Sierra Master Chorale’s new maestro: A sign of the foothills’ growing arts & culture scene

“There’s a new Who in Whoville”!  I joked to my wife Shannon at the end of Sierra Master Chorale’s engaging Spring concert in Grass Valley this afternoon. Her name is Alison Skinner, and we were we delighted to hear Alison conduct the Chorale and its Orchestra for the first time this afternoon. We have been […]

Music in the Mountains presents SummerFest at Nevada County Fairgrounds

FOR OVER 37 YEARS, MUSIC in the Mountains SummerFest has been one of Northern California’s premier summer concert series, featuring exciting outdoor performances and sophisticated chamber concerts. Led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen and Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, SummerFest runs over the course of 11 days from June 23-July 3 and welcomes over 65 musicians […]

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 […]

Enjoying a vintage Music in the Mountains’ concert this week

This year’s MIM SummerFest celebrates the group’s legacy and its future. It reflects Artistic Director Pete Nowlen’s talent for programming, combined with the support of an energized staff, board and volunteers. SummerFest includes 12 concerts in 13 days, ending on July 3 — an ambitious effort. The headliners include Don McLean and Judy Collins at […]

Music in the Mountains’ 35th annual SummerFest: June 22-July 3

NOW CELEBRATING ITS 35TH anniversary, Music in the Mountains has been a pioneer in shaping the region’s performing arts scene. In the ’70s, artists David Osborn and Charles Woods encouraged San Franciscans Terry Brown and Paul Perry of City Opera to settle in Nevada City, and the two co-founded Music in the Mountains. SummerFest is […]

Music in the Mountains announces director search

Music in the Mountains is excited to announce its search for the next music director. Since 2014, when Pete Nowlen was hired as Artistic Advisor at the end of Artistic Director Gregory Vadja’s tenure in 2013, the orchestra has been playing with an array of guest conductors. Many of these conductors have also worked with […]

Music in the Mountains: A sensational SummerFest

“ONE FESTIVAL, A WORLD OF MUSIC,” is the motto for Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest, from June 16 to July 5. For its 34th season, MIM brings contemporary and classical together in a two-week long celebration of community, art and music. It is an inspiring and exciting lineup, ranging from “dazzling and grand to intimate,” […]

Holiday concert shows Music in the Mountains’ renaissance

We’ve been enjoying the renaissance of Music in the Mountains under artistic advisor Pete Nowlen, resident conductor and chorus director Ryan Murray, executive director Cristine Kelly, the board and its staff. I must admit I enjoy Pete because he’s a fellow Northwestern University grad (in music, in his case), but the main reason is the […]

Music in the Mountains exciting SummerFest is June 11-July 3

FOR THE PAST 33 YEARS, MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS has presented one of the region’s most popular and artistically diverse summer music festivals. This season features an impressive array of musicians, soloists and guest conductors, including MIM’s first female conductor, accomplished Bay Area musician Dawn Harms. From Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, to 150 violins playing […]