HCSB member Don Maruska (AB '72) has organized a special reception for Harvard alumni/ae at the Festival Mozaic, Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, on Saturday 6:30 p.m., July 29.  Festival Mozaic is an annual summer music festival featuring more than a dozen concerts in the SLO area over a 1.5 week period.  Here is Don's invitation:

You are invited to meet and greet San Luis Obispo area Harvard alumni/ae at a private backstage reception featuring three Harvard alumni/ae world-class musicians: Scott Yoo (international conductor and Festival Mozaic Music Director), Noam Elkies (youngest person ever to gain tenure at Harvard) and Nina Fan (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra). Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers in this gathering prior to the 8 p.m. performance of Metamorphosis and Reformation concert of Copland, Mendelssohn, and Strauss, at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. See the website for Festival Mozaic for more information.

Make your visit special and join me in adding the Notable Encounter Insight: On Stage with Strauss at 5:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to join Scott Yoo and the musicians on the stage to learn more about Strauss’ Metamorphosen, which will be performed by the Festival Orchestra later in the evening and is the signature piece for the 2017 Summer Festival.

If you are coming:

1. Send an email to Don so that he has a head count for the 6:30 p.m. reception.

2. Buy your Festival tickets directly from Festival Mozaic (click on links):

a. Concert (8 p.m.)

b. Notable Encounter (5:30 p.m. -- Don’s insider tip)

Finally, please see the website for the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center for information about directions and parking.

Post-event synopsis, written by Don Maruska:

San Luis Obispo County Harvard alumni ranging from Class of 1972 to a 2006 Ph.D. gathered for a special Harvard alumni reception prior to the performance of Strauss’ Metamorphosen at Festival Mozaic, July 29, in San Luis Obispo. The inspiration for the reception came from the presence of three Harvard alumni in the highly acclaimed Festival orchestra. They included Music Director Scott Yoo and performers Noam Elkies (youngest person to earn tenure at Harvard, performing on piano and harpsichord) and Nina Fan (performing on violin) seen in black in the group photo. (See www.FestivalMozaic.com for details.) We also had a potential “future musical genius” and Class of 2038 member. Don Maruska (’72) a former Board member of Festival Mozaic organized the event with the support of HCSB leadership. Alumni present included graduates from the College, Masters in Public Health, and the Medical School. We hope to have future events to serve alumni in SLO County and our Santa Barbara colleagues.

See photos from the event here!