La Jolla Music Society has announced that SummerFest 2009 will be held from July 31 to Aug. 23. The nationally-recognized chamber music festival features more than 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing 16 concerts at MCASD Sherwood Auditorium.
SummerFest 2009 will explore the range of chamber music while continuing to promote the creation and performance of modern-day masterworks. Since its inception in 1986, SummerFest has welcomed more than 550 renowned artists and ensembles, four talented artistic directors and nearly a quarter of a million audience members at venues in San Diego and over the airwaves nationwide.
This year's festival highlights include:
Features "Piano Extravaganza" and "Concerto da Camera," led by veteran Music Director Cho-Liang Lin and his world-class artists, goes over-the-top with both crowd-pleasing piano arrangements of popular classical melodies.
Premiere of newly commissioned works by the Festival's composers-in-residence: rock musician Stewart Copeland, George Tsontakis, Gunther Schuller and Paul Schoenfield.
With three performances dedicated to exploring the prodigious life, music and influences of Felix Mendelssohn starting Aug. 4.
Welcomes a different virtuoso each Wednesday night during the festival. Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler opens the series on Aug. 5.
With narration from Michael York and the Reverend Eleanor Ellsworth and vocals from Sasha Cooke with masterworks including Strauss' Enoch Arden on Aug. 12, Haydn's 7 Last Words of Christ and Respighi's Il Tramonto on Aug. 16.
A free outdoor concert overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the La Jolla Cove on Aug. 13.
Including special "Encounters" with SummerFest's composers-in-residence and coaching workshops with the Festival's Fellowship Artists.
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