The 45th annual Bear Valley Music Festival will open Friday and continue through Aug. 11 under the baton of new music director and conductor Michael Morgan, who has won honors from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, Europe, South America and Asia.
Performers will include Asleep at the Wheel, pianists Richard Glazier and Taylor Eigsti, violinist and comic Dawn Harms, sopranos Katy Stephans and Shawnette Sulker and more, including the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko.
Concerts will take place in the festival tent at the 7,000-foot level in Bear Valley.
A free concert by the Delphi Trio, part of the main stage festival lineup, also will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday on the Hovey Winery Tasting Room lawn at 350 Main St. in Murphys.
"We are thrilled that the Delphi Trio will be performing at our tasting room," said Jan Hovey, winery co-owner with husband, Chuck. "The Bear Valley Music Festival is magical and we highly recommend that the community supports this 45-year tenured event."
The Delphi Trio will perform again with the Festival Orchestra at 7 p.m. Aug. 1, playing the "Impresario Overture" by Mozart, "Triple Concerto" by Beethoven and "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge" by Britten.
Another free concert with the trio is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 7 under the festival tent.
Trio members Liana Berube, Michelle Kwon and Jeffrey LaDeur are graduates of the University of Toronto, Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music respectively, and formed the trio while studying in the Chamber Music Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Here's the full festival schedule:
Friday, 7 p.m. -From Gershwin to Garland, Richard Glazier, Piano. Pianist and film expert Richard Glazier presents an evening of American music with film clips and stills and plenty of Hollywood legends and lore.
Saturday, 7 p.m. -Asleep at the Wheel,the nine-time Grammy winning Western swing band makes its Festival debut.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - Meet the Conductor. Coffee and conversation with new music director Michael Morgan. Get the inside track on the new festival energy.
Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m. - Movie night: "The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold."
Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. - The Delphi Trio, Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" plus Mozart's "Impresario" overture and Britten's "Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge."
Friday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. -Jazz in Bear Valley, guest artists Taylor Eigsti, piano, and Dayna Stephens, saxophone. Two jazz sets with young star Taylor Eigsti bookend Beethoven's "Seventh Symphony."
Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. - "Music Comes Alive!" Family concert with guest artist Dawn Harms, violinist and comic. Laughter and learning combine in this mix of music, costumes, props and audience participation.
Saturday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m. - Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. Direct from one of the world's most prestigious music competitions, the Ukranian pianist will perform a concerto to be announced on a program including Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 4" and Respighi's "The Birds."
Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. - "Classical Stars of Tomorrow," featuring young conservatory-trained musicians handpicked by Maestro Morgan.
Sunday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. - Movie night, "Amadeus."
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. - "Just a Taste," pairing of wine and music.
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m. - Free concert with the Delphi Trio.
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. - "Bravo Broadway," Festival Orchestra with Katy Stephan, soprano, and Bobby Conte Thornton, tenor.
Friday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. - "Summer Memories," Festival Orchestra with Shawnette Sulker, soprano, featuring "Czech Suite" by Dvorak, "Knoxville Summer of 1915" by Barber and "Sinfonietta" by Poulenc.
Saturday, Aug.10, 5:30 p.m. - "Bollywood Gala and Auction."
Sunday, Aug. 11, noon - "Mozart! Mozart! Mozart!" Guest artists Matt Krejci, flute, and Anna Maria Mendietta, harp, featuring Mozart's "Concerto for Flute and Harp," "Symphony No. 31 ('Paris') and Symphony No. 41 ('Jupiter')."
Concert tickets range from free to $60. Round-trip transportation from San Andreas, Murphys and Arnold is available to select performances. Tickets and transit information are available by calling 753-2574 or visiting www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org.