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The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Presents Mandolino Barocco

By Mandolin Cafe
January 29, 2013 - 6:45 am

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Hideki Yamaya and John Schneiderman

Hideki Yamaya and John Schneiderman

Santa Cruz, Calif. — The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents Mandolino Barocco, February 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Hideki Yamaya (mandolino) with John Schneiderman (lute).

The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival proudly announces the start of its 40th concert season under the direction of Linda Burman-Hall, a current recipient of a Gail Rich Award for her artistic contributions to the community.

Each year the Baroque Festival presents an assortment of five concerts with music and instruments from the time before the American Revolution (and occasionally beyond). Concert I - 'Mandolino Barocco' on February 9 - features Hideki Yamaya and John Schneiderman, both known for their mastery of an eclectic assortment of historic to modern plucked string instruments.

Hideki Yamaya is based in Oregon and performs all over the West Coast, as well as in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, and Italy. But there is a Santa Cruz connection: Yamaya earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UC Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and worked with Burman-Hall at UC Santa Cruz. He continued his studies in lute and guitar performance with John Schneiderman at UC Irvine.

This spring Yamaya returns to Santa Cruz with a program of music for the mandolino. The baroque-era mandolino is not commonly heard on stage, but many of us are familiar with the sounds of bluegrass or Neapolitan mandolins (the 'taterbug'), or perhaps even the Ecuadorean 'bandolin', all of which are descendants of its baroque ancestor. A cousin of the lute with roots in medieval times, the mandolino became popular for solo playing and accompaniment in the 17th and 18th centuries.

An internationally-acclaimed artist on lute and guitar, Yamaya recently released a CD of music for the mandolino, featuring music from the 1759 Dalla Casa manuscript, played on a faithful copy of a 17th century instrument. For this recording and the upcoming concert program he has teamed up with his former mentor, virtuoso lutenist and guitarist John Schneiderman, a frequent festival flyer, and highly respected artist in the community of early music.

This concert takes place on February 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. Tickets can be purchased through the UCSC Ticket Office (831) 459-2159 and the Civic Center Box Office. Ticket prices range between $3-23.

Under its 2013 season theme of 'Homecoming' the Baroque Festival is presenting four more concerts this spring, each of which features a past favorite festival artist or group.

2013 Season: HOMECOMING!

I. Mandolino Barocco: Saturday, February 9
Featuring Hideki Yamaya (mandolino) with John Schneiderman (lute).

II. Bach for Strings: Saturday, February 23
Featuring the Galax Quartet with harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton.

III. Music of Scotland: Saturday, March 16
Featuring the Baltimore Consort.

IV. Hasten to the Sea: Saturday, April 13
Featuring Tim Rayborn (voice, medieval strings, percussion) and Rita Lilly (voice, symphony).

V. Popular Baroque Revival: Saturday, May 11
Featuring Lux Musica with Rob Diggins & Bob Stern (jazz violins) and Mesut Ozgen (guitar).

Additional information

Click red map pin for driving directions to Heller & Meyer Drives, location of the performing arts center on the UC Santa Cruz Campus.


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