California Classical Music Festivals

Enjoy Opera at the Bear Valley Music Festival

July 29 - August 13, 2006 Voted the best summer attraction in the Central Sierra, the Festival offers a full symphony orchestra, international soloists, legendary entertainers, and renowned opera stars in a unique mountain setting. The Festival offers an outdoor musical experience while under the shade of a large 1250 seat tent. An easy three-hour drive from the Bay Area through the historic gold country, Bear Valley sits along Highway 4 on the Ebbetts Pass Corridor. The Bear Valley Village and surrounding area offers an abundance of recreational activities - hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, boating, camping, mountaineering, and relaxing between Festival performances. Refreshments and BBQ are available at the Festival Tent prior to all performances and during intermission, proceeds directly benefiting the Festival. Campgrounds, lodging, fine dining, and casual eateries are available in and near the Village as well as in the nearby communities of Arnold, Murphys, and Angels Camp.
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irishlass said...

Another well known classical music festival, in it's 65th year, is the Carmel Bach Festival. This year 22 events, July 15 - August 5, 2006.

2006 Festival Highlights

••• Mozart Masonic Cantatas
••• Bach Cantatas #137 and #140
••• St. John Passion
••• Mexican Baroque choral music, 16th-18th centuries in the Carmel Mission and Mission Dolores in San Francisco
••• Handel's Oratorio Israel in Egypt
••• Bach concertos for One Harpsichord, Two Harpsichords, Oboe d'Amore and Flute
••• Vivaldi Concertos for Violins

irishlass said...

Or the Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo.

irishlass said...

Another music festival in the mountains ... The Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

2005 marks the 23rd consecutive season of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Founded in 1983 by Edgar Braun, conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Festival has grown in scope yearly with the dedication and involvement of many local residents and businesses. With eight concerts, three scenic venues, over 10,000 expected attendees and the diverse programming 'from Bach to Blues and Beyond', the Lake Tahoe Music Festival remains the largest summer cultural event benefiting our local communities and a major attraction throughout the West.

The Festival Orchestra has been assembled by Leep Entertainment of Reno, NV. Leep Entertainment has successfully gathered talented players from the Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera Orchestra and the Nevada Festival Ballet Orchestra. Many of the musicians are on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno or teach music in the public schools. Leep Entertainment has provided orchestras for many stars coming to this area including Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Don Rickles, Martha Reeves, the Vandellas, and many others. Mr. Leep is also a bandleader, playing weddings, corporate events, and society parties in the Reno/Tahoe and Northern California areas

2005 Schedule

Sunday, June 26th
Champagne Concert for Benefactors at a private residence.

Saturday, July 16th
Gala Event featuring Anna Maria Alberghetti. This event will be held at a private residence and is by invitation only.

7 p.m. Thursday, July 21st
Great Basin Brass Quintet at High Camp, Squaw Valley. Picnics are not permitted at this performance.

7 p.m. Saturday, July 23rd
Crazy For You - A Night with the Gershwins at Tahoe Donner with jazz piano virtuoso Taylor Eigsti, soloists Maureen Mette and Stephen Janzen and the Festival Orchestra

6 p.m. Thursday, July 28th
Kid's Night Out with the Sacramento Banjo Band at Squaw Valley with the Sacramento Banjo Band.

7 p.m. Saturday, July 30th
Beethoven Triple Header at Squaw Valley with the Festival Orchestra and featuring the Gold Coast Trio.

7 p.m. Thursday, August 4th
Bluegrass Bash Squaw Valley with Fragment and Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.

7 p.m. Saturday, August 6th
Summer Strings at Squaw Valley with the Festival Orchestra and violinist Cynthia Mei.

7 p.m. Thursday, August 11th
The 5th Dimension at Squaw Valley.

7 p.m. Saturday, August 13th
Finale featuring Leonard Nimoy narrating Keillor's The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra accompanied by the Festival Orchestra with pianist Jacek Mysinski West End Beach at Donner Lake.

Info about the 2006 season will be available soon!

irishlass said...

The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove comes to the stage Thursday through Sunday of the last week of July each year. (July 27 to 30 of 2006)

The show features elegantly costumed dancers and professional symphony musicians playing the music of Vienna's "Waltz King," Johann Strauss, Jr. and his family. The setting is a grassy knoll at the edge of a lake surrounding a small island. Warm evening breezes and lights reflected in the water add to the wonderful experience of this free event.

Only the musicians and sound/lighting technicians are paid. All performers and stage crew gladly volunteer their services just for the opportunity to help in the show's success. Dancers begin rehearsals in March and devote hours to practice. Many who have seen the show are surprised that our performers are not professional dancers. See for yourself in the Pictorial section.


Iris Zimbelman's dream to recreate the wonderful Strauss music and dance of Vienna in lovely Elk Grove Park began in late 1985. A Board of Directors was formed and, aided by wide community support, the project was launched. A site was selected, a small circular island in the Elk Grove Park lake, and with the awarding of a grant by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, a performance facility was built.

The dream came true with the first Strauss Festival in July, 1987. Since that time, nearly 250,000 people have shared an enchanting evening of entertainment. The Festival, which continues to be a free event that appeals to all ages, is made possible by the generous support of many organizations, businesses, and private individuals who have made substantial cash and in-kind donations.

Donations are gratefully accepted and may be mailed to Strauss Festival, P. O. Box 309, Elk Grove, CA 95759.

E-mail: straussfestival@hotmail.com

irishlass said...

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2006


The Symphony of the Sierra, with support from the Columbia Junior College serves as the community orchestra of Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. The conductor is Mr. Jeffery Johnson and the symphony is comprised of many talented, local musicians. The symphony was originally established in 1967 by Dario Cassina, as a venue for local musicians to play and perform together.

Join us for a concert presented by Ironstone Vineyards and Columbia Junior College. The concert will feature a solo by pianist Helen Kimzey Plowman, performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" along with other classical selections. The event begins at 3:00pm and will be held in the Ironstone Vineyards Alhambra Music Room. For reservations please call 209-728-1251, extension 11. The event is $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Symphony of the Sierra.

Usually this event coincides with the bloom of the daffodils at Ironstone Vineyards. With this year's wacky weather, I am not sure if it will.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the website of the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, California. Founded in 1981, the Festival will celebrate its 26th season this year with five concerts over eight days, June 18-25, 2006.

Our traditional series will again consist of vocal and instrumental chamber concerts in the intimate Central Patio Room of the beautiful Sherman Gardens, plus an organ recital and dramatic concertos and larger works for soloists, chorus and orchestra in the lovely Parish Church of Saint Michael and All Angels.

We are grateful to our individual patrons, to our advertisers, and to the Arts Commission of the City of Newport Beach for supporting our continuing contributions to the artistic life of this community. We invite you to join us for a summer celebration of wonderful music, and to explore the historic and beautiful village of Corona del Mar.

Anne Basso said...

My parents sang with the Carmel Bach Festival from the time I was born, until I was in High School. I spent my Summers in the Bay area, being exposed to incredible music, performed by talented and accomplished musicians. It was a great experience, and one I will always be grateful for. I highly recommend the Bach Festival to any individual.

More importantly, I'd like to recommend it to families. The Bach festival offers not only family performances, but one's geared specifically toward the younger members of the family. It's a wonderful way to introduce children to Classical Music.