Sierra Master Chorale names new music director

InConcert Sierra is pleased to welcome Alison Skinner as the new music director of the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra. The appointment follows a year-long search that included more than 20 candidates from around the world. Skinner will take the baton from founding Sierra Master Chorale Music Director Ken Hardin, who announced more than a […]

Local choristers to sing for peace in global celebration

Four Nevada County residents are in Berlin, Germany, preparing to join more than 2,000 fellow choristers from across the world to sing for peace. The singers, Christine Newsom, M.D., Jerry and Linda Maloney, and Sarito Whatley, are all part of InConcert Sierra’s Sierra Master Chorale. The performance Friday, Nov. 2 will be televised and mark […]

Sierra Master Chorale: “Caroling, Caroling Now We Go”

THE JOYOUS VOICES OF INCONCERT’S Sierra Master Chorale are a highlight of the holiday concert season in our region. From Beethoven’s ““Hallelujah Chorus” to Burt’s “Caroling, Caroling” and Biegel’s “Hanukah Fantasy,” this year’s concert is an eclectic and inspiring program. InConcert Sierra’s fall and winter lineup also is impressive: October 21 Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott Pianist […]

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 […]

All the World’s a Stage: The Center for the Arts, Nevada Theatre and Stages at Northstar

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, Oregon, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

“Our Sierra Stages”: A catalyst for economic growth

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, OR, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

Nevada County Arts: First Friday Art Walks, Garrison Keillor and more

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The First Friday Art Walk celebrates Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as its artistic and creative community. Participating downtown businesses are open 5-9 p.m. and many of them host receptions with local artists, trunk shows or performances. Many shops also […]

Sierra Master Chorale presents “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” on May 15, 17

“THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE” was commissioned for the millennium by the U.K. Royal Armouries. The hope was that performances would encourage young people to think about “the vital issues of war and peace.” The composer is Welsh-born Sir Karl Jenkins, known for his brilliant music (and a robust mustache). “As I started […]

InConcert Sierra: An exceptional new season

“OVER THE YEARS, I’VE COLLECTED a lot of musical friends,” says world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. The same goes for InConcert Sierra in Grass Valley, which begins its 2015-16 season with Bell in October in a sold-out performance. It is one of the most imaginative and star-studded seasons for InConcert Sierra, whose roots go back to […]

Joanna Newsom and all enjoy Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra holiday concert

We enjoyed the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra’s holiday concert on Sunday afternoon in Grass Valley. It was a sellout and the guests included harpist and singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom, a Nevada City native whose mom sings in the chorus. We visited briefly with Joanna at intermission; talked about her enjoyment of the New Moon Cafe; […]

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