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PAST CONCERTS


The 2016-2017 Season


BETTMAN & HALPIN

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are fast earning a reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy, Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts: taking the listener from up-tempo down home fiddlin’, to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop with catchy melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over. Touring together since 2008, Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including:

Grand Prize Winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition.

Winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest.

Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques.

Their 2 CDs have recieved critical acclaim,
both reaching the top 10 on the National Folk DJ chart.

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Watch a video of their performance of "Feels Like Coming Home"

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THE NEXT GENERATION LEAHY

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance.

Doug, as member of “Leahy” and Jennifer, having played music throughout her life, both understand the joy and exhilaration only music can provide.  It is no wonder then that their children understand innately that music will be a huge part of their lives.  Even the smallest children feel the music pulsing through their veins.  They are drawn to it.  They are passionate about it.

It is this drive to create music that has led Doug and Jennifer’s children to achieve so much, even at their young ages.  Still all in elementary school, the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Led by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music that people associate with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step dancing are all included in their stage performances.  And the children, so in love with what they are doing, enamour audiences who don’t want the show to end. Having shared stages across North America with “Leahy”, their performances leave audiences in awe.  

This rare talent in children so young is an inspiration to other children and families alike, showing just what young people are capable of. The joy of music is meant for all and Doug and his family are set on sharing that joy with each and every audience.

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Watch a video of their performance of "Line Dance"

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YAYA’S DANCE ACADEMY

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Ms. Yaya Zhang is an award-winning artist with 20 years of stage performance, choreography and dance instruction experience.  She graduated from the Dept. of Folk Dance at the Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy in 1999 and received a B.A in choreography from Beijing Dance Academy in 2003.  During her decade-long study at the Beijing Dance Academy, she mastered many different Chinese ethnic folk dance traditions as well as sword, fan, ribbon and sleeve techniques.  At the same time, she has extensive experience in the choreography of the above styles and techniques.  In 2004 and 2005, she carried the role of “Rumpleteazer” in the musical production of “Cats” by Shiki theatre Company in Japan.  Before moving to America in 2007, she worked in many productions in China including musicals.  Since moving to Los Angeles area, she has been teaching at several well-known dance companies and is now the artistic director of YAYA Dance Academy. 

The dance academy provided a spectacular show at the Placentia Performing Arts Center in 2015 entitled “Dancing Beauties”.  Those attending commented that it was a night to remember! Yaya Dance Academy gave a dazzling performance to a capacity crowd on the evening of January 17th, 2015.  Months of preparation and hard work came together in emotionally charged dance routines in what was truly a display of skills and wills, directed by Yaya. 

Click here to watch a video made during their performance at SBCCA!

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ALINA KIRYAYEVA

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Praised for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound, Alina Kiryayeva captivates the audiences with her profound philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence.

A native of the Ukraine, Ms. Kiryayeva performed her first solo recital at age 8 and her solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11. The First Prize winner of the Senigallia International Competition, Italy, Ms. Kiryayeva has also claimed top prizes in several international piano competitions in the USA, including the Grace Welsh International Competition, and the California Young Artist International Competition. She was honored by the Ukrainian President, Leonid Kravchuk, with the State Award for Achievements in Arts. One of very few classical pianists that completed both Bachelor and Master degrees at The Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship, she has also been awarded the Fannie Gottlieb-Harkavi Scholarship and Susan Rose Piano Scholarship.

Ms. Kiryayeva has toured her native Ukraine as well as Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and United States. In recent seasons she has performed with the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre Orchestras, The Imperial Valley Symphony orchestra and New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra. In 2013 Ms. Kiryayeva released a solo piano album "Sonatas", which was featured on the 150th broadcast of "Women in Music" on CKWR Radio in Ontario, Canada.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich, and internationally acclaimed counter-tenor Terry Barber. 

Ms. Kiryayeva's upcoming chamber music performances include appearances in the Steinway Series at the Smithsonian Museum and in the Library of Congress in Washington DC. 

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Watch a video of her performance of Chopin's "Etude no.5 Op.10"

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LOREN AND MARK

SATURDAY, April 8, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Note that this date is A change
from the date originally announced

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also their outstanding musicality and spontaneous creativity. The interaction between the two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar playing that they both display.

Loren and Mark first met in 2005 when they spent a few days working with the great Tommy Emmanuel at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in Ohio. Mark was just completing his degree in classical guitar on exchange at the University of North Carolina; Loren was already a seasoned performer, but it was his first serious look at acoustic guitar.

In 2009 they met again in Nashville at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) convention, an international gathering of hundreds of guitarists. That was the first time they started playing together, and it set the stage for the 2010 CAAS convention where they were on the schedule of performers. Though they were not originally listed to play on the big Saturday night finale, they were added to the show due to popular demand from those who heard them throughout the week.

Loren and Mark have performed in many small theaters across the country, and have also appeared on notable radio programs such as NPR’s Says You, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and the Nashville based TV show Inside Music Row.

Their repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar instrumentals as well as vocal duets, giving them a wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Americana, Jazz, Popular and Classical; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals with some beautiful harmonies from Mark.

All three of their duo albums have won SAMMY awards (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album, and the title track of their second studio album ‘Onward’ won best instrumental at the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2013.

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Watch a video of Their performance of "Jerry's Breakdown"

Watch a video of Their performance of Mozart and 12 street rag

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