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On The Scene: A great night of new music

Friday night was fabulous! The Nevada County Composers presented an evening of new music. The composers – Jerry Grant, Ludi Hinrichs, Mikail Graham, Randy McKean, Mark Vance and Jay Sydeman – had created not only some far-out music, but also some fun visuals and audios. These included nothing less than Sydeman portraying the Great One in “Jehovah Only Knows”; a telephone conversation between Menlo McFarlane and Graham, complete with their portraits on easels; and simply watching the choreography of Hinrichs on trombone and McKean on clarinet. Certain challenging numbers included the beautiful voices of Ginny Trapani and Ann Fredrickson; Ken Hardin and Aileen James provided the terrific piano accompaniment.

The composers then treated us all to a champagne and dessert reception. Well done, and many thanks!

Although I didn’t get to go, I heard that Echappe’s production of “The Nutcracker” at Nevada Union High School’s Don Baggett Theatre over the weekend was top rate. Congratulations to all involved!

On the local celeb scene, guitarist Ivan Najera said he played at the Induction Ceremony of the 2007 California Hall of Fame on Dec. 5, as well as at the party that followed, hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife. Inductees included the likes of Ansel Adams, Steve Jobs, Willie Mays, Jonas Salk, M.D., and Tiger Woods. While the public was not invited, gawkers were able to watch as several stars walked the red carpet into the museum. Can’t wait to hear the stories Najera has to tell about that experience.

Plays are opening all the time in the Sacramento region. A good holiday gift would be tickets. Go to http://seeaplay.com for the latest.

Attributed to Socrates: “By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” Guess the same applies to women and their husbands.

– Pam Jung, pjung@theunion.com, (530) 477-4232

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