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You're Invited!   


Saturday, May 18, 2024  2pm to 4pm

Sierra College, Multipurpose Room N20, 250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley 94545

TICKETS: Free, but required in order to reserve a seat.
You may register for 4 free tickets. Click here for tickets. 

NEW You may want to attend our Dress Rehearsal instead of the Concert. It's casual and fun--great for audiences that seek "behind the scenes" adventure. It's on Friday, May 17 at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm-ish. Ticket registration isn't required for the rehearsal; however, we request that you attend either the rehearsal or the Saturday performance,
but not both, to allow as many people access to the music as possible. 
Thank you.


David Balakrishnan b. 1954



George Frideric Handel 1685 – 1759

Selections from Water Music 

Suite 1 in F major (HWV 348)

I. Overture (Largo – Allegro)

II. Adagio e staccato

VI. Air

VIII. Bourrée

IX. Hornpipe


Suite 2 in D major (HWV 349)

XIII. Menuet

XV. Bourrée

XII. Alla Hornpipe



Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 -- 1827

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastorale”    


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You’re invited to a free concert of captivating classical music written by Handel, Beethoven and the contemporary composer David Balakrishnan. Maestro Wayland Whitney conducts the orchestra. Handel’s Water Music includes highly spirited movements in dance form, originally intended for outdoor performance on barges in the middle of the River Thames in London.


Balakrishnan’s groundbreaking work Skylife integrates stylistic elements of jazz, European classical, American folk and Indian classical music. It premiered at the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz as part of the seven-movement Spider Dreams composition.


Beethoven titled the first movement in his Symphony No.6, Pastorale,  “Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside”. A shepherd's pipe, singing birds, flowing streams, and a thunderstorm can be heard in the music. You'll be delighted!

Conducted by

Maestro Wayland Whitney

Director of Strings & Orchestras, 
Modesto Junior College


Music Director & Conductor, MIMYO


Music Director & Conductor, OLLI Orchestra at Sierra College

NEW! You can make a ​tax-deductible donation to OLLI Orchestra! 


You'll access the Sierra College Foundation donation page.
Be sure to write OLLI Orchestra  in the notes.

OLLI Orchestra is devoted to sharing the joy of music making, engaging our audience, and enriching the cultural life of our community through artistic expression. Professional and amateur musicians volunteer to perform two free concerts per year. OLLI wants to transform the classical music experience into an exciting process of discovery, open to all.

Thank you, musicians! The community benefits from your hard work and the joy you bring to every performance!

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