Shakespeare, art hikes, classical music at Tahoe this summer

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, JULY 8-AUG. 27 Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 45th anniversary season at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, is headlined by productions of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Shakespeare’s labor of love and laughter, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a hilarious Sherlock Holmes whodunit based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The productions are performed […]

InConcert Sierra presents mandolin soloist Avi Avital and guitar duo Assad Brothers on February 24

A trio of superstars in the classical music world — mandolin soloist Avi Avital and the guitar duo Assad Brothers — are going to perform February 24 in Grass Valley, thanks to InConcert Sierra. The celebrated Brazilian-born Assad Brothers with their exceptional artistry and uncanny musicianship, are teaming up with Israeli superstar Avital, the first […]

Music in the Mountains 2017: SummerFest and Amaral season

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS HAS BEEN A pioneer in shaping the region’s performing arts scene. For its 36th year, MIM is offering an exciting SummerFest program, some new musical venues and more classical music concerts throughout the year. Some of the concerts feature the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. Here’s the lineup for MIM’s signature summer […]

Arts & Culture Calendar

KODO ARTS SPRING SHOW, MAY 6-14 Scouring Japanese countryside auctions and morning temple markets in Kyoto for antique furniture, stone lanterns and ceramic vases is a passion for Kodo Arts. Kodo Arts owners, Jake Costello and his wife Yuko, shuttle twice a year between Kyoto, Japan, where they have a country house and a warehouse, […]

InConcert Sierra: Pianists and pop-up dinners

PIANIST SAM HAYWOOD, WHO performed alongside renowned violinist Joshua Bell last fall at InConcert Sierra, is returning on April 30. “Joshua Bell may have found his match in Haywood who, though seated, equals him in emoting the music at hand,” wrote The Washington Post. Haywood will perform at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley. […]

InConcert Sierra: Year-round classical music

DON’T BELIEVE THE CLASSICAL MUSIC naysayers: This genre of music is basking in the glory of popular American culture— locally and nationwide. Last winter, Super Bowl 50 featured the San Francisco Symphony in a “concert of champions.” Last fall, the Sacramento Kings’ first game at the Golden 1 Center showcased a performance by the Sacramento […]

InConcert Sierra: Year-round classical music

DON’T BELIEVE THE CLASSICAL MUSIC naysayers: This genre of music is basking in the glory of popular American culture— locally and nationwide. Last winter, Super Bowl 50 featured the San Francisco Symphony in a “concert of champions.” Last fall, the Sacramento Kings’ first game at the Golden 1 Center showcased a performance by the Sacramento […]

InConcert Sierra presents Vienna Boys Choir

INCONCERT SIERRA BEGAN AS THE TWIN Cities Concert Association 70 years ago, making it the oldest established performing arts organization in the foothills. The first concert, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building in October 1946, featured Charles Kullman, tenor of the San Francisco Metropolitan Opera. “It is a delight to have an audience like […]

Music in the Mountains’ Pete Nowlen tests “arena acoustics” at Kings’ opener

Pete Nowlen, whose roles include artistic director of Music in the Mountains, conducted the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera for a special halftime performance at Golden 1 Center in the Kings’ opening game this week. We noticed Pete on the floor and later on the arena’s state-of-the-art video board, a Panasonic “4K, ultra HD” — the […]

Auburn Symphony: A father & son performance

CLASSICAL MUSIC RUNS in the Jaffe family. Peter is music director of the Auburn Symphony. He has a doctorate in conducting from Stanford; was coached briefly by Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa—and even has a guitar owned by Woody Guthrie. His son James is a concert cellist, chamber musician from the San Francisco Conservatory of […]

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