Press Release – April 30, 2017



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The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents its last concert of the 2016-2017 season on Sunday, April 30, at the Pine Grove Community Church, 14045 Ponderosa Way, in Pine Grove. The concert, starting at 3 pm, is free and is open to the public.

The concert features music for violin, cello and piano of Haydn, Rachmaninoff and Bruno-Videla and the Sonata for violin and cello of Maurice Ravel. Soprano Alexis Magarò sings three songs of Rachmaninoff and “Dream with me” of Leonard Bernstein, accompanied by piano and cello.

Marie Flexer

Violinist Marie Flexer has appeared as soloist with Redwood Symphony, Livermore-Amador Symphony, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Ohlone Symphony, Courtney Music Festival Orchestra and Fremont Philharmonic. As an orchestral musician, she has served as Concertmaster of Livermore-Amador Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, Livermore Valley Opera, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She was Principal Second Violinist for the Stockton Symphony for ten years, and is a member of San Jose Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has been a member and performed with numerous other professional ensembles, including Midsummer Mozart Festival, Marin Symphony, Women’s Philharmonic, Stratos Ensemble, Modesto Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose and San Francisco Symphony.

Cellist Stephanie Chiao, an Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate, is the founder of the Vivace String Trio and String Quartet. She also has performed with the Divertimento quartet, Les Trois Papillons Trio (the Three Butterflies Trio), the Stockton Chorale, and the Merced Symphony. She was the semi-finalist of the Grace Vamos Cello Competition and a recipient of the young musicians’ scholarship program. In addition to performing, she taught at the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop, and at the University of Pacific Summer music camp. She is currently the assistant principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony.

Alexis Magarò

Soprano Alexis Magarò, a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, won several international singing competitions before launching a career that led her to star in many of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses and recital halls. Since re-establishing residence in the United States, she has performed frequently with the Mother Lode Friends of Music, most recently singing the last scene of Capriccio of Richard Strauss with the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music in March, 2015.

The concert will be followed by a reception honoring the twenty five years of service as President of Ron Brickman, who is retiring at the end of the current season. All attending the concert are invited. For more information, go to or call (209) 293-4227.