A new series of artist commissions debuts this summer at Stern Grove Festival
Posted by Judy Tsang, Director of Programming
|One of my favorite aspects of my job is seeing the connection artists have with fans on the Stern Grove Festival stage. Season after season, we’re inspired by this connection that we help create; it’s one that has been part of our history since the Festival first started.The Festival began in the heart of the Depression in the summer of 1932.The Festival’s founder, Rosalie Meyer Stern wanted to give musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and Opera work during their off-season, while providing public performances for everyone to enjoy. The first concert at Stern Grove was a benefit for the musicians (audience members gave a quarter, and all proceeds went to the musicians).
This inspired Mrs. Stern to create Stern Grove Festival as an opportunity for audiences to enjoy performances completely admission-free, and an opportunity for struggling musicians and artists to be paid to perform.
Today, as the city landscape continues to change, supporting local artists has become increasingly vital. Stern Grove Festival is proud to present local musicians to the community, and along the way, support artists in the pursuit of their passion.
This summer, we’re commissioning seven local performers to create new music and dance pieces specifically for the Stern Grove Festival stage. These pieces will reflect the connection between the artist, audience, and nature that creates the singular experience offered at Stern Grove Festival. Titled “Interplay”, this commissioning series allows the artists to create something special to be debuted for our audience.
Throughout the season, the artists will be sharing updates with you as they create and think about how what it means to be “In Concert with Nature.”
Over the next few months on our blog, you can get a behind-the-scenes perspective on their creative process with interviews, photos, and more.
And we hope you’ll come out for show to see how it all comes together!