Music in the Mountains’ 24th season kicks off |

Music in the Mountains’ 24th season kicks off

“Buechner’s performance had a beauty that might have taken even Mozart’s breath away …” – Washington Post

Sara Davis Buechner is a vivacious woman of many interests: music, train travel, the Japanese language and pool. Well, the latter is more a thing of her student days in New York City at Julliard School, when she played in the same pool room that was frequented by George and Ira Gershwin. But the Baltimore native, who moved to Canada two years ago to join the piano department of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, plans to travel by her favorite mode of transportation from Sacramento when she comes to play her concert April 1 at Music in the Mountains.

“It’s a nice treat to play in Nevada City,” Buechner says. The pleasure promises to be shared by concertgoers who will hear her dazzling playing. Classically trained, she is a major prizewinner of many of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions and recently made her debut at Lincoln Center’s “Mostly Mozart” Festival.

“This particular concert is in a lighter vein,” she says, “featuring piano novelties of the 1920s. Having made well-received CDs of piano music of George Gershwin and Rudolf Friml, this kind of music suits my personality well. It is fun music that is tricky for the pianist to play, and it’s from a time and place rather dear to my heart, the Roaring ’20s in New York City.

“Nevada City is a ‘one-stop’ event for me,” says the peripetetic pianist, who is often on long concert trips in the U.S. and Canada and even Japan, where she recently passed her first-level (of four) examination in Japanese language skills.

“In some ways it seems that my life is becoming a slow journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific.”

The concert will be preceded by an opening night gala from 6-7:30 p.m., serving up hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and a special drawing for a case of fine wines and tickets to the Fall Fest Gala. The concert starts at 8 p.m.


WHAT: “Mozart to Broadway,” Sara Davis Buechner

WHEN: Friday, April 1

WHERE: Amaral Family Festival Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $16, $20, $24

INFORMATION: 265-6173 (800-218-2188) for tickets; also in person Noon to 4 p.m. at Music in the Mountains, 530 Searls Ave., Nevada City

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