Onstage at Green Music Center

2017-2018 Season in Weill Hall

The Green Music Center's 2017–18 Season in Weill Hall spans September 30, 2017–April 28, 2018 and comprises 37 performances representing the finest talent across the genres of classical orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo recital music; jazz, folk and popular music; and world music and dance.

Irma Thomas & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

Irma Thomas & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017 – 7:30 pm

If Preservation Hall is the musical heart of the French Quarter, then the PRESERVATION HALL LEGACY QUINTET is its heartbeat. Take this group of world-class musicians, critically acclaimed for their joyful and timeless spirit, and combine them with the Crescent City’s “Soul Queen,” IRMA THOMAS, and you get a very special evening of music that showcases “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.” 

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Garrison Keillor –

Garrison Keillor – "Just Passing Through"

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 – 7:30 pm

For more than 40 years as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor regaled audiences with his signature blend of humor, charisma, and wisdom.

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Drawn from the principal players of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra, the London-based Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble has released more than 30 recordings of Classical, Romantic, and modern music over the last half century.

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Peter Serkin, piano

Peter Serkin, piano

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. His inspired performances have been lauded worldwide for decades.

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HUDSON | Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield

HUDSON | Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 – 7:00 pm

This all-star band calls themselves HUDSON, named after the Hudson River Valley they all affectionately call home. The collective known as Hudson demonstrates qualities and virtues that are consistent with the place from which it takes its name — creatively rich, highly interactive and loaded with possibility.

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The Miró Quartet with Jeffrey Kahane, piano

The Miró Quartet with Jeffrey Kahane, piano

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 – 7:30 pm

The Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. Favorites of the Green Music Center, they appear alongside Sonoma County classical musical champion, pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane.

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Mariinsky Orchestra <br/>with Valery Gergiev, conductor <br/>& Denis Matsuev, piano

Mariinsky Orchestra
with Valery Gergiev, conductor
& Denis Matsuev, piano

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 – 7:30 pm

With a long and distinguished history, the Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Led by Maestro Valery Gergiev, they are joined on stage by extraordinary pianist, and returning GMC artist, Denis Matsuev, who has become a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic tradition.

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Les Arts Florissants with William Christie

Les Arts Florissants with William Christie

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 – 7:30 pm

An ensemble of singers and instrumentalists specialized in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants are renowned the world overfor their pioneering role in the revival of a Baroque repertoire that had long been neglected.

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Tetzlaff Quartet

Tetzlaff Quartet

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartet is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, the ensemble has since 1994 to perform several times each season in concerts that regularly receive great critical acclaim.

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Tango Buenos Aires<br>Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango Buenos Aires
Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. They return to Weill Hall with a brand-new program entitled “The Spirit of Argentina”.  

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Late Night with Leonard Bernstein

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – 7:30 pm

In celebration of his centennial, Late Night With Leonard Bernstein – hosted by his daughter Jamie – is an affectionate, multi-media portrait of the personal side of this singularly public figure. 

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale: Handel's <I>Messiah</I>

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale: Handel's Messiah

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Join us for a timeless holiday tradition: experience Handel’s Messiah – a season favorite – in all its historical glory as Nicholas McGegan and America’s leading period instrument ensemble Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale perform with an international cast of stars.

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30th Anniversary of Windham Hill's Winter Solstice | William Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, Alex De Grassi, and Todd Boston

30th Anniversary of Windham Hill's Winter Solstice | William Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, Alex De Grassi, and Todd Boston

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 – 7:30 pm

The name Windham Hill is synonymous with the best in acoustic music of the 1980s and 90s. The Winter Solstice Concerts bring the music of Windham Hill full circle, 40 years after it was originally conceived on the Stanford campus.

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Cherish the Ladies – Celtic Christmas

Cherish the Ladies – Celtic Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Cherish The Ladies brings the vivacious spirit of Ireland to the Green Music Center with their holiday special, Celtic Christmas. One of the top Celtic groups in the world, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. 

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Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert with Special Guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, and Peter White

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert with Special Guests David Benoit, Rick Braun, and Peter White

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Saxophonist Dave Koz returns to Weill Hall to celebrate the sounds of the season with his 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour. He appears with special guests GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer/ arranger David Benoit, smooth jazz trumpeter Rick Braun and jazz fusion guitarist Peter White.

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Chanticleer – An Orchestra of Voices

Chanticleer – An Orchestra of Voices

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. 

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Marc Cohn 25th Anniversary Show <br/> </I>Featuring Special Guests </I> <br/>The Blind Boys of Alabama

Marc Cohn 25th Anniversary Show
Featuring Special Guests
The Blind Boys of Alabama

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut record, Marc Cohn performs his Grammy-winning record in its entirety, from start to finish. From the iconic opening track “Walking in Memphis,” to the album closer “True Companion,” fans will hear a sequence of songs that have surely stood the test of time. With special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is known the world over for melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Over creating an electric musical and spiritual force that has garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people on every continent.

