InConcert Sierra: A new season featuring world-class talent

INCONCERT SIERRA IS ONE OF THE area’s arts and culture pioneers. The nonprofit performing arts group was formed in the 1940s in Grass Valley.

The first concert was held at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building on October 26, 1946, featuring Charles Kullman, tenor, of the S.F. Metropolitan Opera. “It is a delight to have an audience like this. I like Grass Valley…and I would rather sing here than in Vienna,” Kullman said.

Under Ken and Julie Hardin, the staff and board, the group has attracted world-famous performing arts talent, including violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Emanuel Ax and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Its upcoming concerts include:

OCT. 20 PIANIST MICHAEL BROWN
Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is praised as a brilliant young talent.

NOV. 17 VENICE MUSIC PROJECT
Accomplished soprano Liesl Odenweller and musicians playing on period instruments (or re-creations to reanimate the tones of the Baroque era), create a transporting experience.

DEC. 14-15 SIERRA MASTER CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA
Chorale Director Alison Skinner conducts a festive program that includes Rutter’s “Magnificant.”

2020
JAN. 19
ESCHER STRING QUARTET

This ensemble has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances. The Escher String Quartet is named after Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by his method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

FEB. 16 VIOLINIST PAUL HUANG AND PIANIST HELEN HUANG
Paul Huang received the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017
Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. Helen Huang is an accomplished soloist and chamber music player.

MARCH 15 ARNAUD SUSSMANN, WU HAN AND DAVID FINCKEL
Honored by Minnesota’s Pioneer Press for a “sweet and smooth sound that can hypnotize a listener,” violinist Arnaud Sussmann joins cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han — co-directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

APRIL 19 CANTUS, VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” in Fanfare magazine, Cantus is praised for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic
personality.

MAY 17 & 19 SIERRA MASTER CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA
Chorale Director Alison Skinner conducts the annual spring concert.

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