InConcert Sierra: An exceptional new season

“OVER THE YEARS, I’VE COLLECTED a lot of musical friends,” says world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. The same goes for InConcert Sierra in Grass Valley, which begins its 2015-16 season with Bell in October in a sold-out performance.

It is one of the most imaginative and star-studded seasons for InConcert Sierra, whose roots go back to 1946. Along with Bell, InConcert will feature acclaimed Russian pianist Nikolaï Lugansky on March 14, 2016. It is a coup for InConcert Sierra to land such top-notch talent and a credit to Artistic Director Ken Hardin, who is known for his programming prowess.

The Sierra Master Chorale, a 70-voice chorus conducted by Hardin, also has an inspiring holiday program planned. Spring concerts are scheduled as well.

Throughout the new season, the lineup includes up-and-coming classical music talent, such as Mario Diaz-Moresco, praised as a singer whose “comic flair is as attractive as his resonant baritone.” Pianist Sean Chen is hailed as a rising star with a “million-volt smile” and “formidable set of fingers,” as the Dallas Morning News wrote.

Young Pianist Spencer Myer also belongs to the select group of his generation and returns as one of the most beloved pianists at In-Concert Sierra.

Other performers include the “Catavina Duo,” with Eugenia Moliner on flute and Denis Azabagic
on guitar. “This pair is generally considered to be the best flute and guitar duo,” wrote The New Yorker Magazine. The Rose Ensemble has achieved an international reputa- tion as a premiere American early music vocal and instrumental ensemble.

•Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone & Spencer Myer, piano, Nov. 15

•Sierra Master Chorale Holiday
Concerts, Dec. 19-20
The Chorale shares the magic and emotion of the holidays through cherished stores in song such as “Brother Heinrich’s Christmas,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and others.

• Sean Chen, piano, Jan. 17

• Catavina Duo Feb. 21

Penn Valley Cultural Center
Fundraising has begun for a 562-seat performance hall in Penn Valley that will be the new home of InConcert Sierra and the Sierra Master Chorale, among others, if completed. The 4.77-acre campus, with parking for 344 vehicles, also includes a 5,000 square-foot library, a visitor’s center, meeting rooms, a large outdoor courtyard and art displays.

Based on a 2016 build, the Cultural Center is expected to cost $6.9 million. The Penn Valley Community Foundation is spearheading the effort. InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin is a board member.

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