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It was March 14. Things were getting a bit scary because of a virus we were just beginning to understand. Since then, we have grappled with uncertainty and fear, but after 15 months, we are finally coming out of the dark.
But, in those last hours before our word changed forever, a group of Plumas County residents came together in Serpilio Hall on the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy and were lost in the beauty of a performance by the String Serenade, led by Conductor Jane Brown. Who knew the acoustics in Serpilio Hall were so stunning? Who could believe that a couple dozen highly talented musicians would brave the wet weather and travel to Quincy to perform? When you add the doubt organizers struggled with as to whether or not there should even be a performance because of COVID-19, well, the fact it even happened was amazing. This joy, excitement and thirst for more unfortunately lasted for only a few days, as it became apparent that there would be no more concerts like this for quite a while.
But now we're back! The PSCF Foundation and the Reno Pops Orchestra are ready to unleash a new, and greatly expanded schedule of incredible performances by musicians from the Reno Pops Orchestra, the Northern Nevada String Serenade, and other performing groups from Northern Nevada. Coordinated, programmed and directed by Plumas County’s own Jane Brown, area residents will be offered a line-up of performances on par with communities many times larger than ours.
The PSCF Foundation is the non-profit corporation that exist to fully benefit the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. As with many small town non-profit organizations, the motivation to serve usually goes beyond the boundaries of the fairgrounds. The Foundation wants to build a series of events to raise both money and awareness for the Fairgrounds, but also wants to tell everyone that the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds are here to serve them. This series of exceptional concerts the Foundation has organized is one more way to show that dedication.
A critical part of putting this series together is Jane Brown. Jane graduated from Chester High School and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University. She has taught music for the Plumas Unified School District and began conducting symphonic music in 2001. She was appointed to conduct the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra where she inspired hundreds of young musicians in Northern Nevada for four years. In 2004, she was then selected to conduct and serve as musical director for the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. Most recently, she has served as a guest conductor in many provincial capitals in Russia. Through her many concerts over the years, a following has developed in Plumas County and a Reno Pops performance is always worth the trip to Reno! Her career goal, as well as the Reno Pops’ goal, is to “seek to help children and adults in our community explore a wide range of orchestral music”. Jane, and the organizations she conducts, do this through innovative educational programs and offering as many accessible performances as possible. We are fortunate to have them willing to make their concerts in Plumas County part of that goal.
With the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, the first order of business for organizers was to make sure that last year’s season ticket holders would get their promised concerts. The second order of business was to offer even more performances. All that was accomplished with a schedule of eight performances; the first three are the make-up concerts for those holding 2020 season tickets, and then an additional five concerts after that. The make-up concerts begin July 24:
The Collective (UNR Faculty Jazz Ensemble) July 24, 2021 7pm The West Lawn
Batamba Collective (Percussion Ensemble) September 18, 2021 7pm West Lawn or Serpilio Hall
Sierra Brass Quintet October 9, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Just bring your tickets from last year to each concert and you will be admitted. If you don’t have a season ticket from last year, these three concerts can be purchased as a package for $50. Individual concert tickets can be purchased for $20 each at the Fair Office or at the door of the concert.
The 2021-2022 Season begins on October 30 with five exciting performances:
Northstar Chamber Players (Woodwind Quintet) October 30, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Northern Nevada String Serenade November 20, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Tintabulations Hand Bell Ensemble December 17, 2021 7pm Serpilio Hall
Northern Nevada String Serenade January 22, 2022 7pm Serpilio Hall
"Carnival of the Animals"
Harp and Piano Extravaganza Februay 5, 2022 7pm Serpilio Hall
These last five concerts can be purchased as a 2021-2022 Season Ticket for only $80. And finally, you can have it all by purchasing the “Grand Bundle” – all eight concerts for only $130. As mentioned, individual concert tickets are available for $20 each, and as a special effort to expose younger people to this kind of culture, Student tickets are only $10 per concert. These are available to those 18 and under and for FRC Students of any age with a current student ID.
The first concert will be a perfect summer performance on the West Lawn of the Fairgrounds, next to the Family Gardens. “The Collective” was described as “one of the most creative and distinctive jazz ensembles in the northwestern United States” by For The Love Of Jazz. The group features saxophonist Peter Epstein, trumpeter Josh Reed, pianist Adam Benjamin, bassist Hans Halt and drummer Andrew Heglund. Each of these dedicated musicians maintains busy individual performance schedules while forming the core of the Program for Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada, Reno. All of the members are passionate about sharing the knowledge of their instrument, improvisation, composition, history, and the other aspects of jazz. The Collective has released four albums and members have recorded many albums on their own and with numerous groups.
As a special gift to Plumas County, the entire Reno Pops Orchestra will be giving a performance at this year’s Plumas Sierra County Fair. On the evening of Saturday, August 21 on the West Lawn, Jane Brown will lead the orchestra through a program of uplifting and exciting selections; Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist Dr. Ron Williams, Oklahoma, Orange Blossom Special with champion fiddler Johny McDonald, sound scores from “Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza”, Carmon Dragon/Hollywood Bowl version of “America The Beautiful”, Con te Partiro featuring Jennifer Probst-Hilderbrand and Aldo Perelli, vocal soloists, and selections from Duke Ellington and John Philip Sousa. The concert is free with admission to the Fair. This concert is not to be missed!
Backgrounds of each of the other groups will be available on the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds website; www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net, along with the most current program for each concert.
“It’s as simple as this,” says Foundation President Nancy Gambell, “if you want to see this sort of music series each year, please support this year by purchasing a ticket.” Tickets are available at the Fair Office and on the Plumas Goes Pops page of the Fair website.