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LA Times TrAveL show - LA ConvenTion CenTer - FebruAry 13-14, 2010
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our FirsT DeCADe
By Candy O’Donel-Browne
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1998-2000 120 North, and Yosemite Park. That conference
David Whitcomb, retired professor from the covered the following topics: sustainable tourism,
California State University system, conducted a community visioning, building civic engagement,
visioning process in Mariposa County. building long term partnerships, land conservation
tools, and action plans for each corridor.
April 12, 2000
The first informal get-together between January 9, 2006
Yosemite Park managers and concerned citizens Approximately 39 participants attended a
from Mariposa County occurred in the Yosemite workshop facilitated by Linda McMillan in the
Bank in Oakhurst. This group evolved into Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge, addressing
the “Forum,” an informal group that still meets the issue of what we hope to accomplish as a
monthly in Mariposa County. regional entity in communication and education,
marketing, resources conservation, culture and arts,
September 26, 2003 recreation, and regional problem solving.
At the Sierra Business Council’s Annual
Conference held at Mammoth Mountain Ski February 16, 2009
Resort, twenty-six attendees from communities A workshop was held in Mariposa’s
outside the four entrances to Yosemite met with government center. Despite bad weather and a
Park Service management. power failure, the group stuck with the project and
came up with the following mission statement:
October 29, 2003 “Yosemite Gateway Partners is a partnership of
The first Gateway Partnership meeting was government agencies, non-profit organizations,
held in the Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge. individuals and businesses that acknowledge the
A brainstorming session brought out the following interdependence of Yosemite National Park and
reasons to continue meeting: develop a concept the surrounding communities, and collaborate
of a Yosemite Region that includes its gateways; on and address issues of importance to create
develop dialogue between the gateways and sustainable cultural, natural and economic
Yosemite National Park; open communication prosperity.”
and collaboration between the gateways; mitigate
controversy; keep dialog going; create sensitivity July 9, 2009
to the needs and preferences of each community; The formation meeting of the first Board of
bring in a broader community; teach good Directors met in the Garden Terrace at Yosemite
stewardship; promote that Yosemite is open all Lodge. See page 12 for a listing of Directors and
October 18 to October 20, 2004 July 31, 2009
Ed McMahon was invited to hold a The Yosemite Gateway Partners was
Conference in Yosemite’s Curry Village. incorporated as a nonprofit, public benefit
Approximately 50 participants attended, evenly corporation in the State of California.
divided between Highways 140, 41, 120 East,
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Over time, people’s Additionally, annual cost
passion for Yosemite’s savings will result.
towering granite walls, “This is a great
tranquil meadows and moment for Yosemite
stately Sequoia groves and for the thousands of
spawned two great people who care deeply
nonprofits, The Yosemite about its well being,”
Association and The said Mike Tollefson,
Yosemite Fund. Both president of the new
shared a similar goal: unified organization.
protect this treasure “Our ability to reach
for current and future many more people,
generations. Now, directly in the park and
after overwhelming votes of support by both through other communications, will help us
organizations, the two groups have joined as a fund more projects and programs than ever
unified nonprofit. before.”
Each organization will operate as they are Both groups have deep roots in Yosemite.
now until early June, when a new name, logo The Association was established in 1923 as the
and branding will be unveiled. nation’s first “cooperating association” with
“When discussions began, we put aside the National Park Service. Over the years, the
the intricacies of the merger and asked a Association developed a wide array of volunteer,
fundamental question: what is best for the outdoor learning and educational programs.
park?” said Christy Holloway, vice chair of Since 1988, the Fund has raised more than
the new organization and former chair of the $55 million for over 300 projects that preserve,
Association Board of Trustees. “The merger will protect and enhance the park.
create a stronger base of Yosemite lovers so we Additional information on the merger:
can do more than ever to protect the park and http://yosemitefund.org/consolidation.cfm.
enhance people’s visits.”
The merger makes supporting Yosemite
easier through a single organization.
