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‘Duchess of Jazz’ to play at ‘Fall Fest’

When describing one musical interpretation of a fellow composer’s work, the woman known as the “Duchess of Jazz” smiled slyly and said, “We muddled it, corrupted it, and took it out for drinks.”

Ooh, sassy talk from Gini Wilson, who is part of the San Francisco Jazz Quartet, a group that merges jazz with classical in something they call ChamberJazz. They perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Music in the Mountains “Fall Fest.”

This is the 25th anniversary of MIM and the lineup of music for the seven performances of the fest is stellar. Nothing short of sizzling violins starts everything off on Friday. This is part of four Solisti Glitterati Ensemble performances that will present a blending of strings and wind (and a bit of brass as necessary) through the talented interpretations of “glittering soloists,” the Italian interpretation of Solisti Glitterati.

Their final concert, on Nov. 12, with Los Angeles pianist Timothy Durkovic, will end with a special birthday celebration for Maestro Paul Perry, co-founder of Music in the Mountains and now its artistic director.

For an evening of song, Nov. 11 is the night when the duo of operatic baritone Gary Ramsey and pianist Lenora Eve of New York will perform Gustav Mahler’s great cycle “Songs of a Wayfarer,” plus several selections by Broadway musical composer Stephen Sondheim.

Tickets for the “Fall Fest,” which runs from Nov. 3-12, may be purchased online at http://www.musicinthemountains.org or by calling 265-6124. All performances take place at the Amaral Family Festival Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.


Chris Casey contributed to this article.

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