SummerFest: Luminaries star in final weekend

By From page B6 | August 15, 2014

Four soloists representing San Francisco, Vancouver, Cleveland and Los Angeles symphonies, will close the 2014 Lake Tahoe SummerFest festival.

Now in its third season, the 40 member Lake Tahoe SummerFest orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, Nev.

A star-studded finale is in store for the final weekend of SummerFest 2014, Aug. 15-17. Each soloists in their own right, Peter Wyrick, San Francisco Symphony associate principal cellist; Daniel Gilbert, clarinet and soloist with Cleveland Orchestra among others; Whitney Crockett, Los Angeles Philharmonic principal bassoon and Aaron McDonald, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra principal timpanist, will perform a program ranging from Edward Elgar’s summery “Serenade” to the ballet of Mozart.

Wyrick began studying cello at New York’s Juilliard School at age 8, and made his debut as a symphony soloist at age 12. Since 1999 he has been the associate principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with the SF Symphony numerous times. Gilbert held the prestigious position of second clarinet in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 2007, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Solisti New York and the Aspen Mozart Orchestra. Crockett joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic, after 12 years as principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra and the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra. McDonald has been principal timpanist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2007, performing with the Turning Point Ensemble, the National Broadcast Orchestra, the Music on Main concert series and recording several film scores. In 2013, he made his solo debut with the VSO on their New Music Series and was soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Edward Elgar’s summery “Serenade” will open the night Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Haydn’s lost “Cello Concerto,” a piece discovered in the 1960s and now a favorite around the world, will feature Peter Wyrick as soloist. Richard Strauss’ delightful “Duett-Concertino” highlights the talents of soloists Daniel Gilbert and Whitney Crockett as they tell the tale of a bear and a princess.

The SummerFest Orchestra dances its way to the end of the season Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., with ballet music from Mozart and Aaron McDonald’s talents showcased in a piece for timpani and orchestra, and Schubert’s exuberant Symphony No. 6, filled with the love of nature.

Two events on Sunday, Aug. 17 provide close encounters with music and the musicians. At 11 a.m., a Children’s Concert — free to the public – features the SummerFest Orchestra and guest narrator in “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant,” plus the chance to speak with performers while enjoying an ice cream social after the performance. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, Meet the Music, Meet the Musicians takes the audience on a musical tour of London. A new concert experience, these Sunday concerts feature the virtuoso SummerFest Orchestra musicians playing in intimate ensembles, capturing the essence of this musically famous city in concert chats and visual images. Afterwards, the musicians are available for questions and conversation as the audience enjoys London treats.


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