San Luis Obispo County’s premier classical music festival is back for another year of soaring symphonies, enchanting concertos and stunning string quartets.
In store at Festival Mozaic, which kicked off Wednesday and runs through July 30, are several concerts, talks, master classes and culinary events geared toward everyone from casual music lovers to hardcore fans.(Unfortunately, Saturday’s Baroque in the Vines concert at the breathtakingly beautiful Serra Chapel in Shandon is already sold out.)
Fringe Series: Simply Three
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What: George Gershwin meets Michael Jackson when this classical crossover trio takes the stage. Hear Simply Three tackle everything from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” to Pharrell William’s “Happy.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Clark Center for the Performing Arts, 487 Fair Oaks Ave., Arroyo Grande
How much: $30 to $75
Notable Encounter Dinner: Beethoven’s Genius
What: Wine, music and farm-to-table cuisine come together at this special event. After dinner in the garden, head to the barn to hear a string quartet headed by violist Ben Ullery perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10. (For a more in-depth examination of Beethoven’s quartets, check out Tuesday’s chamber concert at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.)
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Wind Dance Farm, 6550 Avila Valley Drive, San Luis Obispo
How much: $140 to $175
Orchestra Series: Classical Evolution
When: Led by Festival Mozaic music director Scott Yoo, the Festival Orchestra explores how classical music has changed with performances of two masterworks: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major. (The concert will be simulcast for free at the Mission Plaza Amphitheater.)
When: 8 p.m. July 26
Where: Mission San Luis Obispo, Broad and Monterey streets, San Luis Obispo
How much: $35 to $95
Fringe Series: The Jazz Age & Silent Films
What: Silent movies come to life when pianist Stephen Prutsman premieres his jazzy scores for three early films — “The Cameraman’s Revenge,” “Suspense” and “Mighty Like the Moose” — accompanied by a string quartet.
When: 7:30 p.m. July 28
Where: Fremont Theatre, 1035 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo
How much: $30 to $65
Chamber Series: Scott Yoo and Friends
What: Yoo picks up his violin to play Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Piano Quintet in C Major. The rest of the program features musicians including Jessica Chang, Luke Fleming and Jonah Kim performing pieces by Benjamin Britten, Antonin Dvorák and Maurice Ravel.
When: 3 p.m. July 30
Where: Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo
How much: $30 to $75