7/18:Festival Mozaic Fringe Series: Classical Musicians Doing Un-Classical Things
Back by popular demand! The versatility of the Festival musicians will be on dazzling display in this evening of music hosted by bassist Susan Cahill of the Extasis Tango Ensemble. Cross the boundaries of classical music and romp through musical landscapes of jazz, bluegrass, pop and rock and roll at this lively program, which will feature works by Frank Zappa, the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Edgar Meyer and more. $29-$55
7/18:Concerts in the Plaza: Diego’s Umbrella
Sunset Honda presents Concerts in the Plaza; THE premier summer concert series on the Central Coast! Thousands of people flock to beautiful Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo every Friday evening for the free family friendly concert. Friday July 18 will feature Diego’s Umbrella. San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock, Diego’s Umbrella captures California’s cultural multiplicity with enthusiasm, humor and decadence. The band’s lively, unforgettable, heavy-hitting stage show has visually and aurally captivated diverse audiences from all walks of life. Diego’s Umbrella includes Benjamin Leon, Jason Kleinberg, Vaughn Lindstrom, Tyson Maulhardt, Red Cup and Jake Wood. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
This year the Queen’s progress will be staying in Donnybrook for the spring faire attended by many fyne lords and ladies. Over 500 craftsmen, actors, musicians, jugglers, and good gentles will be on hand to entertain Her Majesty and you!
Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
7/19:Festival Mozaic Free Open Rehearsal
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it takes to make truly great music. Hear and watch Scott Yoo lead the Festival Orchestra as they prepare for their concerts at this FREE open rehearsal. Free and open to the public; no tickets required.
This concert features an array of chamber music, including two unusual duets: one for flute and bassoon; and one for violin and harp, along with the Beethoven landmark quartet op. 130, including both its original and revised endings. $29-$55
7/22:Festival Mozaic Notable Encounter Insight: The Fine Art of the Fugue
Join the Festival artists as they explore one of Beethoven’s greatest – and most impenetrable – quartets, the Große Fuge, which confounded performers and audiences to such an extent that the original publisher asked Beethoven to separate it from its original quartet – op.130 – to be considered as a stand-alone work. $29-34
7/23:Festival Mozaic Festival Orchestra: Mozart in the Mission
The historic Mission in the center of downtown San Luis Obispo is the perfect setting to celebrate the music that has been the heart of the Festival since its beginnings in 1971. This all-Mozart program showcases the creativity of Mozart from the elegant concerto for flute and harp to the iconic Sinfonia Concertante, the ultimate violin/viola duet. $30-$65
7/23:Festival Mozaic Dinner in the Plaza
Join friends new and old and special celebrity Festival artists for an Austro-Hungarian themed menu – just like the food Mozart would have enjoyed, but with a California cuisine twist. Chefs Greg Holt and Charles Myers of Big Sky Café will serve an elegant, al fresco menu for this pre-concert fundraiser, using ingredients from local farms paired with award-winning California Central Coast wines from Claiborne and Churchill. $80-90
7/24:Festival Mozaic Chamber Series: Bartok and Brahms
Although both Brahms’ op. 51 quartets were published in 1873, each quartet had been revised over two decades. Despite their nearly identical origins, the quartets have distinct characters: op. 51/1 is clearly a continuation of the Beethoven Quartets, while op. 51/2 is an homage to Haydn and Mozart. The Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion was the last piece of music Bartók performed in public, and one of the most important chamber works of the 20th century. $29-$55
7/24:Festival Mozaic Notable Encounter Insight: Onstage with Bartok
Enjoy a glass of wine from the Festival’s favorite wineries, then join the musicians on the stage. You’ll be onstage to see the musicians and the instruments up close as you learn more about the choreography and instrumentation required to perform this fascinating work, in which four musicians play seven instruments. $34-39
7/25:Festival Mozaic Fringe Series: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Think you know percussion? Think again! The Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet is an innovative and dynamic chamber music ensemble whose performances feature easily recognizable “classical” instruments, such as tom toms, snare drums, marimbas, vibraphones, and cymbals, alongside exotic traditional instruments from numerous world music traditions, including North Indian tabla, Indonesian gongs, African djembes, Cuban congas, and Arabic tambourines. They also perform on “found” instruments (aka “junk” percussion!), which include industrial pipes and bell plates, tuned rice bowls, children’s toys (melodicas, shakers, toy pianos), planks of resonant exotic hardwood, and rattles of all sizes. $29-$55
7/25:Concerts in the Plaza: Fialta
Sunset Honda presents Concerts in the Plaza; THE premier summer concert series on the Central Coast! Thousands of people flock to beautiful Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo every Friday evening for the free family friendly concert. Friday July 25 will feature Fialta. Fialta is a California-based indie pop quartet consisting of a group of experienced multi-instrumentalists who joined forces in 2011 to write and record their harmony, keyboard, and percussion-driven pop. Fialta has been characterized in live performances by constant movement and instrument-swapping (a spectacle that sometimes event happens mid-song). The quartet includes Michael Leibovich, Beth Clements, David Provenzano and Sarah Shotwell. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
7/26:Festival Mozaic Festival Orchestra: Beethoven and Schumann
The Festival Orchestra will dazzle with performances of a pair of monumental pieces that partially owe their fame to Mendelssohn, who conducted the premiere performance of the Schumann First Symphony and revived the then-neglected Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto. The program begins with Suk’s angelic Meditation on an Old Bohemian Chorale. $30-$85
7/27:Festival Mozaic Chamber Series: Scott Yoo and Friends
The 2014 Summer Festival wraps up with a chamber music concert featuring some of Music Director Scott Yoo’s favorite pieces. Celebrate the end of another fantastic summer with an intimate afternoon of chamber music with the Festival artists. $29-$55