Contributions fund a wider range of projects
and programs to benefit the park - from
wilderness, wildlife and historic preservation
efforts to visitor improvements, youth programs
and education opportunities. The combined
donor base will grow by 21 percent over the
Fund’s existing levels. Through the Association’s
existing retail outlets in the park, the new
organization will be to able reach 3.5 million
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LA Times TrAveL show — A suCCess sTory
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The Yosemite event the Yosemite
Experience makes Experience was filled
debut to Travel Hungry with attendees who
Consumers. waited in line with
Hard work, anticipation to climb
outstanding planning the rock wall, rope
and unprecedented a steer, interact with
cooperation among Zephyr White-water
Yosemite Gateway Rafting, and the
Partners from key Sugar Pine Railroad
tourism business attraction. As an
segments pulled additional incentive,
together to unveil the many making their
inaugural Yosemite way through the
Experience at the LA Pavilion registered for
Times Travel Show held February 13 & 14 at the LA exciting travel prizes and giveaways. Many attending
Convention Center. travel and destinations’ vendors came by the Yosemite
The turnout was very strong; and show organizers Experience to comment how the Pavilion model was
were still finalizing attendance figures, but it is going to be part of their 2011 strategy and planning.
expected the numbers will match or exceed the record Virtually all promotional collateral was distributed at
2009 show event. Travel savvy consumers from the event.
throughout Southern California came looking for Planning is already underway for the 2011 LA
new and exciting destinations and travel products as Times Travel event.
many were making final plans for their 2010 holiday
getaway. Most consumers attending the show came Yosemite Gateway Tourism Partners Corner the
through the Yosemite Pavilion and experienced “hands Market at the Go West Summit
on” multiple interactive Yosemite activities within the Sacramento was the host city for the Go West
Yosemite Experience. Summit which is a dedicated meeting and networking
event between Western State and Regional Tourism
“The excitement and energy was building several Boards, lodging/attractions and media, with tour
weeks before the event from all participants, and was operators and receptive operators from around the US
reflected in the overwhelming turnout for all planning and world. Over 150 buyers were in attendance for the
meetings and activities,” said Jeffrey Hentz, Executive event and the Summit is generally known as a prelude
Director of Yosemite Tourism Bureau. Participating to the industry’s largest show – International Pow
Tourism Partners include: Yosemite/Mariposa Wow.
Tourism Bureau, DNC Parks, Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite
Resorts, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, Tuolumne The Yosemite/Mariposa Tourism Bureau,
Visitors Bureau, Mono County Tourism, Yosemite Tuolumne Visitors Bureau, Mono County and
Pack Station, The Sugar Pine Railroad, Highway Mammoth Mountain, DNC and the contingent
120 and Groveland Chamber Commerce, Merced from the Gold Country Association met with tour
Welcome Center/YARTS, and Zephyr Rafting companies planning new tour series and group outings
Company. The Yosemite Experience featured an open to the Yosemite region. Key evening sponsored
walk-thru area for show consumers to meet with the events included great exposure for Yosemite and
Pavilion exhibitors and learn about their destination, Gold Country members as the over 350 participants
hotel, attraction or travel product. experienced and treated their taste buds to fine
wine from throughout the area and Mariposa’s own
From the opening bell, thousands poured onto microbrewery.
the show’s floor and throughout the two-days
D elaware N orth C ompanies
springTime openings in yosemiTe
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To herald the arrival permits (typically starting in mid-
of spring’s thundering April), this tour is conducted in
waterfalls, lush meadows the popular open-air trams known
and a beautiful palette of as “Green Dragons.” Tours depart
wildflowers, we are pleased daily from the Yosemite Lodge at
to announce seasonal the Falls, and reservations may be
openings of lodging, made by calling 209.372.1240.
dining, and activities in
The Bike Stand at Yosemite
Yosemite. Lodge at the Falls –which
The Victorian-era features a fleet of 200 bicycles
Wawona Hotel opened for adults, youth and children,
for the season on Friday, plus child trailers, helmets, baby-
March 26. Situated 27 miles from Yosemite Valley, this jogging strollers and wheelchairs– opens for the season
National Historic Landmark boasts 50 hotel rooms in early April. Rentals are available by the hour or the
with private bath and 54 rooms with shared bath. The day, with early-season hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30
hotel’s intimate dining room is also open full-time, p.m. daily. A second bike rental location at the Curry
serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with evening Village Recreation Center offers similar rental options.
cocktail service in the lounge. With nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails and
Beneath the grandeur of Glacier Point, Curry countless granite cliffs, the possibilities are endless
Village is known for the same warm, hospitable feeling for hiking, backpacking and rock climbing in
instilled by its founders in 1899. Open weekends only Yosemite. Adventurers can now take full advantage
during the winter, this popular lodging option with of the extensive guided hiking, backpacking and
497 guest accommodations also opened full-time on rock climbing services offered by the Yosemite
Friday, March 26. Mountaineering School, located in Curry Village.
