Music in the Mountains’ 30th anniversary season
“Music in the Mountains (MIM), the largest classical music organization in the Sierra Foothills, announces its 30th anniversary season – filled with new magic and old favorites. After a challenging year of fundraising and streamlining, MIM remains committed to sharing first-rate music with the community, including one of the finest orchestras in the region, renowned guest artists and new musicians.
“The year begins with SpringFest, April 15 to 17, at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in downtown Grass Valley, an homage to MIM’s early concerts in this historic former chapel. The first concert, ‘Classics for Kids,’ is presented by the principal players of the MIM Festival Orchestra, and will be held on Friday, April 15. This free concert is specially designed for the area’s fourth-grade students. Saturday night, April 16, finds jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako performing original works with his trio.
“The MIM Festival Orchestra principals return for an evening of chamber music Sunday evening, April 17, under the direction of artistic director Gregory Vajda, who will also play the clarinet. Local thespian Bob Rossman will narrate Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ – a Russian take on the Faustian dilemma. To celebrate the opening of the 30th season, a complimentary champagne, coffee and dessert reception follows the Saturday and Sunday concerts.
“SummerFest, June 18 through July 3, includes favorites from the last 30 years of performances, as well as some famous pieces that MIM has never played such as Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman Overture’ and Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 5.’ Concerts will feature the professional orchestra, the 90-voice festival chorale and guest artists.
“A new Family Concert, ‘Introducing the Symphony Orchestra,’ will provide insights on the symphonic art form for kids of all ages. Another highlight of the summer program will be ‘Cirque de la Symphonie,’ a performance art group that incorporates magic, juggling, contortion and silk aerials into a classical concert. They will be appearing at the first outdoor Picnic and Pops on June 25.
“The perennially popular WinterFest holiday concerts featuring the Festival Chorale with chamber orchestra will be presented December 9, 10 and 11.
“The Music in the Mountains Alliance fundraising group also produces a variety of benefit events throughout the year, one for every taste. ‘Music in the Vineyards,’ an elegant dinner, will be held May 19 followed by Bridge, Lunch and Tunes on June 27. The Sierra Brewfest is scheduled for August 27, the SwingAlong Golf Tournament September 11 and The Designs for Living Home Tour October 1 and 2.
“Tickets for Music in the Mountains’ concerts and events may be purchased online at www.musicinthemountains.org or by calling the box office at (530) 265-6124.”