H-LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

Jul 18, 2013 2:41 PM by Dan Shadwell

Ancient music fills the halls of the Mission in San Luis Obispo tonight

Festival Mozaic is in full swing in San Luis Obispo and for the next couple of weeks, you can catch some amazing music, played by phenomenal classical musicians .
You might think that music would need lyrics to talk, but consider a piece written by Georg Fredric Handel, almost 300 years ago... the Concerto Grosso in G Major.
One violin introduces a theme, which is answered almost immediately by another. Then the rest of the orchestra jumps in.
"...so there's a lot of dialogue going back and forth," explains violinist, Katherine Eberle. "It's like we're having a conversation all the time which makes it really, really fun to play.>
The festival orchestra sounds great and that's no accident. Director and virtuoso violinist, Scott Yoo, has plucked some of the best musicians from around the country to play in this baroque ensemble.
Thought they haven't played together frequently, the musicians don't miss a beat and individually, they provide input on everything from tempo, to style and volume of play ... especially because of some tricky acoustics at the Mission in San Luis Obispo, where the ensemble will perform tonight.
"The mission is very reverberant," Yoo explains. "So, if you snap your fingers in a regular room, you'll hear '...snap!' " He demonstrates the finite finish of he sound. "You do that in the mission, it'll go (snap)... shhhhhh."
He says that sound quality makes the collaboration and eye contact between musicians even more critical...
"It sounds glorious (at the Mission), but we just have to be really on our toes because when you can't really hear all the detail, you have to go visual. You have to look at other people to know where they are."
Well, you can bet the Mission is where all the people will be tonight.
Scott Yoo and company will gather at the mission in san luis obispo for the concert tonight at 8 o'clock. They'll be playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Fridric Handel, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Edvard Grieg.
For more information on this performance, and the entire Festival Mozaic schedule, guest artists, and tickets, just head to our website at ksby.com and click on "links" right there on the home page.

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