InConcert Sierra History
Originally called the Twin Cities Concert Association
InConcert Sierra was conceived in 1946 as the Twin Cities Concert Association (TCCA) when local talent was the heart of small entertainment groups in Nevada County.
InConcert Sierra was born at the historic Bret Harte Inn in downtown Grass Valley under the sponsorship of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and the national Community Concert Service.
The concept was to create a concert series featuring professional talent of “national fame.” The original TCCA garnered over 1,100 members, and the first concert was held at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building on October 10, 1946 featuring Charles Kullman, tenor, of the S.F. Metropolitan Opera.
In response to the extreme enthusiasm of his audience, Kullman was reported to have said:
“It is a delight to have an audience like this. I like Grass Valley… and I would rather sing here than in Vienna.”
The organization has traveled many paths – from a Community Concerts Program, a large series of concerts, to a small chamber ensemble presenter. In 2010, Twin Cities Concert Association’s name became InConcert Sierra to increase marketing efficiency and name recognition. All of the various incarnations have helped this venerable organization, now InConcert Sierra, evolve into the community asset we enjoy today.
Our organization owns a two-manual French harpsichord handcrafted and donated by the late Scott Mackley, a local resident. Through community support, it also owns a Grotrian 9-foot Concert Grand Piano housed at the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.
InConcert Sierra’s programs are held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in private homes, and at The Center for the Arts in Downtown Grass Valley.
The venues were chosen for their acoustical quality and intimate settings. While chamber music is frequently played in public concert halls, the greater intimacy of a smaller space that imitates the drawing rooms in which such music was originally played, is more suitable for a small group of instruments. The church provides a great deal of audience comfort in seating and favorable hospitality areas for both audience and artists.