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2014 Lake Tahoe Summerfest Showcases World-Renowned Classical Musicians

June 30, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Star Matthew Polenzani and U.S. Billboard Classical Chart best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be thrilling audiences this August as soloists for the 2014 Lake Tahoe SummerFest. Held the first three weekends in August, the classical concert series will offer two evening concerts, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and a new chamber music series called “Meet the Music,” on Sundays at 4 p.m. The festival runs weekends Aug. 1-17. Polenzani will headline the classical music festival, Aug. 1-3 and Dinnerstein will be featured Aug. 7-9. (

Now in its third season, the 40 member orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, Nev. Audience members are reminded of their unique setting as they enter the tent nestled under hundred year old towering trees and within a half mile of the Lake Tahoe shore.

For the individual musicians who travel to Tahoe, the festival is the ultimate summer camp. Their home symphonies include some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world — the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, among others.

Lake Tahoe SummerFest Artistic Director and Conductor Joel Revzen has conducted and recorded symphonies and operas throughout the world, including with the London Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra, (formerly the Kirov), Scottish Chamber Orchestra And the Moscow Symphony. He is currently in his ninth season on the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

“It is a great privilege to help bring masterpieces of music to life with these extraordinary artists in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world,” Revzen said. “Our audience can experience musical intimacy rarely found in most large concert halls. With only 500 seats and vibrant acoustics, the music virtually reaches out and touches you.”

Repertoire highlights this season include Beethoven’s 4th Symphony; the rarely-heard gem Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings; Mozart Symphony No. 40; Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2; Strauss Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, strings and harp; a newly-orchestrated Concerto for timpani and orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony.

Connection between the audience and musicians has always been central to the SummerFest performances, and that will be served by two new additions to the season. “Meet the Music/Meet the Musicians” Sunday concerts will bring intimacy and electricity between the artists and audiences as the musicians explore weekly themes based on the great classical music centers of Europe – Vienna, Paris and London.

“We began with a vision to make Tahoe a summer destination for arts and culture and we are continuing to deliver on that promise,” said Madylon Meiling, Lake Tahoe SummerFest founder and chair. “Ticket sales have grown every year and our patrons come from all over California, Nevada, and from as far away as Texas and Arizona. The event’s success speaks to the quality of the experience.”

The Lake Tahoe SummerFest season begins Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 with the opening concert in the acoustically designed concert tent on the grounds of the Sierra Nevada College: 999 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, Nev. For tickets and season subscriptions information go to


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Twitter: @TravelFeatures promotes deals to top summer music festivals in Europe

June 11, 2011 is promoting ten of the hottest summer musical festivals around Europe, highlighting each with original event travel articles and promotional hotel rates available only from Chief Information Officer Olivier Dombey said: “Our editorial team has covered ten excellent European summer music festivals in individual articles, highlighting a diverse range of musical tastes in a variety of countries across Europe.”

Dedicated to lovers of jazz, rock and rollers, or heavy metal fanatics, is pleased to present its Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in Europe for 2011:

1) Rock Werchter: Belgium’s Big Band Jam by Nicholas Lacey (June 30 to July 3)

Rock Werchter is one of the big five European music festivals, bringing together a host of the hottest acts for four days in the Belgian countryside. The event is held in the village of Werchter, which is an easy commute by train from Brussels. For great rates starting from just EUR 31 per night, click on our Brussels hotel promotion page.

2) Montreux Jazz Festival: Rhymes of Rock ‘n’ Fusion by Norman Renouf (July 1-16)

Back in 1967 when Claude Nobs chose this delightful town on the shores of Lake Geneva, the festival he inaugurated was only a three-day event and was almost purely dedicated to jazz. This year, good hotel deals are available on our Montreux hotel promotion page with rates from EUR 88 per night.

3) Oxegen Festival: A Blast of Fresh Eire by Samia El-Balawi (July 8-10)

If you want to attend one of this year’s greatest outdoor concerts, then look no further than Oxegen, Ireland’s biggest music festival featuring rock, pop, electro, hip hop, indie. The host town of Naas is less than an hour away from Dublin, so look over our Dublin hotel promotion page for low rates from only EUR 35 per night.

4) Rock’n Coke 2011 Fizzing Pop in Istanbul by Nicholas Lacey (July 16-17)

Summer time in Europe means festival time and this is no different in Turkey’s capital Istanbul, which hosts the Rock’n Coke Festival 2011. The event is held at Hezarfen Airfield outside the city, with featuring excellent rates on our Istanbul hotel promotion page starting from EUR 27 per night.

5) Sziget Puts Budapest in Party Fest Zone by Norman Renouf (August 8-15)

The Sziget Festival has a multi-cultural theme, which has been built upon to such an extent that half of the fest’s visitors come from outside Hungary, and it received a top-ten rating at the European Festival Awards. Scroll through our Budapest hotel promotion page for deals from only EUR 12 per night.

6) Oslo Jazz Festival Silver Anniversary Swing by Nicholas Lacey (August 15-20).

To celebrate its silver anniversary, the Oslo Jazz Festival has invited a very pleasant group of friends – not too crazy, not too conservative – to perform from August 15-20 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Rates on’s Oslo hotel promotion page start from EUR 75 per night.

7) Pukkelpop Festival Oozes Entertainment in Belgium by Samia El-Balawi (August 18-20).

One European festival causes quite a stir with a mixture of both contemporary and progressive acts on its bill – The Pukkelpop Festival.’s Antwerp hotel promotion page offers deals starting from EUR 48 per night.

8) V Festival: As Up North, So Down South by Nicholas Lacey (August 20-21)

This year, US rapper Eminem and the pride of Barbados, Rihanna, are just two acts that will hit the stage at “V Fest.” Our Birmingham hotel promotion page has deals from only EUR 25 per night.

9) Reading Festival Rolls In and Rocks Out by Norman Renouf (August 26-28)

This popular event is twinned with Leeds Festival, in northern England, with both being held on the same weekend and sharing the same acts. The  Reading hotel promotion page has rates starting from EUR 40 per night.

10) Leeds Festival: By Gum, it’s Back by Samia El-Balawi (August 26-28)

The annual Leeds Festival, a 3-day event, is packed with music, a bit of comedy and, well, more music. has excellent deals on its Leeds hotel promotion page from EUR 34 per night. provides the inside track for the best value online hotel deals. Based in Phuket, Thailand and operating since 1999,  it has more than 300 staff in its offices in Thailand, Malaysia, and China.


Rock Werchter: Belgium’s Big Band Jam

Brussels hotel promotion page

Montreux Jazz Festival: Rhymes of Rock ‘n’ Fusion

Montreux hotel promotion page

Oxegen Festival: A Blast of Fresh Eire

Dublin hotel promotion page

Rock’n Coke 2011 Fizzing Pop in Istanbul

Istanbul hotel promotion page

Sziget Puts Budapest in Party Fest Zone

Budapest hotel promotion page

Oslo Jazz Festival Silver Anniversary Swing

Oslo hotel promotion page

Pukkelpop Festival Oozes Entertainment in Belgium

Antwerp hotel promotion page

V Festival: As Up North, So Down South

Birmingham hotel promotion page

Reading Festival Rolls In and Rocks Out

Reading hotel promotion page

Leeds Festival: By Gum, it’s Back

Leeds hotel promotion page

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