Just like camping, but without all the fuss, Yosemite’s Wawona Golf Course opened in 1918,
Housekeeping Camp’s 266 units are situated in a and has provided golfers challenging but rewarding
picturesque location offering great views of Yosemite rounds ever since. Set near the historic Wawona Hotel,
Falls and Half Dome. Opening in early-April 2010, this nine-hole golf course alternates between meadows
this accommodation is perfect for those who like and narrow fairways lined with Ponderosa Pine and
all the highlights of camping –including cookouts, Incense Cedar. The Wawona Golf Course is open daily
campfires and s’mores– without the hassle of setting (weather permitting) through October. Amenities
up a tent. Units sleep up to six, and include two single- include electric and caddie cart rentals, as well as snack
size fold-down cots, a double bed, table and chairs, and beverage service.
mirror, light and electrical outlets. Central restroom The Yosemite Valley stable will begin offering
and shower facilities, a laundromat and grocery store saddle trips in early-May, weather permitting.
are nearby. Guests can enjoy a two-hour leisurely trail ride to
Informative guides interpret the wonders of the picturesque Mirror Lake area in Yosemite Valley,
Yosemite during the two-hour Valley Floor Tour that departing several times daily; half-day and full-day
takes guests to some of the most picturesque locations rides will be available at a later date when conditions
in Yosemite Valley including El Capitan, Valley View, improve. The stables in Wawona and Tuolumne
Tunnel View, and Bridalveil Fall. When weather Meadows open later in the season, weather permitting.
Y osemite Institute
Delaware North Corporation Parks and Resorts Yosemite is My Backyard Day Camp
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at Yosemite sponsors a Yosemite Institute experience June 14-18, 2010
for Mariposa Middle School.
Ages: 7-9 and 10-12
A generous donation from Delaware North
Corporation Parks and Resorts at Yosemite (DNC) For locals only! Attend our educational day
enabled over 100 students from Mariposa Middle camp in Yosemite Valley. Learn the secrets of
School to attend a 3-day residential Field Science Yosemite with our skilled educational staff.
Education Program in February. “Many Gateway Learning adventures will begin each day at 8:45
youth don’t have the opportunity to have such an a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Program includes a
in-depth experience in the Park. We are thrilled cookout and campfire at Crane Flat for the 7-9
to partner with DNC year olds and an overnight
to make this experience at the Historic Merced
possible for Mariposa Grove Ranger Cabin for
Middle School,” said the 10-12 year olds!
Leigh Westerlund, Tuition: $175.00
Director of Yosemite Volunteer as a parent-
Institute. Mariposa Middle chaperone! Volunteer for
School student Tierney the full week and your
Pretzer summed up the child will attend at no cost
experience this way: “The or volunteer for 2-3 days
Yosemite trip takes a lot of and your child will attend
effort, time, and expenses, for half-price.
but the rewards are abundant and created an
experience that the students will always remember.” Yosemite is My Backyard Backpacking Trip
Thank you DNC! June 14-18, 2010
Summer Programs for Gateway Youth Ages: 13 and up
Registration is now open for our enriching summer After a day of orientation, the group will
programs. Need-based scholarship assistance is available depart on a four-day backpacking adventure in
for all programs. the Yosemite Wilderness with our experienced
Field Research Course (includes 3 credits from teaching staff.
Colombia Community College). Tuition: $400.00
July 31- August 13, 2010 FOR MORE INFORMATION on the
Ages: for students entering 11th or 12th grade Yosemite is my Backyard programs, call Program
Coordinator Dena Staggs at 209.379.9511 ext 25
“This is probably the most interesting and fun or email@example.com.
way to earn college credit I’ve ever known.”
Sponsor a Student!
-Logan, Palo Cedro, CA
Yosemite Institute offers life-changing outdoor
The Yosemite Field Research Course is a 10-day science education programs for school groups and
backpacking trip during which students individuals. Find out how to support
earn college credit for ecological course scholarships for local youth by calling
Community Outreach Director Marya
For more information contact Field Carr at 209.379.9511 ext 19 or mcarr@
Research Course Director, Dr. Adam naturebridge.org.
Burns at 209.379.9511 ext 33, send him
See our website for additional information
an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website at
Y outh in Y osemite
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Youth in Yosemite programs encourage park “My CCC experience refocused my life,”
stewardship. said Anders, who today manages National Park
Service and YCC trail crews in Yosemite.
