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Festival Mozaic Contact:
Bettina Swigger, Executive Director
Festival Mozaic And Bach Collegium San Diego
Collaborate for 45th Anniversary Celebration
Renowned classical musicians team up in a first-time intra-state collaboration featuring Sacred Music in Sacred Spaces.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, January 15, 2015 "Each summer since its beginnings in 1971, FESTIVAL MOZAIC has transformed the Central Coast of California into a hotbed of classical music culture. This July, Festival Mozaic Conductor and violinist Scott Yoo will lead a group of more than 50 artists gathered from top orchestras and chamber ensembles from around the world in performances in scenic places all over San Luis Obispo County. 2015 marks the Festival's 45th Anniversary Season and the celebration will be marked by a special, first-time-ever collaboration with BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO.
In late July, the Festival Mozaic Orchestra will be joined by the Bach Collegium San Diego Chorus for two joyous performances of J.S. Bach's masterpiece Mass in B minor. This collaboration reflects a unique blend of California history and arts, as this timeless, sacred music will be presented in two sacred spaces: Old Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission San Miguel. Both historical settings were built in the late 18th century "just 50 years after the Mass was compiled - and the acoustics and spirit of both venues will serve as a picturesque background for the passionate, lush music.
"We sought to present a work that we hadn't yet performed at the festival as a way to celebrate our 45th anniversary," said Scott Yoo. "When first published, the Bach B Minor Mass was introduced as the "Greatest Musical Work of Art of All Times and Nations." Almost 200 later, it is still renowned as the greatest choral work of all time, and we had ambitions to include choral music in the celebration. When we discovered that the Bach Collegium San Diego was releasing a CD recording of the Bach Mass in B Minor, we reached out."
Over its four decades, Festival Mozaic 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.
The Bach Collegium San Diego, founded in 2003, is considered one of the premier early music ensembles on the West Coast and is fast developing as one of the exciting music ensembles to watch in the United States. In the Spring of 2012, the ensemble was sponsored by the United States Embassy to perform in Bolivia at the IX Internacional de Musica Renacentista y Barroca 'Misiones de Chiquitos'. In December 2013, the BCSD made its New York City debut in a collaboration with TENET, and Dark Horse Consort performing the music of Michael Praetorius, as well as performing on the acclaimed Da Camera Society Series: Music in Historic Sites, Los Angeles. Their recording of the Bach Mass in B Minor was released in December 2014.
"A collaborative gathering of all-star musicians on both sides in beautiful San Luis Obispo is just the perfect match to perform one of the greatest works in Western Music. The B minor Mass is a staple work for us and we look forward to performing it with Maestro Yoo and Festival Mozaic," said Bach Collegium San Diego Music Director Ruben Valenzuela
Festival Mozaic and San Luis Obispo frequently draw visitors from around the state of California, so this intra-state collaboration between the two nonprofit organizations will serve a wide array of Californians, as well as residents in San Luis Obispo County and visitors from around the country and the world.
Performances of the Bach Mass in B Minor will take place on:
Friday, July 24, 2015 Mission San Miguel
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Old Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
The full schedule for the two-week Festival Mozaic, which will take place July 16-26, 2015, will be announced in March. Subscription tickets will go on sale March 1.
Festival Mozaic presents four different types of events:
· Orchestra conducted by music director Scott Yoo and featuring soloists such as Kristin Lee, violin and others.
· Chamber Music “featuring performers like Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello, Steven Copes, violin, of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, , Robert Walters of the Cleveland Orchestra and others.
· Fringe series' featuring classically-trained musicians playing in innovative crossover ensembles (like the Portland Cello Project and Colorado-based Colcannon).
· Notable Encounters our short-format explorations of individual pieces of music which are equal parts interactive performance and education.
About Festival Mozaic Festival Mozaic (founded in 1971 as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) is a celebration of five centuries of music that takes place year-round in varied venues across San Luis Obispo County. The Festival presents an orchestra gathered from professionals across the world, chamber music concerts, guest artists and ensembles, concerts of classical crossover artists and educational programs. For more information, please visit www.FestivalMozaic.com.
San Luis Obispo, California