Mother Lode Friends of Music perform Baroque choral music

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society serving the central foothills region, opens its 20th anniversary season on Sunday, Oct. 21 with a gala concert of Baroque choral music. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek.

The concert includes cantatas by G. Ph. Telemann and D. Buxtehude, the chorus “The many rend the sky” from “Alexander’s Feast” of G. F. Handel, and the “Mass in F” of J. S. Bach.

Joining forces for the event will be four acclaimed vocal soloists, the Davis Community Church Choir, a Baroque instrumental ensemble of strings and winds with Baroque piccolo trumpet, flugelhorns and organ.

Henrik Jul Hansen is the conductor.

Vocal soloists include Madeline Biddle Bersamina, a leading soprano in the Seattle area who returns to her home town of Sutter Creek for this performance, tenor Jonathan Smucker and bass-baritone Paul Murray, both prominent opera and oratorio performers from the San Francisco Bay Area, and mezzo-soprano Tania Mannion of Davis.

David Deffner is the organist and choir director.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for children K-12. They may be purchased at Mother Lode Music in Martell, 209-223-4232, or at the Calaveras Arts Council, Main Street, San Andreas, 209-754-1774, or at the door.

For further information consult the Friends of Music’s Website at

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