The Four Seasons: Music in the Mountain’s Year-round Concerts

TO BORROW FROM A VIVALDI MASTERPIECE, Music in the Mountains is now celebrating “The Four Seasons.” MIM has traditionally presented festivals, or multiple concerts in a one- to three- week time frame, known as SummerFest and WinterFest.

Now it has begun presenting orchestral concerts throughout the year, thanks to an innovative new partnership with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. “Our patrons have said they would prefer to have concerts spread throughout the year, in addition to SummerFest,” says Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.

MIM’s programs still honor its own traditions. Its holiday concerts are among the most popular in the foothills. On December 9 and 10, MIM’s Resident Conductor Ryan Murray conducts the Music in the Mountains Festival Chorus & Orchestra in “Happy Holidays.” It is a sparkling celebration with carols, classics and more. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. (Yes, Virginia there will be a Santa Claus).

On October 28, MIM will host “A Spooky Soiree” at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley. It’s a talent show with 16-20 different performers. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

In fall, winter and spring, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera is bringing classical orchestra concerts, along with world-class guest conductors and soloists, to MIM’s Concert Hall in the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

“Nevada County has a healthy arts community, and (MIM) has maintained strong leadership in presenting classical music to the area. We’re delighted to be working with them,” says Alice Sauro, executive director of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. All of the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. They include:

OCT. 13 BRAHMS FIRST SYMPHONY Andrew Grams, conductor
JAN. 26 RACHMANINOFF THIRD CONCERTO Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
MARCH 2 BEETHOVEN & MOZART Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor and violin

For tickets or more information, visit MusicInTheMountains.org.

THE MET: Live in HD

MIM is co-sponsoring the 2017-18 season of The Met: Live in HD with InConcert Sierra. Experience the greatest opera in the world at the historic Del Oro Theatre in downtown Grass Valley. It’s the 12th season of the Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy Award-winning series, The Met: Live in HD.

Oct. 7: 10 a.m., Norma, Vincenzo Bellini
Oct. 14: 10 a.m., The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nov. 18: 10 a.m., The Exterminating Angel, Thomas Adès
Dec. 9: 10 a.m. Hansel und Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck
Jan. 27: 10 a.m., Tosca, Giacomo Puccini
Feb. 10: 9 a.m., L’Elisir d’Amore, Gaetano Donizetti
Feb. 24: 9:30 a.m., La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini
March 10: 10 a.m., Semiramide, Gioachino Rossini
March 31: 10 a.m., Così fan tutte, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
April 14: 9:30 a.m., Luisa Miller, Giuseppe Verdi
April 28: 9:30 a.m., Cendrillon, Jules Massenet

(Photo: John Taber)

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