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Tahoe music festival at home in Homewood

A proposed amphitheater at Homewood Mountain Resort will soon give the Lake Tahoe Music Festival the lasting location the wandering gala needs to define west shore entertainment.

“It’ll be our new home base,” Music Festival Executive Director Lisa Krueger said. “It helps us be a more permanent fixture.”

Supporters said the project will boost the local economy by giving a summer season to the wintertime resort.



Founded in 1982 by Edgar Braun, conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the festival is a nonprofit organization that presents diverse musical shows and creates educational and performance opportunities for aspiring musicians.

During the festival’s 26th season, which kicks off July 17, musicians will perform at four venues throughout the North Lake Tahoe area: Donner Lake, Tahoe Donner in Truckee, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and its home venue in Homewood.




For years, concert-goers have brought chairs, food and sweaters and claimed their spots on a flat and sloped grass seating area in front of a temporary stage at Homewood.

“Tahoe is all about bringing your picnic and sitting on the grass and listening to some music, and Homewood is a great venue for that,” said Amber Kijanka, special events manager for Homewood and Alpine mountain resorts.

Homewood staff have laid sod and planted flowers to beautify the current location until the new amphitheater is completed, which is scheduled for the festival’s 2010 or 2011 season, depending on the proposed resort’s final approvals.

The amphitheater, which is part of a greater project to revamp the resort, will be built in the side of the mountain.

“The slope itself offers such a natural amphitheater,” Kijanka said. “(The project) is real neat. We don’t have anything like it in the Basin.”

The portable stage will sit next to the future hotel between an outdoor dining area and a new gondola, creating a bowl effect at the bottom of the ski run, said Art Chapman, president of JMA Ventures, which owns the property.

The resort will also host concerts and theatrical events not tied to the festival. The space will likely hold between 700 and 1,500 people, Chapman said. Larger concerts will continue to be held in Alpine Meadows.

n Opening night at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival on July 17 features saxophonist and six-time Grammy Award nominee Dave Koz.

n Tickets start at $15 for lawn seating and range from $25-$55 for other seating.

n Buy them online at http://www.TahoeMusic.org or at the music festival office at 425 North Lake Blvd., Suite 6, Tahoe City.


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