Summerfest kicks off: Music in the Mountains launches a series of performances

Summerfest kicks off: Music in the Mountains launches a series of performances

On Monday, Music in the Mountains presents “Mondays with the Maestro,” featuring a discussion with Artistic Director and Bandleader Ryan Murray about upcoming Summerfest lineup and composers.

This educational lecture and discussion will take place at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Peace, 828 W Main St., Grass Valley, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. This event is free to the public with RSVP strongly encouraged, says A press release.

Murray is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of Music in the Mountains and Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. He is also director of the Symphony Orchestra and Opera at California State University, Sacramento, and conductor of the first Sacramento Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Murray has just returned from Europe, where he was invited to study with the Romanian Chamber Orchestra.

“I spent an incredible week with Maestro Cristian Măcelaru and the Romanian Chamber Orchestra exploring the music of Brahms and Stravinsky,” Murray said in the statement. “A deeply inspiring week of growth and learning culminating in the opportunity to conduct the Romanian Chamber Orchestra in concert. I also had the amazing opportunity to return to Austria for three days of rehearsal watching with the Vienna Philharmonic – a truly amazing experience.

An award-winning opera conductor, Murray spent his early career working as assistant conductor and rehearsalist, and is currently Music Director of Modesto Opera House. He has served as assistant conductor for opera productions at the Sacramento Philharmonic and is the former music director of the Fresno Grand Opera, and previously worked as a conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute and the Opera Academy of California. in San Francisco. Murray currently enjoys a wide range of genres and performance platforms, including traditional orchestral and operatic repertoire, pop performances, live-action films, and a notable focus on contemporary American operatic works.


With the upcoming SummerFest 2022 season, Music in the Mountains will celebrate its ruby ​​anniversary, commemorating 40 years of bringing classical music to the Nevada County community. The 2022 season will kick off with “Opening Night in the Garden,” featuring a sit-down dinner and performance with the San Francisco Quartet.

SummerFest highlights include “Brahms Requiem” on June 24; “A Trip to the Highlands” with A Scottish Symphony, with special guest Alasdair Fraser; and on July 1, a live-action film with orchestration of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The festival concludes with the annual “Happy Birthday USA” concert on July 3 and a Big Band performance at “Brass, Brats and Brews”, both at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. To find out more about all the upcoming MIM concerts, join them on Mondays with the Maestro on Mondays or go to

Due to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 in Nevada County and the unique vulnerability of musicians and performers, attendees are encouraged to wear masks during the conference.

Music in the Mountains has been performing and producing high quality classical music for Nevada County for 40 years. He continues to bring classical music performances and educational programs to Nevada County. The public is invited to join MIM this SummerFest season, starting June 18, for live musical performances.

For more information call 530-265-6124 or email [email protected]

Source: Music in the mountains

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