Festival marks Mozart’s birthday
March 8, 2006
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Music in the Mountains and Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday during the “Spring Fest” March 31 through April 9.
All concerts are held inside the lovely candlelit Amaral Family Festival Center at the Nevada County fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Adult tickets are $16-$24 and youth 17 and under are $5.
For tickets and information call (530) 265-6124 or (800) 218-2188. Order tickets online at http://www.musicinthemountains.org or drop by the box office at 530 Searls Ave. in Nevada City from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
— March 31, 6-7:30 p.m. “Pre-Concert Party” This evening’s opening night party will be a special celebration of MIM’s 25th anniversary and Mozart’s 250th birthday. A feast of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, Champagne and chocolates will await the party revelers. An added treat – servers will be dressed in period costume to add to the fun.
— March 31, 8 p.m. “Vienna, Chocolates & Mozart.” The Agave Trio featuring Neil Tatman, oboe; Mutsuko Ichenouchi Tatman, violin; and Paul Perry, piano, performing in period costume, Mozart, Handel, J.S. Bach and other composers from the Baroque era. The concert will be set in a Baron’s home in Vienna and actress Diane Fetterly, as the maid of the manor, will amuse the audience with her theatrical gossip of the evening.
— April 1, 8 p.m. “Rollicking Classics” with Two by Four. A special evening with the piano four-hands artistry of Nevada County’s team of Paul Perry and Ken Hardin. Sophisticated, rhythmically dead-on, this duo has charmed audiences throughout Northern California, Arizona and on the Radisson Cruise Lines. The program will include Gershwin’s “Three Preludes,” “Blue Tango” and “Fiddle-Faddle,” along with Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances” and Ernesto Lecuonia’s “Malaguena.”
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— April 2, 2 p.m. “Sizzling Virtuosi in Recital” with Aileen Chanco Brilliant Bay Area pianist, Aileen Chanco, with Ertan Torgul, violin, performing Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Air for Violin and Piano,” Fazil Say’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” Beethoven’s “Sonata in G Major, Opus 30, No. 3” and Strass’ “Sonata in E-flat Major, Opus 18.”
— April 4, 7:30 p.m. “Musical Adventures in Listening – Mozart with the Maestro.” MIM continues its popular educational offerings for adults with a “look at the life” of Mozart with Paul Perry. This is free to the public, their friends and family as an opportunity to enrich their lives through exploring music. Coffee and cookies will be served at the break. General seating, no reservations or tickets needed.
— April 7, 8 p.m. “Latino Jazz.” Back by popular demand, the CSU Sacramento Latin Jazz Ensemble in rhythms and sounds from South of the Border including pulsating samba, salsa and Latino jazz. The 10-piece ensemble infuses exciting Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms into their performance.
— April 8, 8 p.m. “The Bridge Players.” Travel to Europe via Salzburg, Terezin and Vienna with Randall Weiss, violin; Natalia Vershilova, viola; Victoria Ehrlich, cello; and Marilyn Thompson, piano. This concert features Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in E flat Major” Gideon Klein’s “Trio for Violin, Viola & Cello” and Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Quartet in G minor.”
— April 9, 2 p.m. “Celestial Voices of the Festival Chorale.” Spend a lovely afternoon enraptured by MIM 90 member chorale under the direction of Ken Hardin, with Paul Perry, piano. The performance will include Tchaikovsky’s “The Nightingale,” Mozart’s “Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,” Francis Poulenc’s “Laudamus Te,” from Gloria and many more inspiring and heartwarming songs.