Change is all around from classical music to The Union |

Change is all around from classical music to The Union

Community Music Jam at The Center for the Arts. Grass Valley, CA 4/22/2013
Andrea Roth, special to The Union |

The Union’s circulation director approached me the other day inquiring about my musical abilities.

“Nonexistent,” was the simple reply.

I can’t make music, but I’m happy to write about it. Steve Schurkey, it turns out, can do both. Last week, he visited the Community Music Jam at the Center for the Arts and came back with a great account of the energy and enthusiasm the weekly event generates (see Page 16).

Just as much buzz was coming from Nevada City Tuesday, after the Musical Art Quintet performed at the Curly Wolf ahead of a planned concert Wednesday presented by Music in the Mountains. The San Francisco-based group is part of a “Classical Revolution,” according to MIM Executive Director Cristine Kelly.

They are creating more access to music by getting out of concert halls and into different spaces, such as the Nevada Theatre or informal “music jams” at coffee houses. Keep an eye out in Prospector for more about MIM’s upcoming events — as the nonprofit arts organization evolves, so too do its offerings.

When Steve isn’t jamming or writing as a Prospector correspondent, he’s overseeing the circulation of The Union and Prospector on the racks and in the homes of thousands of western Nevada County residents. Since we rolled Prospector out for free to the public and online, we have increased distribution to 18,000 in about 150 locations around western Nevada County and Auburn, and all those thousands of individual homes and businesses.

If you are one who picks up Prospector from a rack and not through a subscription, I encourage you to try The Union. Right now you can get a free two-week sample. Prospector is not the only change we’ve made in the past few years. It’s worth a look!

If you are interested in the two-week sample, call 530-273-9565 or email Tell them Brett sent you!

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