Chamber ensemble opens concert series |

Chamber ensemble opens concert series

The Union StaffJane Boettger and daughter, Susan, will perform as members of Petite Panache in the Twin Cities Concert Association's season-opener Sunday.
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Petite Panache opens the Twin Cities Concert Association’s 56th season Sunday in Nevada County.

Formed in 1995, the small chamber ensemble performs annually for the association.

The season-opener will include solo and ensemble performances by Jane Boettger on oboe, Susan Boettger on piano, soprano Karine Eva Darrah on vocals, Ken Hardin on piano, and Sherrick Hiscock on clarinet.

They will present 10 diverse pieces, including Franz Schubert’s “The Shepherd on the Rock,” McCabe’s “Three Folk Songs,” Frederic Chopin’s “Ballade No. 4 in F minor,” and a surprise premier piano work from an area composer.

The Boettgers are mother and daughter, schoolteachers and accomplished musicians. Jane Boettger has performed with orchestras throughout the state but, since moving to Lake Wildwood in 1997, performs primarily in the area with Sierra College Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Orchestre Panache and Music in the Mountains’ Festival Ensemble.

Her daughter is a graduate of Juilliard School and a composer who has performed in Europe, Japan, Thailand and the United States.

Darrah enjoys singing operatic repertoire, and has an extensive background in musical theater in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She speaks fluent French, English and Italian, conversational German and has performed in Hebrew and Russian.

Hardin, Twin Cities Concert Association’s program consultant, conducts both Orchestre Panache and the smaller chamber group Petite Panache.

He also is associated with Music in the Mountains’ Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Foothill Theatre Company and the Sierra College Choir. In addition, Hardin is in the popular four-hands piano duo with Paul Perry, and leads the Ken Hardin Trio.

Hiscock’s career highlights include being in the U.S. Marine Band and White House Orchestra. An adjunct instructor of woodwinds at Sierra College, Hiscock currently performs with the Music in the Mountains’ Festival Ensemble and with the Twin Cities Concert Association’s Orchestre Panache.

A “Meet the Artist” forum will precede Sunday’s concert at 1:15 p.m., and a complimentary reception honoring the musicians follows the concert.


WHAT: Petite Panache in concert

WHEN: Sunday at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Drive, just off Highway 174 in Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $14 general, $12 for seniors, $5 students and free for children ages 5-17. Tickets at Mountain Mail, Record Connection, Harmony Books or at the door.


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