Gershwin’s American in Paris & Debussy’s La mer

Saturday, July 14, 2018 7:30PM

Gershwin’s <i>American in Paris</i> & Debussy’s <i>La mer</i>
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Academy Festival Orchestra
Gershwin’s American in Paris & Debussy’s La mer
Stéphane Denève conductor
Presented by Music Academy of the West

Tickets: $100, $80, $70, $40 & 7-17's Free (with ticketed adult)
Prices include Facility Fee

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
GUILLAUME CONNESSON Les Trois Citiés de Lovecraft – American Premiere
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

The Academy Festival Orchestra comprises approximately 100 of the Music Academy of the West fellows, the talented young musicians who attend the annual Summer Festival on full scholarship. The orchestra’s members are drawn from America’s leading schools and conservatories, and represent the nation’s finest young musicians. The orchestra performs each summer under the baton of such eminent conductors as Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, Osmo Vänskä, Matthew Aucoin, Thomas Adès, and Christoph von Dohnányi; this year’s conductors include Stéphane Denève and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Elim Chan. For more than a decade, the orchestra has been prepared for performance by Larry Rachleff of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Musicians from the orchestra recently participated in a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, by which each season ten of them were selected by audition to train and perform with the orchestra in New York City. Distinguished members of the Music Academy faculty, including Jorja Fleezanis, Richie Hawley, and Dennis Michel, often rehearse and perform alongside the orchestra. Several Academy Festival Orchestra concerts have been webcast live and are now available for streaming on the Music Academy website.

This concert is generously supported by Casa Dorinda

The Academy Festival Orchestra Series is generously supported by Mary Lynn and Warren Staley

Music Academy of the West Summer Festival Community Corporate Sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust

Tickets may also be available from Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or

$10 Community Access Tickets (limited availability; please call Music Academy for tickets)

*Ticket prices are subject to change

Tickets may also be available from the Music Academy of the West at (805) 969-8787 or online through their website.