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Community concert season to start

By: Margaret Snider Telegraph Correspondent
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For one local family, music has been an important aspect of life. Erika Buder, 18, has been attending the Folsom Lake Community College Association concerts with her grandparents most of her life. “(I’ve been going) since I was a baby, pretty much — about 3,” she said. She is particularly looking forward to the performances of pianist Richard Glazier and guitarist, singer and composer Pavlo, both of whom have performed in previous seasons. “I know Richard Glazier, and he’s a nice guy. I really like listening to him,” said Erika Buder. “Pavlo was good. When he played guitar it was almost mesmerizing. The way that he moved his fingers, it was so quick.” Her grandmother, Bea Buder, is a past president of the FLCCA. Available members of the Board of Directors travel to Nashville at their own expense to select performers. They recently returned from lining up the 2011/2012 season through Live On Stage, a concert association service and booking agency. “They bring in about 30 live performances for us at Vanderbilt University — they narrow them down from about 1,000 applications,” said current FLCCA President Sandra Burvant. “For two days we hear wonderful music for 15 minute intervals and then we make our selections.” Live On Stage also brings videos of the various artists for the board members not able to attend the preview. The association has an outreach program and has brought artists to students at local schools. “It has to be during the time, of course, that the artists are here in town,” said Bea Buder. “Sometimes that’s the only time (the students) have seen an artist of the caliber that we bring in. We’ve had singers that have come, pianists, violinists, just the whole gamut.” Recent subscriber Mimi Kover, a middle school teacher, moved to Folsom two years ago with her husband Skip. The first year they attended concerts as guests, or had complimentary tickets. Now they are subscribers. “(We) just got hooked on the concert series,” said Kover. “It’s got to be the best deal for your buck in the area . . . and the concerts are wonderful.” She likes how the performances are spread out through the season. “You don’t get overloaded,” she said. “They’re very doable and the price is absolutely right.” Evelyn Weick of El Dorado Hills, who with her husband Donald has been attending the concerts for eight years, likes the “positive responsiveness” of the Board of Directors. “They’re always there meeting you, interacting with you, making sure that you’re having a positive experience,” she said. In the end, the subscribers go to the performances because of the artists. “The thing that’s outstanding,” said Weick. “The performers truly engage the people in such a way that you’re just enthused about them.” * * * KNOW AND GO What: Folsom Lake Community Concert Association season Who: Tom Rigney and Flambeau When: 3 p.m. Sept. 26 Who: Quartetto Gelato When: 3 p.m. Oct. 24 Who: Pavlo When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 Who: Femme Fatale When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 2011 Who: Richard Glazier When: 3 p.m. March 13, 2011 Who: Jim Curry When: 3 p.m. April 10, 2011 Where: Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 11 and Jan. 22 shows at Oak Hills Church, 1100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom; March 13 and April 10 performances at Folsom Lake College Performing Arts Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Info: flcca.org