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Bear Valley Music Festival 2014 Tickets Go On Sale May 15th
Bear Valley, CA....Music Director, Michael Morgan, and newly appointed Executive Director, Tara Kayton, have planned an exciting three-week Festival with fifteen varied concerts and events to present in the village of Bear Valley for the 46th annual Bear Valley Music Festival to be held July 25-August 10. The vitality of the Festival will be seen in the robust classical music series and the exciting return of 2013 favorites The Delphi Trio, pianist, Richard Glazier, soprano Shawnette Sulker and jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti. There will be a unique new orchestral tango concerto composed and performed by bandoneon player JP Jofre from Argentina. The Festival is also thrilled to open with folk string band The Brothers Comatose and popular blues guitarist Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. BVMF’s dedication to family programming will continue with the Classical Stars of Tomorrow and a fun-filled kids concert with violinist, Dawn Harms. Three special events will be: Moonlit Masquerade gala and auction, an evening of wine paired with chamber music, and a day of collaboration with Alpine county to celebrate its 150th anniversary with bluegrass band Iron Horse. The final concert will feature violinist Stephanie Chase and pianist Sara Davis Buechner in an all-Beethoven program....
A schedule of Festival concerts may be found below, and all performances will be in the Festival tenet on the
ground adjacent to the Bear Valley Lodge. Tickets go on sale May 15. For more information please visit:
“Bear Valley Music Festival-goers exhibit a signature pioneering spirit that makes them ideal audiences for a
wide range of concerts and they seem to have an inclusive, adventurous taste in all kinds of music,” observes
Morgan. “With this in mind, I have programmed a broad and eclectic range of concerts and guest artists that
run the gamut from popular to the best in symphonic and chamber music.”
Friday, July 25, 8 pm
THE BROTHERS COMATOSE
Americana, folk, roots string band
The Brothers Comatose is an Americana, folk, roots string band with literal brothers Alex (banjo and vocals) and
Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals).
"The environment the band creates with their music and live shows is the sing-along, stomp-along, inclusive world
that gave birth to string music."
Saturday, July 26, 7 pm
TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
Rhythm and blues
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been described as "Irresistible contemporary blue-rock... street-level grit
and soul" - Billboard.
Sunday, July 27, 1 pm
THE DELPHI TRIO
Classical Trio with Piano, Violin, and Cello
The Bear Valley Music Festival is excited to welcome back The Delphi Trio described by the San Francisco Voice
as a group with "spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound."
Wednesday, July 30, 7 pm
Pianist and master storyteller’s new concert “Broadway to Hollywood”
The Bear Valley Music Festival is excited to welcome back pianist and master storyteller Richard Glazier in his
new concert dedicated to movie music that includes streaming video called "Broadway to Hollywood."
Thursday, July 31, 7 pm
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA - Rossini, Haydn, and Schumann
Rossini - La Scala di Seta Overture
Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante
Schumann - Piano Concerto
The soloists are members of the Delphi Trio, the Principal Oboe and Bassoon will be from the orchestra. The
Haydn is a witty concerto for 4 soloists and an orchestra. The Schumann Piano Concerto is a beloved and
Friday, August 1, 7 pm
TAYLOR EIGSTI & THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Jazz pianist and composer
The Bear Valley Music Festival is excited to welcome back New York-based jazz pianist and composer Taylor
Eigsti. The Festival Orchestra will join Eigsti for an unforgettable night of music. Dave Brubeck once said that
Eigsti "is the most amazing talent I've ever come across. Remember him."
Saturday, August 2, 7 pm
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA WITH JP JOFRE
Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances
Schubert - Symphony No. 5
Piazzola - Adios Nonino
Along with a unique new orchestral tango concerto composed and performed by bandoneon player JP Jofre
Sunday, August 3, 11 am
CLASSICAL STARS OF TOMORROW
Featuring talented, young conservatory-trained musicians chosen by Maestro Morgan.
Sunday, August 3, 2 pm
The Bear Valley Music Festival is excited to make this Sunday a day of collaboration with Alpine county to
celebrate its 150th anniversary with bluegrass band Iron Horse, food, and drinks.
"Iron Horse has a new sound for Bluegrass and they always perform with a spirit and sense of style that pays the
most gratifying compliment to acoustic and bluegrass lovers."
Wednesday, August 6, 7 pm
AN EVENING OF WINE & CHAMBER MUSIC
A pairing of fine wine and chamber music featuring Festival Orchestra musicians and Nicole Darracq Bert,
Sommelier and wine educator.
Thursday, August 7, 7 pm
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA WITH SHAWNETTE SULKER
Fauré - Pelleas et Melisande
Mozart - Symphony No. 9
Zerbinetta's aria from Ariadne auf Naxos and select operatic arias with soprano, Shawnette Sulker
Shawnette Sulker has been described as a singer “…displaying a bright, superbly controlled soprano with
perfectly placed coloratura.”
Friday, August 8, 7 pm
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA WITH SARA DAVIS BUECHNER & STEPHANIE CHASE
The Orchestra will play an all Mendelssohn concert including the Hebrides Overture, piano concerto No. 2 with
pianist Sara Davis Buechner and violin concerto with violinist Stephanie Chase.
Saturday, August 9, 5 pm
MOONLIT MASQUERADE GALA & AUCTION
Join us for an enchanted evening at the Bear Valley Music Festival - Moonlit Masquerade Gala & Auction.
