Festival Mozaic Contact:

Bettina Swigger, Executive Director
(805) 781-3009 bettina@FestivalMozaic.com


46th Annual Summer Music Festival Transforms San Luis Obispo County into World-Class Music Destination

Led by Scott Yoo, new Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic, leads elite orchestra, chamber music, and crossover artists perform in intimate settings in a scenic, small-town atmosphere surrounded by wine country and coastal destinations

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, January 25, 2016 Each summer since its beginnings in 1971, FESTIVAL MOZAIC transforms the Central Coast of California into a hotbed of classical music culture. July 13-24, 2016, Music Director Scott Yoo will lead a group of more than 60 visiting artists gathered from top orchestras and chamber ensembles from around the world in performances in scenic venues all over picturesque San Luis Obispo County. Scott Yoo, conductor, and violinist was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic.

Conveniently located on the coast just off iconic Highway 1 just three hours from the Bay Area and just three hours from downtown Los Angeles“ this region is home to the town of San Luis Obispo, (named "Happiest City in North America" by National Geographic and Oprah Winfrey) and Paso Robles (named "2013 Wine Region of the Year"by Wine Enthusiast Magazine).

San Luis Obispo County (or SLO, as the locals call it) has a pleasing mix of farm-to-table bistros, art galleries, boutique shopping, hiking trails, and seaside activities, and of course, wine tasting. It is into this comfortable, captivating ambiance that the musicians of FESTIVAL MOZAIC will bring their international-caliber artistry, celebrating the works of composers both familiar and out-of-the-ordinary. With 20 events in 11 different venues, the Festival offers something for every kind of music lover and provides a welcoming and authentic SLO experience offering the best in culinary, coastal and cultural life.

The Festival presents 20+ events, in four different series in 14 venues:

·Notable Encounters short-format explorations of individual pieces of music which are equal parts interactive performance and education, led by music director Scott Yoo, who has cultivated the art of making art music understandable.

·Orchestra conducted by music director Scott Yoo and featuring soloists such as Bobby Hill, acclaimed boy soprano (Mahler Symphony No. 4) and John Novacek, piano (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 388)

·Chamber Music featuring performers like Steven Copes, violin, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Andrea Robert Walters, English Horn, of the Cleveland Orchestra, Fei Xie, bassoon, of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and others.

·Fringe series featuring classically-trained artists in innovative performance: Brooklyn-based PROJECT Trio, Italy musical comedy group Duo Baldo, Intersection Trio and The Other Mozart, an acclaimed one-woman theatre piece about Nannerl Mozart

The music of Mozart, Bach and Brahms will be played alongside Mahler, Schubert, Britten and many more. Listeners can also enjoy Britten, Prokofiev and a host of other musical masters in charismatic venues such as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Chapel Hill in wine country, and the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo and Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center.

The festival has a strong tradition of presenting emerging artists early in their careers alongside well-respected professionals. This summer's festival will feature players from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony and a host of other top ensembles across the country. (See complete artists list on following pages).

Subscription Tickets are on sale March 15. Individual tickets are on sale May 1. Tickets may be ordered online at www.festivalmozaic.com or by calling (805) 781-3009 / (877) 881-8899.

Full season brochure available at http://www.festivalmozaic.com/summer-brochure