2018 Nevada City Classic

June 23th & 24th

2018 marks the 58th anniversary of the Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country. 2018 also marks year two of of the revitalization of this iconic Nevada City event.

For only the second time in history, the Nevada City Classic will be moved off the traditional Father’s Day date to the weekend of June 23-24, 2018. The date change allows the Chamber of Commerce to address a number of issues that were identified as factors to dwindling community support and engagement as well as falling race participation numbers.

Not only has the date been changed, but the course for 2018 will go back to the original that was designed by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961. Instead of riders going all the way to the bottom of Broad St., they will turn left onto N. Pine St., cross Commercial St. and proceed past the Courthouse and the relocated start/finish at N. Pine & Church streets before merging back to the course most people are familiar with at York & N. Pine streets.

2018 will continue to build on changes from 2017. The 2nd Annual Nevada City Mile running race that takes place on the same route as the bike race will be on Sunday as well. Saturday evening June 23rd will include an expanded edition of the 2nd annual Broad STREET Sprints: standing start, straight line, four riders at-a-time, head-to-head all out battle up Broad St. This event will be combined with a brewfest type event and free live music immediately after the sprints finish…right on Broad St.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to Nevada City and the surrounding communities coming out to this all inclusive, family friendly event weekend.

You are Invited To The Stone House Joint Mixer

February 1, 2018  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join the Nevada City and Greater Grass Valley Chambers joint mixer on Thursday February 1st. A great time to network with businesses and enjoy the newly renovated Stone House! See you there!

The Stone House  107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City


Want To Get Better at Business – Expand, Grow?

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council, Business & Career Network, and Sierra Small Business Development Center at Sierra Business Council present business classes for small and medium business owners and entrepreneurs who want to grow.

Three free workshops will take place in the morning and a wrap up event will take place in the evening. The Free Classes include building a business plan, marketing overview, alternative funding and the wrap up will focus on what we heard during the three workshops, concerns, ideas and answers. In other words, if you can’t make the morning workshops, you can attend the evening “Greatest Hits” and get the answers to the most popular questions.

March 22nd 8am-10am: Alternative Financing: Beyond Conventional Loans w/Kristin York
April 12th 8am-10am: Startup & Expansion: Business Plan for your Goals w/Leslie Williams
May 3rd 8am-10am: Marketing Strategies: The Big Picture w/Catharine Bramkamp
June 5th 5:30-7:30pm: Greatest Hits: Answers to your Business Questions”

Anew Day 5th Annual Crab Feed & Auction

On March 9, 2018 Anew Day will be holding its fifth annual Crab Feed & Auction fundraising event. Our largest organizational event of the year, the Crab Feed & Auction is expected to draw 300 guests and raise over $25,000 to support the services Anew Day provides to our community. Anew Day continues to serve as an instrumental resource for individuals and families struggling with mental illness and others facing the emotional turmoil of everyday life.

Tickets are $50 each. A table of eight may be purchased for $350. Similarly, if you or your organization would like to underwrite a table for the event, your name will be included in our marketing during the weeks leading up to and on the evening of the event and announced that night as well. A sponsorship would allow you to invite your friends and family to fill the table, or you may elect to sponsor a table that would be occupied for and available to folks in the community who might otherwise be unable to afford a ticket.

All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will be used to advance the free and low-cost services Anew Day provides to Nevada County community members. Doors open at 5:30 for registration and auction viewing. Dinner begins at 6:30. A brief presentation and live auction will take place while guests are dining. This is Anew Day’s primary fundraiser of the year.

To register or for more information visit www.anew-day.com or call 530-470-9111.

New Songs for Midwinter

Music in the Mountains’ Young Composers Project

Sunday, January 29, 3:00 Matinee

Peace Lutheran Church 828 W Main St. Grass Valley

Adults $10, Students free

Music in the Mountains’ Young Composers Project presents the New Songs for Midwinter Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. This high-powered concert features the premieres of YCP student’s brand new songs.

MIM Education Coordinator, Mark Vance remarks “Many audience members enthusiastically claim that these concerts are some of the more exciting concerts of the entire year. The compositions that the Young Composers write are catchy, sophisticated and insightful beyond their years. If you want to be blown away by what students can accomplish, come to this concert!”

