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For Immediate Release May 16, 2012

Contact: Leah Ammon, (408) 961-5814


New season features 25 performances by acclaimed performers of diverse genres Tickets go on sale to the public May 20

The exciting performers coming to Montalvo's Carriage House Theatre this season include (from top to bottom, left to right): The Official Blues Brothers Revue, The Second City, Judy Collins, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Vienna Teng, George Kahumoku, Jr., Dan Hicks, Crystal Bowersox, and Spyro Gyra.

SARATOGA, Calif. Montalvo Arts Centers extraordinary Carriage House Theatre Concert Series returns this fall with a brand new line-up of critically acclaimed performances, including shows by Judy Collins, Paula Cole, Vienna Teng, Dave Mason, Crystal Bowersox, The Steep Canyon Rangers and, back by popular demand from their sold-out shows at Montalvo in recent years past, smooth jazz sensation Spyro Gyra, Hawaiian slack key guitar master George Kahumoku Jr., and the hilarious sketch comedy troupe, The Second City. Also announced are four classical music performances by the Saint Michael Trio, Montalvos first Resident Chamber Ensemble. Concerts in the Carriage House are an unforgettable experience the intimate setting and strong acoustics make a performance in the Carriage House unlike any other live performance, said Angela McConnell, the executive director of Montalvo. There isnt a bad seat in the house. We are thrilled with this years line-up of immensely accomplished artists of such high caliber and diversity. All performances take place in the intimate 300-seat Carriage House Theatre at the Montalvo Art Center. Shows begin in November and will run through May 2014. Members ticket presale runs through May 19,

with tickets going on sale to the general public on May 20, at 10 am. Tickets may be purchased by calling 408.961.5858 (MF, 10am-4pm) or online at Also by popular demand, Montalvo will continue its pre-show cocktail party series, Martini Madness! for selected shows throughout the season, featuring gourmet bites and custom cocktails provided by Caf Primavera. Martini Madness! begins at either 6:15pm or 6:45pm (depending on curtain time) in the historic Villa. Tickets are $35 per person, and must be purchased in advance.


SAT, NOVEMBER 2, 8PM $50/$45; Members: $45/$40 One of the evergreens of rock. A gifted songwriter, a distinctive vocalist, and a masterful guitarist The Los Angeles Times Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Masons illustrious career includes penning one of the most enduring rock anthems of all timeFeelin Alright and playing guitar on some of rocks greatest tracks, including Jimi Hendrixs Electric Ladyland. Today, his talent remains as impressive as his legacy. Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi, and Musical Director Paul Shaffer present


SUN, NOVEMBER 3, 7:30PM $50/$45; Members: $45/$40 with Martini Madness! Infectious and unbridled energy... it blows the roof off The Chicago Sun Times More than an homage, this is the officially sanctioned Blues Brothers experience. Grab your sunglasses and put on your dark suit, were putting the band back together. Jake, Elwood, and the eight-piece Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Revue Band lay down a sound as big as the legend.

SAT, NOVEMBER 23, 8PM $35/$30; Members: $31/$27 Ambitious yet always tuneful gorgeous and haunting Associated Press Singer/pianist Vienna Tengs self-described chamber-pop style showcases elements of folk, pop, classical, and jazz with effervescent beauty (Blurt Online). Her live performances are unforgettable experiences, intimate in scale and epic in scope, featuring shining lyrics and shimmering musicality. For her Montalvo concert, she returns to her hometown of Saratoga to charm new fans and old friends alike.

FRI, DECEMBER 6, 8PM $35/$30; Members: $31/$27 She has a keen, finely honed pop instinct all her own The New York Times With a voice and presence well beyond her years, the 2010 American Idol finalist and star of the Broadway musical AlwaysPatsy Cline (opening July 2013) delivers a rich amalgam of blues, country, folk, and rock with all the power, passion, and purpose of a true superstar.
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Go Tell It On The Mountain Christmas Tour THU, DECEMBER 12, 7:30PM $55/$50; Members: $49/$45 Inspired and relevant... borders on the miraculous The Washington Post You wont find a more uplifting performance to celebrate the season. Five-time Grammy Award winners, NEA Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Gospel Hall of Fame inductees, the Blind Boys 70-year career defines the power and glory of gospel music.


SUN, DECEMBER 15, 4PM Adults $40/Children (under 12) $17; Members: $36/$15 A passionate musical innovator Smooth Jazz New York A new twist on a holiday tradition thats sure to put the twinkle in your winter season. Watch the beloved animated classic while legendary jazz pianist, composer, and one-time Montalvo artist-in-residence David Benoit performs Vince Guiraldis unforgettable soundtrack live.


MON, DECEMBER 16, 7:30PM $55/$50; Members: $49/$45 Collins remains a singer of astonishing clarity and intuition USA Today In her more than fifty-year career, the iconic singer has sold millions of albums, garnered multiple Grammy Awards, topped the charts numerous times, and inspired audiences worldwide. Her timeless renditions of Both Sides Now and Send In The Clowns defined an era and earned her a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Today, she is as radiant as ever.


Arrival From Sweden SUN, JANUARY 19, 4PM & 7:30PM (two shows) $50/$45; Members: $45/$40 An ABBAsolutely fabulous show! World Press, USA Waterloo, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, the oddly moving Chiquititahow have you gone so long without ABBA in your life? Get ready for the worlds greatest ABBA show featuring an allSwedish quartet with original ABBA musicians and costumes. Feel the glow once more as you sing along to your favorite tunes.


& Da Ukulele Boyz THU, JANUARY 30, 7:30PM $40/$35; Members: $36/$31 Every performance is the essence of aloha Two of Hawaiis greatest slack key guitar masters, Kahumoku and Kaapanaa four-time Grammy Award winner and NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipient respectivelyare joined by Hawaiis most beloved and charismatic ukulele duo for a night of spirited and soulful island sounds.


