Press Release – March 06, 2016


PRESS RELEASE : Please publish before Sunday, March 6. Photos of soloists Corina Stoian (violin) and Ron Brickman (piano), conductor Henrik Jul Hansen and the orchestra are attached. For further information, contact Ron at (209) 293-4227 or

* * * * *

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the society offering classical music performances in the central region of the Sierra foothills, presents its annual concert of symphonic music on Sunday, March 6, starting at 3 pm in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek.

The Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music will be led by conductor Henrik Jul Hansen in a program of music devoted to composers Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms. The first half of the program comprises the rarely performed Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra of Felix Mendelssohn. One of the most precocious composers of all time, Mendelssohn composed the work at the astonishing age of fourteen! Yet it is hardly the work of a child. The composer’s talents were already in full bloom, with his teenage years producing such masterpieces as the String Octet, the Concerto for Two Pianos, and the incidental music to Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. The Double Concerto displays his gift for beautiful melodies and his ease in writing virtuoso passages for both of the solo instruments. alone and in combination.

The second half of the program, where brass, winds and percussion join the strings, is devoted to a performance of the Symphony No. 3 in F major of Johannes Brahms. One of only four full symphonies of the composer, it remains from its debut in 1883 an enduring cornerstone of the symphonic literature. Always a supreme musical challenge, this will be the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music’s first performance of a Brahms symphony.

Soloists in the Mendelssohn concerto are violinist Corina Stoian and pianist Ron Brickman. The Romanian-born Stoian has become a major figure in Friends of Music performances since her arrival in the United States in 2005. She has performed frequently as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra, exploring all facets of the repertoire from Vivaldi to Argentinian tango, and since 2012 has been concertmaster of the Friends of Music Orchestra. She has also performed as soloist with the Auburn, Camellia, Bear Valley and Diablo symphonies.

Joining her is pianist and Friends of Music President Ron Brickman. A native Californian who grew up and now lives in West Point, Brickman has been the guiding light of the Friends of Music since its inception over twenty years ago. He has played several works with its Orchestra, including concertos by Scriabin, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.

Ever popular with audiences and players alike, conductor Henrik Jul Hansen returns on to lead the orchestra, building upon a long-standing association with the ensemble. The Danish-born conductor was trained in several of Europe’s leading conservatories. Since establishing residence in California he has conducted several orchestras including the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Merced Symphony.

The Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music has evolved into the premiere orchestral ensemble in California’s gold rush country. Its players are drawn from the most highly qualified instrumentalists in the Mother Lode, supplemented by musicians from surrounding metropolitan communities and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tickets to the concert are $25 for adults. Children under the age of 18 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by sending a check for the number desired to MLFM, PO Box 1362, Jackson, CA 95642 or purchased in person at Mother Lode Music, Prospect Plaza, Jackson or Calaveras Arts Council, Main Street, San Andreas. Tickets may also be purchased at the door starting one half hour before the performance. For more information, go the or call (209) 293-4227.