Chamber Music Festival 2024 - Rancho La Puerta
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Rancho La Puerta Presents:

Chamber Music Festival Week

February 1 – 8, 2025

 8th Annual Chamber Music Festival features nine of the world’s finest musicians who will inspire you with extraordinary performances set in the relaxed atmosphere of The Ranch. In addition to daily concerts, you can enjoy talks by the musicians, watch rehearsals, and perhaps even encounter “random acts of music” in unexpected places throughout your day.

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The Musicians

Stay tuned for the list of 2025 musicians.

Performances

The Week

The highlights of the festival are performances that combine “Carnegie Hall” artistry with relaxed discourse. Whether held at La Cocina Que Canta, Oaktree, Bazar del Sol, or the Dining Hall, you will leave feeling invigorated, inspired and possibly transformed.

2024 Program:
Sunday, February 4
8 PM Opening Night with Miró Quartet
The festival opens with a poetry-inspired program featuring string quartets of Dvořák, Schubert, Shaw, and Mozart.

Monday, February 5
8 PM Fandango with Friends
All festival artists join forces for a lively evening of Spanish flair that sparkles with Boccherini’s Fandango, Hubay’s Carmen Fantasy, and Rodrigo’s beloved Concierto de Aranjeuz.

Tuesday, February 6
6:05 AM  Hike & Breakfast in the Balkans
Hike up to the Organic Gardens and enjoy “Breakfast in the Balkans” with an upbeat set of dances for guitar and violin from the homeland of Ranch founder, Professor Szekely.

5 PM Trout ‘fore Dinner
This pre-dinner concert serves up Schubert’s delightful “Trout” Quintet, enticing you to come back for more music after dessert.

8 PM Aprés Dessert
Partners in life and music, Elena Urioste and Tom Poster present a program of romantic music featuring violin sonatas by Felix Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, and Mélanie Bonis.

Wednesday, February 7
6:05 AM  Hike & Jukebox Breakfast
Hike up to the Organic Gardens and enjoy a Jukebox Breakfast with Elena Urioste and Tom Poster featuring popular songs from their pandemic project, in which they posted a new performance to their online Musical Jukebox every day, inspired by suggestions from their fans.

Thursday, February 8
4 PM Mindful Music Stroll
Begin at either the Labyrinth with Monique or Gazebo with Jill to set the tone for your own mindful stroll toward the Villas Pool and encounter lighthearted solos and duets in scenic places along your path. Choose your own adventure! 

8 PM Festive Finale & Champagne Toast
Our final concert in Oaktree ends on a festive note with Dvorak’s Piano Quintet and a champagne toast to great music at Rancho La Puerta!

Friday, February 9
5 PM Sunset Encores at the Bazar del Sol
Wind down at the Bazar del Sol as Mak Grgić and Monique Mead perform Piazzolla tangos and legendary music from the silver screen.


Engage with the Music

In addition to evening concerts, Chamber Music Week offers some unique opportunities to engage with music and musicians. Whether you visit an open rehearsal, attend a musical talk, relax in Monique’s Sound Healing, stroll the musical gardens, attend Yoga with Musicians, or experience a “random act of music,” we hope these moments add some magic of your week at the Ranch.

Sound Healing with Monique
Having discovered sound healing at the Ranch in 2017, Monique Mead now has her own thriving studio in Pittsburgh, where she combines meditative violin music with her musicianship on the singing bowls. She leads two sessions this week.

Movement with Elena
Elena Urioste is not only a renowned violinist but also a certified yoga instructor who helps musicians cope with stress and prevent injury through mindful movement. Join Elena for a special movement class and learn how this ancient practice informs her life as a musician.

Mindful Music Stroll
Thursday, 4 PM  Labyrinth or Gazebo (weather permitting)
Begin at either the Labyrinth with Monique or Gazebo with Jill to set the tone for your own mindful stroll during the golden hour. You’ll encounter lighthearted solos and duets by all of our festival musicians in scenic places along your path. The experience concludes with Miró Quartet performing at the Villas Pool.


Open Rehearsal

Wednesday 4-6 PM Oaktree
Drop in/walk out anytime during this interactive rehearsal where festival musicians practice for the Festive Finale.  You’ll get a chance to ask questions as well.


Musical Talks

Gaze into the inner workings of the music with a talk by MIró Quartet violist, John Largess, who sheds light on the program for Opening Night.


Random Acts Of Music

This week, it’s likely that you will be disarmed by the beauty of music when you least expect it, perhaps on a hike, during yoga, or at the labyrinth. Festival musicians are dedicated to enhancing the serenity of the Ranch in their own delightful ways.


The Ranch Program

Spend a week at Rancho La Puerta, one of the world’s top destination wellness resorts, set on thousands of acres of wildlands and landscaped gardens. Customize an ideal routine to energize your body, calm your mind and lift your spirits. In addition to extraordinary musical experiences throughout your week, we offer:

  • Guided hikes on 40-miles of mountain trails each morning.
  • More than 50 daily fitness classes, including Pilates, Pickleball, Barre, TRX, Hydro-Fit, yoga, and Zumba.
  • Three farm-to-table meals, sourced from our organic garden and other local farms.
  • Eleven gyms, four pools, a running track, as well as tennis, Pickleball, basketball and volleyball courts.
  • Three full-service spas offering massage, facials, wraps, scrubs and other holistic therapies.
  • Art classes, including painting and sculpting.
  • Presentations on music-making, nutrition and brain health.
  • Mind-body classes such as mindfulness, meditation, Feldenkrais and sound healing.
  • Live evening concerts and entertainment with world-class performers.

 

 

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