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NCCC Presents Meet the Composer, Humor in Music

Something unexpected or exaggerated is often the basis of humor and humor in music is no exception. Mozart composed a musical joke, only one example of humorous pieces throughout the centuries. And then there’s the Nevada County Composers Cooperative, where each of four contrasting composers will present their music with a humorous twist at the spring Meet the Composer Salon. “Stop me if you’ve heard this one.”

Composer Randy McKean presents, “Dreams of Lemuel Crook” ” A small scale realization of some of Crook’s more fantastical compositional schemes, complete with lecturer and visual aids for reeds, electric guitar, violins, and speaker. Performers are: Lindsay Dunckel, reader; Randy McKean, reeds; Murray Campbell, violins and oboes; Ross Hammond, electric guitar and effects.

Jerry Grant, whose television and film experience included substantial music for animation, presents historical examples of music in animation and then presents several examples of his music where you fill in the action from your imagination. But you’ll have a chance to see the original film with that music.



“Fancy, schmancy, dancy” is Jay Sydeman’s work for virtual orchestra with comments by Wolfgang Machschneller … a virtual person from 18th century Germany who has been ectoplasmically insinuating himself on the airwaves somewhat north of Mendocino and west of Willits. His inflexible aesthetic opinions are only exceeded by his consistent bad taste.

Rounding out the salon evening is Mark Vance. Picture if you will, powerful winds buffeting us back and forth, forces of nature that we cannot control. Slipping, sliding, grabbing for anything to support us, almost like a Buster Keaton slapstick movie. Somedays it’s all we can do to just hold on. Such is Vance’s , Prelude #2 for Piano.




Join in for a fun-filled evening of humor in music, wine and fun snacks on Friday at the Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St. in Nevada City.

Showtime is 8 p.m. with wine and snacks beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and $5 for students. Space is limited so be sure to call for reservations (530)478-0983.


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