Mendocino Music Festival 2016 is All About Beethoven

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 […]

Singer Erin Neff Blends Music and Art to Create Mesmerizing Results

For this weekend’s concerts, we will be joined by our featured soloist, mezzo-soprano Erin Neff. She has been performed at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival and Jewish Music Festival, sang multiple roles with the San Francisco Opera, and even made her directorial debut at the Mendocino Music Festival. In addition to performing and directing, Neff has also […]

Symphony of the Redwoods Presents a Soloist with a Mendocino County Connection

Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff will return to the Mendocino coast to perform with the Symphony of the Redwoods on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7 at 2pm in Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg. The program will include Delius’ “The Walk to the Paradise Garden”, Dvorak’s Symphony #5 in F Major and Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été […]

The Posthumous  Contributions to Borodin’s “Prince Igor”

In our season opening concerts, the Symphony of the Redwoods will begin with the Overture from Alexander Borodin’s sole opera, Prince Igor. The inspiration for the opera was suggested by Vladimir Stasov, advisor to the Russian Five (or the Mighty Handful) – Mikhail Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Borodin. A chemistry professor by day, Borodin spent […]

Inaugural Season of Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductors Offers Rare Opportunity for Participants

The Dallas Opera has founded the Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera specifically for music professionals 40 and younger. Out of 103 applicants, six women were selected to be involved in the inaugural season of the program in November. This unique opportunity allows participants to conduct the Dallas Opera Orchestra and attend master […]

The Debate Over Surtitles and Their Effect on the Future of Opera

The use of surtitles (or supertitles) during opera performances is over 30 years old, however there is still controversy on whether they are necessary or not. Some argue they are distracting and take focus away from the music, while others say surtitles are responsible for the survival of opera and have caused a major shift in […]

Volunteer Shifts Still Available for Mendocino Music Festival

With a wide range of opportunities available, volunteers can support the Mendocino Music Festival by distributing brochures, building and painting the stage, selling concessions, taking tickets, and more, while benefiting from free festival tickets and other perks. Founded in part by Symphony of the Redwoods music director and conductor, Allan Pollack, the Festival crams almost every […]