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Petite Panache performs Sunday

Only local musicians will be at Sunday’s Twin Cities Concert Association performance featuring Petite Panache in Grass Valley.

That’s exactly what concert association Conductor and Artistic Director Ken Hardin envisioned, however, when he founded the small chamber ensemble in 1995. Since then, Petite Panache has performed small ensemble works annually for the Twin Cities Concert Association.

On the stage Sunday will be Hardin and Joan Goddard on piano, Henry Hansen on clarinet, Cathy Collings on bassoon, Phil Richardson on horn, Jane Boettger on oboe, Judy Hiscock on flute, Ann Gaines on violin, and Rose-May Mickelson on viola/violin.



The program includes works by Barthe, Ibert, C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach and Ludwig Thuille.

Every musician will be familiar to concertgoers, as the professionals have all played here frequently.




Teaching piano for 35 years and directing Lutheran church choirs in the Bay Area, Goddard is now a marriage and family therapist in Grass Valley. She is on the Music in the Mountains education committee, co-chairs that organization’s Young Musicians’ Competition and is board president of Twin Cities Concert Association.

Hansen has played clarinet and taught locally since 1985, performing with the Twin Cities Concert Association’s Orchestre Panache and at the first Petite Panache concert. Hansen is a founding member of the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra and belongs to the Sierra Community Symphony, the Foothill Symphony Orchestra, the California State University at Sacramento Clarinet Choir, and the Nevada County Concert Band.

As a high school student, Collings performed with America’s Youth in Concert in New York and Europe. She toured China in 1987 with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and performed with orchestras and ensembles in Alaska and Montana before moving to Nevada County in 1991. She currently teaches piano.

Richardson has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Caracas Philharmonic, Maozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Basler Radio Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony and music festival orchestras in this country and Rome. He is principal horn and personnel manager for the Monterey Symphony Orchestra for the past 17 seasons.

Moving to Nevada County in 1997, Boettger plays at local churches and with Sierra College Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Orchestre Panache and Music in the Mountains’ Festival Ensemble. During her two-decade-plus career as a Thousand Oaks teacher, Boettger performed in Ventura County orchestras.

Hiscock was principal flute for the Walla Walla Symphony and served on the faculty of Whitman College. Her career has ranged from playing in “pit orchestras’ to providing music for religious services to teaching.

Gaines, who was with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, has appeared with the Chico Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Civic Symphony, Apollo Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains’ Festival Orchestra and Orchestre Panache. She is a founding member of the Classic String Trio and serves on the Twin Cities Concert Association board of directors.

Mickelson started playing violin at the age of six in Switzerland. She has been active with area groups including Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Twin Cities Concert Association’s Orchestre Panache, Chico Symphony, Apollo Orchestra and Auburn Symphony.

Besides his work with Twin Cities Concert Association, Hardin is Music in the Mountains’ Festival Chorus conductor; Sierra College Choir conductor and Sierra College teacher. Hardin also works with Foothill Theatre Company, serving as musical director for the upcoming production of “Woody Guthrie: An American Song.”


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