For orchestral musicians, summer brings variety of performing opportunities—and the great outdoors

Posted on: July 6, 2015

In Sunday’s (7/5) New York Times, Michael Cooper writes that relocating “to the mountains, or the shore, or maybe a lake” in the summertime is “a reality for many orchestra musicians…. More than a dozen members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra … will find themselves playing together some 2,700 miles west of Lincoln Center this month at Lake Tahoe in California [at] the four-year-old Lake Tahoe SummerFest…. Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s brass and woodwind sections are [joining] other musicians from ensembles around the nation [at] the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington…. ‘Everyone is in a different mind-set,’ says [Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Second Violin Jennifer] Ross of the Grand Teton Music Festival.… Some [orchestras] have their own summer homes: The Boston Symphony Orchestra has Tanglewood, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has Ravinia, the Cleveland Orchestra has the Blossom Music Festival…. The New York Philharmonic is performing and teaching in Shanghai, and will play in Vail, Colo.” Metropolitan Opera Principal Oboist Nathan Hughes—one of the musicians at Lake Tahoe SummerFest—said, “It’s a great thing to go and perform and study and learn and be inspired by all these different people and places and environments.”

Posted July 6, 2015

Lake Tahoe SummerFest photo by Joy Stotz