Midsummer Mozart at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
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The last date listed for Midsummer Mozart was Friday July 22, 2005 / 8:00pm (Program II).
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The razor-sharp wit of famed stand-up Paula Poundstone will be on full display, as she slices and dices her way through an evening of keen cultural commentary. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off the crowd. It's also why she's the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where she's featured alongside some of the nation's leading pundits. She broke through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, and was both the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner and the first woman to win a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. Still knocking them dead as a headliner, Poundstone released her latest comedy disc, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston, in April 2013, and has recently toured as part of the A Prairie Home Companion live show. Learn More
This program opens a French-accented week on Bastille Day at Montalvo Arts Center with the festive "Paris" Symphony. Featured will be two outstanding Bay Area artists, violinist Robin Hansen and violist Victor Romasevich, performing the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major K. 364. On 7/14 & 15 only, choreographer Maria Basile will debut dances commissioned by the Festival set on the Overture and selected dances from "Les Petits Riens". Written to be performed outdoors, the remarkable Divertimento, a gem of his Salzburg period that is all too rarely performed, closes the program.
This program features celebrated pianist Seymour Lipkin who will play the Concerto in B flat major for Piano, K.450, the glorious "Great" Mass in C Minor K. 427 with four vocalists and the Cantabile Choir to voice one of Mozart's most monumental works. Magnificent soprano Christina Major returns to the Festival to sing the moving aria "Ch'io mi scordi di te?" Scena and Rondo for Soprano, Piano Obligato and Orchestra K.505 accompanied by Mr. Lipkin. The program opens with the resplendent and mysterious Overture to the opera Idomeneo. This program is dedicated to the memory of Lilian Kallir, legendary pianist, friend of the Festival and late wife of pianist Claude Frank.
The Midsummer Mozart Festival was founded in 1974 by Maestro George Cleve and a regional consortium of classical musicians, who recognized him as one of the world's great interpreters of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Midsummer Mozart is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart. Under the baton of Maestro Cleve, the Festival presents a critically-acclaimed summer concert season featuring renowned international soloists as well as distinguished local artists, with a fierce dedication to fresh and intelligent interpretation of the work of this most enduring and universally loved composer.
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A beloved Bay Area institution, the Midsummer Mozart Festival was founded in 1974 by George Cleve and a regional consortium of classical musicians, who recognized him as one of the world's great interpreters of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.