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49er Fire benefit offers world premiere

From Boston, soprano Karen Vengerow will be accompanied by pianist Yukido Oba singing Broadway musicals, opera and classical compositions in a gala benefit for the North San Juan Fire Department.

Their performance will include the world premiere of “The Last Time I Saw Parris.” commemorating the blaze that consumed 33,000 acres in the North San Juan and Penn Valley areas 20 years ago.

It was written by T.J., a man who shared the cell of Gary Wayne Parris, charged with starting the 49er Fire, North San Juan Fire Chief Boyd Johnson said.



The two concerts this weekend commemorate the fire’s 20th anniversary.

The duo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City. Their program includes Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” classical works and songs by George Gershin.




On Saturday, the duo continues at 7:30 p.m. at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road, on the San Juan Ridge, with opera, Gershwin tunes and “The Last Time I Saw Parris.”

Admission to each event is $15 at the door and free for firefighters in uniform. For information, call 292-9159 or e-mail chief61@nsjfire.org.

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