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Orchestra Panache to celebrate two birthdays

This year Mozart is 250 years old and Twin Cities Concert Association is 60. What better excuse than to celebrate with TCCA’s Orchestre Panache of local players performing an all-Mozart performance with the Sierra College Nevada County Campus Choir and violin soloist Sarah Wood. Ken Hardin conducts both the orchestra and the choir. The choral works to be performed are Tantam Ergo and Te Deum, which Hardin says “are two seldom heard early choral pieces by Mozart.” Mary Anne Davis, a 10-year member of the choir, says “(They) are beautiful and well worth the price of admission.”

“This year’s orchestra will be the largest ever put on TCCA’s stage with oboes, horns, trumpets, flutes, clarinets, bassoons, timpani, strings and voice,” says Hardin, who founded the orchestra over 10 years ago. It will perform, in addition, Symphony #23 in D, Symphony #35 in D (Haffner), and Concerto for Violin #4 in D. Sarah Wood, a Nevada County native who currently studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will be the guest soloist.

A musician graduates

Sarah Wood is a familiar name to music lovers in Nevada County. From 1998 to 2001, Sarah took first prize in the Music in the Mountains Young Musician’s Competition and has been a part of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra since 1999. In the fall of 2001, she won the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition and was a soloist with the orchestra the following year.

Wood will be missing her graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Music to perform with Orchestre Panache. When asked about why she would miss her ceremony, she said, “Well, you know, about graduation … I’d much rather be playing and performing than being at the ceremony – that’s really what CIM would hope their graduates would be able to do in any case! And hopefully I’ll go through with it next year when I get my master’s. It’s a very exciting opportunity to play with an orchestra again because it is such a rush to perform that way. And besides, this concert gives me an excuse to go back to California a little bit earlier, which is nice because I miss it so much.”

WHAT: Twin Cities Concert Association Concert

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.; 1:15 p.m. preconcert forum with Dr. Aileen James and complimentary reception following concert

WHERE: Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Drive, Grass Valley (off Hwy. 174)

ADMISSION: $16 general, $14 seniors (60+), children 5-17 free with adult. Tickets available in Grass Valley at Mountain Mail + (Raley’s center), Record Connection, or at the door

INFORMATION: 470-9454 or http://www.tcca.net

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