‘mini-Mondavi’ says Jeff Pelline of InConcert Sierra

 Sierra Food, Wine, Art Magazine Fall Issue…

An Encore Performance Each Year

THE LONG ECONOMIC SLUMP HAS SHAKEN up some of the region’s stalwart performing arts groups. But InConcert Sierra, one of the best-managed nonprofits around, hasn’t missed a beat. Donations are up 10 percent, budgeting is 30 percent ahead of plan, and—best of all— InConcert Sierra is bringing top-notch talent to Grass Valley from all over.

The group’s lineup for its 2011-12 season is an eclectic and inspiring program, featuring world-class musicians as well as rising stars. There’s classical music, jazz and vocalists. “InConcert is all about great music and community,” says Ken Hardin, the group’s artistic director and an accomplished pianist and conductor.

The Merling Trio, who will perform Nov. 20, is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. The Sierra Master Chorale, now part of InConcert Sierra, will perform holiday concerts on Dec. 17 and 18. One highlight: A moving rendition of “Silent Night” on a classical guitar.

Then on January 15, world-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform—on a Steinway grand piano, no less. He’s one of the top 10 or 20 pianists in the world. Ohlsson entered the Julliard School in New York at age 13, has appeared with symphony orchestras from New York to Russia and has won the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition.

All told, this year’s program has helped InConcert become a “mini-Mondavi” in the foothills, referring to the grand Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis. Ohlsson will perform there also. “You don’t have to drive all the way to Davis to experience this level of performance,” says Julie Hardin, the group’s executive director. “Our concerts are more intimate.”




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