2019-20 Season Overview

Check out our astounding 2019-20 season of GREAT classical music!

All concerts are at 2pm unless otherwise noted

* = pre-concert forum at 1:15pm

September 15, 2019 • InConcert Sierra Orchestra

Our season opens with the alluring sounds of the InConcert Sierra Orchestra. Using audience requests, Conductor Ken Hardin presents a light-hearted tour of some of classical music’s most popular works. Experience an unforgettable afternoon of greatest hits and lesser-known masterpieces.

Please consider sponsoring a musician’s chair – more details to come in early summer.


Listen to the InConcert Orchestra.




*October 20, 2019 • Michael Brown, piano

Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is a brilliant young talent whose career will only continue to sky-rocket.





Listen to Michael Brown.







* November 17, 2019 • Venice Music Project

The first time you hear soprano Liesl Odenweller effortlessly hit a high note will send tingles down your spine. With exquisite musicians playing on period instruments (or exact re-creations to reanimate the tones and atmosphere of the Baroque era), your emotions will be further aroused into a wonderfully transporting experience. You will see and hear why “The New York Times” puts the Venice Music Project at No. 3 of what not to miss if you only have 36 hours in that city.  (* This is a Legacy Gift Concert). 


Listen to the Venice Music Project.





December 14, 2019 (7:30 pm) • December 15, 2019 (2 pm)

Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra – Holiday

Alison Skinner, choral director and conductor

The spirit of the season is felt whole-heartedly throughout our annual holiday celebration that continues to be a seasonal tradition for many. Come celebrate with us!


Listen to the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra.





January 19, 2020 • Escher String Quartet (+David Speltz, cello)

The Escher Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and far tonal beauty. Expect supreme virtuosity expertly performed and you will not be disappointed.




Listen to Escher String Quartet.





February 16, 2020 • Paul Huang, violin & Helen Huang, piano

“When I read that Paul Huang has been called the next Joshua Bell, I was surprised, but when he played Prokofiev’s first sonata, with its expressive range and technical demands on the player, I understood why. Helen Huang’s playing is to be praised for the precise and consistent coordination with the violin that only a very talented and diligent musician can achieve. The pair will make the walls sing.” – Toronto Concert Reviews




Listen to Paul Huang and Helen Huang.





March 15, 2020 • Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Wu Han, piano; David Finckel, cello

Honored by Minnesota’s Pioneer Press for a “sweet and smooth [sound] that can hypnotize a listener,” violinist Arnaud Sussmann joins forces with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han – who are the co-directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and among the most influential classical musicians in the world.



Listen to this incredible trio!




April 19, 2020 • Cantus, vocal ensemble

Cantus is the only all-male artist-led, full-time vocal ensemble in the United States and has a year round performing schedule making vocal waves around the world!

“Watch for this unique and charismatic group – it is just the sort of un-stuffy and engaging ensemble this nation needs more of, if we are to continue generating interest in serious music in an overwhelmingly pop-oriented culture.”  – International Record Review

Listen to Cantus.





May 17, 2020 (2 pm) • May 19, 2020 (7:30 pm)

Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra – Spring

Alison Skinner, choral director and conductor

“Choral music… goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. It’s like a great oak that rises up from the center of the human race and spreads its branches everywhere. That’s what music does for us. And choral music must stand as one of the supreme examples of it.” – John Rutter


Listen to the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra.







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.