The Center for the Arts and Music in the Mountains are gearing up for holiday celebrations and concerts featuring local and international talent. As The Center enters the final phases of their renovations, they are excited to team up with Music in the Mountains to bring a variety of musical events to the community. From choirs to bluegrass and fiddles to jazz, there is something for everyone. You can celebrate among the pines of The Nevada County Fairgrounds, atop the hill at Foothills Event Center or in the heart of downtown Grass Valley at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The season kicks off on Sunday, December 8th with a 7:30pm show at The Vets Hall with what promises to be another spellbinding performance from Storm Large. She got her start in the clubs of San Francisco and gained recognition on the CBS show ‘Rock Star: Supernova’. Now based in Seattle, she takes her solo show on the road performing rock, blues, jazz and lounge for her faithful fans. Expect a mix of originals, covers and holiday tunes for this ‘Holiday Ordeal’ presented by The Center for the Arts. Tickets and Info.
Experience Appalachia with Grammy winner Mark O’Connor. He spent some time here in Nevada City and returns with his band to perform songs from their album An Appalachian Christmas. Mark is joined by family members; Maggie, Forrest and Kate Lee as well as National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart and Michael Rinne on Upright Bass. The iconic fiddler puts on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. This show starts at 8:00pm at The Foothills Event Center on Saturday, December 14th as a part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series. Tickets and Info.
Bay Area record label, Windham Hill celebrates the 35th anniversary of their Winter Solstice acoustic album series. The Center for the Arts welcomes founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, as they come together with Todd Boston and Mia Pixley to lead this joyous holiday concert. The release of the “Winter Solstice” album is a tradition that Windham Hill follows every holiday season. The unique sounds and boundaries that Windham Hill has created through each album have received well-deserved recognition around the world. The show starts at 7:30 pm at The Amaral Center at The Nevada County Fairgrounds on Thursday, December 19th. Tickets and Info.
On Friday, December 20th you’ll find Irish Christmas in America on the same stage for a 1:00 matinee performance of Irish music, song and dance. The Center for the Arts invites you to bring the whole family to enjoy the holiday performance, vendors and more with discounted tickets for youth 12 and under. Tickets and Info.
Immerse yourself in the sounds of the season with Music in the Mountains’ Choral Concerts featuring the MIM Festival Chorus, MIM Youth Chorus, and MIM Festival Orchestra. ‘Home for the Holidays’ will run for two shows at The Amaral Center at The Nevada County Fairgrounds. A 7:30 pm show on Friday, December 20th and a 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, December 21st. Bring your family and friends and start your holiday celebration early. Tickets start at $19 and children under 18 are free. Tickets and Info.
Tickets for the MIM Holiday Choral Concerts are available online at musicinthemountains.org, the box office 131 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, or by calling 530.265.6124. Tickets for The Center for the Arts shows are available at thecenterforthearts.org as well as the Box Office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Enjoy the season and the many cultural opportunities our local arts organizations provide.
Content and photos provided by Melissa Clark, The Center for the Arts