MIM Summerfest

2019 SummerFest Music Program is Happening Through July 3

Music in the Mountains is pleased to announce its 38th annual  SummerFest concert series for 2019. The series runs  through Wednesday, July 3, with the Patriotic Pops concert at the Fairgrounds. It’s a celebration with wonderful music, fun events and a great time for friends and family.

“Here at MIM we are excited to invite you to our 38th annual SummerFest. This year we have your classical favorites, including Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Third Symphony, and the popular Patriotic Pops. We have also created some exciting new experiences for audiences of all ages. In 2019, the SummerFest Music Academy will be debuting with a free master class, an artists reception, and pop-up performances around town. Brass, Brats, & Brews is a new twist on an old favorite and will be fun for the whole family. Whether you like music education programs, classical indoor concerts, or outdoor pops, there is something for everyone at this years festival.”  Jenny Darlington-Person, Executive Director

MIM Summerfest
Photo by Kial James

Brass, Brats & Brews Concert: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM (gates open); Concert starts at 8:00 PM, Pine Tree Stage, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Our  much loved Brass Concert is “going to the park.” Bring the whole family for an evening of great food, fun and fabulous music. Get ready to enjoy a Brass Band concert, circa 1890 – with an updated repertoire for 2019.  Bring your chairs and picnic gear, or make things easy and rent a table and chairs from us (pre-order by phone 530-265-6124). Enjoy great local brews provided by Grass Valley Brewing Company, bratwurst and other delights from The Ham Stand. The band will be serving up some delicious tunes by the likes of Franz von Suppé, Percy Fletcher,   Antonin Dvorak, Scott Joplin: Jelly Roll Morton,  Duke Ellington and many more.

Carmina Burana: Thursday, June 27, Prelude Discussion, 6:30PM ; Concert, 7:30 PM, Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

When MIM performed Carmina Burana a few years ago, the audience gave our orchestra and chorus a wild, 10-minute standing ovation. And for good reason. Carmina is one of the most intense, thrilling  choral pieces ever written.

Chorus Director and Resident Conductor Ryan Murray will start the evening  off with a Prelude Discussion at 6:30, exploring the rich tapestry of Carl Orff’s  masterpiece. An hour later (7:30), it’s showtime, as Maestro Murray, the Festival Orchestra, MIM chorus, guest soloists and singers from Sierra Master Chorale perform the most popular choral work of the last century.   This will surely be a night to remember.

SummerFest Music Academy Master Class, Friday, June 28, 1:00PM, Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Find out  what it’s like to be one of the talented emerging professional musician.  The SummerFest Music Academy Master Class is an immersive summer festival experience through direct chamber and orchestral performance opportunities with the MIM Festival Orchestra and guests. It’s soon to become an integral part of SummerFest.  Academy musicians will play chamber music at the Artists Reception Gala, perform two orchestral concerts and participate in masterclasses, individual lessons  and other professional development sessions with MIM SummerFest artists. The program will be led by MIM Resident Conductor and Choral Director, Ryan Murray, with the assistance of MIM principal cellist, Janet Witharm

Magical Moments Concert: Saturday, June 29. Prelude Discussion, 6:30 PM; Concert, 7:30 PM, Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Join guest conductor Joel Revzen at 6:30 as he delivers some fascinating insights on the Magical Moments Concert.  At 7:30, enjoy  an inspirational evening of musical  mysticism and dance. This program spans three countries and two continents and is sure to make for a wonderful, stimulating evening. Principal players  include Maestro Revzen, Concertmaster Emeritus Mariko Smiley and Pianist Brenda Vahur. They’ll transport you and your imagination to warm summer nights in Spain, Argentina and France through the genius of  Debussy: (Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun), de Falla (Nights in the Gardens of Spain), Faure (Pavane) and Piazzola (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires).

Beethoven, Bruch & Amaryn, Sunday, June 30, 3:00 PM matinee, Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Heroic. Ferocious. Groundbreaking. And that’s just a few of the most common descriptions for Beethoven’s musical tour de force, the incomparable Symphony No. 3 (Eroica). Don’t miss this concert  as Maestro Joel Revzen conducts Beethoven’s  staggering musical vision that is one of the truly great pieces of classical music.  Leading up to this main event is another amazing classical piece we know you’ll love–the Bruch Violin Concerto, featuring the amazing 11-year-old violin prodigy Amaryn Olmeda.

Artists Gala Reception, Sunday, June 30, 5:30 PM, Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

But wait, there’s more. After the performance, our artists are throwing a little party of their own. Enjoy refreshing beverages and appetizers as you mingle with the artists and other concert-goers, and experience a special performance by the SummerFest Music Academy.

MIM Patriotic Pops
Photo by Kial James

Patriotic Pops Concert – Happy Birthday USA!, Wednesday, July 3, 6:30 PM (gates open); Concert starts at 8:00 PM, on the lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

America’s having a 243rd birthday party, and you’re invited. MIM’s Patriotic Pops Concert has been the perfect ending to our SummerFest music season for many years now. Break out the red, white and blue and treat yourself and your family to a fun evening of refreshments from the MIM Bar, amazing  food from local vendors and some pretty spectacular music. Maestro Pete Nowlen and the MIM orchestra and chorus will deliver lots of Gershwin, Souza, John Williams and many other American favorites. Plus, Capital Public Radio’s Donna Appidone will join our orchestra to narrate Casey at the Bat.  It’s a great time for you and your family to kick back under the stars as we strike up the band.  Bring your chairs, blankets and picnic gear,  or make things easy and rent a table and chairs from us (pre-order by phone 530-265-6124).

Content submitted by Heather Haddock, Music in the Mountains