Bear Valley music fest, art show to open

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

The 46th annual Bear Valley Music Festival will open Friday and continue through Aug. 10 at the 7,000-foot level in Bear Valley.

Music Director Michael Morgan, and newly appointed Executive Director Tara Kayton have planned 15 varied concerts and events for the festival.

"The vitality of the festival will be seen in the robust classical music series and the exciting return of 2013 favorites the Delphi Trio, pianist Richard Glazier, soprano Shawnette Sulker and jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti," Kayton said. "There also will be a unique new orchestral tango concerto composed and performed by bandoneon player JP Jofre from Argentina."

The festival will open Friday with folk string band the Brothers Comatose. Opening act at 8 p.m. will be Twain Harte's own Little Fuller Band.

Blues guitarist Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the Delphi Trio will star at 1 p.m. Sunday.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, pianist and master storytelle Richard Glazier will return to Bear Valley with his new concert, "Broadway to Hollywood," which is dedicated to movie music and includes streaming video.

The festival orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31, with "La Scala di Seta Overture" by Rossini, "Sinfonia Concertante" by Haydn and "Piano Concerto" by Schumann.

New York jazz pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti will appear with the festival orchestra at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Dave Brubeck once said that Eigsti "is the most amazing talent I've ever come across. Remember him."

Family programming will include the "Classical Stars of Tomorrow" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, and a children's concert with violinist Dawn Harms at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

Special events will include a day of collaboration with Alpine County celebrating its 150th anniversary with the bluegrass band Iron Horse at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, and the Moonlit Masquerade gala and auction, an evening of wine paired with chamber music at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

The final concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, will feature violinist Stephanie Chase and pianist Sara Davis Buechner in an all-Beethoven program.

For a full schedule of concerts and ticket prices, visit www.bearvalleymusicfestival.org.

"Bear Valley Music Festival-goers exhibit a signature pioneering spirit that makes them ideal audiences for a wide range of concerts and they seem to have an inclusive, adventurous taste in all kinds of music," Morgan said. "With this in mind, I have programmed a broad and eclectic range of concerts and guest artists that run the gamut from popular to the best in symphonic and chamber music."

Running concurrently with the Bear Valley Music Festival will be the 23rd annual Arts of Bear Valley Summer Show, held at the Perry Walther Building adjecent to the Bear Valley Music Festival tent, with more than 23 participating artists.

The art show will be open on all concert days, 11 a.m. through intermission. Admission to the art show is free.

The artwork is juried for quality and technique. This year's juror is artist Barbara Conley, who also will select the "Best of Show" art piece.

A reception for the public will be hosted by Arts of Bear Valley from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday before the Tommy Castro concert. Most artists will be in attendance and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Four artists also have donated original paintings for a prize drawing to be held on the last day of the festival. This year's artists are Susan King, Charlotte (Mahood) Mulcaster, Sarah Evans and Lori Sturdivant. All ticket proceeds will go to the music festival.

The group will again sponsor its "Art Adventures" mixed media painting program for elementary school-age children at the Perry Walther Building. This year's program is called "Crazy Bears" and takes place on Thursday, Aug. 7.There will be two sessions, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m.

The program will be led by Elaine (Staben) Cahill, with the help of several other Arts of Bear Valley members. Both classes are limited to 16 students. No fee is charged and all art supplies are provided.Pre-registration is available at the festival exhibit salesdesk.

Arts of Bear Valley is an association of more than 30 area artists whose works have won numerous awards, hung in museums and collected by art lovers worldwide. The organization has two shows per year, one in Bear Valley and the other at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Arts of Bear Valley funds an advanced education grant for the Calaveras County Arts Council and gives both grants and time to local schools for their art programs.

The organization also co-hosts the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee Professional Art Show. Members share their knowledge and time to provide the "Art Adventures" program in Bear Valley and helps with art education during Family Day at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

For additional information about the group, visit www.artsofbearvalley.org.

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