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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.

Chamber Music Concert

Marie Flexer

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm. Our final concert of the season features violinist Marie Flexer and cellist Stephanie Chiao, with Ron Brickman at the piano.

The program includes the Sonata for violin and cello of Maurice Ravel, the Piano Trio in Eb, Hob. V. 29 of Joseph Haydn, Rachmaninoff’s Elegiac Trio in G minor, and the wild and crazy Variations on “Tico-Tico” by Lucio Bruno-Videla. Soprano Alexis Magarò returns to sing three ravishing songs of Rachmaninoff and the sublime “Dream With Me” of Leonard Bernstein with piano and cello obbligato.

Free admission. Pine Grove Community Church, 14045 Ponderosa Road, Pine Grove. Call (209) 293-4227. For the press release visit April 30 Press Release.