Auburn Symphony: A father & son performance

CLASSICAL MUSIC RUNS in the Jaffe family. Peter is music director of the Auburn Symphony. He has a doctorate in conducting from Stanford; was coached briefly by Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa—and even has a guitar owned by Woody Guthrie. His son James is a concert cellist, chamber musician from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and he has performed all over the world.

This fall the two are performing together for the Auburn Symphony. The father-and-son classical music performance is a highlight of the season in the local arts scene. Other upcoming performances:


Oct. 15-16 Masterworks Concert I:
New World Dances from Cakewalk, set to Hershy Kay’s adaptation of music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; cellist James Jaffe performs Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo; Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

Dec. 6 Messiah Sing-Along
Selections from George Frideric Handel’s great masterpiece, with nationally recognized guest soloists and members of choruses from around the region. Maestro Jaffe opens with John Finnegan’s classic Christmas sing-along, a medley of the world’s most beloved carols.


Dec. 3 Sing-Along Soirée Cabernet
Dec. 8 Joyeux Noël Songs of France
Dec. 10-11 Holly Jolly Holidays
All December concerts are at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds
Dec. 31 Strauss & Swing at the
Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building


January 19-29 The 3rd annual Nugget Fringe Theater Festival is one of the largest indoor mountain town arts events in the region, comprising of more than 110 performances of theater, dance, music, comedy and spoken word.

This year’s Nugget Fringe Theater Festival will concentrate virtually all of its performances in intimate settings in downtown Grass Valley. “It’s theater unleashed,” explains Scott Ewing, producer of the festival and artistic director of Quest Theaterworks.

The festival looks to double in size from last year, which doubled in size from the first year. Fringe festivals of short, experimental theater pieces originated in Scotland in 1947.

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