Onstage at Green Music Center

2016-2017 Mastercard Performance Series

The Green Music Center's Mastercard Performance Series comprises 31 concerts on the stage of the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, featuring a roster of internationally renowned stars from the genres of orchestral, instrumental and vocal recital, chamber, jazz, popular, and world music.

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Emanuel Ax, piano

Emanuel Ax, piano

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Sony Classical exclusive recording artist, Emanuel Ax is a pianist of exceptional faculty both in technique and musical feel. The San Francisco Chronicle puts it well, stating, “One of Ax’s great strengths as a performer, in fact, is his ability to blend tenderness and muscle in a single amalgam.”

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An Evening with Garrison Keillor

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Celebrating his final season as the host for A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and "late-life fatherhood." With a wonderful, dry sense of humor, Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma, wisdom and music.

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The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio        Joseph Kalichstein, piano | Jaime Laredo, violin | Sharon Robinson, cello

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Joseph Kalichstein, piano | Jaime Laredo, violin | Sharon Robinson, cello

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 – 3:00 pm

For nearly forty years, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have garnered numerous awards and set the standard for performance of piano trio. The Washington Post writes, "Among the superstars of the chamber music world, few induce as much open-mouthed rapture as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio."

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Tetzlaff-Vogt Duo

Tetzlaff-Vogt Duo

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, virtuosos on violin and piano respectively, collaborate on a spirited program to include sonatas by Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert with a new work by Jörg Widmann. Both versatile performers, together they are a duo of top rate technique and musical integrity.

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Wu Han, piano | Phillip Setzer, violin | David Finckel, cello

Wu Han, piano | Phillip Setzer, violin | David Finckel, cello

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Performing solely from Beethoven’s piano trio literature, the members of this distinguished trio hold a place among the pinnacle of classical musicians alive today.

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Zukerman Trio: Pinchas Zukerman, violin | Angela Cheng, piano | Amanda Forsyth, cello

Zukerman Trio: Pinchas Zukerman, violin | Angela Cheng, piano | Amanda Forsyth, cello

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Officially formed in 2013, as the brainchild of prodigious talent Pinchas Zukerman, this dynamic trio features cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng

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The Five Irish Tenors direct from Dublin, Ireland

The Five Irish Tenors direct from Dublin, Ireland

Friday, Mar. 3, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Direct from Dublin, Ireland, The Five Irish Tenors present “Salute to Ireland” a program full of Irish wit, charm and boisterousness with an operatic flair. 

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Miró Quartet with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Miró Quartet with Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017 – 3:00 pm

The Miró Quartet – named after Spanish surrealist, Joan Miró – is a chamber group of the highest order. They are beloved by their fans for their top-tier performances, as well as their commitment to the furthering of music education. Anne-Marie McDermott, a pianist with an outstanding depth of repertoire, joins them.

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Brad Mehldau - Three Pieces After Bach

Brad Mehldau - Three Pieces After Bach

Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 – 7:30 pm

A maverick in the jazz world, this masterful improviser has been crossing genre boundaries since his debut. For this truly unique performance, Brad Mehldau will be performing a newly commissioned work by Carnegie Hall, Three Pieces After Bach, along with several canonical pieces from The Well-Tempered Clavier. 

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Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin

Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 – 3:00 pm

The international success of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is unprecedented in the world of chamber music. Beginning as a bold display of musical sovereignty against the socialist regime of East Germany, now, over thirty years later, they are recognized as one of “Europe’s greatest musical success stories.”

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Arturo Sandoval | Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Arturo Sandoval | Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Friday, Mar. 24, 2017 – 7:30 pm

This enthralling double bill features two vivacious performers creating an unforgettable night of Latin jazz. Dizzy Gillespie protégé Arturo Sandoval is one of the most exciting guardians of jazz trumpet, and a 10-time Grammy Award-winner. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez is a Latin jazz legend. His infectious grooves blend genres from jazz and salsa to bebop and swing.

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Leela Dance

Leela Dance

Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Leela Dance brings together the world’s leading Kathak artists to charter new and unprecedented directions in Kathak dance. Bridging the ancient and modern, the traditional and innovative, the future and the past, the group’s dynamic artistry and exquisite presentation enthrall audiences around the world.

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Arlo Guthrie - Running Down The Road Tour

Arlo Guthrie - Running Down The Road Tour

Friday, Apr. 14, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Arlo Guthrie plunges into a musical trip certain to be a flashback inducing, mind-expanding show. Featuring some of the most outstanding cuts from Arlo (1968), Running Down The Road (1969), Washington County (1970) and more, the Running Down the Road Tour exemplifies the sound that shaped a generation.

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Disney's Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve!

Disney's Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve!

Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017 – 12:00 pm

Disney’s hit TV show Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve! is rolling into town for an exciting live performance! Come join the singing conductor Genevieve and her beatboxing and breakdancing engineer DC as they perform their funky hip-hop renditions of the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s. This incredibly hip duo, with their contagious energy and music, are sure to delight kids and parents alike!

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A Celebration of the Investiture of Dr. Judy K. Sakaki featuring Hiroshima

A Celebration of the Investiture of Dr. Judy K. Sakaki featuring Hiroshima

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 – 7:30 pm

"The group, led by Dan Kuramoto, continues to make their own East Meets West contemporary jazz. Departure, their 18th recording, is defined by its title. . . . Consistent quality, a distinct sound, and longevity = win. If I were creating a Contemporary Jazz Hall of Fame, Hiroshima would certainly be an early inductee." - ContemporaryJazz.com, John Hildebrand

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Yefim Bronfman, piano

Yefim Bronfman, piano

Friday, Apr. 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm

A program including the works of Bartók, Schumann, Debussy and Stravinsky will be brought to life by the superior technique and lyrical sensibilities of this widely acclaimed pianist. Audiences and critics agree that Grammy-winner Yefim Bronfman is one of the most accomplished pianists of his generation.

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Eric Owens, bass-baritone | Myra Huang, piano

Eric Owens, bass-baritone | Myra Huang, piano

Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Bass-baritone Eric Owens is held in the highest regard as an interpreter of classical repertoire. His powerfully expressive voice is versatile, allowing him to move freely between recital, orchestral and opera works. Joining him on stage will be pianist Myra Huang who Opera News praises as “among the top accompanists of her generation.”

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Che Malambo

Che Malambo

Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Exciting footwork, rhythmic stomping and singing set the groundwork for Che Malambo, an event in the gaucho tradition for the whole family to enjoy. This all-male dance company founded by French choreographer Gilles Brinas consists of some of Argentina’s best Malambo Dancers.

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Richard Goode, piano

Richard Goode, piano

Friday, May. 5, 2017 – 7:30 pm

A major exponent of the works of Beethoven, Richard Goode lends his touch and thoughtful interpretation to a collection of Beethoven sonatas. Goode’s latest Grammy nominated release of Beethoven’s five concertos was praised as “a landmark recording” (Financial Times). “...exquisitely clear and discriminating keyboard touch... Everything stands revealed in the light of his interpretation” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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