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Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival begins

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Now in its 19th season, the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival offers a month of music for every taste, performed under the Tahoe summer skies. Classical, pops, Broadway, blues, swing, bluegrass and jazz all spill their notes into the warm summer air in 10 shows held Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 18.Concerts will be held every Saturday and Thursday, with gates opening at 5 p.m.and showtimes at 7 p.m.The 2001 Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival will host concerts at Squaw Valley’s High Camp, the Tahoe Donner Driving Range, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Topol Pavilion, the West End Beach at Donner Lake, Sierra Nevada College’s Lake Campus and Granlibakken. With the exception of Granlibakken, which will be home to an opera dinner concert, “Carmen,” (Aug. 11) and Sierra Nevada College, which will host jazz legend Ramsey Lewis (Aug. 4) all of the events welcome picnickers, and manywill also have concessions of various sorts.Rita CoolidgeSaturday, July 21Enjoy a starlight picnic with Rita Coolidge at Squaw Valley’s High Camp (Ticket to ride the Cable Car to High Camp, good after 5 p.m., are included with ticket price for all High Camp shows.)Rita Coolidge, a two-time Grammy award-winner, will entertain guests with her stylistic blend of R&B, rock and pop. Coolidge is best known for her string of hits “Higher and Higher,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” the James Bond soundtrack “All Time High,” and “We’re All Alone.”Tickets are $25 for general admission (preferred seating is sold out). Starting at 5 p.m. guests wanting to go to High Camp will need to purchase the concert ticket package. Tickets are available by calling 583-3101 and online at http://www.tahoemusic.org.In addition, tickets are available in Incline Village at Incline Village Visitor’s Center, Potlach and Raley’s; in Tahoe City at the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce; and in Truckee at Truckee Chamber of Commerce Train Depot.Great Basin Brass QuintetThursday, July 26Join the Great Basin Brass Quintet at High Camp. Prior to the early 1950s when the New York Brass Quintet popularized this type of music, there was not much written for brass. Brass is a transcription from classical, baroque and a cross section of different types of music. Selections may include anything from Dixie Land, Bach Fugue, Pink Panther, Classical Mahler, the Entertainer – get ready for an evening filled with excitement and surprise. Bring a picnic – gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.Chuck MangioneSaturday, July 28″Jazz on the Green” at Tahoe Donner will be an unbelievable evening of music as Grammy award-winner Chuck Mangione and his new horn join the Festival Orchestra. For five decades, Chuck’s boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy have characterized his love affair with music and the resulting admiration of his audience. The Saturday night show starts at 7 p.m., with gates opening for picnic dinners at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 adult, $15 youth. Bring friends, a picnic, low back chairs, a blanket and enjoy the scenic mountain setting.Berkeley SymphonyOrchestraThursday, Aug. 2The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra brings the sounds of a night in Old Vienna to Topol Pavilion.The Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival presents the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by world-renowned Kent Nagano at Topol Pavilion. The evening, appropriately named, “A Night In Old Vienna” will feature waltzes from the Strauss family, Verdi, Brahms, Lehar and more. Come hear this incredible orchestra play the music written centuries ago, outdoors on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnics, with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 preferred seating, $23 adult and $12 youth.Ramsey LewisSaturday, Aug. 4For the first time in the 19 years of the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, Grammy Award winning Ramsey Lewis comes to the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival. The jazz great, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, will perform at the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village at 7 p.m.Bring a low back chair and a group of friends to enjoy a beautiful evening in Incline Village. The performance will begin at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for preferred seating including preconcert cocktails, and $25 for general admission.Lost Highway andWithin TraditionThursday, Aug. 9Enjoy the music of both Lost Highway and Within Tradition as they play solo and together during a Blue Grass Jam, outdoors at Northstar-at-Tahoe as part of an on-going commitment of the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival to bring a variety quality music to the Tahoe area. With picnics and low-back chairs, guests will enjoy traditional blue grass music played straight from the heart by these amazing performers. Get ready for some great blues, folk and jazz born along the Mississippi – it’ll be real Blue Grass & Blue Grass Gospel played with the heart and soul of yesteryear. The gate opens at 5 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 adult, $12 youth.Berkeley OperaSaturday, Aug. 11Granlibakken Resort & Conference Center will host the Berkeley Opera’s presentation of Carmen at 6 p.m. Keeping with the opera’s Spanish theme, Executive Chef Ron Eber will feature Iberian cuisine in the four- course dinner that precedes the show.This full production, sung in English, is one of opera’s most enduring stories. This new translation by Berkeley Opera’s dramaturg David Scott Marley brings to stage the scandalous story of a free-living gypsy girl and a soldier hiding from a violent past. Marley’s new adaptation returns the opera to George Bizet’s original conception and provides an eye-opening look at opera’s most fascinating female.Violently condemned at its premier in March 1875 as “too obscene for the stage” and its music “devoid of color, undistinguished in melody and altogether undramatic,” Carmen today is one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, its melodies known far beyond the opera stage.Tickets, including the dinner, are $75. Tickets are limited and reservations are required, call Patricia at 581-7308 or (800) 543-3221, ext. 308.U. S. Air Force BandSaturday, Aug. 16The United States Air Force Band is playing Americana, Broadway and Disney tunes on the shores of Lake Tahoe, at Topol Pavilion. It will be an unbelievable evening for the entire family as this 40-piece concert band plays the hits that we all know and love. The show starts at 7 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m.. Bring the kids, a picnic, low back chairs and sing along as the whole family enjoys fun music outdoors at Topol Pavilion. Admission and ice cream is free, but tickets are required.San Francisco BalletOrchestraThursday, Aug. 18The festival closes until next summer with the eclectic sounds of “Bach, Beethoven and Broadway,” classical favorites on the beach at Donner Lake, performed by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.Featuring Conductor Michael Krajewski, the evening will include a Beatles medley, a series of Broadway showstoppers, the “Can Can,” Beethoven’s symphony No. 5, a waltz from Sleeping Beauty and more.Bring your family and friends, a picnic dinner, a blanket and plan an evening at the West End of Donner Lake at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Aug. 18. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 preferred seating including a preconcert talk by the conductor, $23 adult and $12 youth.Tickets for all shows range from $12 for a youth ticket to $35 for preferred seating at some shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://www.tahoemusic.org or call 583-3101.


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