CANCELED: McCall SummerFest 2020: Barbara Morgan & Beethoven
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 final orchestra concert in the series will open with Beethoven's Symphony No.2 in D major, Op. 36. Then, McCall will take special pride in the performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets, selections of which will be interspersed with astronaut and former McCall schoolteacher Barbara Morgan's narrated guide through the solar system, accompanied by stunning NASA photography. It will be an evening to remember!
Barbara Morgan, former elementary school teacher in McCall, Idaho, was selected to serve as back-up to Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe in 1985, and trained with the crew of the space shuttle Challenger. After the Challenger accident, Barbara returned to the classroom and continued working for NASA's education division until 1998 when she was selected as an astronaut, the first educator to become an astronaut. In August 2007, she served on the crew of mission STS-118 and flew on the space shuttle Endeavour to help construct the International Space Station.
Barbara joined Boise State University in 2008 after a 10-year career as a NASA astronaut and 24 years as a public school teacher. She taught in McCall for 22 years; in Quito, Ecuador; and on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. As a member of Boise State's Division of Research and Economic Development, she represented the university and provided vision and leadership to the State of Idaho, primarily in STEM education. Her work included policy and program development, advocacy and mentoring. She used her experience as a classroom teacher and NASA astronaut to initiate and cultivate university and K-12 opportunities, locally and nationally. She is Distinguished Educator in Residence, Emeritus, Boise State University.
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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