INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The capacity audience and ovations continued last weekend in the Festival Concert Tent at Sierra Nevada College, a prelude to upcoming season-ending performances for the 2013 Lake Tahoe SummerFest.
Genre-bending composer and performer Chris Brubeck will be the featured soloist this weekend, bringing his dual talents to SummerFest audiences for the celebratory weekend.
Brubeck, son of the late jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, is the soloist on Friday, Aug. 16, in his own “Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra” written with symphonic jazz idioms as well as rhythm and blues elements.
On Sunday, the first half of the concert will have performances of two Brubeck works — the Mark Twain tale “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and “The Tale of the Hermitage Cats,” both with narration.
Known from his performances around the world — from the great orchestras of the United States to Russia and Singapore and beyond — Brubeck has been lauded for his talents, as in this review from the Chicago Tribune: “A composer with a real flair for lyrical melody, a 21st century Lenny Bernstein.”
SummerFest orchestra members will be featured in the final weekend concerts as well. Demarre McGill and Meredith Clark are soloists for the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp on Friday, and on Saturday, the spotlight will shine on orchestra members playing audience favorites in the Chamber Music Concerts — Haydn’s “Gypsy” trio and the famous Schubert Octet, which requires virtuosic playing from all eight musicians.
The final concert on Sunday will close the season with two works that perennially delight audiences — Haydn’s “Surprise” and Prokofiev’s “Classical” symphonies.
Prior to performances, a dining menu will be available at the concert site, with specialty foods and beverages available pre-concert and at intermission.
“We’re pleased that through our partnership with Sierra Nevada College we are able to provide a perfect complement to these remarkable concerts that people have come to hear,” said Ian Weiss, president of the SummerFest Board of Trustees.
The orchestral concert featuring soloists Brubeck, Demarre McGill and Meredith Clark is Friday at 7 p.m.
The Sunday family friendly concert is at 4 p.m, featuring Brubeck’s compositions and the symphonies of Haydn and Prokofiev.
The Saturday Chamber Concert is at 7 p.m., spotlighting the individual orchestra members’ talents in an intimate ensemble setting.
After the Saturday concert, “TalkBack” will be held — a chance for the audience to stay and ask questions of Maestro Joel Revzen and the musicians.
Individual ticket prices are $75, $50 and $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tahoesummerfest.org, or call 775-832-1606.
— Georgette Porter is executive director of the Lake Tahoe SummerFest.