Concert on the Grass showcases local talent

Concert on the Grass

Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30 pm

44879 Dinely Drive, Three Rivers

Free; open to the public

Information: (559) 561-0610

One of the county’s longest running autumn traditions, and one of the most pleasant, continues at the end of September when the Three Rivers Concert on the Grass presents its 34th annual variety show on the shaded lawn at the end of Dinely Drive.

Always a showplace for local talent, this year’s program features Visalia’s excellent Trinitas Piano Trio, the Lindsay High School Guitar Honor Group, Lindsay’s talented young cellist Kathrynne Wills, the charismatic blues guitarist and singer Lance Canales, the Kaweah Brass Quintet and a lot more.

It’s a picnic concert so bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit on and whatever food and beverage you find to your liking. Children are welcome, and there’s plenty of room for them to wander around safely if they become fidgety.

The Casual Hour — which features live background music from Trinitas, Ken Elias, and the Kaweah Brass Quintet — begins at 1:30 p.m., and provides time for attendees to spread out their picnics and get acquainted with your neighbors. 

At 2:30 p.m., the main program begins. And this year, it’s an especially good one.

Lance Canales, Tulare County native, brought down the house at the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute’s fundraiser last year. His unique blend of blues and American traditional combines with a true gift for storytelling that puts him in the company of American icons Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, artists with a conscience.

Lindsay High School Guitar Honor Group will perform, led by inspiring music teacher Nancy Willis. The Lindsay Guitars made Tulare County proud when they won the Gold Medal at the 2014 California State Solo and Small Ensemble Festival in Sacramento.

Trinitas — Brian Johnson, piano; Valerie Walden, cello; and Rudolfina Sjostrand, violin — bring years of experience and beautiful expression to instrumental ensemble playing. They will perform excerpts from Schubert’s Opus 100 Piano Trio in the Casual Hour, then in the main concert they premier a new work by Tulare County composer Ken Elias.

Professional french horn player Bill Bartley teams up with Ken Elias (in addition to composing, he plays piano) for Mozart’s famous and easily recognizable Horn Concerto No. 3 in E Flat.

Rising cellist Kathrynne Wills brings one of Bach’s most memorable pieces to the stage, a suite for solo cello that was so perfectly composed it has survived for more than 250 years. Three Rivers poet Patricia LaCroix will read new original poems. Bill Haxton presents a chapter from his someday-to-be-released book Ocean Odyssey, an account of the 10 years he and his wife Anne lived on a sailboat exploring the Pacific Ocean.

To attend, take Highway 198 (Sierra Drive) to Dinely Drive, then follow the “CONCERT” signs. Shuttle service will take people to and from the parking area. The venue is wheelchair accessible on the terrace above the lawn.

Admission is free, and so is parking, but donations are collected during intermission for those who are inclined to assist in defraying some of the expenses. For more information call Ken Elias at 561-0610.

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