Sierra Symphony Comes to Georgetown School Amphitheater

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA (MPG)  |  By Lynn Schardt, Board Member, Music On The Divide

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - A symphony performing in Georgetown? If that sounds ambitious, it is! The 45 member Sierra Symphony, well–known for performing all over El Dorado County, is scheduled to perform  September 16th at the Music On The Divide opening season concert to be located at the renovated Georgetown School Amphitheater. Under the leafy canopy of majestic black oaks, the rich sounds of the Symphony’s fall pops repertoire will thrill attendees of this special outdoor event.

Formed 33 years ago by the collaboration of John Pratt and David Smythe, the Sierra Symphony was originally to provide local players with the opportunity to perform quality music and to provide symphony orchestra concerts for the community. Other local musicians and music teachers, including Jim Snoke and Betsy Fulmer, were asked to meet and help in the formation of the symphony. As it has evolved, the Symphony’s mission is now “…to promote the enjoyment of a broad range of musical genres by presenting regularly scheduled concerts to the general public and by encouraging and supporting the participation of student musicians as members of the orchestra and as featured young artists."

Under the direction of conductor, Roy R. Fulmer, Jr., the Symphony plays a variety of genres, from Baroque to contemporary music of the 20th century, pops, and seasonal music. In fall, the orchestra provides popular selections from Broadway, cinema & jazz, mixed with light “classical” music. During the holidays, a Christmas holiday repertoire is featured, and in spring, the Young Artist Concert features El Dorado County young instrumentalists playing concertos and “classical” music.

The musicians making up the Symphony range in age from high school students to octogenarians. They come from all walks of life: students, retirees, teachers, professional musicians, church musicians, city, state, and federal employees, those in medicine, engineering, accounting, advertising, and many more professions. The majority of musicians live in El Dorado County, but some come from Placer or Sacramento Counties to have the opportunity to play for Sierra Symphony. Two of the members live right in Garden Valley. Retired BOMUSD teachers Dirk and Jeannie Koorn have played trumpet and bassoon with the Symphony for 30 years.

The richness of the orchestral sound is delivered by the balance of four different types of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The Sierra Symphony is composed of strings (violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass), woodwinds (flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, and bassoon), brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba), percussion (mallet instruments, timpani, & assorted percussion instruments), and sometimes piano.

The Sierra Symphony has been invited to play all the biggest venues of El Dorado County, including the El Dorado County Fair Grounds for the Butterfly Concerts, Cameron Park Community Center, El Dorado Hills Community Park Gymnasium, Mother Lode Lions Club Hall, Empire Theater, Cielo Estate Winery and David Girard Vineyards. It is an honor to have the Symphony travel to Georgetown, and Music On The Divide is proud to be able to bring such prestigious musicians to our forested venue.

The concert will begin at 3:00pm. Gates open at 2:00 for members, 2:30 for general attendance. The traditional refreshments of cookies and beverages will be available for free at intermission. The amphitheater can be reached by turning off Wentworth Springs Road ½ mile north of Georgetown’s intersection of Main Street and Hwy 193, where signs will direct you to the amphitheater parking. It will be wise to wear comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, and perhaps bring a seat cushion for your additional comfort on the wood beam seating.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under age 5. Memberships in Music On The Divide can be purchased at this concert, entitling the member to 8 season concerts (including this one) for only $60 for a single, or $100 for a family. A whole year of musical enrichment will never be this affordable again. See you Sunday, September 16th !

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