SMC & Orchestra – May 2019

Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra

Alison Skinner, choral director/conductor

Sunday, May 19, 2019 • 2 pm

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 7:30 pm

“The name of this group was well chosen.  The performers are indeed masterful.”
– Nancy Bramlett


The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra is excited to introduce our new choral director and conductor, Alison Skinner.  Join the SMC as it courses on its journey into the future and embraces the memories and melodies of yesterday.

Program below

$38 general / $19 youth (+$4 online fee)




Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)

Underwriter: Robert & Carol Hamilton

Individual sponsors: Charlotte Dewar; Harlow & Martie Rothert

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Program: The Promise of Living

Guest soloists: Bren Altenbach, boy soprano and Kevin Doherty, baritone

Faure – Requiem
Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Gjeilo – Across the Vast Eternal Sky
Faure – Cantique de Jean Racine
Lauridsen – Sure on this Shining Night
Copland – Promise of Living
Ames- Let Everything that hath breath (spiritual)



Choir members click here


Bren Altenbach, age 11, has been performing since age 4 singing solos for the Lake Wildwood Women’s Chorus as well as the national anthem for Veteran’s ceremonies and Nevada County Fair events. In summer 2018, he appeared as “James” in Sierra Stages’ production of James and the Giant Peach performing to sold-out audiences at the Nevada Theater.  Other professional solo engagements include appearing with Music in the Mountains in the 2017 production of Dan Forrest’s Requiem, and in May 2018 singing the part of “David the Shepherd” in Honegger’s oratorio King David in Los Angeles. In December 2017 and 2018, he appeared with his family in a Christmas Show at Alta Sierra Country Club singing solos and performing trumpet and piano.  Bren loves running track and spending time with family and friends.


Kevin Doherty, baritone,  has dedicated much of his life to making classical music a more personal and accessible experience for audiences. Before he started doing this on the radio, Kevin shared his passion for music on the operatic stage. During his nearly two decades as a professional opera singer, he has performed in over 30 different productions across the country, appearing with the Asheville, Shreveport, and Knoxville Operas, among others. In 2013, Kevin decided to take matters into his own hands and started an opera company called Marble City Opera, which produced shorter and smaller scaled works in unique spaces across Knoxville, Tennessee.It was while living in Knoxville that Kevin got his start in radio, hosting the weekend classical music program Early Morning Concert on public radio station WUOT.  Kevin also hosted All Things Considered and filled in frequently on Morning Edition. A native New Yorker, Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College.  He also spent time in the hospitality industry as a food server, bartender and restaurant manager. And that might just be what makes Kevin such a genial host on CapRadio!