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Nikolaj Znaider, violin <br/> & Robert Kulek, piano

Nikolaj Znaider, violin
& Robert Kulek, piano

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Violin virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider performs as both conductor and violin soloist with the world’s most distinguished orchestras. He performs a stunning selection of works from the classical cannon with Robert Kulek, a versatile collaborative pianist who regularly performs with some of the foremost instrumentalists of today.

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Renée Fleming, soprano

Renée Fleming, soprano

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Hailed as "the people's diva," soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and consummate artistry. Winner of the 2013 Grammy® Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, bringing new audiences to classical music.

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Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet <br/>with Steven Hough, piano

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
with Steven Hough, piano

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet continues to astonish audiences worldwide with their range of expression, tonal spectrum, and conceptual unity. They perform an adventurous program featuring the brilliant pianist Stephen Hough, who has distinguished himself as a true polymath.

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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Grammy® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. Comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians, the group brings a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach.

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Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Peter, Paul and Mary achieved wide commercial success raising their voices in song for the sake of freedom. Without their beloved Mary, Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey continue to perform as a duo, singing many of the group’s classic hits, including “If I Had a Hammer” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

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Dorothea Röschmann, soprano <br/> & Malcolm Martineau, piano

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano
& Malcolm Martineau, piano

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 – 3:00 pm

German soprano Dorothea Röschmann has been hailed by The New York Times for “her voluminous silken sound”, graced with a voice of “succulent sweetness.” She collaborates with esteemed pianist Malcolm Martineau.

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Dublin Irish Dancers

Dublin Irish Dancers "Stepping Out" – An Extravaganza of Sights & Sounds of Irish Culture

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Dublin Irish Dance is an exhilarating company whose members have performed throughout the world. The all-star cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the New World with a celebration of Irish Music and Dance.

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Tackács Quartet <br/>with Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Tackács Quartet
with Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 – 3:00 pm

Now entering its 43rd season, the TAKÁCS QUARTET is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations, “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional works feel radical once more” (The New York Times). They are joined by MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, ranked among the elect of world pianists.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin <br/> & Lambert Orkis, piano

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
& Lambert Orkis, piano

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 – 7:30 pm

For over three decades, Anne-Sophie Mutter has been one of the most acclaimed violin virtuosos of our time. She returns to Weill Hall, with a program that straddles the range of musical architecture, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, and Penderecki.

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Salif Keita

Salif Keita

Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Hailed as the "Golden Voice of Africa", Salif Keita is a long-time ambassador of the music of his native Mali. After experimenting with jazz, reggae, Latin music and rock, Keita has arrived at what he considers “an ideal blend of traditional African sounds and modern musical aesthetics.”

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Yamato Drummers

Yamato Drummers

Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 – 7:30 pm

For the Yamato Drummers, every encounter with listeners is a precious experience, with a goal to send audiences home with a new vitality and passion for life. They perform in front thousands of people over the world, committed to preserving the art of Taiko, a musical instrument often called “the spirit of Japan.”

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Jennifer Koh, violin <br/> & Shai Wosner, piano

Jennifer Koh, violin
& Shai Wosner, piano

Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. Pianist Shai Wosner reflects a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, alike.

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Israeli Chamber Project

Israeli Chamber Project

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the 2017-18 season, the Israeli Chamber Project is a dynamic ensemble comprising strings, winds, harp, and piano, that brings together some of today's most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts iboth in Israel and abroad.

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Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully

Dianne Reeves with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully

Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves is the total package – virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings in one powerful and flexible voice, with a knack for storytelling.

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Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird

Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 – 7:30 pm

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD is “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune). They live by their mission to move music forward through innovative performance, advocate for new music by living composers, and create a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians.

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Louis Lortie, piano

Louis Lortie, piano

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 – 7:30 pm

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, extending his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style.

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Apollo's Fire | The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra with Jeanette Sorrel, conductor

Apollo's Fire | The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra with Jeanette Sorrel, conductor

Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 – 3:00 pm

Named “the U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band” by Classical Music Magazine, APOLLO’S FIRE, with conductor JEANETTE SORREL, is a collection of creative artists who share a passion for rhetoric, dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various passions in the listeners. Together they present an electrifying semi-staged production of Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo.

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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, praised for its “burnished grace” and “selfless concentration,” is much more than a dance company. With exceptional synchronicity, and compelling physicality the ensemble has earned international acclaim for its ability to redefine both dance and theatre.

 

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Les Violons du Roy <br/> Bernard Labadie, founding conductor <br/>with Isabelle Faust, violin

Les Violons du Roy
Bernard Labadie, founding conductor
with Isabelle Faust, violin

Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 – 7:30 pm

 

Inspired by the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings, Les Violons du Roy was formed in 1984 by founding conductor Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. 

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