The Yosemite Fund is raising $1 million for “I wanted to work outdoors and to do something
youth programs to cultivate future park stewards that showed tangible results that benefitted
through hands-on experience in Yosemite the land and people. The CCC’s gave me that
National Park. opportunity.”
“These programs build knowledge, leadership A Student Conservation Association (SCA)
skills and a love for the outdoors,” said Mike program will have college interns removing
Tollefson, president of the nonprofit Yosemite inappropriate trails and non-native plants, as
Fund. “In many cases, youth work side by side well as scanning 18,000 images from Yosemite’s
with National Park Service employees doing archives, preserving them for future generations.
projects that preserve, Junior Ranger educational
protect and improve the programs for children ages
park. Amid Yosemite’s 7-13 and exhibits at Happy
grandeur, young lives are Isles Nature Center will
changed.” expand, helping excite more
Donations will fund children with a taste of
a variety of programs in Yosemite’s unique natural
2010 for children and features.
young adults. The Junior Ranger
Crews with the program helps children
California Conservation and young people forge
Corps (CCC), a program deep connections with
for young adults in their Yosemite National Park.
late teens and early Donor funding will keep
20’s, will repair several front country trails and the Happy Isles Junior Ranger Center open nine
more than 60 miles of backcountry trails. Forty months a year, seven days a week in 2010, and
members of the Youth Conservation Corps update museum exhibits. Last year, more than
(YCC), a program for 15-to 18-year-olds, will 27,000 children went through the Junior Ranger
spend eight weeks living in the park restoring Program in Yosemite.
35 miles of trail, replacing 350 fire rings, and “We’re providing programs to help show
taking action to reduce the potential for fires in young people the magic of our national parks,”
meadows. said Victoria Mates, who manages interpretive
Erin Anders can be counted as one of many programs for the National Park Service in
who found a new direction through youth Yosemite. “It’s a connection we hope they will
conservation programs. He grew up in a tough carry with them the rest of their lives.”
part of Los Angeles working odd jobs before he
saw a CCC poster and applied for the program.
Contributions to Youth in Yosemite programs can be made at
http://www.yosemitefund.org or by calling 1-800-4-MY-PARK.
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Highlights New Chief of Facilities Management
Spring is in the air! Poppies, popcorn flowers, Please welcome Ed Walls as Yosemite’s new
and red maids are starting to bloom in lower Chief of Facilities Management. Walls has served
elevations. Get out and enjoy the spring blooms! as Chief of Facilities Management at the Point
Yosemite was the third most visited national Reyes National Seashore for the past nine years.
park in 2009 with 3.7 million visitors. Great Smoky He has spent nearly 21 years working for the
was first (9.5 million) and Grand Canyon was NPS at Yosemite National Park and Point Reyes,
second (4.3 million). where he was the Chief of Utilities and Chief of
Facilities Management. Walls was responsible
Comings and Goings for managing the operations and maintenance of
Don Neubacher Named Superintendent of all park utilities, park roads, trails, administrative
Yosemite National Park and public use buildings, park housing, visitor use
areas, and campgrounds. Prior to his NPS career,
The new superintendent of Yosemite National
Walls was a General Foreman with Mare Island
Park in California, Don Neubacher arrived in
Naval Shipyard where he supervised and managed
mid-March. Neubacher takes over from David
numerous construction projects with annual budgets
Uberuaga who has been acting superintendent since
that exceeded $30-million. He received a Bachelor
Mike Tollefson retired last year. Neubacher was
of Arts degree in Microbiology from Sonoma State
superintendent at Point Reyes National Seashore
University. He also possesses a State of California
for the past 15 years. A 28-year veteran of the
Contractors License and is LEED trained. Ed
National Park Service, Neubacher has previously
Walls reported to work in February.
served as deputy general manager of the Presidio
of San Francisco, chief of visitor services at Farewell to Dave Uberuaga
Point Reyes, education program administrator at After 15 months guiding Yosemite, Dave
Point Reyes, seminar coordinator for the Coastal Uberuaga is returning to Mount Rainier National
Park Association, natural resources lecturer for Park. On March 10, park staff, partners, and
Humboldt State University, and park ranger at community members held a lunch to honor Dave’s
Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Neubacher 15 months of service as Yosemite’s Superintendent.
is a graduate of the University of California-Davis Presenters thanked Dave for his service, his
where he received a bachelor of science in planning willingness to listen, and his leadership of the park
and management and Humboldt State University during this transition period.
in Arcata, California where he received a master’s
degree in natural resource management. Road Projects
Kathleen S. Morse Selected as Chief of Planning Wawona Road: Beginning April 2010, expect
30-minute delays (1-hour delays from 11 pm to 6
Kathleen S. Morse brings diverse experience to am) due to culvert and paving work.
her new position as Chief of Planning for Yosemite
National Park. A 20-year employee of the U.S. Tioga Road: In July and August 2010, the park
Forest Service, Morse has worked at all levels of will be conducting a chipseal project to resurface
the agency in Montana, California, Alaska and Tioga Road between May Lake and Tioga Pass.
