Sunday, November 15, 3 pm Chamber Music Concert Pine Grove Community Church

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the premier classical music society serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, opens its 2015-2016 season with a concert of music for small ensembles on Sunday, November 15, starting at 3 pm. The concert takes place at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, off of Ridge Road, in Pine Grove.

The concert features six musicians from as far away as Barcelona, Spain, and as close as Pine Grove. Classical guitarist Jaume Torrent from Barcelona returns after his solo appearance in March 2012 playing the Concerto of Rodrigo with the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music. He performs frequently throughout Europe and is a highly regarded composer of works featuring the guitar. A week before the concert with the Mother Lode Friends of Music, he will attend the world premiere of his fourth guitar concerto in Mexico. For the November 15 event he is joined by long-time collaborators violinist Joseph Gold and violist Debbie Dare, both of Piedmont. The three musicians have performed to high acclaim around the world as the Paganini Trio. 

Also featured are flutist Sandra Betti of Sonora, oboist Candis Hanson of Pine Grove, and pianist Ron Brickman of West Point. Betti has performed with the Berkeley Symphony and the Artesian Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles, and toured Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes. She is now a prominent player with ensembles throughout the Mother Lode, is principal flute with the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, and performs frequently in the organization’s chamber concerts.

Candis Hanson Kimball, a native of Shreveport, LA, received her Bachelor of Music degree from NorthTexas State University and then proceeded to New York City to study with the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic at Manhattan School of Music. It was while studying in New York that she was offered the principal oboist position with The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, which brought her to the west coast. She has performed with the Napa Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Reno Symphony, and the North Bay Philharmonic Orchestra and now holds the Principal Oboist position with the Solano Symphony in Fairfield. 

Pianist Ron Brickman of West Point is President of the Mother Lode Friends of Music and performs frequently with that organization and others. In March, 2016 he will perform the Double Concerto of
Mendelssohn with violinist Corina Stoian and the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music under Henrik Jul Hansen.

The November 15 program spans three centuries, starting with the Sonata No. 10 in F for violin and guitar of Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) and the Sonata in D for violin, viola and guitar of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). The Romantic era is represented by the Centone di Sonata No. 1 in A minor for violin and guitar of Nicolò Paganini, a composer who was a virtuoso on both instruments. Three engaging works of the 20th century complete the program: the Sonatina for flute and guitar of Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), the Concertino for flute, viola and piano of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), and the Trio for flute, oboe and piano of French composer Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013).

Supported by its membership base, the Mother Lode Friends of Music offers the concert for the enjoyment of all without charging admission. Refreshments are served during intermission. For further information, consult the organization’s web site, or call (209) 293-4227.