Lake Tahoe Music Festival: Serenades at Sunset

FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS, LAKE TAHOE MUSIC Festival attendees have enjoyed warm summer nights, beautiful music, magical sunsets, friends and family.

This summer the Lake Tahoe Music Festival 20-Piece Academy Orchestra, led by Maestro Timm Rolek, presents a five-day concert series at lakefront and intimate settings including Tahoe’s West Shore, Tahoe City and Truckee. Bring your picnic, low-back chair and wine for a wonderful evening of music.

July 22 Serenades at Sunset, including pre-concert wine tasting, Tahoe Tree Company, gate opens at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy music of Mendelssohn, Mahler, Nielsen, Faure and Accolay.

July 23 Sugar Pine Point State Park, gate opens at 5 p.m, concert at 6:30 p.m. Music of Honegger, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vivaldi and Copland.

July 24 Serenades at Sunset, including barbecue and beverage options at West Shore Café, gate opens at 5 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m. Music of Mendelssohn, Mahler, Nielsen, Faure and Accolay.

July 25 Serenades at Sunset, including dinner barbecue and glass of wine. Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club, (no picnics, wine welcome, ticket pre-sale required). Gate opens at 5 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m. Music of Honegger, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vivaldi and Copland.

July 26 Sextets on the Beach, Skylandia Park, gate opens at 5:30 p.m., concert at 6:30 p.m. (picnics welcome). Music of Strauus, d’Indy, Roussel and Schoenberg.

For more information, call 530-583-3101 or visit TahoeMusic.org.

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival performs in historic venues, including the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the West Shore.

In 1897, San Francisco businessman I.W. Hellman began buying property at Sugar Pine Point. His grand but informal summer home, called Pine Lodge, was completed in 1903 and was considered one of the finest in the Sierra.

His daughter, Florence Hellman Ehrman inherited the estate, and she and her husband Sydney spent many summers there. Guests of the Ehrmans participated in hikes, swimming, horseback riding, fishing, boating, tennis, picnics, croquet and other games.

In 1965 the mansion and 1,975 acres of the estate were acquired by the California State Park System. Tours of the Hellman-Ehrman House are offered daily in the summer. For more information, visit parks.ca.gov.

(Photo: Rob Retting)

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