Past 2016-17 Season Overview















Season Calendar…

Ken conducts SR front-2200 (1)September 18, 2016 (2pm) InConcert Sierra Orchestra

Ken Hardin, conductor – Greatest Hits of the Orchestra!

The program is based on recommendations from you, the audience. Sponsor a musician for our annual benefit fundraiser to support great classical music right here in Grass Valley!

Hear the orchestra




The Alexander String Quartet is noted among the world’s premiere ensembles. They are joined by composer-pianist-musicologist Robert Greenberg, famous for his lectures on The Learning Company’s “Great Courses.” Together, they will explore the marvels of chamber music with wit, insights, and exceptional musicianship.

Check out Robert Greenberg




November 20, 2016 – Vienna Boys Choir

One of the best-known boys’ choirs on the planet is BACK. The Vienna-based choir of 100 choristers from 30 different nations, ages of 10-14, are divided into four touring choirs. They visit virtually all European counties, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia –  and Grass Valley!

Listen to the choir!



SMC singsSaturday, December 17, 2016 – 7:30pm AND
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 2:00pm
Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra Holiday • Ken Hardin, conductor

Bringing joy and inspiration to the holiday season with some old favorites and some new discoveries – as well as a chance to sing-a-long. Make SMC your holiday tradition!

Hear why people make this a holiday tradition!



Zofo_2 copyJanuary 15, 2017  ZOFO piano four-hands

This GRAMMY-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble – Eva-marie Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi – is one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets. ZOFO, is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra).

See their exciting performance style!


Wyrick is the Associate Principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. An alumni now, he entered the Juilliard School at age 8 and was one of the last students of the famed Leonard Rose. At age 18, his professional recordings with Earl Wild and Rudolf Firkušný received a Grammy nomination.

Listen to Peter perform



Young Norwegian trumpet sensation Tine Thing Helseth leads tenThing, an all-female brass ensemble, in unique arrangements of favorites such as Bizet, Grieg, Mozart, and Piazzolla. tenThing are rapidly establishing themselves on the international scene and known to provide fabulous experiences of live music that listeners will not easily forget.

See the Scandinavian sensation


Every so often, our third Sunday falls on Easter and we choose something a little different. This year, we’ll present the Western United States’ pre-emininent handbell ensemble performing on 120 bells and chimes, under the direction of Barb Walsh. From Reno, Tintabluations Handbell Ensemble is a diverse group committed to the art of English Handbell ringing.

Bell ringing like you’ve never heard it before 


Ken conducts tight-8089cSunday, May 21, 2017 – 2:00pm AND
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 7:30pm
Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra • Ken Hardin, conductor

What better way to welcome spring than with music that makes you feel good? The SMC & Orchestra conducted by Ken Hardin will do just that.

Listen for yourself!



Special Performance

Sam1April 30, 2017 (2pm) – Sam Haywood, piano

Remember the superlative British pianist who performed alongside Joshua Bell last October? He thoroughly enjoyed his stay and he’s coming back! A consummate pianist, Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls.

“[Joshua] Bell may have found his match in Haywood who, though seated, equaled him in physically emoting the music at hand.” – The Washington Post

Hear Sam’s masterful performance