November News!

Welcome to our newest board member, Rafael M. Diaz – As a young boy, Rafael fell in love with piano music as he was moved to tears by his mother’s piano playing. However, he wasn’t encouraged to study piano. He took a few lessons at age 15, but, he had neither the time nor the discipline to pursue it. His love for the piano expanded at age 25, when he could afford his own apartment and  pay for his own lessons. His father kindly bought him his very first piano, an old and dilapidated $200 upright.

       Born in Cuba, Rafael came to the U.S. at age 22 to further his education. After completing his doctoral studies in psychology, he pursued an academic career with faculty positions at the University of New Mexico, Stanford University, UC San Francisco and, lastly, San Francisco State University. At SFSU, he directed the César Chavez Institute, a center for research on the impact of social discrimination on health disparities and educational inequalities. After a satisfying academic career, he became a clinical psychologist and trained as a spiritual director to work with adults in a holistic approach to psychotherapy that integrates the spiritual journey on the path to wholeness and psychological well-being.

       Rafael moved to Nevada County in 2016 to be closer to his partner Brad. He is now a member of the Piano Workshop with Dr. Aileen James. As a new board member, he is already working on several innovative education projects for InConcert and enjoying being intimately involved with classical music. Please say hello to and welcome Rafael!

Please take the survey! Please help us serve our valued community of classical music lovers even more by completing the survey inserted into today’s program. We need your feedback to help develop better marketing strategies and to increase our awareness of audience desires. If you include your contact information, we will enter you in a drawing for a CD from one of our season concerts. There is a basket in the lobby for your completed survey or mail it to P.O. Box 205, Nevada City, CA 95959.

KVMR 89.5FM Classical Music ShowTune it to KVMR’s new classical music radio show, “Classical Music De-classified,” that airs from 5-7pm on the first and third Sunday of each month. Each broadcast will showcase a different theme and host. Coming up:

• Sunday, November 19 – Host Charles Atthill will air tonight from 4-7pm. His theme is: Travel Broadens the Mind.

• Sunday, December 5 – Hosts Ken & Julie Hardin and Mark Vance will showcase holiday choral music and the spirit of the season.

Please consider a year-end contribution – We hope you agree that InConcert Sierra’s programs captivate us all with the best artists from the international stage, regional standouts and emerging talent. Our 2017-18 season has already gotten off to a great start with the high-level of programming that you expect, including educational opportunities. Your support makes it possible. When you are making your annual contributions, or additional gifts, please consider InConcert Sierra (FEIN 68-0164659).

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