Holiday Concert with Albatross and Guests

Gualala Arts Presents

A holiday concert with Jennifer Beattie and Adam Marks, the Mendonoma Chamber Singers and more

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4 pm

Elaine Jacob Foyer

$15 in advance, plus $5 day of event. Youth 7-17, $5 in advance, plus $5 day of event.

Mezzo soprano Jennifer Beattie and pianist Adam Marks, of Albatross, with the Mendonoma Chamber Singers in 2016.

Albatross presents a varied and joyful holiday celebration concert with members of the Mendonoma Chamber Singers and more. Enjoy classical music, contemporary  music, and join in the fun with a sing-along AND a kazoo-along!

This is the first holiday concert for the hard-working duo Albatross, and promises to be a rollicking good time. In their signature style, Adam Marks and Jennifer Beattie will blend timeless classics with lesser-known treasures. Joining them is the beloved local group, the Mendonoma Chamber Singers. This program features Samuel Barber’s “Hermit Songs”, with text pulled from medieval monks’ scribbles in their Bibles, and some favorite holiday classics. Join the sing-a-long, and don’t worry if you forget the words — there will never be a kazoo too far away.

“We are also pleased to announce that proceeds from this concert will support Artists at Albatross Reach (, the creative arts residency series,” Marks said.

Albatross (Jennifer Beattie, mezzo-soprano and Adam Marks, piano)

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie.

 Albatross (Jennifer Beattie and Adam Marks) is a voice and piano duo exploring and expanding art song as a corner of the chamber music world and beyond. As soloists in their own right, Marks has been called “an excellent pianist” with “titanic force” by The New York Times, and Beattie’s performance of Mahler’s das Lied von der Erde with Argento Chamber Ensemble was called one of the top 10 performances in New York City (NY Classical Review) in 2015. Together, Marks and Beattie concertize (the San Francisco Examiner called them a “smashing success”) and co-direct Artists at Albatross Reach, an artists’ colony fostering collaborations, experiments, and boundary-breaking new works alongside active community engagement, in Gualala.

Current projects for Albatross include the development of a new multi-media work by Juraj Kojs inspired by the twisted history of the Black Queen in Slovakia, and a deep dive into repertoire of all genres composed by women in the Americas. Basically, you might see them perform Brahms, then sing through tubes into the piano on the same program.

In addition to performing and curating, Albatross is committed to working with young composers and performers to develop the next generation of vocal chamber music repertoire and interpreters. As artists-in-residence at Yale, they regularly instruct the composers on text setting, and premiere new works in the Beinecke Rare Books Library. They have also served on the faculty of New Music On The Point in Vermont, and frequently give masterclasses in partnership and communication as well as performance while on tour.


Concert tickets are $15 in advance, $5 more day of the performance.

Youth age 7-17 are $5 in advance, $5 more day of the performance.

Tickets available at or call them at 1-800-838-3006.

To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.