To create these new songs students were tasked with finding a text/poem and setting it to music for voice and one instrument. Some of the poets and poetry set to music was Maya Angelou’s Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Mending Wall, John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields, Emily Bronte’s How Still How Happy, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Bells, Allen Ginsberg’s Five A.M. and Christina Rosetti’s Dreamland to name a few. All these new songs will be premiered by some of the Nevada County’s finest musicians and some of the students will performing their own works.

MIM’s Young Composers Project is an established cornerstone of MIM’s education program.  The innovative curriculum serves to instill passion for all music in the region’s youth. Students study composition, notation software, conducting, melodic and rhythmic dictation, theory, music history, solfege, rehearsal/performance techniques, writing a resume, and public speaking.  YCP will be adding a new composing for film curriculum this spring. Students receive weekly one-on-one instruction and bi-monthly group lessons from September through June. Students present a mid-year recital of their original compositions for voice and one instrument of choice at the New Songs for Midwinter concert. Each year’s program culminates with the Young Composers Concerts, where student works are premiered by professional musicians as part of MIM’s Summer Festival.

For more information, please go to www.musicinthemountains.org or call 530 265-6173


SBA Offers “Sierra Business Fusion 2021”

The U.S. Small Business Administration, with the support from SCORE and the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are bringing to Nevada County “Sierra Business Fusion 2021,” a series of six Free Business Events and Classes. These events will present information from over 40 Federal, State, Nonprofit and local government agencies that have programs and services to assist entrepreneurs and business owners. These additional business resources are to supplement ongoing business services already being provided in the Sierra foothills by programs like SCORE and the SBDC. The first event “Business Incentive Event & Kick-off” will be held February 1, 2018, at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley Ca. from 11:00am to 2:30pm. At this FREE event; six different agencies will present their programs that can have a real positive effect on a business’s bottom line.

A few Grant and Incentive programs that will be presented on February 1, 2018:
• A program that offers a 50% wage reimbursement during training period of new hires.
• Grants to help Independent Ag producers with working capital, business plans and feasibility studies.
• Grants and Loans for capital investments in infrastructure for aerobic composting, anaerobic digestion and recycling & Manufacturing facilities that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• There are also community Grants to help larger segments of entrepreneurs and business owner develop their business to improve their business performance.
***** Eligibility requirements may apply. *******
To learn more about these upcoming events contact to your local Chamber of Commerce or visit www.regionalchambers.com/calendar All six events in 2018 are FREE to the public but space is limited so please register early.

About the Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit http://www.sba.gov.

Sierra Stages Announces Open Auditions

for its summer 2018 musical “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH” on January 20 and 27, 2018

Sierra Stages is pleased to announce open auditions for its summer 2018 production of the musical “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH”, playing from July 12 – August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Robert Rossman directs, with music direction by Ken Getz.

“JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH” is a new musical guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. In this compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Matilda”), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree, and strange things start to happen. James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places. The amazing score is by the award-winning team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, who won a Tony Award in 2017 for the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and wrote songs for the musical version of “A Christmas Story”, television’s “Smash”, and the movies “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman”.

Auditions for “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH” will be held on Saturday, January 20 and Saturday January 27 at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 343 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City. (Directions are on the Sierra Stages website.) All roles are open. For important information about auditions and scheduling an appointment, please visit http://www.sierrastages.org/auditions.html. If there are questions, please send e-mail to auditions@sierrastages.org or call Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210.

Sierra Stages’ 10th Anniversary Season in 2018 is a celebration of heart, music, laughter and family, and includes two musicals and one classic American comedy: In addition to “James and the Giant Peach” (July 12- August 4 at the Nevada Theatre), Sierra Stages presents the zany and heartbreaking musical “A New Brain” by William Finn and James Lapine (March 1-17 at the Nevada Theatre) and the classic and enduring American stage comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (September 20 – October 6 at the Nevada Theatre).

For more information about Sierra Stages and its 2018 Season, visit www.SierraStages.org.

