Music in the Mountains ‘Sins & Redemption’ showcases rising stars |

Music in the Mountains ‘Sins & Redemption’ showcases rising stars


Who: Music in the Mountains Spring Concert Series “Sin & Redemption”

What: “An Evening of Cabaret”, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, Tickets $42 general admission; and “The Vivaldi Gloria”, 3 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W Main St, Grass Valley, tickets $35 adults general Admission, $50 adults reserved, $10 students


Music in the Mountains presents “Sin & Redemption,” a weekend of two concerts showcasing the rising stars of contemporary and classical music.

Beginning Friday at the Foothills Event Center, “An Evening of Cabaret” will feature acclaimed opera singers Carrie Hennessey and Omari Tau, accompanied by pianist Jennifer Reason, performing in a sultry, sometimes irreverent evening of classic cabaret. The weekend’s festivities end Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church, when the Music in the Mountains Chorus presents a program of sacred music featuring the Vivaldi “Gloria” with soloists Liisa Davila, David Korn, Daniel Yoder, and Matt Hildago.

For “An Evening of Cabaret,” Music in the Mountains will transform the Foothills Event Center into a glamorous Paris nightclub a la Moulin Rouge. Carrie Hennessey and Omari Tau exhibit their incredible vocal range and tantalize audiences with a blend of cabaret and jazz classics from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and more.

Known for her purity of tone and luscious lyricism, soprano Hennessey’s emotionally charged performances are nothing short of a stunning experience, according to MIM. Hennessey has performed in opera, theater and with symphonies all around the world. Recent engagements include her European debut at the International Mahler Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic, performances in Austria and Eastern Europe including Dvorak Hall in Prague, NYC debut in Poulenc’s French melodrama La Voix Humaine.

Tau returns to Music in the Mountains after his much-revered role as the emcee of the festival’s Holiday Pops concert, Unwrap The Holidays. At home in the operatic and musical theatre worlds, as well as in jazz and pop genres, Tau has proven to be a versatile performing artist, educator and director. He currently serves as director of Opera Theatre at Sacramento State University and assistant professor of Music at Cosumnes River College.

On Sunday, the Music in the Mountains Chorus redeems audiences with the Vivaldi “Gloria,” in a sacred program celebrating the breathtaking beauty of the voice. Members of the Music in the Mountains Chamber Chorus will also sing the Bach Cantata 106, considered the masterpiece of Bach’s early cantatas.

The program will feature solos from four award-winning new classical stars — Liisa Davila, David Korn, Daniel Yoder, and Matt Hildago. Soprano Liisa Dávila has been heard as a leading opera roles with notable opera companies as Townsend Opera Players, West Bay Opera, and the Greek Opera Festival.

Countertenor David Korn was the first male soprano to be a member of the Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, and New York City Opera. Bass-baritone, Daniel Yoder, is a native of the Sacramento area, and has performed with Sacramento Choral Society, Pocket Opera of San Francisco, Sacramento Opera, Opera Academy of California, the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, as well as seemingly countless choral and soloist engagements throughout the region. Matt Hidalgo is currently the resident tenor cover for the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and performs regularly with St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Sacramento Opera, and The Sacramento Choral Society, among other groups.

Organist Steven Janzen will accompany the program, which will be led by MIM Resident Conductor Ryan Murray.

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