May 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sierra College - Multipurpose Room
250 Sierra College Dr
Grass Valley, CA 95945
OLLI Orchestra

FREE CONCERT    Friday, May 11 

7:30 pm – 9 pm   Sierra College

Nevada County Campus Multipurpose Room

250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Free Parking. Follow signs to the concert. No tickets, just come.

Donations appreciated

Wolfgang Mozart 1756 – 1791

“Jupiter Symphony”

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750

“Anna Magdalena’s Notebook”

INTRODUCING Sierra College Professor

Shelley Rink 1956 –

“Bella Noche”

Franz von Suppé 1819 – 1895

“Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna”



Franz von Suppé 1819 – 1895

“Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna”

Franz von Suppé’s parents named him Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppé-Demelli. A composer of light operas and other theatre music, he came from the Kingdom of Dalmatia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, now part of Croatia.

Suppé composed about 200 works during the Romantic period.  The bulk of his operettas have sunk into relative obscurity, but the overtures – particularly “Poet and Peasant” and “Light Cavalry” remain popular.

Many of his works have been used in soundtracks for films, cartoons, and ads, in addition to being frequently played at “pops” concerts.

“Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna” is infused with rhythmic manipulation. Suppé repeats melodic ideas, adding instruments and volume each time to increase intensity. Essentially an ABA structure, this overture contrasts a slow, lyrical middle section with boisterous music that both opens and closes the piece.

OLLI musician Carol Bowman plays an extended cello solo, featuring a plaintive melody over a waltz accompaniment on pizzicato strings.

“This is delightful music to open the concert,” said conductor Steve Miller.

To view “Baton Bunny”, a Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring this music, click here.  For a Betty Boop version, click here.

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750

Selections from “Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach”

A German composer and musician of the Baroque period, Bach is known for instrumental compositions such as the “Brandenburg Concertos” and vocal music such as the “St. Matthew Passion”.

Since the 19th-century, he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

Bach enriched established German composition styles through his mastery of counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organization, and his adaptation of rhythms and forms from other European masters.

“Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach” refers to two manuscript notebooks that the composer presented to his second wife, Anna Magdalena. Keyboard music makes up most of both notebooks, and a few pieces for voice are included. Anna Magdalena was very much musically inclined and was employed as a singer at the time of their marriage. In Bach’s own words, she could sing “decent soprano”.

The Notebooks provide a glimpse into the domestic music of the 18th century and the musical tastes of the Bach family. They might be considered an “annotated blog” and playlist of the time.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 – 1791

“Jupiter Symphony” No. 41

Born in Austria, Mozart demonstrated prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. He composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty.

He moved to Vienna at age 25, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35.

Mozart composed more than 600 works. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music.

He completed his Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, in 1788. Nicknamed “Jupiter”, it’s the longest and last symphony that he composed. It’s regarded by many as among the greatest symphonies in classical music.

It was written in just six weeks, along with two other full-length works. He was broke and in debt, his newborn child had just died and Austria was at war. And yet, Mozart was determined to write something revolutionary.

Mozart uses five different melodies simultaneously in the Jupiter, making it a challenge for any orchestra that takes it on. This symphony is pure exhilaration.


Shelley Rink 1956 –

“Bella Noche”

Shelley Rink teaches piano, music fundamentals and music appreciation at American River College, Folsom Lake College and Sierra College. She’s been involved in performing groups since her sixth-grade music teacher put a bassoon in her hands.

She has played bassoon in numerous orchestras and conducted musicals, orchestras, choirs, and bands. She received her Master’s Degree in Conducting from UC Santa Barbara.  She holds a BFA in Bassoon Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rink’s composition “Bella Noche” premiered on May 7, 2017, at the Harris Center in Folsom. It’s an enchanting and uplifting waltz that gives each every string player a chance to shine.

Rod Lathim recently commented on the YouTube video of the performance, “Bravo Shelley! It is absolutely beautiful! I feel your soul when I listen to this piece. It invokes rich images and offers great peace.”

To view this video, click here.