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Download – Music in the Mountains Warms Up Winter with a Young Composers Concert

Nevada City, CA, January 6, 2014- Can you imagine what it would be like to compose an original piece of music? To know how each note works with what comes before and after? Music in the Mountains (MIM) presents “New Songs for Midwinter,” an exciting concert featuring 25 brand new works by student composers on Saturday, February 1, 2pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

These original songs will be performed by some of the finest singers and instrumentalists in Nevada County, many of whom are professional musicians volunteering their time and talent. “Every year is different because each year the kids are in a new phase of their learning. It is so exciting to hear music come to life with some of our favorite local musicians,” says Cristine Kelly, MIM executive director.
“Many people have said this is one of their favorite concerts of the year.”

The Young Composers Project (YCP) is one of the cornerstone’s of MIM’s extensive education programs. Mark Vance, MIM’s Education Coordinator, and Jerry Grant, are the principal teachers of the program. YCP teaches talented young Nevada County musicians grades junior high through college to study music software notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, music theory and harmony, music history, conducting, public speaking and composition.

This year, the Young Composers Project has embarked on an amazing partnership with Sierra Streams Institute. In addition to all the music studies, students are also learning about the river, salmon habitat and life cycle and related watershed issues.

Almost half of the students are writing about their experiences inspired by the science curriculum. “It’s really a ground breaking interdisciplinary project and I am very excited about the music they’re writing” states Mark Vance, program coordinator for the past 15 years.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and students are free. To purchase tickets to the New Songs for Midwinter, log onto www.musicinthemountains or call the Box Office at (530) 265-6224

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MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS: Based in Nevada City for over 30 years, Music in the Mountains has enthralled audiences with its 600 musicians, singers, educators and volunteers who have worked in harmony to share their passion for music with the community.