A new classical music club is forming here in Lake Wildwood, with our first concert scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the Cedar Room at the Clubhouse. The concert will be a piano four-hand concert (one piano/two artists playing simultaneously), featuring Ken Hardin, Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra, and Ken Getz, Musical Director of Sierra Stages. They will play music by Beethoven, Brahms, Bizet, Rachmaninov, as well as more contemporary pieces by George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson and Frederick Loewe (of Lerner & Loewe). The concert will last approximately one hour and tickets are cheaply priced at $10 per adult, $5 for ages 12-18 and free for children, cash at the door.
I grew up in a small rural town in mid-1950s Missouri – a town not unlike the size of Grass Valley – but it was a farming town, without the theater and live music opportunities available here in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area. . I loved playing the piano and was good enough that when my mother took me away from the Catholic nun who had started me and gave me an audition with a piano teacher at the school of beautiful -local arts, I was lucky to be accepted. Over the next few years, this professor and his wife took me to listen to the Orchester symphonique de Saint-Louis several times – I had never heard an orchestra before. Soon I was checking vinyl records from the local library and falling asleep at night listening to the sounds of piano concertos and Beethoven symphonies. Yes, I was a nerdy little boy!
Fast forward about 60 years, and not too long ago I joined the board of directors of InConcert Sierra, which, along with Music in the Mountains, brings the gift of live classical music to western Nevada County. I’m the only Lake Wildwood resident on the council, and I thought of asking if the council would be willing to bring live classical music to Lake Wildwood. To my delight, they said yes and would be willing to host up to four live music events per year in Lake Wildwood, provided we provide the audience.
Hence the birth of a new club in Lake Wildwood: the Lake Wildwood Classical Music Club. My dream is to provide high-quality classical music to our LWW community, giving older adults, as well as young children, the opportunity to hear professional-level classical music performances in a setting close to an easily affordable price. A second goal will be to raise awareness of classical music events in the area, and at the April 5 event in Lake Wildwood, we will be raffling off pairs of tickets to a few upcoming InConcert Sierra concerts in Grass Valley. I’m starting with InConcert Sierra, but I’ll also be reaching out to Music in the Mountains and bringing in other local professional musicians.
So join us at the Clubhouse on April 5, and if you’d like to sign up for our email list for future Lake Wildwood concerts, email email@example.com and we will add you to our mailing list. Looking forward to seeing you on April 5!