Youth Concert

Mother Lode Friends of Music is pleased to announce their first ever Youth Concert, which will take place on Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 pm in the Sutter Creek Theater in Sutter Creek.  The concert will feature talented and dedicated young musicians from the beautiful Mother Lode region of northern California.  Please come and support these young people, who represent the future of live musical performances. 

Performers include Tanner Richardson and Brian Yu on piano, Sophia Hsue and Jasmine Hwang on violin, Phoenix Farris on flute, Carlton Leggett on trumpet, and vocalists Genevieve Florez, Alissa DeAnda, and Camryn Smith.  Each performer will give us 1-2 selections on their respective instruments.  The program will be primarily classical music, but will also include some jazz and show tunes.  Please join us for a delightful afternoon of youthful exuberance and musical joy!


Mother Lode Friends of Music presents, “Explore! A World Music Concert,” Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.  Come hear the music of Ireland, Brazil, Eastern Europe, the Indigenous America people, and more. Featured performers will be Biljana Bojovic on cello, Rose Berunda on Native American flute, Celtic music with Alan Fuller and friends, Brazilian Choro music on guitar with Will Kiel, Latin Jazz with Will Kiel and Dominic Restivo on harmonica, and Bill Minkel on the Alpenhorn.
Travel the world without leaving Sutter Creek!

Biljana Bojović came from the Balkans to the United States to study at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and then completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown and graduate studies at Butler University in Indianapolis. She studied cello with Cassel Grubb, Crispin Campbell, William Skidmore, and William Grubb, music composition with John Beall, Frank Felice, and Michael Schelle, and music education under the mentorship of Penny Dimmick.

For many years she had a very active musical life as an educator, composer, and freelance cellist in the Indianapolis area and performed in many different venues as a soloist, in chamber groups and orchestras. Biljana’s works are written mostly for solo instruments and chamber groups, and often draw inspiration from Balkan music. Her pedagogical work includes individual instruction of cello, piano, music theory and composition, teaching general music to elementary school students, directing middle school and high school string orchestral programs, and teaching aural skills and fundamentals of music theory at undergraduate university level. Biljana and her husband now live here in California, where she continues to play and write music, including music for children, and is a church cantor and music educator. She regularly performs on the Mother Lode Friends of Music concert series and always looks for opportunities to collaborate with artists from this region.

Bill Minkel, French horn and Alpenhorn, studied music at San Jose State University, but graduated with a BA and MA in biology.  He taught biology at Santa Clara University for 20 years.  While living in the Bay Area he played with many local groups including West Bay Opera, Scholar Opera, Nova Vista Symphony, Schola Cantorum, Bayshore Lyric Opera, Monterey County Symphony , Palo Alto Winds woodwind quintet, and many others.  Currently he is playing with Mother Lode Friends of Music, Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band, and Amador County Concert Band, and the Mother Lode Woodwind Quintet. Bill lives just above Calaveras Big Trees State Park where he volunteers as a docent.


After graduating from Columbia College, Will received a scholarship to attend the School of Music at San Francisco State University where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance.

Over the years, Will has studied with retired Columbia College professor John Carter, and San Francisco Conservatory professor Lawrence Ferrara. Today, he continues to perform in Tuolumne County and beyond while passing on a love of music to private guitar students in his studio. Will’s globally-informed style reflects the diverse nature of the guitar. A grounding in classical technique has allowed him to expand his repertoire beyond traditional guitar works to include a blend of American jazz, gypsy swing, and Brazilian folk styles.


“Back to School”

Mother Lode Friends of Music presents a chamber music concert with a fall “Back to School” theme, Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek. Faculty members of the prestigious Pacific Institute of Music, Folsom, will perform small ensemble pieces by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. For more information, visit the Friends of Music’s website at or call (530) 676-5396.

Summer Pops Concert

Mother Lode Friends of Music welcome the long, warm summer days with a delightful afternoon of operetta, light jazz, and show tunes, Sunday, June 9, 2019, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theater, Sutter Creek. 

Relax and enjoy a classic Summer Pops program with the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, performed by Mother Lode Friends of Music and guests.

 Tenor Ricardo Campero, past winner in the Regional Metropolitan Opera competition, headlines the program, accompanied by Rebecca Nelson on piano. Campero is known for his effortless lyrical voice, and is in demand as a featured soloist. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, New York and at the Vatican in Rome.












Joining Campero and Nelson on stage will be The Dogwood Chamber Players (Alice Williams, cello; Candis Kimball, oboe; Sandra Betti, flute) and Gordon Rowland on guitar.

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek, is a casual setting for a lively afternoon of summertime fun.

Admission to the concert is free.

2018 – 2019 Season, Second Chamber Concert

Mother Lode Friends of Music presents the second chamber concert of the 2018-2019 season, on Sunday, March 3rd at the Sutter Creek Theater. The concert begins at 1:00 pm and will be free of charge with donations welcomed.

Performances include pianist Jason Jeffrey performing Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Scenes from Vienna or Carnival Jest from Vienna); and, Brahms’ Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79. 

Violinists Makena Clark and Zoe Schlussel, with Jason Jeffrey accompanying on piano, will perform Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043.


Chamber Music Concert

A concert of chamber music features the String Quintet in G minor, K 516, of W. A. Mozart, one of the composer’s finest chamber works, as performed by five of the Sacramento area’s top string players. Continue reading