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Festival Mozaic 2014 Poster Release Party

Arroyo Grande artist Sharon Harris donates painting to support Festival Mozaic; Free public opportunity to view the work before the Summer Festival at Café Roma in San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, June 11, 2014 - Each summer since its beginnings in 1971, FESTIVAL MOZAIC transforms the Central Coast of California into a hotbed of classical music culture, and we work with local visual artists to help sent that message. Arroyo Grande fiber artist and painter Sharon Harris has created an original painting, “Antonin’s Dance,” that adorns Festival Mozaic publicity, including the season brochure and summer festival souvenir program.

Born in the San Fernando Valley, Harris is a second-generation Californian raised with her parents and two siblings in Newhall. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing from UCLA, where she worked with seriously ill children. She left the nursing profession in response to her desire to create – a need she has felt from first memory.

An early art mentor once told Sharon Harris, “You need to learn how to see.” That pivotal moment transformed her life as an artist, deepening and enlivening a body of work that now spans three decades and a variety of media. Whether in fabric, watercolors, oils or metals, Harris’ art depends upon her capacity to see, the willingness to trust her instincts, and the courage to explore light, texture, drama and color.

Ms. Harris has generously donated the “Antonin’s Dance” to the Festival, and the work was inspired by a past performance of the “Dumky” trio by Antonin Dvorak at the Festival Mozaic WinterMezzo series. The original work of art will be auctioned off during the summer festival, July 17-27.

The proceeds will benefit Festival Mozaic, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Poster reproductions will also be on sale on the Festival Mozaic website (unframed and signed/framed available) and at the poster release party on July 2, 2014 at Café Roma at 5:30 p.m.

2014 Poster Release Party

FESTIVAL MOZAIC AND SHARON HARRIS AT CAFÉ ROMA

Wednesday, July 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.1020 Railroad Ave., San Luis Obispo, CAPick up your 2014 Festival Mozaic commemorative poster and have it signed by the artist. Mingle with Festival friends and peruse past festival posters in Café Roma’s collection. The Shanks Family Quartet will perform classical favorites. Light appetizers will be provided and there will be a no-host bar. Café Roma will offer a 20% discount on dinner to those who purchase a poster. No tickets required - free and open to the public! http://www.caferomaslo.com/events.php 2013 Poster Artist Drew Davis will also be in attendance, signing 2013 posters. About the Summer FestivalFestival Mozaic takes place July 17-27, 2014 in diverse venues around San Luis Obispo County.

The Festival presents four different types of events:

Orchestra –conducted by music director Scott Yoo and featuring soloists such as Orion Weiss, piano, Emily Daggett Smith, violin and others.

Chamber Music –featuring performers like Kristina Reiko Cooper, cello, Steven Copes, violin, of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Eriikka Nylund, viola, of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Robert Walters of the Cleveland Orchestra and others.· Fringe series—featuring classically-trained musicians playing in innovative crossover ensembles (like the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and 3 Leg Torso).

Notable Encounters – our short-format explorations of individual pieces of music which are equal parts interactive performance and education.The music of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms will be played alongside Bach, Corelli, and Haydn and many more. Listeners can also enjoy Shostakovich, Bartók and a host of other musical masters in charismatic venues such as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Chapel Hill in wine country, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and the state-of-the-art Christopher Cohan Center for the Performing Arts. (See season-at-a-glance on following pages or view full brochure at www.FestivalMozaic.com)

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. Subscription Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets are on sale May 1.

Tickets may be ordered online at www.festivalmozaic.com or by calling (805) 781-3009 / (877) 881-8899.2013 Festival Mozaic Orchestra Photo by Brian P. LawlerAbout Festival MozaicFestival 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, and concerts of classical crossover artists. For more information, please visit www.FestivalMozaic.com. The 2014 Season brochure features “Antonin’s Dance,” an original work of art by Sharon Harris.