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Grammy-Nominated Ensemble Agave to Headline “From Her Hands” Concert at Marchy Barn

Music enthusiasts in Surprise Valley and beyond are gearing up for an extraordinary musical event as Grammy-nominated ensemble Agave takes center stage at Marchy Barn. The free concert, titled “From Her Hands,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 at noon.

Agave, a Bay Area-based ensemble known for its exceptional performances of string chamber music spanning centuries, will treat audiences to a repertoire featuring compositions by esteemed female composers. Among the highlights are works by Dora Pejacevic, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Florence Price, and Margaret Bonds.

Adding to the excitement, the concert will feature premieres of original compositions by Surprise Valley residents Charles Valona and Sequoia Klugherz, underscoring the collaborative spirit of the event.

This performance marks the second installment of Agave’s year-long residency in Surprise Valley, a partnership aimed at exploring and celebrating music composed over the past five centuries. The residency, facilitated by Surprise Valley Culture and Arts (SVCA), has seen Agave collaborate with local musicians of all ages to uncover hidden gems in the musical scene.

“We’re thrilled to bring Agave’s exceptional talent to Marchy Barn for what promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of music,” said a representative from SVCA. “Through projects like this, we aim to foster a vibrant cultural scene in Surprise Valley and showcase the wealth of artistic talent in our community.”

The Agave – Surprise Valley Residency is made possible by generous support from organizations including the Upstate Creative Corps, the California Arts Council, the KAVAH Fund, the Chicago Community Foundation, and Marchy Barn.

Surprise Valley Culture and Arts (SVCA) is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting art and culture in the Surprise Valley region of Modoc County. SVCA owns and operates KDUP-FM, the community radio station, and is committed to advancing Surprise Valley’s role as a cultural hub in northeastern California.

Agave is a Grammy-nominated group based in the Bay Area, specializing in string chamber music from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. Known for their “brilliant,” “profound,” and “stylish” playing, Agave has provided local and national acclaim for their exceptional performances.

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