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Big names headed to Green Music Center's summer stage

Sonoma State University announced the Summer 2014 MasterCard Performance Series this week, unveiling 19 concerts from July 4 through Sept. 23 that span the highest echelons of the pop, classical and comedy worlds.

Summer headliners include Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Diana Ross, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and comedian Bill Maher.

All but five of the season's presentations will take advantage of the indoor/outdoor seating at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall, which includes tables on the terraced lawn behind the hall as well as picnic-style seating on the lawn.

Green Music Center's Summer Concert Lineup

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Kicking off the summer season with a festive Fourth of Juy Celebration, the Santa Rosa Symphony will welcome singer/songwriter Judy Collins with a patriotic program July 4 in an all-day celebration that includes kids' activities and a fireworks display.

Fireworks will also culminate an all-Tchaikovsky concert by the San Francisco Symphony on July 26 that showcases pianist Simon Trpceski.

The summer's centerpiece concerts include musical icon Tony Bennett in concert with daughter Antonia Bennett on Aug. 8 and singer Diana Ross in the summer's final concert on Sept. 23 as part of her "In the Name of Love" Tour.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will take the stage on July 20, and rock'n'roll hall-of-famer Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons arrive Aug. 15, just after the June release of the Clint Eastwood film, "Jersey Boys."

Celebrating their 25th anniversary and ninth studio album, "Savor Flamenco," the Gipsy Kings perform Aug. 28 with special guest star Ole' Noys, a group composed of two of the Kings' sons.

Latin pop superstar Pepe Aguilar, a "mariachi master" and three-time Latin Grammy Award winner, takes the stage on Sept. 9.

From the singer-songwriter worlds, Amos Lee will perform on Aug. 10 as part of his "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song" tour and Ben Harper presents an all-acoustic concert on Sept. 13 with his trademark Weissenborn guitar.


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