OLLI Orchestra to hold free concert Nov. 30


The OLLI Orchestra will hold a free educational concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at Sierra College in Grass Valley.

Strong women who get what they want, self-aggrandizing pompous men who stand in their way and hilarious comedy is the premise of Gioachino Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers.”

The allegorical drama “Peer Gynt” by Edvard Grieg tells Ibsen’s story of the downfall and subsequent redemption of a Norwegian peasant anti-hero. 

Audiences immediately recognize “In the Hall of the Mountain King” because of its wide use in movies.

Jules Massenet’s “Scenes Pittoresques” consists of four unrelated but perfectly matched character pieces. It represents Massenet’s best musical inspiration as well as the finely-crafted and detailed work for which he is famous. 

The concert also features the world premiere of OLLI Orchestra conductor Steve Miller’s composition “Sketches from Nature.” It includes three themed movements: Orca, Woolly Bear and Wapiti. 

Miller teaches music at Sierra College and has led OLLI Orchestra for 15 years. Now celebrating 40 years as Nevada County’s community orchestra, the musicians are volunteers. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sierra College adopted the orchestra in 2005.

“Scenes” free concert takes place at Multipurpose Room N12. Parking is free and there will be signs at the college entrance pointing to the venue site. For more information, visit olliorchestra.org

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Conductor Steve Miller will debut his “Sketches from Nature” composition at the OLLI concert in Grass Valley.