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


Festival Mozaic Announces Artists, Repertoire and Venues for 44th Season Renowned classical musicians provide sophisticated musical experiences in scenic, small-town atmosphere

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, April 3, 2014— 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, Music Director 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.

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 an authentic SLO experience offering the best in culinary, coastal and cultural life.

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)

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, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony and a host of other top orchestras across the country. (See complete artists list on following pages).

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. Lawler

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, 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.