Music in the Mountains, a non-profit corporation, is a unique organization that marries world-class performance with a deep commitment to music education. For two weeks in June, SummerFest is a thriving performing arts festival in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills that celebrates music, community, art and culture. Situated in the historic gold rush communities of Grass Valley and Nevada City, MIM presents over a dozen concerts in classical music, jazz, bluegrass, country and contemporary music at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, in the charming in the “red barn” of the Amaral Center, and outdoors on the lawn under the tall ponderosa pines. About an hour in between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, the region is known for its thriving arts and culture scene, historic architecture, extraordinary landscape, growing eco-tourism. California Gold Country, including Nevada City in particular, has been listed among the top 10 travel destinations by Lonely Planet. We are rated #2 of best “river cities” in America by Outside magazine. For more on the region, check out Go Nevada County.
At the heart of MIM is the Classics festival, featuring the MIM Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and comprised of extraordinary professional musicians from all over the country. Classical festival repertoire ranges from the powerful masterworks to pops favorites, to the here and now, with performances indoors and under the stars.
Woven throughout MIM is a deep commitment to music education. Balancing in-depth initiatives such as our nationally recognized Young Composers Project, and broad reach programs such as Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, MIM’s multi-faceted approach touches the lives of over 5,000 students each year. We work closely with school districts, music teachers and parents in advocating for the importance of music education. And where schools cannot provide for lack of budget, MIM steps in to create solutions. Such programs include Take 5 for Music, Link Up, Peers for Peers and Live, all of which bring classical music to school age children.