Trails & Vistas to host inaugural World Concert in Truckee

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Taiko Drummers will be featured along the art hike and for the World Concert on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
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What: World Concert

When: Sept. 7, gates open 5 p.m.

Where: Truckee River Regional Park


TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Relaxing in the grass with friends while gazing at the sunset, listening to music from around the world with quaking aspens as a backdrop. Sound good?

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Trails & Vistas with its first World Concert on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater. Experience live mural painting by Suzie Alexander, and an original dance performance by InnerRhythms Dance Theatre. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m.


Award-winning world flutist Ann Licater, who studied Native American flute with R. Carlos Nakai, will perform on the trail and in concert. Original compositions and improvisations from her collection of hand-crafted, indigenous flutes will inspire. Her performances are created to leave you calm, relaxed and introspective. Organic Spa Magazine described Ann’s music as “soulful sounds.”

Angelika is an internationally acclaimed performer, composer and recording artist who promotes oneness, peace, healing and good will. Angelika sings ancient Sanskrit healing chants and mantras in different languages and original songs, sharing love and celebration accompanied by a handmade tamboura monochord and 12-string guitar. Jamie Van Ess, will accompany playing the dilruba, an Indian instrument with more than 20 strings, known to be the “stealer of the heart.”

Trails & Vistas is delighted to have their first symphony orchestra perform for the art hikes and at the World Concert. Professor DiGiacinto’s compositions have been heard in venues throughout the United States and Europe as well as on NPR and PBS. The San Jose State Symphony Orchestra is directed by Professor Michael DiGiacinto

New Hampshire native Ian Ethan is an artist who will play an 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar. Ian brings together his skills as a bass player, drummer, guitarist, pianist, and composer and applies them all at once to this enchanting instrument.

The InnerRyhythms Dance Theatre performance troupe has been with Trails and Vistas every step of the way and is also a collaborating partner. InnerRhythms Artist Director Elizabeth Archer said, “We proudly support this annual art in nature event. We believe the arts transform the human experience, art is a gift to be shared.”

The Dance Theatre will premiere an original work entitled “Reflections” in honor of the World Concert with dancers Jack Blackmon, Jessica Brookes and Jenna Lindsay. “Reflections” is choreographed by Elizabeth Archer and the dancers.

Reno’s Taiko Tsurunokai, a Japanese drum group, was awarded winner of the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts. Tsurunokai means “gathering of cranes.”

Rieko Shimbo was born in Tokyo, Japan where she studied traditional Japanese music and folk dancing. She moved to Reno in the mid-90s and piloted Reno’s first Taiko drum group. Her passion as well as the mission of this group is to introduce people to the rich culture of Japan.

Born in Europe, Susie Alexander now lives in Truckee, and is inspired daily by the natural surrounding beauty. She is one of the most prolific artists on the West Coast and does commissions across the USA, Europe, and Central America. Enjoy her performance painting throughout the show.

Red Truck will be on site with organic goodies for sale. The Trails & Vistas art hikes are sold out for 2013.


Trails & Vistas is ecotourism and grateful for support from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and signature sponsor Christina Stoever Young of Sunshine Tahoe and Kent Young. Thanks to Patty and Jeff of the Cedar House Sport Hotel; Melody, Rick of the Hampton Inn and Suites; Deb “Mother Earth” Kelly and the Kelly Brothers Painting family; Cesar Lopez of Atypical Design; Nicole Cheslock and media sponsors, including the Sierra Sun.

Trails & Vistas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a “working Board of Directors,” who lead hikes and coordinated the World Concert. Thank you to Dan Joseph, Jean Fournier, Maria Jones, Sue Bower, Paige Derdowski, Katrina Veit, and Paula Messano. Trails & Vistas collaborates with nonprofits InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, Truckee Donner Land Trust, KidZone Museum, For Goodness Sake and Arts in Wellness.

The Founder and Artistic Director of Trails & Vistas Nancy Tieken Lopez thanks art hike attendees.

World Concert Tickets on sale now at, or purchase in person with cash or check at the KidZone Museum, Truckee Visitor Center, Riverside Studios on commercial row, and InnerRhythms Dance Theatre. Cost is general admission $20 and student, senior or child $10.

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