NOW CELEBRATING ITS 35TH anniversary, Music in the Mountains has been a pioneer in shaping the region’s performing arts scene. In the ’70s, artists David Osborn and Charles Woods encouraged San Franciscans Terry Brown and Paul Perry of City Opera to settle in Nevada City, and the two co-founded Music in the Mountains.
SummerFest is the [...]
InConcert Sierra is bringing the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir back to Grass Valley on November 20, our magazine has learned.
We got a “sneak peek” at InConcert Sierra’s 2016-17 season, and it includes the Vienna-based choir of 100 choristers from 30 different nations between the ages of 10 and 14. Divided into four touring choirs, they [...]
This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth.
In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around Auburn, [...]
“THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE” was commissioned for the millennium by the U.K. Royal Armouries. The hope was that performances would encourage young people to think about “the vital issues of war and peace.”
The composer is Welsh-born Sir Karl Jenkins, known for his brilliant music (and a robust mustache). “As I started composing [...]
THIS SPRING AND SUMMER, Sierra Stages continues its 2016 season with two diverse musicals that have developed a popular following since debuting Off-Broadway. “The Last Five Years” plays at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley April 28-May 8, and “Little Shop of Horrors” plays at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City July 14-August 6.
ELLU GALLERY OFFERS AN EXCITING approach to viewing, buying and living with art. The 5,000 sq.-ft. modern and contemporary art gallery opened quietly in late 2015 in Grass Valley. The Gallery hosts events, impromptu small-scale musical performances and other gatherings.
It epitomizes the booming art gallery scene in our area, which includes Art Works Gallery and [...]
CALIFORNIA WORLDFEST BEGAN IN 1996 to showcase the world’s finest artists performing music and dance. The summertime jam at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley was founded by longtime Chico residents Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers.
The couple also co-founded the popular Strawberry Music Festival and pioneered the concept of bringing the Bluegrass festival formula, [...]
The iconic Strawberry Music Festival is returning to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on May 26- 29. It features four days of music, camping and recreation and draws thousands of musicians, entertainers and music enthusiasts from across the United States.
The festival features a wide range of music, including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, swing, rock, Cajun, Celtic [...]
A HALF CENTURY AGO, NEVADA County— long known for its rich gold mines and Wild West feel—experienced an arts and culture revolution that has reshaped the local economy well into the 21st century. The county also continues to influence the statewide arts scene.
Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation member and “deep ecology” poet Gary Snyder, [...]
THE NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN GRASS Valley is home to the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.”
But that’s not all: the Fairgrounds also host some of the region’s signature music festivals and [...]