Special Message from Maestro Eric Garcia:
We’re Excited for a Wonderful Program in July 2021!
After much deliberation and consideration, due to the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the McCall Music Society has made the difficult decision to cancel SummerFest 2020, originally scheduled for July 12-18. A McCall, Idaho tradition since 2012, this week-long festival of classical and pops orchestra concerts will resume in 2021 with Boise Philharmonic Music Director, Eric Garcia, at the helm as Artistic Director and Conductor.
“I am deeply saddened that SummerFest 2020 has been cancelled,” Eric Garcia said, adding, “Our incredible orchestra, illustrious guest performers, and I will miss making music for this wonderful community. However, out of the deepest concern for the safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians and board, this was the only option. We look forward to reuniting in 2021.”
According to Richard Surbeck, McCall Music Society president, “The Board of Directors remains committed to bringing great music to McCall and we will work to offer new events to our town at a more appropriate time.”
In the past, the festival has opened Sunday, mid-July, with a SummerFest Prelude concert featuring soloists and ensembles comprised of local and orchestral musicians, held at McCall Community Congregational Church ($25/ticket). Orchestra concerts continue through the week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings in the air-conditioned comfort of Mountain Life Church. In addition to the 55-piece SummerFest Orchestra, past featured soloists have included such artists as Tim Fain, violinist; stage actress and vocalist Rachel Tyler; her vocalist husband, Matthew Tyler; and astronaut, narrator and former McCall teacher, Barbara Morgan.
The SummerFest Orchestra offers a free performance on Saturday morning, intended for children and adults alike. Single-concert ticket prices are $30, but music aficionados will favor the Orchestra Series Ticket which offers admission to all three concerts for $75, saving a total of $15 off three single tickets. All events are general admission with open seating.
Praised for his “elegant and expressive” conducting, Boise Philharmonic Music Director Eric Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. He has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Herbie Hancock, Cirque de la Symphonie, Pink Martini, The Chieftains, Assad Brothers and Indigo Girls.
Garcia has served as Associate Conductor of the Eastern Music Festival and cover conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has served as guest conductor with Symphony New Hampshire, Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Philharmonia Northwest, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Festival Orchestra, Greensboro Ballet, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Boychoir, Pacific Youth Choir, Seattle Chamber Singers and Vocalpoint! Seattle.
Garcia was a member of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with James Conlon, Nicholas Kraemer, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman. At Aspen, he worked with the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center. He was also a recipient of the Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where he studied with Marin Alsop. He received a Doctorate of Music and Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University.