Festival Mozaic kicks off 44th season at Mission San Miguel
Renowned classical musicians provide sophisticated musical experience for 10 days in diverse venues throughout SLO County
Each summer since its beginnings in 1971, Festival Mozaic has transformed the Central Coast into a hotbed of classical music culture. On Thursday, July 17, the series will kick off in North County with a free open rehearsal followed by two ticketed events at Mission San Miguel.
“The open rehearsal is free to attend and it is a great opportunity to see the artists up-close,” said Festival Mozaic Executive Director Bettina Swigger. “For those who have never experienced Festival Mozaic, this is a great way to learn more about the musicians and what they bring to the Central Coast. As far as sound, our Music Director and violinist, Scott Yoo, feels that Mission San Miguel has the best acoustics in the county.”
Three events will take place in North County this season: July 19 at Mission San Miguel, July 19 at Chapel Hill in Shandon, and July 20 at the Paso Robles home of Ken and Marilyn Riding.
“Festival Orchestra: Baroque in the Vines, taking place at Chapel Hill in Shandon, will be dedicated in memory of Judge Clark and his family will be in attendance,” said Swigger. “He was a very loyal financial and emotional supporter of the Festival; we would not be where we are today without his support.”
Throughout the 10 days of musical events, Yoo will lead a group of 60 artists, gathered from top orchestras and chamber ensembles from around the world, in performances set in scenic and diverse venues throughout SLO County. Works of composers, both familiar and out of the ordinary, will be celebrated – the Festival offers something for every kind of music lover.
“The quality of the music in unmatched, the levels of the musicians is unsurpassed, and there really is something for everyone to enjoy,” said Swigger. “It is just completely amazing to experience this classical music that has been around for centuries and witness it being presented in true SLO style.”
More about Festival Mozaic
Festival Mozaic, formerly the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, has delighted the Central Coast community for more than 40 years, serving a local, regional and national audience of 5,000 – 7,000 people annually. The Festival presents a year-round program including the Winter Festival, with the concentration of events in July for the summer music festival. The Festival presents classical music alongside a range of evolving musical styles, including jazz and world music. It is the only organization in the region that provides a concentrated, consistent and national standard of quality for the community and the many visitors to the Central Coast.
The Festival’s programs are designed and led by dynamic Music Director, Scott Yoo, a virtuoso violinist and conductor. Maestro Yoo conducts orchestras and performs worldwide, consistently representing Festival Mozaic throughout the world. He is in residence at the Festival approximately eight weeks annually.
Over its four decades, the festival has come to be known for presenting emerging artists early in their careers, including Richard Goode, Jeffrey Kahane, Hilary Hahn, Sir Neville Marriner, the Kronos Quartet, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and the first American premiere performances of Maxim and Dmitri Shostakovich with Mstislav Rostropovich immediately following their defection from the Soviet Union in 1981. Current festival luminary artists include players from the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and others.
Schedule of events
• Thursday, July 17: Free open rehearsal, 2-5 p.m.; Festival Dinner: Overture, 6 p.m.; Chamber Series: Serenade, 8 p.m. All events take place at Mission San Miguel.
• Friday, July 18: Fringe Series: Classical Musicians Doing Un-Classical Things, 7:30 p.m. Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, SLO
• Saturday, July 19: Free open rehearsal , 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, SLO; Festival Orchestra: Baroque in the Vines, 7:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill, Shandon
• Sunday, July 20: Fringe Series: 3 Leg Torso, 2 p.m. at See Canyon Fruit Ranch; Notable Encounter Dinner: Exploring the Oboe d’Amore, 6 p.m. at The Paso Robles Home of Ken & Marilyn Riding.
• Monday, July 21: Notable Encounter Insight: Coffee with the Quartet, 10:30 a.m. at The Inn at Morro Bay; Festival Orchestra: Baroque in the Mission, 8 p.m. at Old Mission SLO
• Tuesday, July 22: Notable Encounter Insight: The Fine Art of the Fuge, 5:30 p.m. at SLO Museum of Art; Chamber Series: Alternate Endings, 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, SLO
• Wednesday, July 23: Dinner in the Plaza, 6 p.m. at Mission Plaza, SLO; Festival Orchestra: Mozart in the Mission, 8 p.m. at Old Mission. A live audio simulcast through speakers in Mission Plaza will allow the community to listen to Festival musicians at no cost.
• Thursday, July 24: Notable Encounter Insight: Onstage with Bartók, 5:30 p.m; Chamber Series: Bartók and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Both events take place at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, SLO.
• Friday, July 25: Notable Encounter Insight: Mirror Images, 5:30 p.m. at La Perla del Mar Chapel, Shell Beach; Fringe Series: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, 7:30 p.m. at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, SLO.
• Saturday, July 26: Free open rehearsal, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Festival Orchestra: Beethoven and Schumann, 8 p.m. Both events take place at Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center, SLO.
• Sunday, July 27: Chamber Series: Scott Yoo & Friends, 3 p.m. at Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, SLO.
For complete list and full description of events, including prices, go to www.festivalmozaic.com or call the Festival Mozaic office at (805)781-3009; toll-free (877) 881-8899.