Press Release – January 31, 2016



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The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, presents its first concert of the new year on Sunday, January 31, starting at 3 pm. The concert will be held at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, in Sutter Creek. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes four works for piano sextet: piano, two violins, viola, cello and double bass. The featured work is the Sextet of Sergei Lyapunov, a Russian composer who was a contemporary of Tchaikovsky. The work is full of lush Romantic melodies and is symphonic in scale. The second half of the program presents three lighter works: the delightful Peacock Pie of early 20th century British composer C. Armstrong Gibbs, the Bolero Recuerdos de Andalucia of Spanish composer Eduardo Ocón, and the Pantomime and Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo of Manuel de Falla, in an arrangement for piano sextet by the composer himself.

Joining pianist and Friends of Music President Ron Brickman are five exceptionally talented string players from the San Francisco Bay Area. Romanian-born violinist Corina Stoian is an international concert violinist who has become one of the Friends of Music’s most popular players. The former concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Essen, Germany, she now performs frequently as recitalist, chamber musician, concerto soloist and concertmaster of the Friends of Music Orchestra. She is joined by violinist Heather Katz, an Oakland-based musician who is concertmaster of the Redwood Symphony. Violist Ted Seitz attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is now a member of several orchestras, including the San Jose Symphony, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the Mendocino Festival Orchestra. Cellist Alexandru Dumitrache, trained in his native Romania, is former principal cellist with the Chicago Lyric Orchestra and has worked with Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. Bassist James Coyne is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and is now a free-lance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information, go to the Friends of Music’s website, or call (209) 293-4227.