Monday, April 17, 2017

Mother Lode Friends of Music presents last concert of the 2016-2017 season on Sunday, April 30

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents its last concert of the 2016-2017 season on Sunday, April 30, at the Pine Grove Community Church, 14045 Ponderosa Way, in Pine Grove.  The concert, starting at 3 pm, is free and is open to the public.

The concert features music for violin, cello and piano of Haydn, Rachmaninoff and Bruno-Videla and the Sonata for violin and cello of Maurice Ravel. Soprano Alexis Magarò sings three songs of Rachmaninoff and  “Dream with me” of Leonard Bernstein, accompanied by piano and cello.


Violinist Marie Flexer (pictured above) has appeared as soloist with Redwood Symphony, Livermore-Amador Symphony, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Ohlone Symphony, Courtney Music Festival Orchestra and Fremont Philharmonic. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Concertmaster of Livermore-Amador Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.  She was Principal Second Violinist for the Stockton Symphony for ten years, and is a member of San Jose Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has been a member and performed with numerous other professional ensembles, including Midsummer Mozart Festival, Marin Symphony, Women's Philharmonic, Stratos Ensemble, Modesto Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose and San Francisco Symphony.


Soprano Alexis Magarò (pictured above), a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, won several international singing competitions before launching a career that led her to star in many of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses and recital halls.  Since re-establishing residence in the United States, she has performed frequently with the Mother Lode Friends of Music, most recently singing the last scene of Capriccio of Richard Strauss with the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music in March, 2015.

Cellist Stephanie Chiao, an Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate, is the founder of the Vivace String Trio and String Quartet. She also has performed with the Divertimento quartet, Les Trois Papillons Trio (the Three Butterflies Trio), the Stockton Chorale, and the Merced Symphony. She was the semi-finalist of the Grace Vamos Cello Competition and a recipient of the young musicians’ scholarship program. In addition to performing, she taught at the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop, and at the University of Pacific Summer music camp.  She is currently the assistant principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony. 

The concert will be followed by a reception honoring the twenty five years of service as President of Ron Brickman, who is retiring at the end of the current season.  All attending the concert are invited.  For more information, go to www.mlfm.org or call (209) 293-4227.




T.G.I.F. Summer Concert Series 2017


Children’s Theater Workshop ~ June 5-29

Children’s Theater Workshop
Directed by Brad Loffswold, this workshop gives an opportunity for children to express themselves and to participate in every aspect of a theater production.
Monday-Thursday, June 5-June 29, 8:30am-12:00pm
The Historic Grammar School in Sutter Creek
$100 for 4 week course
For more information, please contact Paulette at ACRA by Phone (209-223-2300), or E-mail phammond@amadorgov.org


Vintage American pianist plays house concert in Sutter Creek - Sat May 6

Adam Swanson House Concert - Sat May 6 at 2 PM at the home of John & Nadine Mottoros, Sutter Creek.

Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.


Although he is only twenty-five years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary and Switzerland. He has worked with such musicians as Toronto’s John Arpin, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who is one of Adam’s greatest influences.

Adam performs every summer at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, where he is musical director of the new Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.

Visit Adam online: www.adamgswanson.com


Price: $20. Reservations Required.
Phone: 209-267-9252.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sutter Creek Provisions Calendar Update - April 2017


Just a friendly reminder that we'll be
CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY ~ APRIL 16th


SATURDAY, APRIL 29th
There has been a slight change in our musical calendar for April 29th.
Damon & Josh had a scheduling conflict and had to cancel...but we were able to find an excellent alternative!
Singer-Songwriter Ryan Thompson will take the Provisions stage at 6pmand showcase his original music. He'll bring along special guest Steve Randall on guitar.
The rest of the month remains unchanged:
4/22 - The Bottom Dwellers - 5:30pm doors / $10 cash only cover
4/30 - The Slade Rivers Band - 3:00pm / no cover

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gypsy Jazz for Earth Day: Music, Wood Fired Pizza and Wine in Sutter Creek - Sat Apr 22

April, 2017 -Sutter Creek, CA: Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 pm Feist Wines kicks off their Spring music series on Earth Day with gypsy jazz on the patio with local band Jazz Gitan.  Seasonal wood fired pizzas, small plates and dessert will be offered.


Jazz Gitan is an acoustic jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene in the 1930s. Their music is the swinging jazz of the 30s and 40s, plus a cross-section of songs from the modern Gypsy Jazz repertoire and original compositions by lead guitarist, Don Price. It includes Latin, blues, swing, and original styles combined to create a unique foot tapping and high energy Parisian experience.

Pizzas available will range from the Bianca with chevre, mushrooms, wilted greens and spring onions($15) Pepperoni with Arugula ($16) and House Made Sausage and green olives ($16).   A variety of small plates like Marcona Almonds, Mixed Olives and Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie plates, organic salad and dessert will be served.  The event is zero waste.

Tickets are $10 and are available at feistwines.com or at the tasting room.
15 Eureka Street Sutter Creek, CA 95685
Susan Feist
Feist Wines
209.267.8020
209.256.3779 cell