Friday, August 24, 2018

Mother Lode Friends of Music: Chamber Music Concert - Sun Sept 30

Mother Lode Friends of Music presents their first concert of the 2018-2019 season, ”Autumn Romance,” on Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Main Street, Sutter Creek.

The program will feature chamber music from the early 20th century. Works include the sensuous song cycle "Chansons Madécasses" by Maurice Ravel, and the extraordinary "Trio in C Major, Opus 29" by Croatian composer Dora Pejačević.

Featured performers include the brilliant Biljana Bojović on cello, and the Mother Lode Friends of Music (MLFM) debut of mezzo-soprano, Karen Lyman.  Returning MLFM performers are Corina Stoian, violin; Ron Brickman, piano; and Sandra Betti, flute.

“These works are quite exotic and romantic,” says MLFM Artistic Director Sandra Betti. “Both composers were inspired by indigenous music and folk tunes for these compositions. Pejačević is Croatian, and that influence is strong in her Trio in C Major.  Ravel is a well-known French composer, but this particular work uses sounds and poetry from Madagascar.”

Mezzo-soprano Karen Lyman performs with professional opera companies and orchestras; most recently in Handel's Messiahwith the Solano Chamber Orchestra and the role of Jack in Nevada Opera's production of Jack and the Beanstalk. She lives in Sutter Creek with her husband and three boys.
Mezzo-soprano Karen Lyman
Cellist Biljana Bojović is a performer, composer and music educator. A native of the Balkans, for many years she had a very active musical life in the Indianapolis area and performed in many different venues as a soloist, in chamber groups and orchestras. She and her husband now live in Jackson where she continues to play and write music.

Cellist Biljana Bojović
Pianist Ron Brickman is a long-time MLFM member who frequently performs as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist with orchestra. He has also performed in several regional concert series and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brickman lives in West Point, CA.

Flutist Sandra Betti, Sonora, has performed with major orchestras and toured Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes.  Locally, she has become a major figure in musical circles; teaching, directing the Sonora Bach Festival and playing principal flute in the Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra.

Corina Stoian was a leading concert violinist in her native Romania and in Germany before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She was for many years the concertmaster of the Folk Chamber Orchestra in Essen, Germany, and won several international prizes. Since moving to the states she has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the region.

The Sutter Creek Theatre (44 Main Street, Sutter Creek) is an intimate setting for this accomplished group of musicians to launch MLFM’s 2018-19 concert season. Admission to the concert is free.

For more information, visit the Friends of Music’s website at or call (530) 676-5396.

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