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Music Academy of the West announces schedule of summer festival events

Screen shot from the Odd Couple episode featuring Marilyn Horne
Screen shot from the Odd Couple episode featuring Marilyn Horne
from the Opera Fresh blog

As was announced last December, the 2014 Summer School and Festival at the Music Academy of the West will be honoring legendary mezzo Marilyn Horne in her 80th year. Horne, who celebrated her 80th birthday this past January 16, has been Director of the Voice Program since 1997; and she is also an Academy alumna (’53). The highlight of the season will be a new production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, whose leading role was so significant in Horne’s career that she even performed excerpts on an episode of the television situation comedy The Odd Couple.

This new production will receive two performances in August. Staging will be by Juilliard faculty member David Paul, and James Gaffigan will conduct the Academy Festival Orchestra. Horne herself will co-direct this summer’s gala with Carol Burnett. The full schedule of events for the Festival has now been announced as follows:

June 16

Solo Piano Masterclass 1 with Jerome Lowenthal

June 18

Vocal Masterclass: Introduction of the 2014 Singers and Vocal Pianists with Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones

Takács Quartet Recital
Beethoven: Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”
Barber: Adagio from String Quartet, Op. 11
Dvorák: Quintet in G, Op. 77

June 20

Vocal Masterclass with Marilyn Horne

String Quartet Seminar Recital by the four quartets coached by the Takács Quartet

June 21

Members of the Academy Festival Orchestra with Jay Friedman and Larry Rachleff, conductors
R. Strauss, arr. by Jay Friedman: An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D Major, “Classical,” Op. 25
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

June 23

Solo Piano Masterclass 2 with Jerome Lowenthal

June 24

Tuesdays @ 8, Concert 1 with faculty artists
Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 5
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor
Stravinsky: Octet
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 70, No. 2

Mosher Guest Artist Masterclass with eighth blackbird

June 25

Vocal Masterclass with Warren Jones

Masterclass Sampler No. 1 with Jorja Fleezanis, Barbara Butler, and Jerome Lowenthal

June 26

Mosher Guest Artist Recital with eighth blackbird

June 27

PianoFest with Jerome Lowenthal, featuring eight Piano Studio Fellows

June 28

Academy Festival Orchestra with Larry Rachleff, conductor
R. Strauss: Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat, Op. 100

Marilyn Horne Masterclass at UCSB

June 30

Solo Piano Masterclass 3 with Choong Mo Kang

July 1

Tuesdays @ 8, Concert 2 with faculty artists
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Ravel: Tzigane
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio, Op. 50

July 2

Vocal Masterclass with John Fisher

Concerto Competition Finals, Part One (strings)

July 3

Concerto Competition Finals, Part Two (winds, brass, percussion, solo piano)

July 4

Mosher Guest Artist Masterclass with Daniel Hope, violin

Picnic Concert 1 – featuring Academy Fellows

July 5

Opera Scenes with director Gregory Fortner and conductors Warren Jones, John Churchwell, and John Fisher

Mosher Guest Artist Concert with violinist Daniel Hope, leading a chamber orchestra of Academy faculty and Fellows
Max Richter: Recomposed: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

July 7

Solo Piano Masterclass 4 with Jerome Lowenthal

Opera Scenes with director Gregory Fortner and conductors Warren Jones, John Churchwell, and John Fisher

July 8

Tuesdays @ 8, Concert 3 with faculty artists
Mark O’Connor: Chief Sitting in the Rain, College Hornpipe
Busoni: Carmen Fantasy
Dvorák: Serenade for Winds, Op. 44
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

July 9

Vocal Masterclass with Warren Jones

July 10

Academy Open House
All events free and open to the public

July 11

Vocal Masterclass with Fred Carama

Picnic Concert 2

July 12

Academy Festival Orchestra with Edward Gardner, conductor
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 (with Jeremy Denk, piano)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

July 14

Solo Piano Masterclass with Jeremy Denk

Academy Brass Ensemble in Concert

July 15

Tuesdays @ 8 Concert 4 with Jeremy Denk and faculty artists
Milhaud: Scaramouche
Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata
Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord, Mass., 1840-60

July 16

Vocal Masterclass with John Churchwell

July 17

Mosher Guest Artist Recital with Deborah Voigt

July 18

Mosher Guest Artist Masterclass with Deborah Voigt

Picnic Concert 3

July 19

Marilyn Horne Song Competition (10 a.m.)

Marilyn Horne Song Competition (1 p.m.)

Concerto Night with Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Concertos to be announced on July 14
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

July 21

Solo Piano Masterclass with Stephen Hough

Academy Percussion Ensemble in Concert

July 22

Tuesdays @ 8, Concert 5 with Stephen Hough, faculty artists, James Gaffigan, conductor
Debussy/Sachs: Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
Stephen Hough: Piano Sonata No. 2
Mahler, arr. Klaus Simon: Symphony No. 4

July 24

Vocal Chamber Music Concert
Vivaldi: Motet “O qui coeli terracque”
Vaughan Williams: “Four Hymns”
Respighi: “Il Tramonto”

July 25

Picnic Concert 4

July 26

Alan Gilbert & Members of the Academy Festival Orchestra
Thomas Adès: Chamber Symphony
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1
Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat, D. 125

July 28

Solo Piano Masterclass TBA

July 29

Tuesdays @ 8, Concert 6 with faculty artists
Ravel: Sonatine
Matthias Pintscher: Uriel
Mendelssohn: Octet

Masterclass Sampler No. 2 with New York Philharmonic musicians Eric Bartlett, cello; Robert Langevin, flute; Joseph Alessi, trombone

July 30

OperaNow! Live Podcast with Marilyn Horne, Michael Rice, Oliver Camacho, Doug Dodson and Jennifer Rivera (new)

July 31

Picnic Concert 5

August 1

Bizet: Carmen with James Gaffigan, conductor, and David Paul, director (new production)

August 2

Joshua Roman and Academy Fellows in Concert
Includes world premiere of a new work by Joshua Roman on poems by Tracy K. Smith

August 3

Bizet: Carmen with James Gaffigan, conductor and David Paul, director (new production)

August 4

Mosher Guest Artist Recital with Jonathan Biss
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 2
Janácek: Selections from On an Overgrown Path
Chopin: Nocturne No. 1 in B Major, Op. 62
Janácek: Sonata 1.X.1905, “From the Street”
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

August 5

Solo Piano Masterclass with Jonathan Biss

Tuesdays @ 8, Concert 7 with faculty artists
Hermann: Clarinet Quintet
Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34

August 6

Vocal Masterclass with Marilyn Horne

August 7

Cabaret, the Academy’s Signature Gala
Santa Barbara, California
Double Tree Resort
Marilyn Horne, Voice Program Director
Carol Burnett, Cabaret Creative Contributor
Gerald Sternbach, Cabaret Director
Featuring 2014 Voice Program Fellows in classical, Broadway and pop favorites
All proceeds from Cabaret directly benefit the Academy’s full-scholarship training program.

August 8

Solo Piano Studio Presentation

Picnic Concert 6

August 9

Academy Festival Orchestra with Thomas Adès, conductor
Ives: Variations on “America”
Britten: “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes
Thomas Adès: Polaris
Stravinsky: Petrushka

A Web page on the Academy Web site has been set up to provide information for purchasing tickets.

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