As Festival Mozaic celebrates more than 50 years of great music, and I embrace 15 years here in San Luis Obispo, I continue to search for the purpose and expression the great composers have poured into their works. I hope our concerts help you do that as well.
We are committed to a diverse and interesting group of artists and repertoire each and every season. This summer we are pleased to feature women composers with different points of view — from Fanny Mendelssohn to Clara Schumann, Louise Farrenc to Amy Beach. We’ll also host the brilliant young singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and hear the tango and cabaret stylings of Grande Orquesta Navarre.
This past year was devastating to the business of live performance. Musicians have never gone as many days without preparing for our next concerts. I, like all of the artists performing for you this week, am ready to go.
Thank you to our members of the board, supporters, volunteers, and staff; and to our musicians, who are the heart and soul of the Festival. From those friends of years past to the ones we’ve yet to discover, we hold these weeks in honor of you.
Some of you have been with us since Day One, when Clifton Swanson came up with this amazing idea. For others, this will be your first time attending. May everyone find joy in every concert.
Explore the events at https://www.festivalmozaic.org/events
--Scott Yoo, Music Director, Festival Mozaic
Sphinx Organization Announces Recipients of the 2022 Sphinx Medals of Excellence
The Sphinx Organization has announced the three recipients of the 2022 Sphinx Medals of Excellence: pianist Michelle Cann, violinist Randall Goosby, and soprano Karen Slack.
The Sphinx Medal of Excellence is the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization, the social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and comes with a $50,000 career grant. The medal recognizes extraordinary classical musicians of color. Recipients are artists who early in their career demonstrate artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination, and an ongoing commitment to leadership and their communities.
For complete information, visit https://www.sphinxmusic.org/sphinx-medals-of-excellence-awardees/
Romanticism and a Pastoral Atmosphere Mark Festival’s Third Weekend
After Les Grands Ballets and Les Violons du Roy, it's time for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Jacques Lacombe to charm audiences at the Festival de Lanaudière's third weekend.
“This weekend, we embark on a new direction, with famous composers such as Fauré, Bizet, Prokofiev and Haydn revealing fresh perspectives on their art. What would a festival be without such wonderful discoveries? That's what this penultimate weekend at the Amphithéâtre offers our audiences,” explains Renaud Loranger, Festival de Lanaudière's Artistic Director.
For details, visit https://www.lanaudiere.org/en/
--France Gaignard, CN2 Communication
Time:Spans Festival Presents Wet Ink Ensemble in Premieres by Mincek, Pluta, Roberts, and Gay
On Friday, August 20, 2021 at 7:30pm, Time:Spans Festival presents the Wet Ink Ensemble in a program of world premieres at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music’s Mary Flagler Cary Hall. The concert features the in-person world premieres of Wet Ink members Alex Mincek’s So Many Ways (2021), Sam Pluta’s Systems of Interaction I (2021), and Mariel Roberts’ or we don't need light (2021) as well as Ben Lamar Gay’s Known Better. Still Lit (2021).
Mary Flagler Cary Hall, The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St., New York, NY.
--Katy Salomon, Morahan Arts and Media
Los Angeles Master Chorale Announces 2021-22 Season
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, today announced its 2021-22 season and long-awaited return to Walt Disney Concert Hall, following the venue’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the 2021-22 season, the Master Chorale will celebrate the uplifting power of voices united in song with repertoire that encompasses a wide range of composers, styles, periods, and points of view, including beloved masterworks from Rachmaninoff, Handel and Bach, music by the Master Chorale’s Swan Family Artist-in-Residence, Reena Esmail; and works from Medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen to contemporary artists such as Derrick Skye, Gabriel Kahane, and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir.
The 2021-22 season also marks 20 years of the highest artistic aspiration under the direction of Grant Gershon. The outstanding skill and artistry of the Master Chorale singers and the range of programming of this year’s tremendous concerts reflect the impact he’s had on the ensemble and organization.
The Master Chorale welcomes back concertgoers on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26, 2021 with its season kick-off concert, Invitation, featuring works by L.A.-based composers Nilo Alcala and Shawn Kirchner, “Together at Last” from Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail, and Morten Lauridsen’s rendition of Sure on This Shining Night. On September 25, all teachers are invited to attend for free; on September 26, all subscribers receive a free ticket, if they subscribe by September 8. Details are available here: https://www.lamasterchorale.org/showpreview.php?id=155
Complete schedule and lineups: https://lamasterchorale.org/
--Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
Opening of $9.5 Million Facility at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Recently, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the official opening of The Pines@SPAC, a $9.5 million renovation project at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a world-class arts and culture destination located in Saratoga Spa State Park, that improves visitor services and creates new four-season event space.
"For decades, the Saratoga Spa State Park has attracted visitors from across the state and around the world," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is another major step forward in the renewal of this great park and provides needed renovations to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center that will further cement it as a critical economic and cultural driver in the Capital Region."
