Add San Luis Obispo to your To-Do list.
With the laid-back vibes of the Central Coast, you might not expect San Luis Obispo to host exciting events like triathlons, high-profile concerts and the GranFondo cycling event. But we believe in adventure just as much as we believe in our local culture. From our world-renowned wineries to weekly Farmers’ Markets and fine art events, you get the best of California fun year-round when you visit San Luis Obispo.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 August 1 will feature The Kicks. The Kicks have been bringing their unique progressive roots reggae sound and positive vibes to the Central Coast of California and beyond since 2003. Driven to play out of a passion for life and a deep love of music and friends, The Kicks deliver a unique and soulful blend of roots era reggae, jazz and ska which never fails to get the crowd dancing! Food and beverages are available for purchase.
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 August 8 will feature Damon Castillo Band. Each member of the Damon Castillo Band is a master musician with a diverse past that allows them to create a sound that is a statement among today’s manufactured music. The band puts on an exceptional display of a distinctive sound that is uniquely Californian. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.