Festival Mozaic Celebrates 40 Years of Presenting Five Centuries of Music on California’s Central Coast

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From July 15-25, 2010, Festival Mozaic's Summer Music Festival to Focus on the Origins and Creative Inspirations behind Composers’ Works

Festival Mozaic (formerly the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) has announced its 2010 summer season, which marks the festival’s 40th year of presenting intimate musical experiences on California’s picturesque Central Coast. The annual summer festival will take place July 15-25 in more than 10 locations across San Luis Obispo County.

To create an immersive musical experience, the festival chooses a theme each summer. This summer’s focus is on musical origins, presenting works that came into being under unusual circumstances.

“Classical music reflects both the rich complexities of intimate human interaction, as well as the nature of the larger society,” said Music Director and virtuoso violinist Scott Yoo. “This summer, we want to reinforce that that these exquisitely-crafted works sprang out of very human circumstances.”

The 2010 program explores unrequited love, political oppression, the horrors of war and other influences that resulted in works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, DvoYák, Ravel, Ginastera, Lutoslawski, and contemporary American composers Paul Schoenfield and Patrick Zimmerli.

The festival draws players from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony and a host of fine orchestras across the country. Over the years, the festival has presented emerging artists early in their careers, including Richard Goode, Jeffrey Kahane, Hilary Hahn, Sir Neville Marinner, the Kronos Quartet, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and the first American premiere performances of Maxim and Dmitri Shostakovich with Mstislav Rostropovich, immediately following their defection from the Soviet Union in 1981.

The 2010 guest artists in residency include violinist Timothy Fain and internationally-recognized pianists Hung-Kuan Chen, Tema Blackstone and John Novacek. In its Fringe Series, which highlights classically-trained artists working in other genres, Ensemble Galilei, a group specializing in early Celtic music on original instruments, and Festival of Four, who create an engaging blend of world and folk music, will appear on the festival’s stages?

Each summer, more than 7,000 attendees enjoy concerts in historic, spectacular venues such as Hearst Castle and the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Chapel Hill in wine country, and in the county’s many scenic wineries, parks and gardens. Festival visitors also take advantage of the Central Coast’s wineries, restaurants, hiking, biking, boating and seaside activities.

Subscriptions packages go on sale to the public on April 15, 2010, 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.

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 across 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, Chevron and the City of San Luis Obispo and many generous music and art lovers across San Luis Obispo County and beyond.

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