This year’s Mendocino Music Festival is dedicated to a musical revolutionary. He studied under Haydn, introduced choral movements to symphonies, and possessed phenomenal improvisation skills – composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Festival Orchestra’s first performance will be on Sunday, July 10, and it will set the stage for the Beethoven festivities. Pianist Stephen Prutsman will join the Orchestra for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.
During the week of July 17, MMF co-founder Susan Waterfall will be hosting a five-part Beethoven lecture series, dedicating each day to a significant phase in the composer’s life.
Spectators are encouraged to attend open rehearsals for the Festival Orchestra, Big Band, and opera. This year, the festival will be presenting Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart’s first operatic production, featuring Turkish instrumental effects.