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  • Sierra Master to hold 10th annual spring concert

     Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra will hold its 10th annual spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley.


    Music director and conductor Ken Hardin has created a program that explores ways composers have considered the timeless texts of the “mass” throughout history. In the first half, the choir and orchestra perform a “Kyrie” by Anton Bruckner, “Gloria” by Franz Schubert, “Sanctus” by Gabriel Fauré, “Credo” by Joseph Haydn, and the “Cum Sanctu Spiritu” by Antonio Vivaldi.


    The program also focuses on the choral works of composers such as Johannes Brahms’ “Schicksalslied,” Frederic Handel’s “Zadok, the Priest,” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens.” The program concludes with a centennial birthday celebration of Leonard Bernstein with his classic inspirational work, “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide.” 


    The 75-member all-volunteer Sierra Master Chorale rehearses for 13 weeks, including two rehearsals with the orchestra, which consists of 30 local and regional professional musicians.


    “The music is challenging and absolutely beautiful,” Hardin said. “The choir is going to shine brightly on this program.” 


    InConcert Sierra is presenting the program. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $17 for those ages 5 to 17. They are available at the door, BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley or by calling 530-273-3990. The church is located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road.