Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to the Lake Tahoe SummerFest at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. For $50, you get two tickets for seating in the middle section of the concert tent, designated in blue on the seating chart (up to a $100 value). Tickets for guests aged 12 and younger are regularly $25 each. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Choose from the following concerts:
- Friday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. – SummerFest Opening Orchestra Concert
- Saturday, August 4, at 6:30 p.m. – Chamber Music Concert #1
- Sunday, August 5, at 3 p.m. – Family Concert #1
- Friday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. – “All About Beethoven” Orchestra Concert
- Saturday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. – Chamber Music Concert #2
- Sunday, August 12, at 3 p.m. – Family Concert #2
- Friday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. – “Summer in Italy” Orchestra Concert
- Saturday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. – Chamber Music Concert #3
- Sunday, August 19, at 3 p.m. – Family Concert #3
Inspired by Nevada’s abundance of awe-inspiring beauty, Dr. Madylon Meiling founded Lake Tahoe SummerFest to match the bounty of nature with some of humankind’s most captivating creative achievements. Art, dramatics, and enlightening lectures take over Sierra Nevada College for nearly the entire month of August, but the main events are classical-music concerts under the able baton of Maestro Joel Revzen. Revzen’s resumé includes stints with the Metropolitan Orchestra and the Prague Symphony, two recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, and a Grammy-winning release with Arleen Auger. His time at the festival will be divided among three varieties of performance: orchestra, chamber music, and family concerts.
Orchestra Concerts – Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Romance and sentimentality reign at the festival’s opening performance (August 3), where the works of Dvořák, Vivaldi, and Schubert intertwine. Following Dvořák's pastoral mood-piece Serenade, Op. 22, and the quiet, thoughtful Romance, Op. 11, Bragato’s uniquely instrumentalized Tango benefits from cellist Sharon Robinson’s solos, and Schubert’s Symphony no. 5 closes with an amalgam of precisely synchronized themes broken up by staggered crescendos. At “All About Beethoven” (August 10), everybody’s favorite canine composer gets his day, tracing the sweet strings that survive the opening blasts of Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and the fleet-fingered urgency of Concerto no. 4 for Piano. Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey stars in “Summer in Italy” (August 17), a tour of the playful side of Italian opera rounded off with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, inspired by the composer’s journey through Italy.
Chamber Music Concerts – Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.
Chamber-music concerts recruit ensembles of two to eight musicians from the ranks of SummerFest’s orchestra. At the first small-group performance (August 4), audiences may recognize Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet from the final episode of MASH and Schubert’s Trout quintet as the tune their mounted bigmouth basses always hum. The second chamber concert (August 11) runs the gamut of emotions, from the playful piano of Beethoven’s Trio Op. 11 to the angry, frenetic Quartet No. 8 by Schubert to Brahms’s sad, subdued Piano Quartet in G minor. The final small-ensemble performance (August 18) delves into more modernist fare, such as Poulenc’s joyful Sextet and Mendelssohn’s Octet, a lush, dramatically layered emotional journey.
Family Concerts – Sundays at 3 p.m.
The first in the series (August 5) caters to the diabolical mastermind in every child with three epically bombastic works from three of history’s greatest composers. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings opens with a deeply moving melody that drew obvious inspiration from Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, which follows before the tripled soloists of Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, and Piano. The second kin-aimed concert (August 12) focuses on American music from the 20th century, featuring Adams’ Shaker Loops, Copland’s Appalachian Strings, and the Spring Symphony of Libby Larsen, one of the most prolific composers working today. Vocalist Kate Lindsey returns for the all-Mozart final performance in this series (August 19), singing some of the definitive arias of The Marriage of Figaro. The evening ends with the maestro’s penultimate symphony, No. 40 in G-minor, a stirring, Caravaggian work of dramatic light and dark.