CANCELED: McCall SummerFest 2020: Fain Plays Sibelius
After much deliberation and consideration, McCall Music Society has made the difficult decision to cancel SummerFest 2020, originally scheduled for July 12-18, due to the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A McCall, Idaho tradition since 2012, this week-long festival of classical and pops orchestra concerts will resume in 2021 with Boise Philharmonic Music Director, Eric Garcia, at the helm as Artistic Director and Conductor.
"I am deeply saddened that SummerFest 2020 has been cancelled," Eric Garcia said, adding, "Our incredible orchestra, illustrious guest performers, and I will miss making music for this wonderful community. However, out of the deepest concern for the safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians and board, this was the only option. We look forward to reuniting in 2021."
According to Richard Surbeck, McCall Music Society president, "The Board of Directors remains committed to bringing great music to McCall and we will work to offer new events to our town at a more appropriate time."
Please check back for our 2021 plans!
The opening Orchestra Series concert begins with Antonín Dvorák's Carnival Overture, Op. 92; Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite (1919 version) and concludes with Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, performed by festival favorite Tim Fain.
Tim Fain has been entertaining SummerFest patrons since 2014. With repertoire ranging widely from Beethoven to Aaron Jay Kernis, the Los Angeles Times noted that his career "is based, in part, on new music and new ways of thinking about classical music." His recordings include River of Light (Naxos), which showcases modern virtuosic short works for violin and piano by living American composers; The Concerto Project Vol. IV with the Hague Philharmonic; Tim Fain Plays Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music); and he can be heard on soundtracks for Black Swan, Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave and Bee Season.
Tim's multimedia evening, Portals, premiered to sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles and at its Midwestern premiere at Omaha's KANEKO. The centerpiece of the presentation is Partita for Solo Violin, a work written especially for him by Philip Glass. The work features collaborations with Benjamin Millepied, Leonard Cohen and Nicholas Britell, among others. A second iteration of Portals, in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, is underway featuring a newly commissioned work by Bryce Dessner.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Tim Fain is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Victor Danchenko; and The Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Mann. Launching his career with Young Concert Artists and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he went on to electrify audiences at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and most recently with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has also appeared with the Mexico City, Tucson, Oxford (UK), and Cincinnati Chamber symphonies; Brooklyn, Buffalo and Hague philharmonics; the National Orchestra of Spain; and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in a special performance at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. He was the featured soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of Einstein on the Beach.
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This concert is part of the Orchestra Series Ticket, which offers admission to all three orchestra concerts for $75, saving a total of $15 off three single tickets.
Concert dates are July 14, 16 and 18.
SummerFest 2020: July 12-18
McCall Music Society presents SummerFest 2020, a McCall, Idaho tradition since 2012. This week-long festival of classical and pops orchestra concerts welcomes Boise Philharmonic Music Director, Eric Garcia, returning for his second year as Artistic Director and Conductor.
In addition to the 55-piece SummerFest Orchestra, featured soloists for 2020 include Tim Fain, violinist; stage actress and vocalist Rachel Tyler; her vocalist husband, Matthew Tyler; and astronaut, narrator and former McCall teacher, Barbara Morgan.
Praised for his "elegant and expressive" conducting, Eric Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile's acclaimed Columbia Records release, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. He has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Herbie Hancock, Cirque de la Symphonie, Pink Martini, The Chieftains, Assad Brothers and Indigo Girls.
Garcia has served as Associate Conductor of the Eastern Music Festival and cover conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has served as guest conductor with Symphony New Hampshire, Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Philharmonia Northwest, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Festival Orchestra, Greensboro Ballet, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Boychoir, Pacific Youth Choir, Seattle Chamber Singers and Vocalpoint! Seattle.
Garcia was a member of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with James Conlon, Nicholas Kraemer, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman. At Aspen, he worked with the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center. He was also a recipient of the Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where he studied with Marin Alsop. He received a Doctorate of Music and Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University.
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