From Renee Fleming to Itzak Perlman, Hilary Hahn to Herbie Hancock and Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voight Ruth Ann Swenson and the Silk Road, an array of world-renowned classical, instrumental, vocal, and jazz artists are coming to the Green Music Center beginning in September.
The concert lineup for the nine-month season of the 2013-14 MasterCard Performance Series will utilize both Weill Hall and Lawn on the Sonoma State University campus.
An opening night celebration - reminiscent of last fall's inaugural festivities - stars soprano Renée Fleming, one of America's most beloved vocalists. The unique rear wall of Weill Hall will be open to the terraced lawns and offers expanded seating for 5,000 additional outdoor patrons.
The festivities continue throughout the month with two additional concerts utilizing the outdoor seating of Weill Lawn, beginning with world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman on Sept. 21, and followed by jazz legend Herbie Hancock on Sept. 28.
Orchestral headliners of the season include the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in March, The English Concert performing Handel's Theodora, Venice Baroque Orchestra with rising star counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky, and returning holiday favorite Handel's Messiah by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale.
Acclaimed sopranos Jessye Norman, Ruth Ann Swenson, and Deborah Voigt are featured in a phenomenal vocal lineup, that also includes baritones Bryn Terfel in October and Florian Boesch in May, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau on piano. "An Afternoon of Opera" in March pairs operatic sensations Leah Crocetto and David Lomeli, accompanied by Weill Hall's resident orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony.
An array of award-winning instrumentalists is intertwined throughout the twenty-three concert season, beginning with a return performance by Chinese superstar Lang Lang. The season also features fellow pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Richard Goode, as well as acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn, and a performance by The Takács Quartet.
Six jazz and world music concerts showcase an impressive range of artistry, including Portuguese fado artist Mariza, Spanish flamenco sensation Estrella Morente, the distinguished Silk Road Ensemble, the inspirational Bahia Orchestra Project, and rising jazz stars Jon Batiste and Stay Human.
Programming in addition to the MasterCard Performance Series includes a full season by Weill Hall's resident orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, led by music director Bruno Ferrandis and performing seven triple-sets of classical works and a variety of family and youth concerts.
The Grammy award-winning San Francisco Symphony returns to Weill Hall for a second year, featuring four concerts led by Michael Tilson-Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Alexander Barantschik, and Charles Dutoit.
For more information, visit gmc.sonoma.edu.