Premier Classical Guitarist Ana Vidovic Rocks Lake Tahoe SummerFest
by Heather Cassell
Ana is the premier classical guitarist of her generation. She tours globally taking the stages of Baltimore, New York, and San Francisco, in the United States and in Budapest, Hungary; Copenhagen, Denmark; London, United Kingdom; Oslo, Norway; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Salzburg and Vienna, Austria; Tel Aviv, Israel; Toronto, Canada; and Warsaw, Poland for performance recitals. She’s also performed at festivals in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, and Scotland.
Ana will light up the second weekend, August 7 – 9, of the three weekend classical music festival in Lake Tahoe with a performance of musical scores from the hit PBS TV-series Downton Abbey, Hollywood classics Sense and Sensibility, and the Hitchcock masterpiece Psycho along with flamenco and dance-inspired symphonies.
Jeremy McCoy, a critically acclaimed double bass player with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will join Ana on stage during her two day performance.
Ana learned how to play the guitar when she was five years old. Two years later at the age of seven she had her first performance. She became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb when she was 13 years old.
Jeremy McCoy is a recitalist and chamber musician who has played throughout the New York area and at summer festivals including Marlboro, Banff, Lincoln Center Festival, Bowdoin, the Grand Tetons, Kneisel Hall, Appalachian Summer Festival, Cooperstown and Ottawa Chamberfest. He has released two critically acclaimed CDs of his own: “Dialogues with Double Bass” and “Baroque Legacy.”
As recently mentioned in the New York Times, Lake Tahoe SummerFest is becoming a destination for musicians, including principal players from top orchestras.
The New York Times noted recently that the Lake Tahoe SummerFest is becoming a destination for musicians, including principal players from top orchestras.
This year festival goers will delight in nine different concerts of prestigious principle orchestra players from some of the United States’ most well known symphonies led by award-winning Maestro Joel Revzen, who is the artistic director and conductor of the Lake Tahoe SummerFest.
Players coming from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the philharmonics of New York and Los Angeles, and the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, and Vancouver will delight audiences in the newly named JetBlue Festival Pavilion with their performances of masterpieces translated by these renowned artists and a nationally acclaimed orchestra.
The 500-seat pavilion is located on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Friday and Sunday concerts include the 40 member orchestra, while Saturday performances feature an intimate “Meet the Music – Meet the Musicians” chamber music series, featuring smaller ensembles from the orchestra followed by post-event receptions for attendees and artists to mingle.
Opening week, July 31 – August 2, features a bucolic pre-concert and reception set under the trees and stars. The music gets started with the Orchestra Concert “Destination Genius,” Meet the Music-Meet the Musicians Chamber Music “In a Vienna Café,” and Orchestra Concert “Passion for Dance.”
The second weekend’s Friday, August 7, night theme, “Spanish Fire” features four pieces: Albéniz’s Asturias followed by Piazzola’s dance-infused “Tangazo,” and the graceful symphony of Arriaga, considered the “Spanish Mozart” of his generation. The performance concludes with a fiery, dramatic guitar concerto: Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.”
Saturday, August 8, chamber music performance, “Latin Embrace” will bring all of its bullfighting bravado and bravery in a mirror of Spain with Boccherini: Quintet for Guitar and Strings 4th movement “Fandango”; Torroba: Sonatina for Guitar; Turîna: “La Oración del Torero”; and Granados: Piano Trio, Opus 50.
The Sunday afternoon, August 9, Orchestra Concert’s theme “Hollywood in Tahoe” celebrates film and television scores featuring John Lunn’s suite from Downton Abbey, Bernard Herrmann’s suite from Psycho; Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante for Double Bass and Orchestra; Aaron Copland’s Music for Movies, and Patrick Doyle selections from the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility.
The third week, August 14 – 16, concludes the festival with the Orchestra Concert “Hero’s Passage,” Meet the Music-Meet the Musicians Chamber Music “White Nights, Golden Moons,” along with Orchestra Concert “The Danube-Baltic Express.”
Tickets are $85 (Fridays and Sundays) and $65 (Saturdays) for adults, $15 for children 15 and under, $20 for students and include reserved seating, free parking, and complimentary desserts following the performance. The first six rows of reserved seats are $100. Groups of 10 or more receive 10 percent off per seat, parties of 20 or more receive 20 percent off their seat. For more information call 775-298-0245 or visit, www.tahoesummerfest.org.
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