InConcert Sierra: An imaginative new season

Spencer Myer

INCONCERT SIERRA PRESENTS another stellar lineup for its 2017-18 season, featuring world-class musicians and vocalists who have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, among other venues.

The performers include British vocal ensemble VOCES8, pianist Spencer Myer, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, harpist Bridget Kibbey, pianist Drew Peterson, the WindSync ensemble, and the in-house Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra.

On December 16 and 17, the chorale and orchestra will brighten spirits with its traditional holiday program. “This is always one of those concerts where you leave filled with joy,” says InConcert Sierra’s Artistic Director Ken Hardin. As regulars, we couldn’t agree more.

Conducted by Hardin, the chorale is an auditioned high-level community choir with 80 singers. It performs with the InConcert Sierra Orchestra, comprised of regional musicians, including concertmaster Richard Altenbach.

OCT. 22 VOCES8
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved a cappella singing groups.

NOV. 19 SPENCER MYER, PIANO
Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, the consummate artist returns to InConcert Sierra.

JAN. 21 CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is well known for its quality performances. This program will juxtapose two musical giants of Romanticism: Antonín Dvorák and Johannes Brahms.

FEB. 18 HARPIST BRIDGET KIBBEY, BAROQUE PROJECT
Prize-winning harpist Bridget Kibbey returns to InConcert, joined by violinist Siwoo Kim and recorder-player Priscilla Hereid for an intimate afternoon of Baroque music artistry.

MARCH 18 PIANIST DREW PETERSON
This marks InConcert Sierra’s 10th anniversary of collaborating with the prestigious American Pianists Association to showcase their competition winners. This season, InConcert presents the 2017 winner of the APA Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most coveted prizes in the music world.

APRIL 15 WINDSYNC
The young and adventurous WindSync has distinguished itself among classical music ensembles as North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet.

MAY 20, 22 SIERRA MASTER CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA, SPRING CONCERT
The concerts are held at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley and most of them begin at 2 p.m.

(Photo: Roger Mastroiann)

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