48th Annual Summer Music Festival Focuses on Music Without Borders
Festival Mozaic Music Director Scott Yoo leads a group of more than 50 visiting artists gathered from top orchestras and chamber ensembles from the United States and abroad in curated performances in scenic venues all over picturesque San Luis Obispo County from July 17-29. Yoo, conductor and violinist, also serves as Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic and the host of a PBS travel/music show in development called Now Hear This. He curates and designs the festival’s programming, which this year focuses on the theme “Music Without Borders,” with an in-depth examination of composers who wrote music away from their native countries.
Yoo explains the theme, “As I’ve become immersed in my position [as Artistic Director] in Mexico City, learning a new language and navigating a new country and culture, I began to think about how composers through history have adapted because of the borders imposed on them. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart all traveled extensively and their work was shaped by those border-crossings. The more I thought about it, the more this topic started to expand, and this summer’s festival includes all the borders of all kinds, including genre, national identity, politics, gender, and even technology. I hope that this timely theme will inspire our colleagues and our audiences to think about these pieces in new ways.”
The music of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven will be played alongside Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Elgar, and many more. Listeners can also enjoy Barber, Jennifer Higdon, Guillaume Connesson, and a host of other musical masters in charismatic venues such as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Serra Chapel in wine country, and the state-of-the-art Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center.
San Luis Obispo County has a pleasing mix of farm-to-table bistros, art galleries, boutique shopping, hiking trails and seaside activities, and of course, wine tasting. It is into this comfortable, captivating ambiance that the musicians of Festival Mozaic bring their international-caliber artistry, celebrating the works of composers both familiar and out-of-the-ordinary. With 30 events in 19 different venues, the Festival offers something for every kind of music lover and provides a welcoming and authentic SLO experience offering the best in culinary, coastal and cultural life.
The festival has a strong tradition of presenting emerging artists early in their careers alongside well-respected professionals. This summer’s festival features players from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and a host of other top ensembles across the country.