Stern Grove Festival Announces 67th Season Of Free Summer Concerts

San Francisco, USA – Stern Grove Festival announced its 67th Season of 10 admission-free concerts that will take place every Sunday at  2:00 p.m. from June 13 through August 15, 2004 at San Francisco’s Sigmund Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard).

This year, the festival continues to make good on a promise made to the entire Bay Area community in 1938–to present a selection of the world’s best performing arts each summer, completely admission-free.

There will be a world-premiere recomposition of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue;” the Regina Carter Quintet with the innovative Tin Hat Trio; Mexican-American singer Lila Downs; Algerian singer Souad Massi; Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour and highlife sensations West African Highlife Band; Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu; Gamelan Sekar Jaya with performers from Bali; world-beat producers Ex-Centric Sound System and Mercan Dede; the San Francisco Symphony; blues with the John Hammond Trio and eclectic Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise; the Long Beach Opera Company; and the San Francisco Ballet.

The Festival also presents innovative outreach and education programs for kids, pre-concert artist talks, historic walking tours, and other activities at the 33-acre Sigmund Stern Grove.Schedule:

* Sunday, June 13:  The Regina Carter Quintet and Tin Hat Trio

* Sunday, June 20: San Francisco Symphony with Edwin Outwater conducting
works by Stravinsky, Dvorak, and  Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov

* Sunday, June 27:    Long Beach Opera with conductor Andreas Mitisek, performing Astor Piazzolla’s tango operita “Maria de  Buenos Aires”

* Sunday, July 4:    Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra and Melody of China, performing a world premiere recomposition of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”

* Sunday, July 11:    Mexican-American singer Lila Downs and Algerian singer Souad Massi

* Sunday, July 18:    Electrifying Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’ Dour and The Super Etoile de Dakar and local favorite  West African Highlife Band

* Sunday, July 25:    Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu and local ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jaya with performers from Bali

* Sunday, August 1:    World-beat producers Mercan Dede and Ex-Centric Sound System

* Sunday, August 8:    San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director

* Sunday, August 15:    Blues sensations the John Hammond Trio and Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise

Admission is free. No tickets or reservations are required.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.