Music, music everywhere |

Music, music everywhere

Photo for The Union by Liz Kellar

Photo for The Union by Liz Kellar

There was a brass quartet at a Grass Valley grocery store, and a chamber music jam at a Nevada City coffeehouse.

Not to mention the performances at summer camps for schoolchildren and for seniors at assisted living centers.

Many lucky Nevada County residents caught one of these performances Wednesday or Thursday, all part of Moveable Fest — two days of “spontaneous” performances at unexpected locations around Nevada County that were designed to highlight Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest.

For more than three decades, MIM has brought classical performances to the Sierra Nevada that broaden people’s ideas of traditional classical music. This season, event organizers introduced Moveable Fest. Approximately 30 musicians, some local, some from as far as New York, played at restaurants including New Moon and Matteo’s, both SPD markets and BriarPatch, wineries such as Smith and Nevada City and Szabo, as well as at ol’ Republic brewery.

Groups also performed at day camps at Scotten, Bell Hill and Grass Valley Charter schools, said MIM executive assistant Kay Drake.

“They don’t have a large budget, so that was a unique opportunity for them to have some entertainment come in,” Drake said.

She added that they got a great deal of positive feedback from the assisted living facilities; a group also performed in the cardiac unit at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

“The quality of the performances was really outstanding, and by taking that level to the community, we made some very heartfelt connections with a wide variety of people,” Drake said.

“We were trying to establish a more festival feeling, and this gave us an opportunity to create that feeling throughout the entire county by reaching out and celebrating these wonderful musicians.”

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.