What: Open Auditions for “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH”
When: Saturday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 27. 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Where: Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 343 Railroad Avenue, Nevada City
Information: www.SierraStages.org/auditions.html
Email: auditions@SierraStages.org

The Foundry Sings

The rafters of the 158 year-old Stone Hall will ring on Wednesday, January 24, from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, when Rod Baggett, choral conductor at Nevada Union High School and Seven Hills Middle School, along with multi-instrumentalist and singer Jonathan Meredith, will lead dozens of singers unified in song.

This unique countywide experience called “The Foundry Sings” aims to gather people of all ages and singing levels (think professional opera singers to karaoke lovers and amateur show singers), under one roof to share in the power of song. The Foundry Sings is inspired by the popular Choir! Choir! Choir!, a weekly drop-in singing event based in Toronto, Canada, which has attracted professional musicians such as Rufus Wainwright to sing with the group.

“I love the idea of an event where the audience participates in the action,” says Pamela Meek, Miners Foundry’s Board of Directors. “It’s a fun way to meet new people while supporting the Foundry.”

How It Works

When attendees first arrive they are given a lyric sheet to a popular contemporary song. Individuals do not need to know how to read music. Mr. Baggett and Mr. Meredith will teach attendees the vocal arrangement. At the end of the evening, after a few practices, everyone comes together to sing the song, which is then filmed and put up on YouTube. Everyone has a grand time and goes home feeling great.

“A vibrant energy is created between us when we sing together in harmony,” explains Mr. Baggett.  “Singing your part in a choir and hearing how the different vocal layers blend with one another is a musical phenomenon we all deserve to experience.”

Several special guest performers will be joining in on the fun.   Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The quarterly event is a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s building improvement fund. For nearly 160 years the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been the hub of arts, culture and community in Nevada County.  Each year over 400 events are hosted in our beautiful halls including the following signature events presented by the Miners Foundry.  Individually these events represent how diverse the arts are in our community and together they make up the rich cultural fabric that we have come to enjoy for generations.


WHAT: The Foundry Sings

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6-9pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, 95959

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation or Free when you become a member at $7.50/month, Proceeds go to the Foundry’s building improvement fund

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

2018 Bird Walks at Bridgeport

Expect to see American Dippers, Bald Eagles, Various Wood Peckers, Blue Birds, Kinglets, Phoebes and the many spring migrants in the park (Warblers, Grosbeaks, Swallows and more).

Saturdays: January 13,  February 10, March 10, April 14, May 19, June 9, July 14, September 8, October 13 & December 8
Fridays: May 4

All of the walks will start at 8:00 AM except for the June, July and September walks which will start at 7:30 AM.

Meet at the South Yuba River State Park’s North Parking Lot. (Just past the South Yuba River-Pleasant Valley Road Bridge).

Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring binoculars!

For more information, contact South Yuba River State Park at (530) 432-2546, www.southyubariverstatepark.org

Off Broadstreet Presents: Who The Hell is Holly Miller? A Musical Comedy Revue

Off Broadstreet owner Jan Kopp returns to the stage to reprise one of her signature roles as the ever-hopeful would-be singer Holly Miller. A favorite with Off Broadstreet audiences since its debut in 1997, Who The Hell Is Holly Miller? chronicles the rise of an unknown singing sensation from anonymity to obscurity. The action takes place during a concert tour stop in out-of-the-way Pinedale, Wyoming, where Holly and her band entertain the locals with their assortment of songs. During the performance, there are flashbacks and interview sequences that tell the story of how the small town girl with big dreams got to this memorable night.

Who The Hell Is Holly Miller? stars OBS owner Jan Kopp as the title character and features the musical talents of OBS favorites Jim Thornton, Darryl Stines, Andrew Kerr, Kelly Nevius, and phenomenal local keyboardist Katie Baker. All of the music is performed to live accompaniment and features hit songs from the 1950’s through the 1990’s.  Holly’s distinctively outlandish costumes are designed and created by Jan Kopp and Libby Bonomolo.

