2018-2019 Season Overview

All concerts are presented at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley, at 2pm in the afternoon unless otherwise noted.

The October, November, January, February, March and April performances include a 1:15pm pre-concert forum.

Season Ticket prices:

9 concert package includes all concerts noted below = $307

7 concert package includes chamber concerts only (Sept, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr) = $240

Packages include a 10% discount, ICS membership, and a big Thank You! 




September 16, 2018 • InConcert Sierra Orchestra

We all have our favorite pieces of classical music, favorite composers, and favorite musical moments we’ll never forget. Conductor Ken Hardin has canvassed the audience and will deliver a program that will leave your heart soaring.

This season’s requests coalesced on THE ROMANTICS! The program has some exciting opportunities to feature individual players in the orchestra and showcases a contrast between German and Russian Romantics.

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October 21, 2018 • Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

American pianist Anne-Marie McDermott may not have the name recognition of Emanuel Ax or Lang Lang, however both critics and concertgoers regard her as a top-flight virtuoso performing with a superior interpretive sense, technical brilliance, and evident joy. She has been an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1995.


Listen to Anne-Marie McDermott





November 18, 2018 • Philadelphia Brass

From the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to the heights of the Bolivian Andes, Philadelphia Brass has delighted audiences with virtuosity, artistry, and cohesiveness seldom heard in live chamber music. They have been enthusiastically praised for their appealing diversity of repertoire, technical brilliance, and superb musicality.




Listen to Philadelphia Brass






December 15 (7:30pm) and December 16 (2:00pm) • Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra Holiday Concerts

Joyous voices sweet and clear will deliver heaps of holiday cheer! Favorite carols and new surprises are in store for all! This will be the final holiday concert led by our treasured and beloved music director, Ken Hardin. Join us in celebrating the season.

Check out the excellent program!








January 20, 2019 • Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivaled blend of brilliant musicianship and stunning virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.



Listen to Marc-André Hamelin





February 17, 2019 • Ensemble Schumann: Oboe, Viola, Piano

Selling out chamber halls all over the country, this colorful and unique combination of instruments brings together three outstanding artists: Tom Gallant, oboe; Steve Larson, viola; and Sally Pinkas, piano.  From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, Ravina to Tanglewood, audiences rave about this award-winning combination.


Listen to Ensemble Schumann






March 17, 2019 • St. Lawrence String Quartet

Known for their impassioned performances, operatic lyricism, and bold risk-taking, the Quartet has built a glittering reputation throughout its quarter-century of performing. Champions of new works by great living composers, as well as masterworks from the classical canon, the St. Lawrence brings informed perspectives to its imaginative music-making, offering delights for all ears.

Listen to St. Lawrence String Quartet





April 28, 2019 (this is the fourth Sunday) • Paul Jacobs, organ

The only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award, Jacobs transfixes audiences, colleagues and critics alike with imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Jacobs has been an important influence in the revival of symphonic works featuring the organ, and is a true innovator in the advocacy of organ repertoire.


Listen to Paul Jacobs





May 19 (2pm) and May 21 (7:30pm) • Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra

The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra is hoping to introduce a new musical director to our community.  Join the SMC as it courses on its journey into the future and embraces the memories and melodies of yesterday.