Strings anyone?

HCCA’s mission is to cultivate in the citizens of Hemet and its surrounding area an interest in good music

Photo by Peter Odercrans
There are still two concerts left this season in the Hemet Community Concert Association series.

■ By Ann Smith / The Valley Chronicle

A well kept secret in the Hemet area is the Hemet Community Concert Association (HCCA). Hemet has a wealth of musical talent, from high school bands and programs to various nonprofits offering a wide range of music from jazz to Americana and bluegrass with a rare and welcome latin concert. Anna Ancheta’s “Musica!” program is an opportunity for young string players to hone their skills.
According to HCCA’s mission statement, its purpose is … “to cultivate in the citizens of Hemet and its surrounding area interest in good music and to encourage the performance therein of good music by qualified artists.” According to HCCA Artistic Director Dianne Mitchell, “As the only classical music presenter in the San Jacinto Valley, we present a subscription series of five concerts each season, mostly classical chamber music and recitals, as well as occasional jazz and world music.”
Since 1972, HCCA’s all-volunteer organization has been bringing high quality music to the residents of San Jacinto Valley and surrounding areas. Music ranges from string quartets to world music and jazz by highly acclaimed artists. The group offers a regular concert series during the late fall and winter/spring months. The venue in which the concerts are held has comfortable seating for 300 and good acoustics.
HCCA has a music education fund that is supported by donations and artists’ CD sales. That HCCA Performance Grant Fund provides financial support to local high school graduates intending to pursue musical performance career studies at an institute of higher education. Many of the performers arrive early enough or stay a day or two after their performance to offer a workshop for those students serious about their craft to enjoy the mentoring of a seasoned performer. Outreach is ongoing and a coveted opportunity for young players to pursue their chosen career. You’ll often find HCCA board members attending these workshops for a second helping of music!
Pricing for season tickets is $60 for 5 (yes you read that correctly, FIVE) concerts. Considering the quality of musicianship offered, I don’t know where you can go for $12 per ticket for this kind of substance. A concert of the sophistication and quality you get with HCCA would cost at least $50 per ticket elsewhere. Walk-in tickets are $30 with free admission for those 22 and under.
The music offered by HCCA is interesting and rewarding as performers are hand picked by an experienced board of directors with a love of music. Currently, Hemet Community Concert Association is accepting applications for several new board members. You don’t have to play an instrument or have experience with a board of directors to participate in this well run board, just have a love of music. Young adults are invited to participate!
There are still two incredible concerts this season: March 18, Telegraph String Quartet and April 22, UCR Chamber Singers. Consider upgrading Sunday’s ticket to a subscription. That’s five concerts for the price of two! For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hemetconcerts.org or call 951-658-7319 for Nancy Austin, HCCA President.

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