Festival Mozaic Summer Music Festival Begins New Intimate Concert Series at Hearst Castle®

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Festival Mozaic has announced a new concert series at California's world-renowned Hearst Castle® in San Simeon, starting with the Festival's 2009 summer season, July 16-26. "Notable Encounter at Hearst Castle: Musical Masterpieces at the Enchanted Hill" is part of the Friends of Hearst Castle community education program. The concert is part of the Festival's newly-created Notable Encounter series, in which great works of the classical repertoire are enhanced by commentary from the Festival's international roster of guest artists.

Festival Mozaic (formerly the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) has announced a new concert series at California's world-renowned Hearst Castle® in San Simeon, starting with the Festival's 2009 summer season, July 16-26.

Notable Encounter at Hearst Castle: Musical Masterpieces at the Enchanted Hill is part of the Friends of Hearst Castle community education program. The event will take place Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. and features music written during W.R. Hearst's residence at Hearst Castle (1919-1947). The concert is part of the Festival's newly-created Notable Encounter series, in which great works of the classical repertoire are enhanced by lively commentary from the Festival's international roster of guest artists.

The event will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, award-winning Central Coast wines and a Pacific sunset on Hearst Castle's Neptune Terrace before moving into Hearst's private theater for performances of Igor Stravinsky's Octet for Winds (1923) and Max Bruch's Octet for Strings (1920), two early 20th century works that, like Hearst Castle itself, combine the visionary with the traditional. Commentary led by Festival Mozaic's music director and virtuoso violinist, Scott Yoo, will illuminate the music and create a deeper experience for the audience.

Each year, the Festival chooses a theme to explore through the great works of classical music. Music Director Scott Yoo, who travels the world performing, was inspired by his excursions to explore indigenous influences on classical music at this summer's Festival. Programming will focus on how different global locations influenced the music that grew out of diverse cultures. The international roster of musicians who join the Festival each year will perform the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Copland, Grieg, Golijov, Stravinsky and Bartok among others, in chamber concerts, orchestral works, and classical 'cross-genre' music. In its ongoing 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 Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and John Barry.

For more information on the Festival Mozaic Notable Encounter at Hearst Castle and 2009 season tickets, visit http://www.FestivalMozaic.com or call (805) 781-3009/(877) 881-8899.

For information on all the Hearst Castle 2009 events, visit http://www.friendsofhearstcastle.org or call (805) 927-2138.

Festival Mozaic celebrates five centuries of the world's most engaging and evolving classical music in performances and events throughout San Luis Obispo County's many stunning venues. Led by its dynamic maestro, Scott Yoo, the Festival assembles an orchestra of musicians from Asia, Europe and the U.S. for orchestral concerts, chamber music and unique, classical 'cross-genre' concerts.

Over 7,000 audience members enjoy concerts in historic and spectacular Festival sites such as Hearst Castle, the historic San Luis Obispo Mission, the private 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.

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