CANCELED: McCall SummerFest 2020: An Evening of Pops with Rachel & Matthew Tyler
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!
This year's pops concert will showcase a wide range of musical favorites, from Music of the Night to Unforgettable; and orchestral arrangements of George Gershwin's Girl Crazy: Overture to Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez. The orchestra will be joined by stage actress and vocalist Rachel Tyler, along with her singing partner, husband Matthew Tyler.
Rachel Tyler began her career as a featured singer for a small band singing in an after hours nightclub, during which time she became involved with several local amateur dramatic companies. She won a three-year scholarship at the Guildford School of Acting and, immediately upon graduating, was whisked away to the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Show. She also performed in London's West End hit shows Smokey Joe's Café and Miss Saigon. After some leading roles in several Off Broadway productions in New York, she became lead vocalist for Crystal Cruises. After two years of non-stop performing, Rachel considers herself very lucky to have seen most of this wonderful world, including Antarctica, all while doing what she loves.
Rachel joined the cast of Mamma Mia on the Broadway National Tour. She spent two and a half years with the company, originally in the ensemble and very quickly moving on to play the lead role of Tanya, whom she was fortunate to portray on the 63rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Las Vegas starring roles followed, in Steve Wynn's Showstoppers and Le Reve, The Dream.
Although she loves the thrill of a big stage musical, Rachel enjoys the intimacy of a cabaret lounge, a good piano and a great torch song. She has most recently been performing her latest cabaret, Broadway & Beyond, which has been very well received. She is a founding member of the all-female singing group, Lady Luck, that is currently booking all over the world. She has worked alongside acclaimed artists such as Lorna Luft, Alan Menken, Marguerite Derricks (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), John Bucchino and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), to name a few.
After growing up in Northern California, Matthew Tyler moved to New York City to study acting full-time and earned his Equity card at North Shore Music Theatre. He played Brad Majors and Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the European Millennium Tour of The Rocky Horror Show, which took him to Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands and Norway. After returning from Europe, he performed his own shows onboard ships from four different cruise lines, including Crystal, Silver Seas, Norwegian and Holland America. He performs his own solo cabaret act, as well as a duet cabaret act aboard cruise ships and cabaret venues in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Recently, Matthew completed work on the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz's brand new musical, Magic To Do, which premiered onboard Princess Cruise Lines, and was thrilled to work with Broadway talents such as director Gabriel Barre and musical arranger, Mark Hartman. Also onboard, Matthew presented his own cabaret show, One For My Baby, and he sang as Dean Martin in Rat Pack Review, a show he wrote and directed as a loving tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Made possible by Kent & Bev Hellman.
Buy a SummerFest Orchestra Series Ticket
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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