Our 40th Season:
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 superb music by composers from Europe and the Americas, and works evoking cultures beyond. We will be delighted by choral works, music written for the stage, solo concertos, Baroque-era folk music, an orchestral suite by J.S. Bach, and much more. Guest artists include soprano Sherezade Panthaki, contralto Karen R. Clark, tenor Kyle Stegall, Baroque dancer Justin Coates, lutenist-director Stephen Stubbs, Baroque harpist Maxine Eilander 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, Newport Beach, 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, Corona del Mar, 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 Danielle Sampson and Amanda Achen, 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, Corona del Mar, 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 R. Clark (contralto), Alexandra Opsahl (cornetto and recorders), Curtis Berak (hurdy-gurdy), Maxine Eilander (harp), Stephen Stubbs (Baroque guitar), Jolianne Einem (violin), Rob Diggins (viola and percussion) and Heather Vorwerck (cello).
Friday, June 26, 2020 at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar, 8 p.m.
Concertos All Around
This season our favored “Friday Gardens” players combine with a chamber ensemble of additional strings in a special program of solo concertos by Benda, Platti, Umstatt, Vivaldi and Bach. Plus Telemann’s Triple Concerto in E Major for flute, oboe d’amore, and viola d’amore. With concerto soloists David Shostac (flute), Lara Wickes (oboe), Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin), Michael Kaufman (cello) and Gabriel Arregui (harpsichord).
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, 4 p.m.
Finale: Ode to Music
Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major and celebratory choral works paying homage to music itself: 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