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[whitespace] Phil Collins Saratoga Bound: Phil Collins performs June 12-13 at the Historic Mountain Winery with his big band.

Big names fill the roster for Performing Arts Series at Montalvo and the Winery

By Michael S. Gant

PHIL COLLINS, Vince Gill, Gladys Knight, Wynton Marsalis and Bill Cosby are among the scores of big-name performers set to appear in Saratoga this summer as part of the 43rd Performing Arts Series, which includes shows at both Villa Montalvo (in the Carriage House and the Garden Theater and on the Front Lawn) and the Historic Mountain Winery. Other highlights of the crowded schedule, which kicks off in April and runs all the way into 1999, include the Art Farmer Quintet, Ray Davies, Bela Fleck, Roomful of Blues, Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Hiatt (all at Montalvo); and Huey Lewis and the News, Tom Jones, David Sanborn, Robert Cray, Smokey Robinson, Boz Scaggs and Dave Brubeck (at the winery).

Of special interest this season is the expanded classical lineup at the intimate Carriage House Theater. The Moscow Chamber Orchestra (April 29) and Juilliard String Quartet (May 8) will be followed in the fall by Jean Phillippe Collard (Oct. 9), violin virtuoso Kennedy (who used to be more modestly known as Nigel Kennedy; Nov. 24), the Kronos String Quartet (Jan. 22, 1999), the renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (March 3, 1999) and the Takacs String Quartet (March 23, 1999). The piece de resistance, at least for opera fans, will be a recital by diva Frederica von Stade (Aug. 14) at the Garden Theater.

Ticket sales start April 19. If you're on the mailing list, you can order ahead of that date; it's still possible to get on the list by sending a request to Villa Montalvo, P.O. Box 158, Saratoga, CA 95071. For details, call 408/961-5858. Remember, not all acts have been confirmed; so always call ahead to check. As the season progresses, Metroactive will provide previews, reviews and links for the big shows, so keep coming back.

At the Historic Mountain Winery
(1,750 seats)

June 4-7: Chris Isaak (not yet confirmed)
June 11: Mary Chapin Carpenter
June 12-13: Phil Collins and his big band
June 14: Africa Fete
June 17: Craig Chaquico and Acoustic Alchemy
June 24-27: Huey Lewis and the News
June 28: Tom Jones

July 1: The Mavericks
July 2: Junior Brown and the Kentucky Headhunters
July 7-8: Vince Gill
July 11: David Sanborn
July 12: Dave Koz
July 17-18: Robert Cray
July 19: Gregg Allman and Friends
July 21-23: Pat Metheny
July 24-26: Smokey Robinson
July 29: Gladys Knight
July 30-31: Boz Scaggs

Aug. 1-2: Boz Scaggs
Aug. 5: Fourplay with Larry Carlton, Bob James and Nathan East
Aug. 6-8: The Doobie Brothers
Aug. 9: Michael Franks and Rick Braun
Aug. 12: Spyro Gyra and Earl Klugh
Aug. 14-15: The Temptations and the Four Tops
Aug. 17-20: Kenny Loggins
Aug. 24-25: Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang and Todd (not yet confirmed)
Aug. 27: Trinity Dance

Sept. 12: Noche de Mariachi
Sept. 18: Women in the Blues, with Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball and Tracy Nelson; plus the Fabulous Thunderbirds
Sept. 20: Dave Brubeck
Sept. 26-27: Los Lobos (not yet confirmed)

Ray Davies Villa Montalvo Carriage House
(300 seats)

April 5: Great Day in Harlem show with the Art Farmer Quintet
April 9: The Battlefield Band
April 16: Blind Boys of Alabama
April 24: Paco Pena
April 26-28: Ray Davies
April 29: Moscow Chamber Orchestra

May 3: Frog and Toad by the Omaha Children's Theater
May 8: Juilliard String Quartet
May 10: The Bobs
May 14: Bela Fleck
May 20: Del McCoury Band
May 21: Natalie MacMaster
May 22: Leon Caldero (Trinidad Steel Band)
May 27: Roomful of Blues
May 31: Peter Rabbit by Theaterworks, USA

June 26: Greg Brown
June 28: Egberto Gismonte

Sept. 3: Nnena Freelon and Alison Brown
Sept. 17: Dee Dee Bridgewater

Oct. 8: Acapella Showcase with SoVoSo, House Jacks and +4db
Oct. 9: Jean Philippe Collard
Oct. 22: Swing Fever and Clark Terry
Oct. 23-25: Scary Stories with Brenda Wong Aoki and Jackie Torrance

Nov. 6: Jim Jarret in Vincent
Nov. 8: The Jungle Book by Tears of Joy Theater
Nov. 15: Babes in Toyland by the American Family Theater
Nov. 19-20: Laser Vaudeville
Nov. 24: Kennedy (formerly known as Nigel Kennedy)
Nov. 29: Ramona Quimby
Dec. 6: Emanuel Ax

Jan. 22, 1999: Kronos Quartet
Jan. 30, 1999: Animal Crackers
March 3, 1999: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
March 23, 1999: Takacs String Quartet

Kronos Quartet

Villa Montalvo, Garden Theater
(1,150 seats)

June 5: Laurie Anderson
June 10: Al Jarreau
June 11-12: Wynton Marsalis
June 14: Keiko Matsui
June 19: Leon Russell
June 25: Canadian Brass

July 2: The Fisherman & His Wife by Missoula Children's Theater
July 9: Kitaro
July 12: Joanie Bartels
July 17: Christopher Parkening
July 21: Judy Collins and Roberta Flack (not yet confirmed)

Aug. 14: Frederica von Stade
Aug. 16: Bill Cosby
Aug. 18-19: Manhattan Transfer
Aug. 21: Grover Washington Jr. and Nicholas Payton
Aug. 26-27: Harry Belafonte
Aug. 28: Michael McDonald
Sept. 2: Bruce Cockburn
Sept. 10-11: Dave Koz and David Benoit
Sept. 23: The Nylons and the Persuasions
Sept. 24-25: The Rippingtons
Sept. 27: John Hiatt
Sept. 30: Jimmy Cliff (not yet confirmed)

Oct. 11: James Galway

Harry Belafonte Villa Montalvo, Front lawn
(2,000 seats)

June 21: Guitars and Saxes with Richard Elliott, Johnathan Butler, Marck Antoine and Kirk Whalum

Aug. 23: KFOG Festival with John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite and Charles Brown

Sept. 12: KKSF Jazz Festival with Boney James, Brian Culbertson and the Braxton Brothers.
Sept. 13: KKSF Jazz Festival with Joe Sample, Bamboo Forest and Joyce Cooling.
Sept. 20: The Righteous Brothers (not yet confirmed)

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