The Mother Lode Friends of Music is the premiere organization of classical music performances in the central region of California’s historic gold country. Founded in the early 1990s, the organization presents several concerts of chamber music each season and at least one performance by the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music. Each season includes one or more “house concerts” wh ere music is performed in beautiful homes in the region, followed by a food and wine service. Most of the concerts are presented in Amador and Calaveras counties. Occasionally, the organization complements its regular concert series with special events. These have included performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the Sacramento Ballet, a fully stage performance of Menotti’s Amahl and Night Visitors, a program of Baroque choral music, and even a concert of the contemporary rock group the Family Crest. Supported by the dues and donations of its members, the organization offers several of its concerts to the general public without admission charge.

All-American Concert

Sunday, March 5, 2017. Ryan Murray leads the Chamber Orchestra of the Friends of Music in a program of American music, anchored by a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring in the original 13-player version.

Also Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the Suite for String Orchestra of Arthur Foote, the riotous second movement from the Piano Trio of Charles Ives, Copland’s Quiet City with English horn and trumpet, and the composer’s festive Hoe Down from the ballet Rodeo.

There is a follow-up performance on Sunday, March 12. For tickets to the Angels Camp performance on March 5, contact the Calaveras Arts Council at 209-754-1774. Tickets to the Sutter Creek performance on March 12 are available at Mother Lode Music, Prospect Plaza, Martell and at the door. Call 209-293-4229 for more information.