INCLINE VILLAGE — During its final weekend Lake Tahoe SummerFest, a 38-piece world-class symphony orchestra will turn the 500-seat outdoor venue at Sierra Nevada College into an Italian celebration, “la dolce vita,” the joy of life, Friday, Aug. 17.
Music highlighting Italian composers, GioachinoRossini, Antonio Vivaldi and Mendelssohn by virtue of his “Symphony No.4” commonly referred to as “The Italian.”
Under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Joel Revzen, Rossini’s “Overture to an Italian in Algiers,” will be featured. The piece is for its opening of gentle, quiet basses, leading to a sudden loud burst of sound from the full orchestra. This “surprise” reflects Rossini’s early admiration for composer Joseph Haydn, whose Symphony No. 94 in G major, “The Surprise Symphony,” is so named for the same shocking, semi-comic effect.
Soloist Kate Lindsey’s soaring soprano sets in motion young love’s flirtations with from Rossini’s comic opera, “The Barber of Seville.” “Semiramide” served as the productive composer’s last opera, and Lindsey will also sing the stirring, “In Si Barbara.”
Antonio Vivaldi, a Baroque powerhouse, gave the world “The Four Seasons” in 1723. It has remained an orchestral and choral favorite every since. ‘s” indolent hot days and fast approaching storms will musically appear through the talents of the orchestra and soloist Laura Hamilton.
The tempo changes from full orchestra to chamber music, Saturday, Aug. 18.
Mendelssohn’s musical talents will be highlighted by other Germanic composers including Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and others.
The genius of Mozart will delight all ages with various selections to conclude selections from “The Marriage of Figaro,” Sunday, Aug. 19, to conclude the 2012 SummerFest Concerts.
Starting from rousing overture, the audience will appreciate the musical romp of the 18thcentury comic opera. “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” translates to “A Little Night Music” or a “Little Serenade,” although there is nothing petite in this best-loved composition of the Austrian composer.
The finale is one of graceful lightness with the “Symphony No. 40 in G minor.”
Concert tickets are $85 for VIP seating, $50 in the Guest section and $25 in the Friends section, and for a limited time tickets for children 12 and under are half price. VIP tickets and Season Pass holders are invited to VIP Receptions with Revzen and orchestra after the concerts.
For more information visit: www.tahoesummerfest.org or call 775-298-0245.