This year’s July festival is an especially rich cultural and musical brew: The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, in an historic coming-together of two of the best vocal groups on the planet. A sublime recital pairing of renowned classical guitar master Christopher Parkening and glorious baritone Jubilant Sykes. Then Calidore String Quartet will close the first weekend with a gorgeous demonstration of why they’re winning every big prize in chamber music.
For our 2nd weekend, it’s high-octane Latin guitar from Incendio leading off with a free outdoor concert in Mission Park. Next up: 15-year-old jazz phenom Joey Alexander, “the brightest light in jazz piano, a bona fide star.” Billboard chart-toppers Ranky Tanky follow with extraordinary songs springing from the storied Gullah culture of South Carolina. Lastly, it’s the Rastrelli Cello Quartet with four Russian cello virtuosos serving up a surprising and delightful program of classical, pop and jazz from Brahms to the Beatles with a little Puccini in-between.