Attracting musical gold to Nevada County |

Attracting musical gold to Nevada County

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InConcert Sierra has announced its 2013-14 season, and the lineup is nothing less than world class.

The nonprofit arts organization will wrap up its current season this month with Sierra Master Chorale's spring concerts May 16 and 19 and a smaller house concert with a guest artist later this month.

But to secure some of the best musicians in the world for performances at the intimate setting at Sevenths-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, InConcert Sierra must book well in advance, explained Executive Director Julie Hardin.

Hardin couldn't contain her excitement while recently discussing the new season. Among the musicians InConcert Sierra will present for the Third Sunday Season are pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Anna Polansky and Sean Chen, the winner of the prestigious American Pianist Association Competition. For those not "in the know" of classical music, this is an All-Star lineup that typically sells out concert and orchestra halls in large cities around the U.S. and world.

Ax, for example, is hailed as "one of the best pianists of the 21st century." In addition to a full schedule of performances at concert halls, orchestras and philharmonics across the world, Ax was the Artist in Residence at the New York Philharmonic for 2012-2013.

Hardin and her husband, Ken Hardin, InConcert Sierra's artistic director, traveled to Indiana last month to witness the American Pianist Association Competition themselves. When Sean Chen completed his final performance of the competition, the audience was left a mesmerized.

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"I was shocked that he didn't get an immediate standing ovation, but realized people were stunned by the breath-taking performance. It was out-of this world, so powerful and so visceral," Julie said.

After running away with the competition, Chen joined the elite field of InConcert Sierra's 2013-14 season. He will perform in Grass Valley Nov. 17.

Google Jason Vieaux and you will quickly learn that the virtuoso classical guitarist is listed among the top in his field. He will grace the stage at the Seventh-day Adventist Church Jan. 19, 2014.

The new season will also feature the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows, Boston Brass, Chamber Favorites by local favorites and two performances by the Sierra Master Chorale.

Those who don't think classical music is "their thing" should witness even one of these performances firsthand. The caliber of music is equal to that found at San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center but for a fraction of the cost.

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