InConcert Sierra: Encouraging youth through music

BESIDES PRESENTING WORLD-RENOWNED artists including violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Emanuel Ax, the Vienna Boys Choir and others, InConcert Sierra presents educational programs to Nevada County’s youth featuring visiting concert artists.

The springtime educational youth concerts are for third-grade students county-wide. “InConcert is dedicated to encouraging the imagination of young minds through music,” says Artistic Director Ken Hardin. “It’s important to us for them to experience live music in a concert venue, especially one with great acoustic value.”

The week before the concert, volunteer docents meet with students in their classes, discuss the music they are going to hear and prepare them for the experience.

On April 16, InConcert brings 489 third-grade students and 70 chaperones together to experience the music of WindSync, a woodwind ensemble. Every school is invited to attend and bussing is provided. Here’s the rest of InConcert Sierra’s spring schedule:

April 15 WindSync
The young and adventurous WindSync
has distinguished itself among classical music ensembles as North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet, thrilling sold-out audiences with their dramatic and engaging interpretations of great composers.

May 20-22 Sierra Master Chorale Spring Concerts
Sierra Master Chorale Music Director and Conductor Ken Hardin takes concert-goers on a musical journey, exploring a variety of ways composers have considered the timeless texts of the popular “mass.”

In the first half, attendees will hear a “Kyrie” by Bruckner, “Gloria” by Schubert, “Sanctus” by Fauré, “Credo” by Haydn, and “Cum Sancto Spiritu” by Vivaldi.

The second half will focus on secular choral works of great composers such as Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens.” InConcert Sierra will celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein with his inspirational piece “Make our Garden Grow” from “Candide” — one of the most enduring works of our time.

InConcert Sierra is proud to partner with Sierra Theaters and Music in the Mountains, to bring Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at the Del Oro Theater in downtown Grass Valley.

April 14 Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller 9:30 a.m.

April 28 Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon 9:30 a.m.

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