Concert Sunday brings ‘whole new dimension’ to classical experience |

Concert Sunday brings ‘whole new dimension’ to classical experience

The Alexander String Quartet will perform 2 p.m. Sunday in Grass Valley.
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WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: Performance by the Alexander String Quartet, with host/lecturer Robert Greenberg

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, with a 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum

WHERE: 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley (Seventh-day Adventist Church)

TICKETS: $34 general, youth 5-17 free with adult. Available at 530-273-3990, (ticketing fees apply), or at BriarPatch Co-op

INFO: or 530-273-3990

Lecturer Robert Greenberg will join the Alexander String Quartet Sunday in a 2 p.m. Grass Valley performance presented by InConcert Sierra.

Aw reviewer once hailed Greenberg as “the Elvis of music history and appreciation,” a label he has embraced among his many accolades. A Steinway artist, renowned lecturer and educator, Greenberg IS currently music historian in residence with San Francisco Performances. He is also known for his 48-lecture course, “How to Listen to and Understand Great Music,” through the Teaching Company/Great Courses Program of Chantilly, Virginia. For 15 years, Greenberg was the resident composer and music historian for National Public Radio’s “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition, Sunday.”

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles.

The collaboration of Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet are often heard at San Francisco Performances, and at the University of California at Davis’ Mondavi Center. InConcert Sierra is honored to present the team in its premiere performance in Nevada County.

“We’ve been wanting to have Robert Greenberg on our series for as long as I can remember and to have him along with the Alexander String Quartet is simply a dream,” said Artistic Director Ken Hardin. “They are a distinguished quartet in the classical music world and Greenberg will bring a whole new dimension to the performance experience.”

Together, the witty and profound Greenberg and the exquisite performance of the Alexander String Quartet create a story in both music and words. The concert will combine complete performances by the string quartet featuring works of Mozart and Beethoven with Greenberg’s notation of the composers’ lives and their place in history, as well as bringing to life the history, art, politics, intrigue and romance that have shaped this music, Hardin added.

In a fun twist for InConcert Sierra, the pre-concert forum hostess Aileen James, PhD, will get the chance to “interview the interviewer” when she takes the stage with Greenberg prior to the performance.

“There is never a dull moment at InConcert Sierra,” said Hardin. “Our goal is to educate, entertain, and to always try something new.”

James and Greenberg will appear at 1:15 p.m. for the pre-concert forum. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Sunday, Oct. 16 concert are $34 for general admission while youth 17 and under get in free with an adult ticket. They can be purchased in by phone at 530-273-3990, online at (ticketing fees will apply), in person at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door on the day of the concert at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please visit

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