Concert Program/Tickets

August 1 - 17, 2014
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada

Experience the thrill of SummerFest Concerts featuring renowned soloists from the world's stages and the exceptional musicians of the Lake Tahoe SummerFest Orchestra, drawn from the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and other exceptional orchestras throughout the world.

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Rehearsals are free and open to the public.

Rehearsal Schedule
Mondays;  day off
Tuesdays:  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursdays:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Dress rehearsal for Friday night
Saturdays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Dress Rehearsal for Saturday night


WEEK 1:  August 1 - 3


matthew polenzani OPENING ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Friday, August 1, 7 pm

MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture 'Fingal's Cave'

BRITTEN  Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Matthew Polenzani, tenor  
Erik Ralske, horn

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

Bringing the thrilling presence of the world’s stages to SummerFest, Metropolitan Opera star tenor Matthew Polenzani joins Maestro Revzen and the SummerFest Orchestra for the season opening concert. Mr. Polenzani, described as having ‘a ringing, clarion tenor that he can push to heroic heights’ , is familiar to audiences the world over for his gripping performances.  He is joined by  Erik Ralske, Principal French Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - and Principal Horn of the SummerFest Orchestra - in Benjamin Britten’s mystical ‘Serenade’ , showcasing the soloist's tour-de-force demands as they interpret six poems on the subject of Night.  This season opening concert begins with the stirring sounds and sights of Scotland with Mendelssohn’s music describing the drama and awe of the Hebrides’ Fingal’s Cave , and finishes with Beethoven’s 4th Symphony , filled with the joy of Nature and described as having a ‘deep, powerful spirit'.

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matthew polenzani ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Saturday, August 2, 7 pm

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3

MASSENET Pourquoi me réveiller (Werther)
PUCCINI Nessun dorma (Turandot)
Matthew Polenzani, tenor

STRAVINSKY Concerto in E flat (Dumbarton Oaks)

MOZART Symphony No. 38

Beloved world-wide for his vocal artistry, tenor Matthew Polenzani once again joins the SummerFest Orchestra, this time singing his signature arias; the blockbuster aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s Turandot and the heart wrenching ‘Pourquoi me réveiller’ from Massenet’s Werther, which earned him praise from the NY Times -  “in bursts of bluster and, later, romantic despair, he let his voice ring out with unabashed operatic fervor and big top notes.”  The concert opens with a delightful work from Italian composer Respighi -  a suite from 'Ancient Airs and Dances,' filled with gentle tunes for lute. In the second half we hear Stravinsky's 'Dumbarton Oaks' with its rhythmic playfulness and rich melodies , and the concert closes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 which has thrilled audiences and won rave reviews since it was first heard in Prague in 1786.

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meet the musicians MEET THE MUSIC – MEET THE MUSICIANS
Sunday, August 3, 4pm

VIENNA, CITY OF DREAMS
City of cafés, chocolate, & luscious music

This season Lake Tahoe SummerFest offers a new concert experience: Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians, in concerts at 4 PM on Sundays.  Designed as an artistic immersion experience, this is a chance to hear the virtuoso SummerFest Orchestra musicians playing in intimate ensembles while  capturing the essence of a musically famous city in concert chats and visual images. The musicians are available for questions and conversation after the concert, as the audience enjoys European treats.  This concert features Vienna, and the music of three of its favorite composers: Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert.

SCHUBERT Songs
An die Musik - an ode to Music
Fischerweise
- the Fisherman and his art
Im Abendrot - the glories of a Sunset
Matthew Polenzani, tenor -  Joel Revzen, piano

MOZART Horn Quintet 
Brian Krinke - violin, Sarah Adams - viola, Arman Alpyspaev - viola, Lanny Paykin - cello, with Javier Gándara - horn

BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet 
Kay Stern - violin, Amy Hiraga - violin, Edward Gazouleas - viola, Peter Wyrick - cello, with Daniel Gilbert - clarinet 


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WEEK 2:  August 8 - 10


simone dinnerstein ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Friday, August 8, 7 pm

FAURÉ Pavane

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

This second weekend of SummerFest performances begins with the electricity and inventiveness of Simone Dinnerstein , the pianist whose albums have topped Billboard’s Classical Charts since her debut in 2007.  Dinnerstein will be playing Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 2 , filled with inspired phrases and themes which showcase the pianists’ talents in demanding passages; the composer himself played the first performance in 1795.  The shimmering sound-scape of Fauré’s Pavane begins the concert, reminding the listener of the delicate surroundings of Tahoe in summer, and the concert ends back in Scotland, where on his travels Mendelssohn found the inspiration for a new work , writing “I found today in the Chapel of Mary Queen of Scots the beginning of my Scottish Symphony.” He then wrote the first ten bars of music which begins his Symphony No. 3 .

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simone dinnerstein

ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Saturday, August 9,  7 pm

J.S. Bach:  Concerto in D minor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Brahms: Serenade No. 1

Lauded for leading her listeners on a journey of discovery, Simone Dinnerstein has a close association with the music of Bach, bringing her wide recognition such as “ Listen to pianist Simone Dinnerstein's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations - a timeless, meditative, utterly audacious solo debut" (‘O, The Oprah Magazine’).  In this concert Dinnerstein joins the SummerFest Orchestra to bring a Bach Concerto to life in the intimate festival concert tent.  The grand Brahms Serenade No.1 , with its unusual instrumentation of a full quartet of horns in the orchestra, is really a Symphony which is expanded to include themes and variations, bringing this concert to a dramatic Romantic close.

