For more than thirty-seven years, Music in the Mountains SummerFest has been Northern California’s premier summer concert series, featuring exciting outdoor performances and sophisticated chamber concerts, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can transform lives and communities.
Led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen and resident conductor Ryan Murray, SummerFest stretches over the course of eleven days from June 23 through July 3 and welcomes over 65 professional musicians and thousands of attendees to the beautiful park-like setting of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.
This year’s program embodies the bold spirit of summer – everything is singing and alive; promising the best of what might be! Beginning with an enchanting evening of Handel and Bach and finishing with a spirited Patriotic Pops, SummerFest also includes Brahms Serenade No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony, a tribute to American greats and the unforgettable songs of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and the evocative and intoxicating songs of thwarted love from Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and more!
Fact Sheet: SummerFest
Saturday, June 23: Garden Party – Dunham Estate in Grass Valley, 6pm
A summer garden party at the sprawling Dunham Estate in Grass Valley. The evening features dinner, dessert, and a concert with Purcell’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Water Music Suite in F, and Robin Mayforth performing Vivaldi’s Summer from the Four Seasons.
Sunday, June 24: Brahms Serenade – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, Doors 2:00pm, Show 3pm
A sublime chamber concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in c minor, op. 66 and Serenade No. 1, the charming yet rigorous score that was the genesis of Brahms’ great symphonies.
Tuesday, June 26: Summer Brass – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm
Featuring the Music in the Mountains Brass in a spirited program of music from the Renaissance to now.
Thursday, June 28: Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm
An epic concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony under the towering pines of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The drama opens with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and then into a dreamlike Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss sung by soprano, Carrie Hennessey.
Saturday, June 30: Bernstein & Gershwin – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm
A concert under the stars celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th and George Gershwin’s 120th Anniversaries with music from Westside Story, Candide, Strike up the Band, and more! The night will culminate with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Richard Glazier.
Sunday, July 1 : Music of Love & Drama – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm
An orchestral program sizzling with romance and heartbreak by moonlight, featuring the tragedies of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy featuring 9 year-old violin prodigy, Amaryn Olmeda, The Force of Destiny, and more.
Tuesday, July 3: Patriotic Pops – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8:00pm
Pack the family picnic basket, wave the flag, and honor America. Celebrate under the stars….and the stripes! Patriotic favorites, including Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” It’s a Music in the Mountains SummerFest finale tradition.
Tickets are $30/Advance, $40 at the Gate, $10 for Students. 4 Concert Tickets for $99 (Good until 5/31), Reserve a table for 6 for $99. For tickets and more information call (530) 265-6124, visit our website at www.MusicInTheMountains.org or visit our box office Tuesday-Friday between noon and 4pm at 530 Searls Ave, Suite A, Nevada City.