Legendary performers Judy Collins and Don McLean will headline Music in the Mountains’ 35th anniversary of SummerFest that features 12 concerts in 13 days at either the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds or Western Gateway Park Pavilion in Penn Valley.
The outdoor music festival starts June 22 and will showcase the talents of five conductors – MIM Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, MIM Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, Jeffrey Reed, Lucinda Carver, and David Lockington – taking on the music of Felix Mendelssohn, a Mozart marathon featuring the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor with special guest pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski and his final symphony, two of the all-time great works for string orchestra including Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, and a stirring program of Russian favorites including the 1812 Overture.
Other programs include “From Broadway to Hollywood” with music from the stage and screen; “Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets” by Holst celebrates music under the stars; and “Pet Sounds,” a symphonic recreation of the music of The Beach Boys. The season ends July 3 with the Patriotic Pops program on conducted by Pete Nowlen.
This year’s festival features an unprecedented 12 concerts in 13 days. Academy award-winners and music legends Judy Collins and Don McLean headline the SummerFest outdoor concerts at the new and improved Western Gateway Park Pavilion in Penn Valley. With its sprawling 87-acres and 3,500 square-foot stage pavilion, Western Gateway Park Pavilion provides clear sightlines, excellent sound and a spacious lawn to picnic and spread out under the stars.
Festival-goers can purchase food prepared by Chef Antonio Ayestarian, Bella Familia Pizza, Buffalo Boys BBQ and Lazy Dog Ice Cream. Themed cocktails will be served at each concert as well as local and regional wine and beer.
For ticket and more information, call 530-265-6124, visit musicinmountains.org or go to the box office 530 Searls Avenue, Nevada City, from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.