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Baroque in the Vines
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Paso Robles is known for its year-round sunny days, warm climate, world-class wine region and thousands of acres of protected open space. But when Festival Mozaic comes to town, all of San Luis Obispo County becomes a stage, with 50 of the top musicians gathering to make music together, share in our culinary bounty and, of course, enjoy a glass or two of wine.
For 47 years, Festival Mozaic has been providing world-class music experiences in spectacular spaces for visitors to San Luis Obispo County. Enjoy musical concerts in amazing spots like the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Serra Chapel high on a hill just outside Paso Robles wine country, an old adobe amid gorgeous gardens and the state-of-the-art Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center.
One of the festival’s highlights is on Saturday, July 22, where you’ll be transported to a heavenly place just east of Paso Robles at Baroque in the Vines! This gorgeous concert takes place in a venue like no other, Serra Chapel in Shandon. This private chapel was built by Judge William P. Clark, an adviser to Ronald Reagan and longtime resident and cattle rancher of Shandon. The chapel is not normally open to the public, but on this day, concert-goers are welcome to explore the property. Outside is a lovely picnic area, grape vines planted in rows, and amazing views from the expansive patio. Inside, you can see see gorgeous stained glass and a 13th-century Moorish ceiling from the William Randolph Hearst collection. There is also a Hearst fireplace inside, with a bone relic from Father Junipero Serra buried nearby.
For the concert, sit inside the chapel or bring chairs (and a blanket) to sit outside the chapel’s massive, open doors as Vivaldi’s timeless Four Seasons wafts over the vines from the orchestra inside. Make sure to arrive early for picknicking, tour the chapel’s interior and enjoy the views!
Transportation up the hill will be provided starting at 6pm. Please note that a chair is not provided with an outdoor ticket; some benches will be available but you may wish to bring your own outdoor chair. Please bring a blanket or towel to put under the chair to protect the antique tile. Benches are provided for indoor seating. Food and drinks (other than bottled water) are not allowed on the antique tile, but guests may picnic on the surrounding grounds.
Serra Chapel is a wonderful, unique place in San Luis Obispo County, and Festival Mozaic is proud to offer this once-a-year opportunity for you to see it up close - and what better way to experience it than with a beautiful favorite like Vivaldi's Four Seasons! The Pasobilities are endless, and July 22 is one of the best of them.