Who The Hell Is Holly Miller? has plenty of laughs and great music and is suitable for all ages. Songs include Shake, Rattle & Roll, Mountain Music, Old Black Water, Proud Mary, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy, Billy Jean, Unchained Melody, You Don’t Know Love, I’m So Excited plus two dozen more memorable hits.

Pre-show entertainment is provided by Chris Crockett beginning one hour before show time for all performances. For further information or for show reservations, please call OFF BROADSTREET at (530) 265-8686 or (530) 478-1213 or visit the OFF BROADSTREET website at www.offbroadstreet.com.

A Public Stakeholder Meeting – Shaping the Future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.

Nevada County Arts Council, together with the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City and both Chambers of Commerce, will facilitate a convening on Thursday, January 25 at 5-7pm at the Rood Center. The topic is: “Shaping the future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.”

City Staff and Councilmembers, our Chambers of Commerce and Nevada County Arts Council will welcome members of the public for a presentation on the California Cultural Districts Program, and progress towards priorities established since becoming designated as one of only fourteen Cultural Districts in July this year.

Howard Levine, Mayor of Grass Valley says: “Since late summer we’ve been meeting with stakeholders around what our priorities should be during the first two years of our five-year designation. A clear emerging priority is defining a Community Arts Plan for our district, together with making sure that the story of our twin city cultural district is shared far and wide.”

Last week representatives from both Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District and Truckee Cultural District attended the first Northern California Cultural District Summit. At the invitation of Shasta Arts Council, with funding from the McConnell Foundation, representatives from Redding, Eureka and Downtown San Rafael Cultural Districts compared notes and discussed opportunities for their unique designations together with Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee.

Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “We look forward to following last week’s Summit in Redding with one sponsored by California Arts Council to which all Californian Cultural District representatives will be invited to continue the conversation around the progression of district priorities together with vital benchmarking.

“Meanwhile, we have been advised by California Arts Council that one of its five yearly public meetings will be held here in early summer 2018 and we are thinking of arranging our follow-up Summit to follow this important public meeting. For sure, our stakeholder meeting in January will be excellent preparation for this.”

Tudor continues: “Meanwhile, we are making headway in important areas. Local artist Rich Good is working on a branding concept for Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, and we are gathering a key marketing team together including Jesse Locks and Catherine Bramkamp. By January we will be able to share the outcome of this but for now, we can report that we have secured funding for an economic impact study for our entire county. All three cities and the Nevada County Economic Resource Council recognize the value of this data – providing as it will the meat on the bones for future arts planning.”

Jon Blinder, Board President at Nevada County Arts Council, says: “Ultimately, we’ll be able to create a countywide Cultural Plan but for now the key thing is for our districts to be able to draw upon their own specific data. Data from each of our cities will lend a compelling case for support for the arts which prospective funders will find hard to ignore and which all our arts organizations will have access to.”

For Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District’s public stakeholder meeting on January 25 Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District partners welcome interested community members from all sectors. Duane Strawser, Mayor of Nevada City, says: “Stakeholders from our business, health, and education communities – as well as our County Supervisors and Departments – all have a role to play and will all enjoy the results over time. We need everyone to pitch in – and we’ll be ready with information and the beginnings of a toolkit to share.”

Robin Davis of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce says, “Nevada County isn’t just a stunning place to visit – our rich arts scene is almost unparalleled in California and offers a compelling reason why any business would want to move here, and why any family would consider relocating. Let’s all talk about how our California Cultural District designation can work for everyone.”

In November 2015 Nevada County Arts Council facilitated a countywide Town Hall meeting on the State of the Arts in Nevada County at the request of the City of Grass Valley. Howard Levine, speaking then for the City of Grass Valley, said: “We’ve got so much going here. Nevada County is a great place to work and play. So how can we offer up a model for success, a benchmark for achievement – while enjoying our diversity countywide?  We are hoping artists, audiences spanning all performing arts disciplines, and representatives from arts organizations and the businesses that support them, will all join us for this special meeting of hearts and minds.”

Tudor says, “Today, just two years on, all three of our cities are recognized by the State of California as having thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities, and we have been selected as part of California Cultural District’s pilot cohort to shape a keystone program for future generations.” Nevada County Arts Council’s Board President, Jon Blinder, adds: “We invite the public to float ideas with us on January 25 – and we’ll have lots to share.”

