Festival Mozaic Summer Music Series Brings the World to California's Central Coast

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Festival Mozaic's intimate summer classical music festival, July 16-26, 2009, on California's picturesque Central Coast will focus on "world roots" and the musical influences of diverse cultures

Festival Mozaic (formerly the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) has announced its 2009 summer season of concerts and events. The 39th Annual Festival will take place July 16 to 26, 2009, and offers a musical immersion into five centuries of some of the world's greatest and evolving classical music. This summer's programming theme will focus on "world roots" and explores how different global locations influenced the music that grew out of diverse cultures.

Music Director Scott Yoo, who travels the world performing as a conductor and violinist, was inspired by his excursions to explore indigenous influences on classical music at this summer's Festival. "A specific place can have a profound influence on the music that comes out of it. Vienna influenced Mozart, and Bach is as inseparable from Leipzig as Copland is from our imagination of the American West and Bernstein is to Broadway," said Yoo. The international roster of musicians who join the Festival each year will explore these themes through the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Copland, Grieg, Golijov, Stravinsky and Bartók among others, in performances of chamber music, orchestral works, and classical 'cross-genre' music in more than 16 concerts and events. New this year, the Festival is introducing a series of new concert formats, Notable Encounters, which are shorter 'cocktail-hour' concerts where musicians add lively commentary to a 'set' of chamber music.

Over 7,000 audience members enjoy concerts in historic and spectacular Festival sites such as Hearst Castle, the historic San Luis Obispo Mission, and the hilltop venue of Chapel Hill in Paso Robles' wine country, and in San Luis Obispo County's many scenic wineries, parks and gardens. In addition to having a world-class music experience, visitors also take advantage of the Central Coast's abundance of fine wineries, restaurants, hiking, biking, boating and seaside activities.

The classical line-up welcomes internationally-recognized pianist John Novacek, Tchaikovsky Competition winner cellist Bion Tsang and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concertmaster/violinist Steven Copes. In its ongoing programming series of classically-trained artists working in other musical genres, the Festival will also present San Francisco's Orchestra Nostalgico, a nine-piece ensemble that takes jazzy inspiration from the cinematic composers such as Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and John Barry.

Subscriptions packages go on sale to the public on April l, 2009, and single tickets go on sale June 1. Tickets may be ordered online at http://www.festivalmozaic.com or by calling (805) 781-3009 / (877) 881-8899. View the full season calendar online for details at http://www.festivalmozaic.com/seasonataglance.html.

About Festival Mozaic
Festival Mozaic (founded in 1971 as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) is a celebration of five centuries of music that takes place year-round in varied venues across San Luis Obispo County. The Festival presents an orchestra gathered from professionals around the world, chamber music concerts, guest artists and ensembles, and concerts of classical crossover artists. The Festival is a not-for-profit organization supported by AT&T, Rabobank, Chevron, the City of San Luis Obispo, and many generous music and art lovers across San Luis Obispo County and beyond. For more information and electronic press kits, visit http://www.FestivalMozaic.com.

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