INCLINE VILLAGE — Some of the world's best classical musicians, such as violinists, pianists and clarinetists and Maestro Joel Revzen came together at the lake for the first Lake Tahoe Summerfest.
Held at the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village July 31 through Aug. 19, one of the unique concerts was the family concert which is held three Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tahoe's littlest ones got to experience a taste of classical music and got their own batons to imitate the conductor. Besides the family concert, the main concerts took place Fridays and Saturdays.
The idea to start the concert series came up two years ago in order to get world-class arts and culture to the Lake Tahoe area.
“You have to be unique, and Joel put together an orchestra with the best of the best,” said founder and chairman of the Lake Tahoe Summerfest Madylon Meiling. “People will come here because you don't get this anywhere else.”
Susan Durand of Mesa, Ariz., was one of the visitors of the family concert.
“I was so pleased to know that Lake Tahoe is going to have a summer music festival and it was combined with a very nice art exhibit which I enjoyed so much,” she said.
Mountainsong Galleries presented art work from the five most well-knows artists, featuring Calvin Liang, Zhiwei Tu or James McGrew.
Last Sunday's family concert program included highlights that featured Aaron Copland's “Appalachian Spring” and Mozart's “Piano Concerto”, both with the famous pianist Joseph Kalichstein as well as Libby Larsen's “Spring Symphony.”
Kalichstein's performances are known worldwide and can be described as very expressional, heartfelt and with a brilliant technical mastery.
Kalichstein praised the harmony of the orchestra, who has never played together before this event.
“This orchestra is so great, that it's a great joy to be in,” Kalichstein said, who grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was a little bit under four years when he started playing and confessed that he was one of the crazy kids who played in concerts at an early age. Today he has 45 years of professional playing experience.
“It's particularly exciting to be part of the birth,” Kalichstein said about playing at the first Summerfest Concert Series.
“It was just a very classy event and I particularly liked the selections for the day,” Durand said and praised the brilliantly performed “Appalachian Spring” by the Kalichstein, which typifies American culture as a part of the concert.
The last part featured Libby Larsen's “Spring Symphony.”
“Libby has written over 500 compositions including some operas one of them based on the story of Frankenstein,” Revzen told the audience.
He described his imaginations of the first two Spring Symphony's movements “Elegance” and “Beauty Alone” as a gorgeous garden party at one of Tahoe's beautiful homes overlooking the lake on a sunshiny day and “Beauty Alone” as the drive he takes from Glenbrook, when he is seeing the sun reflecting on the flat lake in the morning.
The third movement “Ferocious Rhythm” he also experienced at Lake Tahoe.
“To me these are the thunderstorms and lightning storms that come up on the lake. It's very much infused with jazz rhythms,” Revzen said.
“I love Tahoe,” said clarinetist Daniel Gilbert from New York City, who also played at Sunday's family concert. He loved the idea of having kids, who made a little bit of noise in the audience and to introduce classical music to children.
“My favorite place on earth before I came here was Aspen,” he said. “But now, coming here, I think I like this place more.”