Lake Tahoe Fest Ends

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival is disbanding after 29 seasons of offering classical and pop music concerts.

Festival board president Sally Lyon told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that competition from new groups offering classical music concerts around Tahoe helped influence the decision last week.

The festival started out by exclusively presenting classical music, but only about 50 percent of its shows were classical in recent years. The festival gradually added pop music, and all three of its shows last summer featured pop acts, including Michael Bolton and Blues Traveler.

According to its website, the festival was founded in 1982 by the conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Edgar Braun.

The nonprofit’s concerts drew up to 12,000 people each summer.