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Music in the Mountains Announces SummerFest 2013
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Nevada City, April 30, 2013- Music in the Mountains (MIM) proudly announces its 32nd annual SummerFest season. For two and a half weeks in June, over a hundred musicians will come together to play some of the greatest music ever written– from classical to classic rock. SummerFest invites artists and audiences of all ages to explore extraordinary music in a variety of venues–from the great outdoors at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to the historic and intimate Nevada Theater.

This year’s events weave together music and community with the colorful threads of tradition, innovation, family, inspiration and surprise. New this year, MIM presents A Moveable Fest, two days of spontaneous performances at unexpected locations all around Nevada County. These classical close encounters take the music to the streets, the cafes, the hospital, and maybe even the grocery store. The festivities culminate in a concert combining verse and song with authors Louis B. Jones and Molly Fisk joining Gregory’s Musical Book Club.

Artistic Director Gregory Vajda will conduct three major classical concerts, featuring the MIM Festival Orchestra, MIM Chorus and world- renowned soloists. The first features guitarist, composer and Nevada County native Gyan Riley playing one of the most beautiful guitar concertos ever written, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Ravel and Bizet bookend this wonderful program.

Next up is Pianist Alexander Korsantia a brilliant virtuoso whose emotional connection with his music has been called “astonishing.” Maestro Vajda has created a refreshing new performance format to highlight Korsantia’s playing, featuring solo piano, the extraordinary Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” A live video projection of artist Leann Brook interpreting the performance will be a new twist on the symphonic experience.

The third of MIM’s SummerFest classical programs is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, considered by many to be his greatest masterpiece. More than any other musical work, it has become an international symbol of unity and brotherhood. Four guest soloists team up with the MIM Festival Orchestra and the MIM Chorus to perform this unforgettable classic.

Young people are always center stage during SummerFest. The Young Composers Project (YCP) features two concerts of new student works composed by 23 young people ranging in age from 12 to 21. Supported in part by a grant from the California Arts Council, YCP is a cornerstone of MIM’s broad education initiatives. The Family Music Faire is a hands-down favorite. An orchestra concert focused on young kids and families is followed by a free picnic lunch and music faire, with activities ranging from an instrument petting zoo to face painting. Young instrumentalists will also be invited to play “side-by-side” with the MIM Festival Orchestra.

SummerFest continues its passionate commitment to new music with Wet Ink. The Nevada County Composers Cooperative teams up with San Francisco percussion trio Rootstock in exploring percussion, choral and chamber music from the likes of Richard Altenbach, Elliot Carter, Jerry Grant, Steve Reich, Mark Vance, Toon Vandervorst and Gao Wenjing.

Classical music stretches its legs a little with 3 Leg Torso, a band that fuses Eastern European folk, tango, cinematic and world music. Local legend Ludi Hinrich’s Chickenbonz will get the evening started with a mix of jazz crossover and original tunes.

MIM showcases two outdoor pops concerts this year. On June 29th, the Music of Queen, a rock and symphonic spectacular teams the MIM Festival Orchestra with a seven piece band and local choristers. This kind of musical horsepower will be certain to rock the fairgrounds. As always, this year’s SummerFest concludes with MIM’s July 3rd Happy Birthday USA concert. This rousing crowd pleaser features an all-American lineup sure to hit it out of the park. And this year, we’re asking folks to launch the evening with a red, white and blue bike parade. Take a loop around the most beautiful fairgrounds in California and then settle in for a great picnic under the stars.

Tickets for SummerFest can be purchased online at, in person at the MIM office at 530 Searls Ave. in Nevada City, at Briarpatch Community Market, or by calling the MIM box office at 530-265-6124. For FREE Moveable Fest events, see the MIM website, Twitter or Facebook for details.


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