For more information, visit https://spac.org/
--Rebecca Davis PR
CMS Announces 2021-22 Rose Studio Season and Digital Offerings
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) announces an exciting 2021-22 season of intimate concerts, live and with an in-person audience, in the Rose Studio: New Milestones, Rose Studio Concerts and The Art of the Recital, as well as a new season of its popular lecture series Inside Chamber Music and all-new digital programs that combine music performance and discussions with artists. These concerts and digital programs complement CMS’s Alice Tully Hall season (which was announced in May) as well as CMS’s national and international touring concerts, which are back on the road this season.
The return to live, in-person performances follows a uniquely challenging season in which CMS played a leadership role in the chamber music world by quickly releasing freshly-curated performances from the CMS archive and creating more than 150 digital programs for its audiences.
--Beverly Greenfield, Kirshbaum Associates
American Composers Orchestra Announces 2021-2022 Season
American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces its 2021-2022 season, under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and President Melissa Ngan. ACO continues its commitment to the creation, performance, preservation, and promotion of music by American composers with programming that sparks curiosity and reflects geographic, stylistic, racial, and gender diversity. This season’s slate of performances includes eleven premieres of new works by American composers, as well as new and ongoing partnerships with the Apollo, National Black Theatre, Groupmuse Foundation, and Carnegie Hall.
“ACO’s 2021-22 season reflects a complex web of musical expression as we emerge from a year of lockdowns into a future that is uncertain yet defined by a determined, collective consciousness,” says ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel. “Sanctuary can reflect our common desire for safety and self-care, The Gathering touches upon the yearning for community and healing, and New Canons explores bridge-building through music at a moment that seeks fresh modes of interaction and conversation.”
For more information, visit https://americancomposers.org/
--Christina Jensen, Jensen Artists
OPCM 2021-2022 Season: New Energy for Great Classics
The seventh season of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) will inaugurate in October with the presence of renowned artists, including Quebec pianist Alain Lefèvre. Under the direction of Francis Choinière, the orchestra and choir will breathe new energy into legendary classics during three concerts presented at the Maison symphonique.
By working with world-class soloists, OPCM members benefit from invaluable mentorship. “I have always been keen to support the next generation and it is with enthusiasm that I accepted the invitation of the young conductor Francis Choinière to present this '' jewel '' that is André Mathieu's “Concerto de Québec”, mentions Mr. Lefèvre.
Thanks to a varied repertoire and the young voices of the choir, the pure, dynamic and passionate sound of the OPCM sets it apart from other choirs. In each concert, its members strive to share their passion for classical music. "We want to transport our audience to the discovery of the striking and touching musical adventure that is the classical repertoire", mentions the young 24-year-old conductor.
Each program in this season will feature three very different styles, each occupying an important place in the classical repertoire: from the simplicity of Vivaldi's Gloria, the lyrical romanticism of André Mathieu and Antonín Dvorák, and the persistent rhythm and energy of Carmina Burana and Igor Stravinsky's Firebird.
For complete details, visit https://www.opcmelomanes.ca/
--France Gaignard, Media Relations
44th Annual Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition Finals Concert
The Oratorio Society of New York, led by Music Director Kent Tritle, presents the 44th Annual Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition Finals Concert on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 1:30pm at Riverside Church (120th Street and Riverside Drive).
This year’s six finalists are bass Mikhail Biryukov, soprano Emily Yokum Black, baritone Ryne Cherry, soprano Emily Cedriana Donato, tenor Colin James Doyle, and soprano Rebecca Farley. These singers were selected from the 120+ singers who participated in the 2020 competition, before the pandemic forced its cancellation that year. Each finalist will sing two contrasting oratorio works.
The annual solo competition encourages the art of oratorio singing and provides young singers the opportunity to advance their careers through prizes including the Andrew R. Preis Award (first place, $7,000), Meyerson/Zwanger Award (second place, $5,000), and the Janet Plucknett Award (third place, $3,000). Additional prizes include the Esther Korshin Award ($2,500), the Frances MacEachron Award ($1,500), and the Lyndon Woodside Encouragement Award ($1,000).
For complete information, visit https://www.solocomp.org/
--Katlyn Morahan, Morahan Arts and Media
ABS Festival Week Is Here
American Bach Soloists have been preparing for your arrival. To insure your comfort and safety, we've spent months preparing our guidelines and protocols.
All ABS musicians and staff are fully vaccinated.
All Herbst Theatre staff at our concerts are fully vaccinated and wear masks.
With guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, all patrons, volunteers, and administrative staff are required to wear masks at all times while in Herbst Theatre and the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
You and your guests must be fully vaccinated* to attend this event or show proof of a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of the event.
Proof of vaccination or test is required upon arrival. You will be asked to show these credentials for each individual concert.
No refunds will be made for failure to comply with these protocols.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you are strongly discouraged from attending this concert for your own safety. So, let the wonderful music begin.
"San Francisco's Summer Bach Festival" is here: August 1–7 2021 in Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Box office opens one hour prior to performances.
Read more about the artists and programs at https://americanbach.org/sfbachfestival/
--American Bach Soloists