Orchestra Musicians Head Off to Summer Camp

By MICHAEL COOPER / JULY 5, 2015 / The New York Times

At this time of year it is a common fantasy for wage slaves who slog to the office in the city: If only work could be relocated to the mountains, or the shore, or maybe a lake. But it is a reality for many orchestra musicians, whose talents are sought by music festivals at desirable spots around the country when their concert halls and opera houses go dark for the summer.

That is why more than a dozen members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra — about half of whom are principal players — will find themselves playing together some 2,700 miles west of Lincoln Center this month on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, where the four-year-old Lake Tahoe SummerFest has been establishing itself as a destination for musicians and music lovers.


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