Tomorrow evening is the final performance of the 29th annual Mendocino Music Festival. The Festival Orchestra, led by Symphony of the Redwood’s Music Director Allan Pollack, will perform the closing concert.
Continuing with this year’s “Mozart” theme, the Orchestra will conclude the Fest with the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 21, featuring pianist Spencer Myer, followed by Brahms’ Requiem featuring the local Redwood Community Chorus as the grand finale. “The winged chariot is waiting for us all,” said Pollack, in a recent interview with San Francisco Classical Voice, “and in the Requiem there’s this whole search for comfort for those of us who are still living.”
The Festival Orchestra is composed of professional instrumentalists from numerous Bay Area ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet, and Opera Orchestras, the Marin Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and others, as well as a few musicians from Humboldt County. Many of these out-of-town performers are returnees and have been involved with the Festival for over 25 years. About a third of the Festival Orchestra is local musicians, with several from the Symphony of the Redwoods. Twelve young musicians from the Emerging Artists Program, who performed their own concert yesterday afternoon, fill the remaining seats in the Orchestra. The ensemble has barely two to three rehearsals before every performance, showing the skill level and expertise of each musician.
This year’s previous Festival Orchestra performances have been nearly sold out, with close to 800 attendees. Don’t miss the final performance! Click here to buy tickets.