Pennsylvania. In addition to her Forest Service Motorists should expect 30-minute daytime delays.
experience, Morse has worked as an economist in The park is also conducting an environmental
the private sector. Morse has a Bachelor’s degree in assessment (EA) to consider road rehabilitation on
Natural Resource Economics and attended graduate the section of Tioga Road from May Lake to Crane
school at the University of Washington. She is an Flat. The EA is expected to conclude during the fall
avid backpacker, peak bagger, back-country skier, of 2010 and any road work to begin summer 2011.
and scuba diver.
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The non-profit Yosemite Association (YA) sponsors this year-
round series of fun, educational field seminars; they’re a great way
to deepen your connection to our park.
April 10. Exploring the Foresta Fire - Natural history of last
Photo courtesy of Yosemite Association
April 27. Moonbow Photography 1 - Our camera quest for the
mythical lunar arc.
May 15-16. Merced Grove Overnight - A night in a historic
cabin in the sequoias.
May 20-23. Yosemite Valley Pastels - Your weekend of artistic
creativity in the park.
May 26. Moonbow Photography 2 - Another chance to see this
June 4-6. Miwok-Paiute Basketry 1 - The Parker women and
their unique heritage.
June 5-6. The Hidden History of the Chinese in Yosemite - Park
June 12. Birding Yosemite Valley - Naturalist Michael Ross
shares his favorites.
June 13. Foresta Birding - A quiet Yosemite gem with a
June 18-20 - Waterwheel Falls Photography Backpack - An
astonishing aquatic display.
June 20 - Buffalo Soldiers on Patrol - How African-
Americans protected the park.
June 23-25 - North Dome Moonrise Photography Backpack - A
most unique photo op.
In July we have the wonderful “Family Camping Jamborees”
in Tuolumne Meadows, several backpack trips (including two
up Half Dome), a course on writing children’s books and much
Pick up an Outdoor Adventures catalog in the Visitor Center,
find all the details at www.yosemite.org, or call 209.379.2321.
Park entry fee and camping are included, motel rooms have
already been set aside for most of these courses. YA also arranges
Custom Adventures for individuals, families and groups who
want their own naturalist/guide. For information, pricing and
reservations send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Photo by Dave Wyman
G eotourism P roject
nATionAL geogrAphiC CenTer For susTAinAbLe DesTinATions
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By Nicole DeJonghe
Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project March 2010 almost 400 selected sites in the region. Each site has
Update its own landing page with pictures, description, contact
information, mapped location, social networking
features, and suggested nearby and similar attractions.
The focused nomination period for the Yosemite
In early 2009 the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Gateways and Byways region has come to a close,
(SNC) partnered with the Sierra Business Council however nominations can continually be updated,
(SBC) and the National Geographic Society to completed, and submitted. Work is underway to
develop the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Mapguide develop a print map of the Yosemite Gateway and
Project. The Mapguide Project consists of an Byways Geotourism map, funded by the FHWA and
interactive website and several printed maps to matching grants.
highlight unique and authentic tourism destinations
in the Sierra Nevada. The project works to enhance
tourism in the Sierra Nevada region while also Going Forward
promoting the preservation of cultural and heritage Additional local Geocouncils and a Sierra Nevada
resources. Wide Geocouncil are being formed to guide future
The geotourism project has been divided into phases of the project.
four phases covering the entire Sierra Nevada region Site nominations for Phase 2 (Tahoe Emigrant
including three counties of western Nevada. Funding Corridor) are scheduled for June 2010 through August
for the project has come from the SNC, SBC, the 2010. The nomination period for Phase 3, Northern
Morgan Family Foundation, El Dorado County, and Sierra, is scheduled for November 2010 – January
the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA). 2011. Phase 4 (Southern Sierra) nomination period is
Current Status anticipated to take place April 2010 – June 2011. The
Phase one of the project (The Yosemite Gateways possibilities for developing printed maps for the phase
and Byways) has been completed after conducting an 2-4 regions are still being negotiated. Although we
extensive public outreach process yielding over 800 have established suggested nomination periods which
site nominations. A local Geocouncil, representing involved focused outreach efforts, nominations can be
the geographic area of phase one, reviewed and submitted at anytime.
evaluated all of the nominations before submitting Please view that map and submit your nomination at
them to National Geographic for inclusion in the final www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org
Sierra Nevada Geotourism Website.
