1. KVMR Nevada Theatre Building Project

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    from Richard Mentzer / Added

    KVMR 89.5 Community Radio and the Nevada Theatre are entering into a partnership to construct a new building behind the 146-year-old theater at the site of the three tin sheds. The building will not only house a new station for KVMR but also create new backstage space for the theater. The missions of both KVMR and NTC include serving the community. This new performance complex will advance Nevada City as a destination for theater, film and music. “It’s magical,” said Conley Weaver, the city’s consulting architect to the project. “We are blessed that we had an opportunity to make this happen.” Project architect Jeff Gold explained that the plan entails hand-disassembling the three sheds, which are in danger of collapse, and reusing the exterior tin and useable interior wooden beams to construct an 8,000-square-foot building that will closely resemble the buildings it replaces The KVMR portion of the building includes two broadcast studios, a community room doubling as a performance studio and support spaces and offices. The top floor of the building includes back stage support space for the theater with a connection to the stage level. The primary entrance at the corner of Bridge and Spring streets is conceived as a “community corner” with an area for posting announcements of regional events and will serve to link the Nevada Theatre and the Miners Foundry into a “theater district.” The station and theater are in the process of creating a charitable trust managed by both non-profit organizations in perpetuity. The two organizations are also working together to raise an additional $1.5 million to finance the project. Construction is expected to start next spring, with occupancy in the summer of 2014, Nevada Theatre, the state’s oldest continuous-use theater, turns 150 years old in 2015. When fire swept through downtown Nevada City 1863, it destroyed the Bailey. House Hotel. But townspeople pooled their money, saved the bricks and built the Nevada Theatre. There has not been a similar project since then. . “This is going to be our generation’s contribution to beautiful historic downtown Nevada City that will last for another 150 years,” said KVMR board president Michael Young. Learn more about the KVMR Nevada Theatre Project: http://www.kvmr.org/news-article/kvmrnevada-theatre-building-approved

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    • Nyumbani Marimba Solo 10-23

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      Nyumbani was commissioned by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate for percussionist Matthew Darling. Matthew Darling is an Associate Professor of Music at California State University Fresno. Julia and Mark fell in love with Nyumbani during several trips to Africa. In Swahili, Nyumbani means "our home," They felt it a fitting name for their Nevada City residence and this composition. At their request, Mark Vance composed this marimba solo to reflect the rich sounds of the instrument's African roots. Mark Vance is a composer, conductor, educator, arranger and indefatigable advocate of new music with original compositions in every musical genre.

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      • Music in the Mountains Brummitt Taylor Listening Program

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        Brummitt Taylor (BT) consists of a kit of 8 classical CDs with lesson plans and instructions for teaching and playing music in the classroom for 5-10 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 5 years. Music in the Mountains makes these $300 kits available to teachers free of charge as part of our educational outreach program. We support school teachers' use of the program with training events. Video by Mike Bloebaum

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