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Ballroom Cultural Series

01/05/2020 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Ballroom Cultural Series

This winter the Ballroom will once again host our popular Ballroom Cultural Series, with nine unique events ranging from live music to silent film and interactive performances. This selection of concerts and performances highlights a variety of musical styles and entertainment reminiscent of what the families and their friends enjoyed onsite. Please note, performances are on every Sunday, January 5 – March 1 from 3 pm to 5 pm. The times listed in the
Filoli Magazine are incorrect.
General Admission $30 | Members $22. Tickets include admission to the house and garden.


January 19 – The Mountaintop

Bay Area actors will perform a staged reading of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall’s imaginative and critically acclaimed drama about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth. Contains some adult language.

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January 26 – The Chinese Instrumental Ensemble

In ancient China, the success of a dynasty was attributed to its inability to find the proper “huang chung”, or tone of absolute pitch. The Chinese Instrumental Ensemble features a two-string upright fiddle (Er-Hu), butterfly harp (Yang Chin), and a bamboo flute (Xiao). The trio will perform traditional songs.

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February 2 – Helm: Middle Eastern Music and Dance

Helm performs original compositions that have become classics in the world of tribal and belly dance, as well as traditional music from all over the Middle East. Enjoy this chance to see Middle Eastern dancing in the Ballroom!

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February 9 – New World String Project

The New World String Project brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

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February 16 – 50 Shades of Green Lecture by Woodside Atherton Garden Club Plant Collections Fellow, Terry Huang 

Terry Huang’s bawdy botanical review delves into the sex lives of plants, dramatically explaining the challenges of courtship and consummation for those rooted in place. Some adult language.

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February 23 – Ensemble Draca 

Bay Area-based Ensemble Draca is Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Katina Mitchell, Arthur Omura, and Catherine Stiles. Specializing in 17th-century European music, the group presents historically informed programs with historical instruments such as viols, harpsichord, and triple harp. This season enjoy a program of music from 17th-century Italy, including pieces by Caccini, Merula, Rossi, Strozzi, and more!

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March 1 – Rebecca Rust & Friedrich Edelmann

Rebecca Rust, violoncello, and Friedrich Edelmann, bassoon, have played together in duos, trios, and larger chamber music groups for over 30 years. From their home base in Germany, this husband-and-wife team is joining us for a special stateside performance.

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