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meet the musicians MEET THE MUSIC – MEET THE MUSICIANS
Sunday, August 10,  4pm

I LOVE PARIS
Intimate and sensual music from the City of Light

DEBUSSY Syrinx for solo flute
Demarre McGill

RAVEL String Quartet
Daniel Khalikov - violin, Kristi Helberg - violin, Anton Jivaev, viola, Wendy Sutter - cello 

FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1 
Kelly Hall-Tompkins - violin, Désirée Elsevier - viola, David Calhoun - cello, with Donna Lee - piano


This season Lake Tahoe SummerFest offers a new concert experience: Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians in concerts at 4 PM on Sunday. Designed as an artistic immersion experience, this is a chance to hear the virtuoso SummerFest Orchestra musicians playing in intimate ensembles while capturing the essence of a musically famous city in concert chats and visual images. The musicians are available for questions and conversation after the concert, as the audience enjoys European treats. Thoroughly inspired by Paris , this concert features flutist Demarre McGill in a solo performance of the delicate, oriental-tinged Debussy Syrinx , followed by the impressionist sounds of Ravel’s only String Quartet and Fauré’s beautiful, emotional Piano Quartet , written as the composer lost himself in music in order to forget a broken wedding engagement.

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WEEK 3:  August 15 - 17


orchestra concert ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Friday, August 15, 7 pm

ELGAR Serenade for Strings

HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1
Peter Wyrick, cello

R. STRAUSS Duett-Concertino
Daniel Gilbert, clarinet 
Whitney Crockett, bassoon

RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin

The musicians of the SummerFest Orchestra are individually invited from the great orchestras of the United States and beyond.  In this concert we hear three stellar SummerFest Orchestra Principals:  Peter Wyrick , Associate Principal cello/San Francisco Symphony, Daniel Gilbert -17 years the Second Clarinet/Cleveland Orchestra, now Principal/CityMusic Cleveland, and Whitney Crockett , the first appointment by Gustavo Dudamel to the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Bassoon. The concert is launched by the string-dominated Elgar Serenade, a favorite work of the composer.  Mr. Wyrick is featured in the triumphant Haydn Cello Concerto ;written in the 1760s, but lost until 1961 until re-discovered and performed as a signature piece for Russian cellist Rostropovich. Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Crockett delight the audience with Richard Strauss’ brilliant conversation between soloists and orchestral strings which demands the ultimate in virtuosity.  In an emotional and heartfelt ending, the concert draws to a close with Ravel’s homage to a golden age of French music, Le tombeau de Couperin, that also pays gentle tribute to the composer’s fallen comrades of World War I.

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orchestra concert ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Saturday, August 16, 7 pm

MOZART Overture and Ballet music from  Idomeneo

D. SCHIFF Speaking in Drums, "Protest" 
Aaron McDonald, timpani

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6

The masterly and sparkling Overture and Dance Music from Mozart’s opera Idomeneo sweeps us into this concert, and though the opera portrays an ancient story of Gods, Goddesses, and sacrifice, it all ends happily thanks to the joyful dance music and its victorious flourishes.  The SummerFest Orchestra star percussionist Aaron McDonald , Principal Timpani/Vancouver Symphony, shines in a heart-pounding Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra by composer David Schiff, aptly named Speaking in Drums . Ending the Saturday night concerts for the season is Symphony No. 6, the young Schubert’s confidently original work : frolicking, carefree, witty, and filled with the light-hearted energy and melodic grace of the composer’s prodigious talent.

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meet the musicians MEET THE MUSIC – MEET THE MUSICIANS
Sunday, August 17, 4 pm

SALUTE TO LONDON
Pubs, flags and the monarchy - a celebration

HAYDN   String Quartet Op. 77, No.1
Gennady Filimonov - violin, Laura Lutzke - violin, Jill Jaffe - viola, David Calhoun - cello 

BRITTEN Phantasy Oboe Quartet
Maria Schleuning - violin, Milan Milisavlevic - viola, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir - cello, with Nathan Hughes - oboe 

ELGAR String Quartet
Simon James - violin, Jeehae Lee - violin, David Cerutti - viola, Lanny Paykin - cello

This is final offering of Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s new concert experience: Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians , at 4 PM on Sunday. Designed as an artistic immersion experience, this is a chance to hear the virtuoso SummerFest Orchestra musicians playing in intimate ensembles and capturing the essence of a musically famous city with the addition of visual images and concert chats . The musicians are available for questions and conversation after the concert while the audience enjoys European treats. In a vibrant Salute to London, we have the outstanding SummerFest musicians bring us one of Papa Haydn’s last string quartets , composed after his fruitful years in London, the rarely heard gem of Benjamin Britten – the Phantasy Oboe Quartet, which jumps off the page, evoking a lovely summer morning, and the Elgar String Quartet , a brilliant composition which captures the audience's imagination and paints the spirit of nature in an atmosphere called ‘captured sunshine’ .

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* Schedule subject to change.