Patricia and I have been fans of Festival Mozaic since 1977, when it was still known as the “Mozart Festival.” We’ve always enjoyed the combination of local as well as international talent in this extraordinary gathering of musicians.
Last week, two concerts with contrasting themes showed the magnificent talents of Music Director Scott Yoo at his best: Thursday, the “Hidden Gems” program featured chamber works by Samuel Barber, Verdi and Dvorak. These seldom-played pieces delighted the audience that nearly filled the Cuesta CPAC — particularly the Dvorak Piano Quartet with its outstanding young pianist, Luis Ortiz, and Scott Yoo on violin.
Saturday’s concert at the PAC was devoted to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Beethoven’s 3rd “Eroica” Symphony. As both soloist and conductor, Scott Yoo played Tchaikovsky with indelible passion. The “Eroica” was truly awe-inspiring; the 39-piece orchestra sounded twice its size and their precision and skill led to the conclusion that we’d experienced one of the best classical concerts ever delivered on the Central Coast.
We’re immensely proud of our Festival Mozaic, its dedicated board and staff, its volunteers and sponsors and donors who support it — and of course, its musicians. Play on!