Music lovers can hear legendary music performed at 30 different events in 19 scenic venues all over picturesque San Luis Obispo County during Festival Mozaic’s 49th Summer Music Festival season. This summer, July 24-August 4, 2019, violinist and Festival Mozaic music director Scott Yoo will lead more than 50 talented musicians. These brilliant artists are gathered from top orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the United States and abroad. “I’m so excited to be presenting this music in festive and intimate performances in beautiful venues throughout SLO County,” says Yoo. Individual tickets are on sale April 8th. Tickets may be ordered online at FestivalMozaic.com or by calling (805) 781-3009 / (877) 881- 8899.
Yoo travels the world as a conductor and violinist, and is also Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic. Besides all that, Yoo is the host and executive producer of an exciting new travel/music show, called Now Hear This. The show will be the first classical music program to air on prime-time television in 50 years. Now Hear This will air in Fall 2019 on local public television stations as part of PBS’s Great Performances. You can see a screening of Now Hear This before it airs on PBS. The third episode will play at San Luis Obispo’s Palm Theatre on Friday, July 19th at 7:00 pm followed by a Q&A with Scott Yoo.
While shooting the third episode of Now Hear This in Spain and Morocco, Yoo was inspired by the musical and cultural influences of that region. Yoo drew on the creativity of the people he encountered during these travels to design Festival Mozaic’s 2019 summer season, “Music of the Old World.” The 2019 Summer Music Festival explores the many cultural influences of the Iberian Peninsula on Western music. Artists and music featured in the Now Hear This episode will be featured at this summer’s Festival.
Flamenco dancer Illeana Gomez is a guest star of the third episode of Now Hear This. As a featured UnClassical artist at the Summer Festival, she will lead an evening of flamenco music at the historic Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo, and a free dance workshop in partnership with the SLO Movement Arts Center. Other Festival concerts will take place in venues such as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Serra Chapel, and the state-of-the-art Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cuesta College.
Every year, Festival Mozaic collaborates with a local artists to create an original work that reflects the Summer Festival theme. The 2019 summer season features “The Past Informs the Future,” an original work of art by San Luis Obispo artist and Cal Poly Professor Emeritus Joanne Beaule Ruggles. The original painting will be sold at auction during the Summer Festival.
To see the 2019 Summer Festival season at a glance and the artists roster, visit Festival Mozaic online and see the Summer Brochure.
About Festival Mozaic
Festival Mozaic (founded in 1971 as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) is a celebration of the art of music that takes place year-round in varied venues across San Luis Obispo County. The Festival presents an orchestra gathered from professionals across the world, chamber music concerts, guest artists and ensembles, and programs by classical crossover artists. For more information, visit FestivalMozaic.com.