INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — If opening weekend of Lake Tahoe SummerFest is any indication, classical music will be a major part of the area’s future entertainment scene.
Audiences filled the 500-seat tent at Sierra Nevada College for three performances featuring 38-piece symphony orchestra, comprised of world-class musicians.
Under the direction of Joel Revzen, the artistic director and conductor, Lake Tahoe SummerFest features two more weekends — six performances as Beethoven’s music dances upon the lake.
“All About Beethoven” on Friday, Aug. 10, heralds the composer’s genius with three epic works written over a five-year period of monumental changes in his composing style.
Delicate notes usher in Concerto No. 4 for Piano and include oboe, clarinet and bassoon, a brass section along with timpani and strings. Written in 1806, it was the last piece Beethoven performed before his deafness made it impossible.
Beethoven’s 1803 “Eroica,” considered a turning point in his career for its technical challenges and political impact, compares with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” among select others as changing how music is appreciated. First performed as “Bonaparte,” the French general’s self-elevation to Emperor, led Beethoven to the name change. Also known as Symphony No. 3 Opus 55, it features sweet cello melodies and striking French horn sections.
Beethoven’s deep appreciation for clarinets will be evident Saturday, Aug. 11, when his Trio Opus 11 opens the concert.
Together with a cello and piano, the clarinet’s soaring tones reflect Beethoven individuality and departure from Mozart’s influence.
The contrasting harmonies of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet #8, written while Russia was under Communist control, echo two traumatic events in the composer’s life. The work is lyrical and open to many interpretations.
Soothing and soaring, Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor typifies the best of the of 19th century’s Romantic Age music with its graceful expressions.
Sunday’s family concert includes the simplicity and beauty of composer John Adams and the power of Mozart’s majesty and modern masterpieces.
World acclaimed pianist Joseph Kalichstein will perform Beethoven piano concerto with orchestra on Friday evening, Brahms piano quartet in chamber concert on Saturday night and Mozart concerto for piano and orchestra on Sunday afternoon at the Family Concert.
Born in 1947, composer John Adams captured the minimalist lifestyle of the Shakers with his Shaker Loops’ composition. A religious sect living in America starting in the 18th century until today, the Shakers’ quaking movement during worship served as inspiration.
Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring marries nature’s sweetness and the Shaker’s appreciation of it through their song, Simple Gifts.
With fanfares and lush orchestrations Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat major, K. 482 is at the other end of the spectrum — yet just as enjoyable to classical music connoisseurs and the novice.
Lake Tahoe SummerFest also includes world-class art that will complement the renowned musicians and soloists. The best-of-the-best living American Impressionist artists will display their masterpieces of pastels, oils and paints this weekend at Sierra Nevada College.
Organized by the American Impressionist Society, Lake Tahoe SummerFest and Mountainsong Galleries it highlights five artists - primarily, Albert Handell.
Renowned as a pre-eminent landscape artist, his work, has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Utah Museum of Fine Art and Montreal’s Greenshields Museum. Handell has been elected in the Pastel Hall of Fame, making him one of three living artists so honored.
Ticket prices are $85 for VIP seating, $50 in the Guest section and $25 in the Friends section, and for a limited time children 12 years and under are half price.
VIP tickets and Season Pass holders are invited to VIP Receptions with Joel Revzen and orchestra after the concerts.
For more information visit: www.tahoesummer
fest.org or call 775-298-0245.