Ballroom Cultural Series

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Ballroom Cultural Series

Kick off the year with Filoli’s Ballroom Cultural Series!

Back by popular demand, this Ballroom Entertainment Series will feature six unique events ranging from live music, to silent film and interactive performances hosted in Filoli’s spectacular Ballroom.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival with additional beverages available for purchase.

Feb
10
Sun
First Street Opera
Feb 10 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Join us for one of our most popular performances! The singers of First Street Opera will fill the Ballroom with a selection of pieces that the families of Filoli, as longtime supporters of the opera, would have enjoyed.

First Street Opera is a group of independent professional opera singers. Founded in 2010 and led jointly by Amy Mendon and Melissa Mallory since 2013, First Street Opera is committed to making opera accessible to the masses in a manner that is relevant to our times.

With interpretation of old pieces and new additions to bring opera closer to modern audiences, this event is not to be missed!

Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival with additional beverages available for purchase.

 

Feb
17
Sun
Silent Film Night with Live Pianist Frederick Hodges
Feb 17 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Silent Film Night with Live Pianist Frederick Hodges

A Silent Film with a Musical Twist!

Join us for a silent screening of adventure and romance film, The Mark of Zorro (1920), accompanied by Frederick’s lively piano playing. Hailed by the press as one of the best concert pianists in the world, Frederick Hodges is sought after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians.

Renowned as a pianist and singer, Frederick Hodges is recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin. He has established a reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, singer, guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra, and dance band pianist.

Born in California, Frederick Hodges began his piano studies at age eight. At thirteen, he began intense classical piano study with two famed San Francisco Bay Area piano teachers who were both graduates of the Juilliard School of Music: Virginia Moore and Trula Whelan. At age seventeen, he won the prestigious Music Teachers of California Young Artist Award. At twenty, while still an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra as pianist. Since then, he has toured extensively.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival with additional beverages available for purchase.

 

 

Mar
17
Sun
Irish Connections with Three Mile Stone
Mar 17 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day at the Ballroom

Join us for a special St. Patrick’s Day concert with the opportunity to dance under the grand chandeliers in the Ballroom! Three Mile Stone is a talented trio with decades of experience.

Erin, Marla, and Richard serve up traditional Irish music with lift, drive, and sparkle. Tight mandolin and fiddle duets with driving guitar backup give way to poignant airs, traditional songs, and poems set to breathtaking melodies.

Their signature sound is all strings, and their repertoire includes familiar and odd tunes alike. Driving reels, lively jigs, and catchy polkas from Ireland, not to mention a smattering of Quebequois and other styles, come together with a sound all their own.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival with additional beverages available for purchase.

Mar
24
Sun
Chesley Bonestell Film Screening
Mar 24 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Chesley Bonestell Film Screening

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With the Future” alongside the filmmaker and special guests.

Did you know that a young Chesley Bonestell worked as an architect, helping design the Filoli estate, the Chrysler Building and later, the Golden Gate Bridge?

Chesley Bonestell became known as “The Father of Space Art” for his visions of how planets and galaxies looked before the advent of space telescopes, satellites and space probes. His illustrations appeared in many issues of Life magazine and graced the covers of numerous science fiction magazines of the 1940’s and 50’s. His inspiring books included “The Conquest of Space” and “The Exploration of Mars.”

There will be a special mini-exhibition of illustrations by Chesley Bonestell that feature the original architectural designs for Filoli, curated from our permanent collection.

Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival with additional beverages available for purchase. For more information about the film, please go to www.chesleybonestell.com

Photo: Robert E. David.