Our 40th Season:
Grand Tour of Europe and Beyond
June 21-28, 2020
Save the dates for your passage now! Tickets on sale March 2020
To celebrate this milestone year with us, please join Elizabeth Blumenstock, the Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and distinguished soloists for a grand tour of Europe and beyond. Our itinerary includes the finest music by composers from Europe and the Americas, and works evoking cultures beyond. We will be delighted by music written for the stage, choral works, solo concertos, Baroque-era folk music from both sides of the pond, an orchestral suite by J.S. Bach, and much more. Guest artists include soprano Sherezade Panthaki, folk specialist contralto Karen Clark, tenor Kyle Stegall, Baroque dancer Justin Coates, lutenist-director Stephen Stubbs, Baroque harpist Maxine Einlander, and harpsichordist-director Henry Lebedinsky. Don’t miss this special 40th season!
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40th Annual Season
Grand Tour of Europe and Beyond
Sunday, June 21, 2020 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m.
Music of the Hemispheres
Vivaldi’s violin concerto Il Grosso Mogul, Telemann’s Les Nations, and suites from Purcell’s The Indian Queen and Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. Featuring the Festival Orchestra led by artistic director and violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock.
Monday, June 22, 2020 at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 8 p.m.
Fiesta! Festive Music from Spain and the New World
Guests Stephen Stubbs (Baroque guitar) and Henry Lebedinsky (harpsichord) direct Spanish Baroque zarzuela opera scenes, music from the Americas, Iberian Baroque dances and more. With sopranos Amanda Achen and Danielle Sampson, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Flores, Baroque dancer Justin Coates, violinists Elizabeth Blumenstock and Tekla Cunningham, cellist David Morris, Baroque harpist Maxine Eilander, and percussionist Peter Maund.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Sherman Library & Gardens, 8 p.m.
Baroque Folk: Dancing in the Gardens
A lighthearted tour of early folk music from the British Isles, continental Europe and North America, including popular songs, ballads, and dance music, directed by Elizabeth Blumenstock on fiddle. With Karen Clark (contralto), Alexandra Opsahl (cornetto and recorders), Curtis Berak (hurdy-gurdy), Maxine Eilander (harp), Stephen Stubbs (guitar), Jolianne Einem (violin), Rob Diggins (viola and percussion), and Heather Vorwerck (cello).
Friday, June 26, 2020 at Sherman Library & Gardens, 8 p.m.
Concertos All Around
Our Friday Gardens musicians take center stage in solo concertos for flute, oboe, violin, cello and harpsichord by Czech composer Franz (František) Benda, Platti, Umstatt, Vivaldi, and Bach. Plus Telemann’s Triple Concerto for flute, oboe d’amore, and viola d’amore. With concerto soloists David Shostac, Lara Wickes, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Michael Kaufman and Gabriel Arregui, and strings.
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m.
Finale: Ode to Music
Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major and celebratory choral works: Purcell’s Welcome to all the Pleasures and Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day. Featuring soprano Sherezade Panthaki and tenor Kyle Stegall with the 2020 Festival Orchestra and Chorus.
Concerts are preceded by brass music performed al fresco by South Coast Brass and followed by a wine & waters reception. Before the performances, and during intermission, explore our special 40th-season display of Festival memorabilia.
Program and artists subject to change