Bach in Berkeley: Festival Preview May 28

The Berkeley City Club will be the setting of performance of Bach works. (Photo Courtesy Mendocino Music Festival)
The Berkeley City Club will be the setting of performance of Bach works. (Photo Courtesy Mendocino Music Festival)
The Mendocino Music Festival presents an informal preview of their 4-Day Bachfest (July 13 – 16) taking place during this year’s Festival in Mendocino Village, this July 12 through 26th.

The preview event will be held at the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club, Wednesday, May 28th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Festival co-founder Susan Waterfall will be joined by Burke Schuchman, Mindy Rosenfeld, and Jeremy Cohen to play highlights including the Trio Sonata from the "Musical Offering," the d minor Chaconne for violin, the Italian Concerto, and selected movements from Bach Suites and Sonatas.

“I’m particularly excited about this year’s Bach event,” Susan says, “"It's a four-day in-depth look at Bach in his world — his wig, his wives and children, his employers, his commitment to counterpoint, his all-inclusive projects like the 'Musical Offering', even his beer!  And the performers are outstanding Bach players from a variety of backgrounds." 

Access to the magical arts and crafts Berkeley City Club (called “the Little Castle” because Morgan was also the designer of Hearst Castle) is worth the price of admission alone.

To make the evening complete, many people are dining beforehand at the Berkeley City Club’s acclaimed Julia’s Restaurant (http://berkeleycityclub.com/restaurant/). Reservations are required. Let them know you are planning to attend the Bach Preview when you reserve so they can set aside your tickets.

Where: Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704

When: May 28th, 8 p.m.

Who: The Mendocino Music Festival and special guest musicians preview the BachFest, July 13 - 16

For more information about the Bach Preview Event on May 28th, visit:


This year’s BachFest – July 13 – 16 – includes performances by pianist Stephen Prutsman; “A Musical Offering;” and a symposium on Bach and Beer, including an overview of Bach's world with beer tasting and projected images. For tickets and details, go to:


The Mendocino Music Festival includes a variety of genres and features the Festival Orchestra, Big Band, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, and more. This year, come hear Frederica von Stade, Calder Quartet, April Verch Band, Poncho Sanchez, Irma Thomas, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, and the opera Don Giovanni – to name just a few.


For more information and tickets to the Mendocino Music Festival, please visit: www.mendocinomusic.org.



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