Doors open at 5:00pm. Bid on silent auction items from 5-7:30pm. A multi-course meal will be served from
5:30-7:30pm. The evening will be serenaded by the Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra. The live auction
begins at 8:00pm followed by spirited dancing until midnight.
Sunday, August 10, 10 am
A family concert featuring the hilarious and instructive violinist, Dawn Harms. An interactive and energetic sow
to delight children of all ages. Immediately following the concert will be an kids face painting with arts and crafts
generously provided by The Arts of Bear Valley.
Sunday, August 10, 1pm
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA – Beethoven
The final concert of the 2014 Festival will feature violinist Stephanie Chase and pianist Sara Davis Buechner in
an all-Beethoven program.
In 1967, during a drive through the Sierra Nevada, orchestra conductor John Gosling and his wife Margaret
found themselves in a town that, a few years previously, did not exist. Bear Valley, California, a small enclave of
homes, a hostel and the Bear Valley Lodge, was nestled on the southern scape of ski runs recently built as Mount
Reba. And it was beautiful.
What began as John Gosling’s fledgling idea on a two-lane highway became, just one year later, the Bear
Valley Music Festival. The inaugural concert saw a 38-person orchestra brimming out of the Bear Valley Lodge’s
Cathedral Lounge under the direction of Founder and Maestro Gosling. Listeners edged both the lounge and the
tiers of balconies that flank the central room. Residents opened their homes to musicians while their meals were
served family-style in the Lodge Dining Room.
During those years, John Gosling shared his time between Bear Valley and the North Carolina Symphony
Orchestra where he led that orchestra to national prominence and major orchestra status. For the next fifteen
years, Maestro Gosling and a dedicated group of founders, musicians and volunteers continued to make
wonderful and inspiring music in a variety of venues – the Lodge for a few years, then under the open skies for a
few more, then in a surplus circus tent. They expanded their repertoire to include Broadway show tunes and
opera. Maestro Gosling brought together orchestra, chamber music, opera, educational programs, lectures,
classes and guest artists from around the world. The Orchestra expanded its numbers to include members from
all over the United States.
In 1985, Carter Nice, then the Conductor of the Sacramento Symphony, succeeded John Gosling as Music
Director and Conductor. A highly regarded conductor, he was just beginning to put his Sacramento Symphony
on the map. Under his direction the Festival Orchestra expanded its numbers and its geographic reach. The Bear
Valley Orchestra attracted players from New York to Florida to New Orleans to Indiana as well as from all parts
of the California. Bear Valley became a summer home to many of these players, a place where they brought
their spouses, their kids and their friends to enjoy two weeks of High Sierra activities and, of course, to make
splendid music. During his tenure, Maestro Nice has conducted more than 200 performances of the Bear Valley
Symphony and opera productions.
As people’s musical tastes broadened, the classical genre was supplemented with opera and an evening of
Broadway show tunes (a perennial Festival favorite). Along the way, the Festival began to present an opening
weekend of contemporary and country music that has brought artists such as Dave Mason, Jose Feliciano,
Roseanne Cash, Glen Campbell and the best of the country’s tribute bands including Superdiamond.
In the autumn of 2012, Michael Morgan, Music Director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Sacramento
Philharmonic succeeded Carter Nice as Music Director of the Bear Valley Music Festival. An award-winning
innovator in programming, long-time attendees and burgeoning fans alike are in for a delightful new era of the
Bear Valley Music Festival, one which honors the traditions of the 46-year-old Festival, one that expands
programming toward new horizons.
About New Executive Director, Tara Kayton
The Bear Valley Music Festival board of directors is please to announce the appointment of Tara Kayton as the
Festival’s new Executive Director. Ms. Kayton grew up in Calaveras County working with Murphys Creek
Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and Stage 3 in Sonora. She has spent the past ten years pursuing a career in
the arts as a manager, consultant, director and producer. She holds a B.A. from San Diego State University in
theatre arts and is an alumnus of the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University.
Her theatrical pursuits were complimented by working in numerous arts organizations that present music. In New
York City, Tara worked with Nexus Management and Sony representing the Grammy award winning pop artist,
Shakira. She also handled company and artist contracts as a manager in the NYC jazz club, Birdland. After
living in New York City she pursued an MFA degree in theatre management from the Yale School of Drama.
During her time at Yale she was the Company Manager for Yale Repertory Theatre, Managing Director of the
Yale Cabaret, and the Producer of the Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare
Tara has worked with Marin Theatre Company in the Bay Area, Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, and
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. She was the development consultant for the New Haven Symphony,
now in it’s 120th year and she spent multiple summers with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New
Haven, CT. Last summer, Tara was the associate producer of One Year Lease Theatre Company’s summer
residency in Greece and looks forward to spending this summer in the high Sierra’s with the Bear Valley Music
Getting to the Festival, Lodging and Other Attractions
The Bear Valley Music Festival is located in Bear Valley, CA, adjacent to the grounds of Bear Valley Lodge and
is easily accessible via California Scenic Highway 4. For directions, links to lodging and other area attractions,
visit the Festival website. Calaveras Transit will run special buses to and from the Festival Fridays-Sundays,
please check the Festival Website for details, schedules, fares and reservations: www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org
Individual tickets and subscription packages for the 2014 Bear Valley Music Festival are priced from $10 to $55
and go on sale May 15 at www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org or by calling 209-753-2574 or 1-800-458-1618.