Sunday, April 12, 2015, 3 pm.   ​
                                    A Chamber Music Concert 
                                                       presented by

                                 The Mother Lode Friends of Music

The concert includes the Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet of Amy Beach (1867 – 1944), America’s foremost woman composer, Four Madrigals of Love for soprano and piano of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 – 1999), and the Quintet for piano and strings of British composer Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934).

Performing are four of the finest string players based in the greater Sacramento region: Dagenais Smiley and Sandro Ladu, violins, Randy Fisher, viola, and Alan Clark, cello. Smiley was raised in Camino in El Dorado County and received a degree in music from Oberlin, in Ohio. She now performs regularly in orchestras throughout central California, including the Sacramento Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony and Modesto Symphony. Ladu was born in Sardinia, Italy, and received his musical education in Las Vegas and at CSU-Sacramento. He now performs with the Sacramento Choral Society, North State Symphony and Townsend Opera and teaches strings in Sacramento schools. Randy Fisher was trained at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. He has played in the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony and Virginia Symphony. Alan Clark is a retired educator who has performed extensively in chamber music concerts and with regional orchestras.

The quartet is joined by flutist George Appelbaum in the Beach work and by pianist Ron Brickman in the Elgar quintet. Both are long-standing performers with the Friends of Music and act as Vice President and President of the organization, respectively.

Also on the program, singing Four Madrigals of Love by Joaquin Rodrigo, is soprano Marie Bedard. A graduate of the Conservatory of Music of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Bedard has served frequently as a soloist with the Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra and in recital appearances. She has also performed with the opera program at CSU-Sacramento and is a founding member of the female a cappella group Mimosa. She will be accompanied by pianist Anne Pearce of Pioneer.

The concert is free and open to the public. St. Katherine Drexel Parish is located at 11361 Prospect Drive in Jackson (Martell). See map below. For more information, call (209) 293-4227.