By Phil JohnsonLake Tahoe SummerFest has been called “the ultimate summer camp for musicians.” It is three weekends of performances in August in an intimate 500 seat acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village NV, just a short stroll away from the lake shore.
Tickets are now available for this, the third season for SummerFest that attracts musicians from around the world to perform under the direction of Joel Revzen of the Metropolitan Opera.
This year the festival will run from Aug 1-17 with Metropolitan Opera Star Matthew Polenzani and US Billboard Classical Chart best selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein the featured soloists.
What Is The SummerFest Orchestra?
The Summerfest orchestra features 40 musicians who come to Lake Tahoe from home orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, among others.
“It is a great privilege to help bring masterpieces of music to life with these extraordinary artists in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world,” said SummerFest conductor Revzen. “Our audience can experience musical intimacy rarely found in large concert halls. With only 500 seats and vibrant acoustics, the music virtually reaches out and touches you.”
Repertoire highlights over the three weeks will include Beethoven’s 4th Symphony; the rarely heard Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings; Mozart Symphony No. 40; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Strauss Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, strings, and harp; and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.
Acclaimed tenor Polenzani will be the featured artist in the first weekend concerts Friday, August 1 and Saturday Aug 2. In the opening concert he will be joined by Erik Raiske, the principal French Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
The second weekend concerts Aug 8-9 feature Simone Dinnerstein whose albums have been topping the classical charts since her debut in 2007.
The Friday evening program on the final weekend August 15-16, will feature orchestra principals cellist Peter Wyrick from the San Francisco Symphony, clarinet virtuoso Daniel Gilbert from CityMusic Cleveland and Whitney Crockett, Principal Bassoon from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On Saturday evening, the featured performer will be percussionist Aaron McDonald from the Vancouver Symphony.
In addition to the Friday and Saturday concerts, new this year is a Sunday afternoon chamber music series called “Meet the Music.”
Something For The Children
Children especially enjoy SummerFest. Programs include them, and in a fun way.
Madylon Meiling, founder and chair of Lake Tahoe SummerFest states, “We began with a vision to make Tahoe a summer destination for the arts and culture and we are continuing to deliver on that promise. Ticket sales have grown every year. The event’s success speaks to the quality of the experience.”
For the full program each evening and ticket information, check http://www.tahoesummerfest.org. Photos provided by and used with permission of Lake Tahoe SummerFest.