SAT, FEBRUARY 1, 8PM $32/$27; Members: $29/$24 with Martini Madness! So few truly original figures exist in pop music that Dan Hicks should be a national treasure The San Francisco Chronicle
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An infectious sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit all bolster Hickss unique blend of swing, jazz, folk, and country to make for an unforgettable and irresistible musical experience.

40th Anniversary Tour SAT, FEBRUARY 13, 7:30PM $55/$50; Members: $49/$45 They are truly the premier jazz/funk/pop group of this generation Jazz Times Last years show sold out in just days. Now, jazzs legendary innovators return to Montalvo for what promises to be yet another incredible performance. After more than five thousand shows and more than ten million albums sold, theres still nothing to compare to the sound of Spyro Gyra.


Happily Ever Laughter Tour SAT, FEBRUARY 22, 8PM $47/$42; Members: $42/$38 Martini Madness! Cleverly imagined and sharply, versatile, and fiercely interactive The Chicago Sun-Times Back for their third consecutive year. This wildly original, ever-daring, and truly hilarious sketch comedy troupe has been the launch pad for stars like Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Jack McBrayer, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Murray, and many more. The Second City is the first name in comedy.

FRI, MARCH 7, 8PM $40/$35; Members: $36/$31 A singer of immense talent Variety A Grammy-nominated, platinum artist whose songs draw deeply from her roots in gospel, Adams crosses effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and pop. She will bring all her strength and grace to the Carriage House stage for an evening of gorgeous song styling, performing hits from her latest album Lets Stay Here, as well as timeless favorites.

FRI, MARCH 21, 8PM $40/$35; Members: $36/$31 Beautiful, fragile, spiritual, powerful The Los Angeles Times Known as the Simon and Garfunkel of Hawaii, HAPAs Pan-Polynesian sound draws inspiration from Portuguese fisherman, missionary church choirs, Spanish cowboys, and American folk singers to create the most exciting, beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows (Maui Times).


THU, MARCH 27, 7:30PM $60/$55; Members: $54/$49 Compelling, flawless performancesoutstanding tone and striking articulation The Capital Times Two of Americas most distinguished classical artists. Manasse served as the principal clarinetist of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. San Jose native son Nakamatsu is the Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Together, they are magical.

SAT, MARCH 29, 8PM $40/$35; Members: $36/$31
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An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice Rolling Stone Magazine This Grammy-winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter has released six solo albums during her eighteen year career and captured the hearts of fans and fellow artists alike. Raves Peter Gabriel, Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it. She will perform selections from her 2013 release Raven, as well as other favorites.


THU, APRIL 17, 7:30PM $38/$33; Members: $34/$30 with Martini Madness! Totally hysterical, funny, and smart Martin Short A Canadian comedic quartet with an impressive pedigree. Their members have garnered an Emmy nomination for writing on SNL, appeared in iconic comedies My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Groundhog Day, Hairspray and more, and been labeled the funniest women in Canada by SCTV veteran Eugene Levy. Round up your girlfriends and make it a ladys night out!


SAT, MAY 3, 8PM $50/$45; Members: $45/$40 A sincere humanity in his approach to music and lyricsfresh and original Blues Review One of the most significant and highly honored figures in South African popular music history, Clegg has broken musical and societal boundaries with his infectious crossover music featuring a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms, as well as his tireless campaigning for human rights.


THU, MAY 8, 7:30PM $50/$45; Members: $45/$40 True bluegrass is a thing of art, and the Steep Canyon Rangers are the genres current Rembrandt Winners of the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. With smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals, and jaw-dropping harmony, the Rangers are bringing Bluegrass to music lovers across the USA and around the world. Dont miss this foot-stomping, roof-raising, breathtaking performance.


An Evening of Poetry and Music Translations of Sufi Poet Rumi by

FRI, MAY 16, 8PM $47/42; Members: $42/$38 Captures the deep humanity and sublime divinity of the poets verse The Sun Magazine American poet Coleman Barks interpretations of the celebrated 13th century mystic poet Rumi have sold more than half a million copies and been the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers Language of Life series on PBS. Cellist Barry Phillips and harpist Shelley Phillips accompany him on this lyric journey.


Sunday Afternoons in the Villa featuring


Montalvos first Resident Chamber Ensemble $30/Members: $27/Students (with ID): $15 Series Subscription (all four shows): $100|Members: $90
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If these guys were a company, Id buy stock San Jose Mercury News Established in 2007, the Saint Michael Trio is Silicon Valleys hottest musical start-up. The artists (Daniel Cher, Michel Flexer, Russell Hancock, all of whom are also successful professionals and entrepreneurs) receive high praise for their consistently unique, accessible, and witty performances, which present classical music in new, engaging ways. SUN, NOVEMBER 17, 3PM The Sonata Yesterday and Today: Haydn and Schoenfield SUN, FEBRUARY 9, 3PM Delineating Beethoven SUN, MARCH 23, 3PM Vive La France SUN, APRIL 6, 3PM Haydn On Trial

Montalvo Arts Center is an oasis of culture and nature whose mission is to create and present arts of all types, nurture artists, and use our historic Villa, buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage people in the creative process. Located in Silicon Valley's Saratoga hills, Montalvo occupies a Mediterranean-style Villa, built in 1912 by Senator James Duval Phelan, surrounded by 175 stunning acres, including the campus of our international Lucas Artists Residency Program. Senator Phelan bequeathed the villa and grounds to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature and architecture, a mandate that Montalvo has carried forward ever since its founding. For more information, call (408) 961-5800 or visit

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