41st Season of Festival Mozaic Celebrates Pop Culture's
Influence on Classical Music
 
2011 Summer Music Festival from July 14 - 24 showcases seasoned musicians, emerging artists, and classically-trained players working in other genres, to bridge the gap between pop culture and five centuries of classical music.


Festival Mozaic has announced its 2011 summer season, which marks the festival's 41st year of presenting intimate musical experiences on California's picturesque Central Coast. The annual summer festival will take place July 14-24 in more than ten locations across San Luis Obispo County.

To create an immersive musical experience, the festival chooses a theme each summer. This year's focus is on the influence popular culture has had on classical music through the ages.

"This summer, we're bridging the gap between popular culture and the music played in concert halls," said Music Director and virtuoso violinist Scott Yoo. "Pop culture has always influenced the great composers, through fairy tales, literary works, the jazz age, film and even rock and roll."

The 2011 festival presents works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvo?ák, Ravel, Debussy, Corigliano, Copland, Poulenc and Grieg. Two world premieres will be featured: a quintet by Patrick Zimmerli and a cello sonata by John Novacek.

The festival draws players from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony and other orchestras across the country. The festival has a rich history of presenting emerging artists early in their careers, including Richard Goode, Hilary Hahn, Sir Neville Marinner, the Kronos Quartet, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and the American premiere performances of Maxim and Dmitri Shostakovich with Mstislav Rostropovich, following their defection from the Soviet Union in 1981.

The 2011 guest artists in residency include violinist Caroline Campbell and internationally-recognized pianists Orion Weiss, Anna Polonsky and John Novacek. The Festival also welcomes composer and saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. Performing in the Fringe Series, which highlights classically-trained artists working in other genres, are Tango No. 9, a modern tango ensemble, and the Modern Mandolin Quartet, who specialize in bluegrass, Americana, and other mandolin music. New this year, the Festival chamber players will perform on a Fringe concert called "Classical Musicians Doing Decidedly Non-Classical Things," which will feature jazz, tango, bluegrass, and rock and roll.

Each summer, more than 7,000 attendees enjoy Festival Mozaic concerts in spectacular San Luis Obispo County venues such as the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Chapel Hill in Paso Robles wine country, and in scenic wineries, parks and gardens. Festival visitors also enjoy the Central Coast's renowned wineries, restaurants, hiking, biking, boating and seaside activities.

Subscription packages go on sale to the public on April 1, 2011, and individual tickets go on sale May 1. Tickets may be ordered online at www.festivalmozaic.com or by phone (805) 781-3009 / (877) 881-8899.

Performance Schedule:

Notable Encounter Dinner
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 6 p.m.
House Concert, San Luis Obispo
Works by Poulenc


Chamber Series: Opening Night
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Copland, Poulenc, Dvo?ák

Festival Orchestra: The French Flair
Friday, July 15, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Ravel, Poulenc, Fauré

Notable Encounter Brunch: Bohemian Afternoon
Saturday, July 16, 2011, 11 a.m.
Monday Club, San Luis Obispo
Works by Dvo?ák

Festival Orchestra: Best of the Baroque
Saturday, July 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Chapel Hill, Paso Robles
Works by Handel, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Corelli, Telemann

Fringe Series: The Modern Mandolin Quartet
Sunday, July 17, 2011, 3 p.m.
See Canyon, Avila Beach
Works by Bluegrass with a classical touch

Notable Encounter Dinner: French Impressions
Sunday, July 17, 2011, 6 p.m.
House Concert, Villa Filaree, Arroyo Grande
Works by Debussy

Notable Encounter Insight: Europe's Fiddle Tradition
Monday, July 18, 6 p.m.
Vina Robles Winery, Paso Robles
Works by Grieg

Notable Encounter Insight: Gypsy Spirit
Monday, July 18, 2011, 6 p.m.
Botanical Garden Pavilion, San Luis Obispo
Works by Brahms

Festival Orchestra: Best of Baroque
Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Old Mission, San Luis Obispo
Works by Handel, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Corelli, Telemann


Notable Encounter Insight: Musical Melting Pot
Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 4 p.m.
Dolphin Bay Resort, Pismo Beach
Works by Dvo?ák

Fringe Series: Festival Musicians
Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Jazz, Bluegrass, Latin and other crossover works

Dinner in the Plaza
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Old Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo

Festival Orchestra: Mozart in the Mission
Thursday, July 21, 8 p.m.
Old Mission, San Luis Obispo
Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart

Chamber Series: Director's Circle
Friday July 22, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Debussy, Brahms, Zimmerli
Festival Orchestra: Open Rehearsal and Join the Band

Saturday, July 23, 2011, 10 a.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Corigliano, Rimsky-Korsako
Chamber Series: Old World to New

Saturday, July 23, 2011, 3 p.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Mozart, Novacek, Beethoven, Daugherty

Fringe Series: Tango No. 9
Saturday, July 23, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Vina Robles Winery, Paso Robles
Works by Piazolla and other Tango masters

Brunch at the Garden
Sunday, July 24, 2011, 1 p.m.
Botanical Garden, San Luis Obispo


Festival Orchestra: Grand Finale
Sunday, July 24, 2011, 3 p.m.
Cuesta College Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Works by Corigliano, Rimsky-Korsakov