For additional information contact Eliza Tudor at (530) 718 0727 or by email at eliza@nevadacountyarts.org.

 Know and Go (Save the Date)

 What:             A Public Stakeholder MeetingShaping the Future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District

When:             Thursday, January 25 at 5-7pm

Where:            Board of Supervisors Chambers, Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959

Who:                Nevada County Arts Council, the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Admission:     Free

Information:  Contact Eliza Tudor at (530) 718-0727 or eliza@nevadacountyarts.org


The Stone House Entertainment Through January 31st

The newly renovated Stone House is now open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Offering locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, outdoor patio seating and free live music weekly during dinner service and Sunday brunch. The Historic Stone House can also host special events and weddings of all sizes. For more information visit www.stonehouse.io

Wednesday Jan 24th 6-9pm

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring John Girton

John has been playing music professionally for over 20 years as an instrumentalist, vocalist, recording artist, studio musician, and composer. His original songs are a mixture of jazz, swing, blues and folk music, with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure. You can hear some of these tunes on his latest CD, Greatest Hits.

Thursday Jan 25th 6-9pm

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Stephen Holland

Stephen Holland has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe, performing and collecting songs. The music of Brazil and the romantic Spanish-American authors of Nueva Cancion have informed his work, as has the ancient traditions of the French Troubadours, traditional Japanese Danmono-Ryu and poetry, the drummers of West Africa and the Middle East, Appalachian hill songs, the beauty of Lightin’ Hopkins, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Andres Segovia, and Odetta, strong coffee, and late night conversations with friends.

Friday Jan 26th 6-9pm

The Stone House presents Jazz Friday’s Dinner Series featuring Vivian Lee

Jazz vocalist Vivian Lee specializes in the standards – Gershwin, Ellington, Jobim, with some Brubeck, Hubbard, Monk and Gillespie thrown in. Taking classic instrumental works, she has written lyrics to make them uniquely hers. She can swing with the “boys in the band” and make your heart melt with a lyric in a ballad. With her stellar band, this SAMMIE award winning vocalists’ unique style, phrasing and magical stage presence will captivate the audience and take them on a wonderful musical journey. Joining Vivian will be Brenden Lowe on piano, Buca Necak on bass and Jeff Minnieweather on drums.

Saturday Jan 27th 6-9pm

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Ivan Najero

Ivan is an accomplished songwriter, musician, and singer, entertaining music lovers with his extraordinary jazz and contemporary rhythms influenced by the sounds of Brazilian music, Spanish, Andean and Flamenco. He has released four albums to positive reviews, with Tower Records Magazine commenting that his work is: “Some of the most accomplished and innovative guitar works of recent times.” Ivan Najera started on his musical career with only a dream and the determination to succeed, and has become a role model and icon for all rising musicians and talents in Ecuador.

Sunday Jan 28th 11am-2pm

The Stone House presents Live Music Sunday Brunch featuring Juliet Gorbet

Singer songwriter Juliet Gobet has performed extensively through-out the western states including Kate Wolf Festival, World Fest, and The American River Festival. She is joined by Homer Wills who has performed with Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes Van Sant, and The Mavericks among others.

Wednesday 31st 6-9pm

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Service featuring

Since 1987 Paul Kamm has produced 9 albums of original music, receiving critical acclaim from all of the various trade reviewers worldwide. A concert with Paul is a night to remember…the depth and beauty of lyrical and harmonic mastery is filled with color, and his songwriting is stimulating, inspirational, magical, folky yet somehow all smoky jazzy and far-away places too, and it might make you want to get up and move…with powerful lyrical imagery and haunting and moving harmony always in honor of his folk roots.

Music in the Mountains presents Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto

Experience the masterworks of some of Russia’s greatest composers including Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, and Glinka when Music in the Mountains presents the Sacramento Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto, Friday, January 26 at the Amaral Center in Grass Valley. This concert is the second in an exciting new partnership forged in 2017 between Music in the Mountains and the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera to continue to bring world-class performances to the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills. Conductor Mei-Ann Chen, the first woman to win the Malko Competition in Denmark, makes her Music in the Mountains debut to lead the orchestra along with special guest piano virtuoso Andrew von Oeyen.

