Music lovers know that one of the most dynamic and surprising elements of Nevada County's celebrated music scene is the opportunity to hear brand new contemporary music — normally associated with sophisticated, world-class cities — in the beautiful, accessible, and affordable environs of the Sierra Foothills.
Premiere performances of music by renowned composers of the modern era have occurred regularly in Western Nevada County for the past 21 years, courtesy of the Nevada County Composers Cooperative.
This coming Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Besemer Concert Hall, the Cooperative is presenting their Command Performance Concert, a retrospective mélange of new music starting with pieces by founding member Jay Sydeman and ending with a piece by the newest composer to join the organization, Alexis Alrich, according to a release.
Works from Sydeman include Violin Sonata No. 1 and Chaconne, while Alrich's piece, Trio Retro, will close the concert.
In between will be works from area favorites including Mark Vance Encantar, Durwynne Hsieh Violin Sonata. Adding an extra dash of international flavor and fun will be a performance of New Zealand contemporary composer John Psathas' One Study One Summary for marimba, junk percussion, and digital audio.