Hansen conducts concert

By From page B13 | March 14, 2014

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance organizing serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, presents its Spring Symphony Concert on Sunday, March 16, at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert starts at 3 p.m.

The program is devoted to the music of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Long considered the founder of Western classical music and one of musical history’s greatest geniuses, the composer’s music remains a cornerstone of classical music performances.

The concert on March 16 features one of the composer’s greatest symphonies, “Number 44 in E minor,” among the 104 pieces he wrote. Other featured works are”Second Concerto in D major for Cello and Orchestra” and two shorter selections: “Overture in D” and  “Introduction to the opera Armida.”

The orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, gathering the finest instrumentalists from throughout the foothills region, will be led once again by Henrik Jul Hansen. A graduate of Europe’s leading music conservatories, the conductor is a popular fixture on the Northern California music scene, with regular appearances not only before the Friends of Music Orchestra but also the Merced Symphony and the Sacramento Ballet.

Performing the Haydn cello concerto is the brilliant Hispanic cellist, Erik Urbina. The young cellist is a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, where he was a student of Nina Flyer, a frequent honors recitalist and the winner of the university’s coveted concerto competition.

He has also studied with world-class Swedish cello soloist Jakob Kornanyi. He now teaches in several locations throughout central California and performs regularly in recitals and regional orchestras.

In a special promotion designed to introduce local schoolchildren to the glories of classical music, the Mother Lode Friends is offering free admission to all schoolchildren under the age of 18. Adult tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Mother Lode Music in Martell, the Calaveras Arts Council in San Andreas or at the door.

For more information go to the organization’s Website at or call 209-293-4227.

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