The evening begins in a flurry of excitement and energy with Mikhail Glinka’s favorite curtain raiser Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila. Glinka was the father of Russian music.  He created a unique sound that brought together aspects of European tradition with music from Russian, Middle Eastern, Persian, and other Asian folk traditions. The story of the beautiful Ludmila who is wooed by three admirers and eventually won, after a healthy dose of sorcery both good and evil, by the fair knight Ruslan, is a revered classic in the Russian repertoire.

“One of the interesting things about the Russian Romantic school, is that it continued romanticism longer into the 20th century than did their European counterparts,” explains says Pete Nowlen, Music in the Mountains Artistic Director. “As European composers quickly turned their eyes to innovation, Russian composers such as Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev continued to compose with a somewhat conservative “Post-Romantic” voice – but incorporating all the brilliant virtuosity that was developing to answer the challenges of the 20th century.”

Taking on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire, is pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation. Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, von Oeyen has excelled in a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire — Bartok, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Liszt, Gershwin, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky — with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and many, many more.

“One of the things that makes Rachmaninoff concerti so engaging is the immediate juxtaposition of drama and brilliance and incredible intimacy,” says Nowlen. “Andrew von Oeyen is admired for his virtuosic technique and his interpretive subtlety – both of which are required for this concerto.”

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a legendary Russian composer and pianist who emigrated to the United States after the Communist revolution of 1917, and became one of the highest paid concert stars of his time, and one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century. He is remembered as one of the most formidable pianists of all time and the last truly great composer in the Russian Romantic tradition. As a pianist, Rachmaninoff made over a hundred recordings and gave over one thousand concerts in America alone between 1918 and 1943. His concert performances were legendary, and he was highly regarded as a virtuoso-pianist with unmatched power and expressiveness. Unusually wide chords and deeply romantic melody lines were characteristic of his compositions.

“This program is great both for the Rachmaninoff devotee and for someone just getting acquainted,” explains Nowlen. “Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto — like all his music — is instantly appealing and engaging. But for the devotee – it represents a real treat in that it is less frequently performed than the 2nd.”

If Glinka is considered the father of Russian music and Rachmaninoff was the last Great Russian composer, than Modest Mussorgsky was the innovator or disrupter of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music. Many of his works were inspired by Russian history, folklore and other nationalist themes. Such works include the opera Boris Godunov, the orchestral tone poem Night on Bald Mountain and the piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

Mussorgsky composed Pictures as a memorial to his friend, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann. Shortly after the artist’s death, Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibit of Hartmann’s sketches, stage designs, and architectural studies and felt the need to capture the experience in music. Each of the movements represents one of the drawings or artworks on display.

Special to the evening’s events, Nowlen will host a pre-concert discussion on the images and relationships behind Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. In addition to discussing the personalities that brought Pictures at an Exhibition to existence and prominence – artist Victor Hartmann, Mussorgsky himself, Nicolai Rimsky Korsakoff and Maurice Ravel — Nowlen will provide an “Exhibit Guide” that will allow listeners to more successfully navigate Mussorgsky’s Exhibition.


WHO: Music in the Mountains presents Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018, Doors 6:15pm, Pre-Concert Discussion 6:30pm, Concert 7:30pm

WHERE: Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, 95945

TICKETS: $10/Student, $35/Top Tier, $55/Front Tier, $75/Table Seating, Tickets are available online at www.musicinthemountains.org, by phone (530) 265-6124, or in person at Music in the Mountains, 530 Searls Ave, Nevada City.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

Farmers, ranchers, backyard gardeners, and foodies – don’t miss Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food & Farm Conference, February 9-11th, 2018. Mingle with Joel Salatin, Daphne Miller, MD and the Kaisers of Singing Frog Farm. Join us for farm tours, Ag Tech Micro Conference plus 20 additional educational workshops!

