Join Maestro Allan Pollack, Festival musicians and Festival directors in a celebratory remembrance of all the wonderful concerts that have happened on our beautiful Mendocino Headlands, and for a glimpse behind the scenes of how those, and future concerts, come to be. How does the Tent Concert Hall go up? Who are these musicians anyway? All events our treat for you. We’re happy to bring our Festival community together, though not in the usual way.
Virtual Opening Night
Saturday, July 11, 7:30 PM, your house, free!
Opening Night, on July 11: With some scenic aerial footage of the tent site and fun discussions with Festival Orchestra musicians and the makers and shakers of the July season.
Lucia Micarelli Virtual Visit
Thursday, July 16, 7:30 PM, your house, free!
On July 16, spend some time with Lucia Micarelli. Audience members begged us to bring her back after her stunning concert in 2018. She is an unbelievably talented, eclectic musician whose creativity seems almost limitless. A singer, a violinist, an explorer of styles, her musical life will fascinate you. Her fresh youthfulness spills over into her music, and an evening with her will lift your souls.
Virtual Big Band Night
Saturday, July 18, 7:30 PM, your house, free!
Saturday, July 18 is Big Band night! Allan Pollack, Kim Nalley, and the Festival Big Band rhythm section will all get together to talk about jazz, pop, and the lives that all the players have led. They have played with some famous musicians, and stories of their experiences will be something you won’t want to miss.
Virtual Closing Night
Saturday, July 25, 7:30 PM, your house, free!
Saturday, July 25, is Closing Night, and, boy, will we be tired! This night has traditionally featured a large choral work, so we have asked Jenny Matteucci and Daniel Lockert to join us to talk about a singer’s life as well as what is entailed in preparing the chorus for performance. Conductor Mary Chun and Stage Director Elly Lichtenstein will also be with us to tell just what it’s like to put an opera together—and you will be amazed at the incredible demands that are placed on the performers and directors.