Listening to a work by Mozart is like taking a journey – you begin in a state of calm anticipation, then the seductive lull into the beauty of sounds, suddenly you realize you are lost in emotion, and ultimately you find yourself back where you started but somehow inexplicably changed.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing when he was five years old. During his lifetime of 35 years from 1756 to 1791 he composed over 600 works. Although his compositions were created over 200 years ago his works continue to captivate audiences, musicians, and composers.
Over 30 years ago, in 1974 the magic of Mozart inspired a group led by composer George Cleve to create the Midsummer Mozart Festival – the only festival that celebrates Mozart only. Presenting international and local talent in concerts hailed by critics, the festival has created a strong following and offers Mozart fans of all ages the opportunity to hear his works performed live.
This year the Midsummer Mozart Festival will perform in five California cities including beautiful Sonoma. Sonoma’s Gundlach Bundschu Winery will host performances on July 17 & 24, 2010.
On July 17th be prepared to be amazed by the poise and skill of 14-year-old Audrey Vardanega. This award-winning pianist, violinist, and composer performed across the United States and internationally. This concert also features the equally amazing concertmaster and violinist Robin Hansen.
On July 24th pianist and composer Seymour Lipkin graces the outdoor stage at Gundlach Bundschu Winery. After a lifetime of an incredible career, Mr. Lipkin shows no signs of slowing down. Along with his duties as Artistic Director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, he is also a faculty member of The Julliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. The evening continues with opera singer Jeremy Galyon. Singing in the lowest vocal range of all voice types, this Basso performer has received high praise for his ability to charm audiences and impress critics with his skills as a singer and actor. Along with performing with the San Francisco Opera, he has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and more.
Your ticket includes a gourmet picnic dinner. Gundlach Bundschu wines will be available for purchase to enjoy with your delicious meal and the enduring works of Mozart performed by unforgettable artists.
Make sure you arrive on time by contacting Pure Luxury for your chauffeured transportation to the event and safely back to wherever you’d like for us to take you.