Sierra Harvest’s Sustainable Food and Farm Conference Feb. 9-11, 2018 in Grass Valley has something for everyone whether you are a farmer, backyard gardener or just love good food!

Joel Salatain, the “prince of pasture” is one the world’s most famous ranchers, and will inspire with new techniques for improving the health of your farm and increasing the profits of your business.

Daphne Miller MD, a family physician and author of Farmacology, will share why she prescribes locally raised vegetables to her patients and the surprising ways that local, organic farms and gardens can improve your health.

The Kaisers at Singing Frog Farm will share how their no-till, high yield farming techniques – generating over $100,000 in sales per acre – can be applied to your farm or home garden and improve your local ecology.

New Conference Features

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop, only 15 spaces left! Learn how to cultivate your own edible and medicinal mushrooms at home.

Nevada County Farm Tour schedule just announced! This year tour features winter veggie cultivation, a historic timber farm, and how to use goats for land management. Only 20 tickets left!

Full Scholarships now available for livestock and poultry farmers through FACT.

Post-Harvest Handling & Food Safety Workshop – this full-day workshop includes action plans and templates to help farmers create on-farm food safety plan.

Ag Tech Micro Conference connects farmers and technology developers for an inspiring look at the future of farming.

Saturday keynotes: Joel Salatin, Singing Frogs Farm, Daphne Miller MD.

Sunday Workshops: Create your own curriculum to build the skills you need most!
Discounts are still available to farmers and ranchers – get 60% off registration fees if you qualify!Learn more or get your tickets now at www.foodandfarmconference.com

Contact: Rachel Berry – Rachel@sierraharvest.org or 530-265-2343

Wine Down Wednesday At Nevada City Winery

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm Nevada City Winery is holding Wine Down Wednesday, a wine happy hour. There are weekly wine specials ($3 a glass on selected wines and 25% off on a bottle) and live music. Music runs the gambit from jazz to folk to holiday.

Music line up:

Jan 24 – Bob Kirkland

Jan 31 – Heather MacAdam

Feb 7 – Andy Witek (of No Hands Bridge)

Feb 14 – Undercover – we may have a door cover

Feb 21 – Brandy Robinson

Feb 28 – Steve Holland

March 7 – Andy Witek (of No Hands Bridge)

March 14 – Heather MacAdam

March 21 – Steve Holland

March 28  – Steve Holland

Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City (530) 265-9463

50+ Senior Resources Magazine

Maxwell Publishing proudly announces the publication of its 2017-2018 50+ Senior Resources magazine 2017-2018 50+ Senior Resources.

The 50+ Senior Resources magazine is Nevada County’s only resource directory, in a magazine format, focusing on the 50+ audience.

The 50+ Senior Resources magazine is a great tool to save and have on hand as it’s filled with all the important local resource material you expect in a directory focused on seniors, PLUS interesting and informative articles written by local professionals and specialists.

Read all about Pam White of Prospector’s Nursery and her family’s longtime history in the area. Included are stories of our own Super Seniors – Carol Scofield, Oral Stallings, Felton Pruitt and more.

You can pick up your copy at either the Nevada City or Greater Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce, Prosperity Nursery, SPD Markets, Safeway markets, senior facilities and residences, What’s Up? Coffee and many, many other businesses. For more information contact us via our website: http://www.maxwellpublishingcompany.com/. Check out and Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaxwellPublishing/

“End of the Line” – A Musical Tribute to Tom Petty

Featuring a dream team collaboration of local greats and special guests to pay tribute to the the man and his lifetime of work that spans over 4 decades – from Mudcrutch to the Wilburys and a few collaborations in between.

The band/rhythm section: Mark McCartney (drums, vocals), Shelby Snow (bass, vocals), Chris Kelly (guitar, vocals), Jonny Mac (guitar, vocals) with special guests: the Rayo’s, Barwick & Seigfried, Homer & Juliet and a few more….

Master of Ceremonies: the esteemed KVMR veteran DJ, Wesley Robertson.
Be ready to laugh, cry, sing, cry some more, sing really loud, have a really good time and tip a pint – ol’ Republic style to the late great Tom Petty!