The web-based geotourism map can be viewed at Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org, which shows 530.582.4800
You are invited to celebrate the launch of Geotourism Phase I in our Gateways, from 2:30 to 4:30pm,
in the Cliff Room immediately following the regular Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting
Surprise Return of the MSO
Remember last year’s historic first symphonic- But the biggest surprise will be saved for the
orchestral concert ever presented in the history of the concert’s second half. Marsden has chosen to present
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landmark Ahwahnee Hotel? History is about to repeat. “the greatest, most memorable, immediately crowd-
The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra returns to pleasing symphony you’ve never before heard - ”
Yosemite National Park on Sunday, May 2 with a obscure Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov’s First.
1:00 p.m. matinee concert in Marsden describes
the Ahwahnee Hotel’s Great Kalinnikov’s music as infused
Lounge. with “nearly indescribable
The Ahwahnee concert is free, Russian bitter comedic pathos.
Black humor intensely flavored
with suggested donations only,
but seating is limited and only with deeply felt passion and
available first-come, first-served. fatalistic resolve. But always,
Patrons are urged to arrive early always: covered thinly in
nervous, sometimes absurdist
for seating as last year’s concert
was standing room only. and near-pathological humor.”
MSO Founding Music Director and Conductor Marsden claims “right out the gate: a very
Les Marsden notes, “Our symphonic concert is a passionate, slightly morose original Russian-sounding
great centerpiece for a day or weekend park visit; last 15-beat tune is stated. What Kalinnikov does with
year the Ahwahnee dining room staff thanked me that tune is audacious and intensely pleasing even
for the resulting all-day uptick in table bookings. I to one hearing the piece for the very first time. The
extend my appreciation to the National Park Service entire symphony has a sense of immediate-recognition,
and Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts at immediate-comfort.”
Yosemite Inc. management and staff groups.” The second movement is a “beautiful little reverie”
The Ahwahnee will graciously donate a portion anchored by an English Horn solo; a stormy middle
of the price of concertgoers’ Sunday brunch at the section ensues, building to a discomfited climax before
Ahwahnee to the MSO. A voucher diners will present the calming reverie returns. The third movement is a
to wait staff will be available from the Mariposa wild syncopated dance in 3-quarter time contrasted
County Arts Council, Inc. (MCACI) in Mariposa at by a wistful 2/4 interlude sandwiched by the returning
5009 Fifth Street; for information call 209.966.3155. light-hearted, nearly comical dance’s closure of the
Marsden notes concertgoers will experience “a
couple of surprises.” The first? Joseph Haydn’s 94th The finale movement begins, sounding exactly
Symphony, usually subtitled “Surprise” due to light- like the melancholic opening of the first movement,
hearted Haydn’s manner of dealing with dozing unusual tune included but then: the sun comes out,
audiences of his day. Marsden says “the second blazing. What follows defies description, but Marsden
movement begins quietly, slowly and – perhaps even notes “this symphony possesses one of the most
tritely: the strings play a simplistic version of the tune phenomenally astonishing summary endings, ever. A
‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and then, all of a sudden: protracted apotheosis quotes moments from the three
BANG! Full-orchestral wallop, forte!” earlier movements to bring the whole work home, in
an absolutely dazzling manner.”
Haydn’s message? Don’t fall asleep during quiet
moments or you’ll receive a rude awakening. The The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s Spring
“Surprise” Symphony has become one of the most Concert will also be presented on Saturday, May 1
beloved of Haydn’s 104+ works in that form. The at 7:00 p.m. in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa
concert opens with Beethoven’s highly dramatic County High School in downtown Mariposa. Tickets
Coriolan Overture; a dark, churning example of for that performance only ($6 for adults and $4
Beethoven’s Sturm und Drang revolutionary musical for students) are on sale at MCACI. Please call
style, and also the polar opposite of the bubbly Haydn 209.966.3155 and are also available at the Mariposa
symphony to follow. County Visitors Center by calling 209.966.7081.
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Secretary - Candy O’Donel-Browne 209.966.4876 email@example.com
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Director - Chris Baker 559.760.0279 firstname.lastname@example.org
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