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Reno Modern Brass will visit Serpilio Hall with their repertoire of jazz, pop and classical music this Saturday, May 6. Tickets are available; the performance begins at 7 p.m. Photo submitted

Reno Modern Brass to perform at the fairgrounds this Saturday

By John Steffanic

Plumas Sierra County Fair Manager

There have been many concerts held over the past few years as part of the Plumas Goes Pops concert series. Sponsored by the PSCF Foundation, a non-profit that benefits the Plumas Sierra County Fair, these concerts have brought the best and brightest musicians from throughout Northern Nevada to Quincy, California. Audiences have enjoyed jazz, harp and piano, hand bells, string ensembles, brass ensembles and woodwind ensembles. The music has been varied, but what has been most consistent is the constant cancellations and postponements due to COVID, weather and fires!

Despite those challenges, the PSCF Foundation and the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds soldier on in an effort to bring excellent music to Plumas County. Recently, the saxophone quartet Draw Four dazzled the crowd with original compositions and some crowd favorites like “Fly Me To The Moon” and “When I’m 64” by the Beatles. This Saturday, May 6, Reno Modern Brass will visit Serpilio Hall with their repertoire of jazz, pop and classical music.

Reno Modern Brass has been committed to commissioning and performing new works for brass quintet since 2017. To date, the group has commissioned, premiered, and recorded a dozen pieces, most of which were written by composers with close ties to Northern Nevada, including pieces by jazz-focused writers such as Larry Engstrom, Brandon Sherman, Tristan Selzler, Jef Derderian, Timothy Gay and Bijou Bell.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.

On Saturday, June 10, the makeup performance of the Northern Nevada String Serenade will also happen in Serpilio Hall. This large group has visited Quincy at least twice before, but this time will be joined by popular harpist, Marina Rostnitovsky. Marina and her mother Nataly gave a wonderful concert last year and many are eager to see her perform again. The title of this performance is “The Dancing Harp,” conducted by Jane Brown. Selections by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Bartok will be presented, as well as an original composition by Jane Brown herself. Again, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each.

Finally, one of the most postponed performances will attempt to finally be presented! The Batamba Collective is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12. This percussion group brings rhythms from Cuba to Brazil to India and plenty of places in between. The Batamba Collective presents a mixture of several musical cultures. With some added electronic ingredients, their goal is to create a fusion that is sure to intrigue the mind and the ear. A new experience awaits you!

The Batamba Collective is scheduled to perform on the Old Town Stage in an open air venue. Anyone who purchased a season ticket that included this group, can use that ticket to attend. If you don’t have a ticket from the past two years, you can purchase a ticket for $20. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Attendance has been passionate, but light for most of these performances. These groups are not inexpensive to bring to Quincy, and the Foundation appreciates everyone that has supported the effort by buying tickets and sponsorships. No plans have been made as to whether any more concerts will be scheduled for the late fall and winter, but attendance for these next few concerts will factor into that decision. Tell a friend to come along. The experience of listening to these concerts is magical and hopefully, more people will choose to be a part of that.

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