An exceptional concert for an extraordinary cause |

An exceptional concert for an extraordinary cause

Five well-known organizations, including Music in the Mountains and Twin Cities Concert Association, have come together to sponsor an extraordinary concert Saturday evening.

Pauline Yang, an extremely talented young pianist, will play Debussy, Brahms, Chopin, Granados and a new piece written for her by local composer Mark Vance: Toccata for Piano.

You might even call Yang a prodigy, given the fact that at age 11 she won a full scholarship to Julliard. Since that time she has been busy winning prizes, including first prize in the 2002 Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition and most recently first prize in the 2006 Kloviersommerfest Competition in Germany. In Nevada County, she’s been receiving standing ovations at her many piano recitals here since she first played at the Gold Country Piano Institute six years ago.

Not only is Yang gifted musically, she is also compassionate. As a music ambassador for peace for Music in Me, she helps bring music to the world’s children in an effort to foster peace (see box for more on the organization and its goals). This concert is her ambassadorial debut.

And, lastly, the venue she is performing at, the Besemer House Concert Hall, is elegant, as well as technically outstanding in its acoustics and the actual piano itself (a Grotrian).

This will be a concert to remember.

All about Music in Me

Music in Me was founded in 2003 in the Netherlands by Frans Wolfkamp to fund music programs in war-torn regions of the Middle East. Music in Me believes that sharing the joy of music with today’s children will encourage peaceful choices in the leaders of tomorrow. The organization supports the idea that music engenders hope and fosters cooperation between otherwise disparate peoples, and it is seeking to involve Americans in its efforts. Since 2003, Music in Me has raised money to create and sustain music education in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. One showcase for the group’s efforts is the Arab-Israeli Youth Symphony in Jordan. Many musical instruments for these programs have been contributed by Rotary International.

Know & Go

WHAT: Pauline Yang, Music in Me benefit concert

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Besemer Residence Concert Hall. A free shuttle, leaving from Seaman Hall, Pioneer Park in Nevada City, will take concert-goers on the five-minute drive to the venue, starting at 7:15 p.m.

ADMISSION: Tickets are $30 per person or two for $50

INFORMATION: Contact 272-8776 for more information and reservations. For information on Music in Me, go to

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