was featured soloist for the Mahler Song No. 3 to begin the Grand Finale concert of the 25th season. Carrie Hennessey and Allan Pollack. Maestro Allan Pollack Maestro Allan Pollack Maestro Allan Pollack Maestro Allan Pollack conducts the Festival Orchestra. Stephen Harrison leads the cello section. Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Allan Pollack and the orchestra take a bow after the Schubert. Orchestra and Chorus - Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Carrie Hennessey and the MMF Chorus sing the Kyrie, the first part of the Mozart Grand Mass in C Minor. The full orchestra and chorus of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 The full orchestra and chorus of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 The full orchestra and chorus of the Mendocino Music Festival 2011 Carrie Hennessey and Erin Neff sing the Domine of Mozart's Grand Mass. The four soloists sing the Benedictus of the Grand Mass. Conductor Allan Pollack joins the vocal soloists, Carrie Hennesey, Erin Neff, David Gustafson and Matthew Miksak to acknowledge the audience's standing ovation. Panoramic view of the full orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus  as everyone stands to acknowledge the standing ovation, a glorious ending to the 25th season of the Mendocino Music Festival.


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