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Lambros in concert

Solo Piano Concerto
by Charles Valentine Alkan

One of the most difficult pieces ever written.

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Jun
30
Public Events
Jun 30th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jul
14
Public Events
Jul 14th 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treat yourself to a moving evening of solo piano music from two delightful composers who will take you on a journey, with the piano as their vehicle. You can preview a sampling of their music on this Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rachlafond/playlist/4hm9UB4CBvMSi51Ed1veOz?si=rSgRf0ShRW21d4TV1vD9Hw Dr. Joseph Akins is a professor, composer, pianist and keyboard player, and has been deeply involved with music all his life. He performed professionally in his family’s country-rock band as a child, toured with classic pop-rock bands after high school, and studied with the best jazz educators while in college. Since, Joseph has taught a variety of music and recording classes at the college level, has composed original music for multiple albums and films, and has performed hundreds of concerts from the smallest venue to the amazing Grand Ole Opry. As an award-winning billboard-charting recording artist, today he promotes his seven self-released albums of instrumental music, which can be found at www.josephakins.com. Rachel LaFond is a composer who tells epic tales about life’s mysteries and its most powerful moments through music. Her fine-tuned technique, natural instinct for songwriting, and deep belief in the piano as an ideal tool for authentic expression shine through during her compelling performances. Originally from Seattle, Rachel has traveled the world and now lives in New Zealand. She draws inspiration from her travels, the natural world, and the vibrant stories of others. Rachel will be performing music from her second album, Encounters of the Beautiful Kind (releasing June 1st), as well as music from her debut album, Wandering Soul. Rachel’s music can be found at www.rachellafond.com. Notes: There will be two halves with an intermission. For everyone's enjoyment, please plan to silence cell phones, remain seated, and pause conversation during the performance. Concerts can be delightful events for the whole family, and we are pleased to offer a discounted price for children. However, given the intimacy of the event, we do ask parents to consider whether their kids will be able to sit quietly during the performance to determine if this event is right for them. There will be a chance to say hello to Joseph and Rachel during intermission and after the show. CDs and sheet music will also be available for sale. Light refreshments will be provided.
Aug
18
Joey Curtin is a composer and keyboard artist who began her musical career in the San Francisco Bay area. Her piano and synthesizercreations are a fusion of jazz, new age, Americana and Celtic influences. Her performances include: The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite, The Olympic Village Inn at Squaw Valley, The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco and American Express Taste of the Nations, San Francisco Internationally, Joey has performed in Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Indonesia, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Singapore. From 2003-2004 Joey was hired by the Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston to give performances every weekend. Her music was described by many as "healing". In 2015, Joey’s album "Tigris and Euphrates" was nominated for best piano with instrumentation on One World Radio from London. Her cover tunes album “Going to California” is a collection of piano arrangements of popular rock ballads. This album is receiving great reviews on Pandora radio and other streaming stations. Joey released her latest solo piano album, “Between Earth and Heaven” in 2017. Her music is heard on National Public Radio and has been used in film soundtracks and a documentary that aired on PBS. Her recordings have been used in National and State Park exhibits and art museums across the United States. Joey recently moved to Bellingham, WA where she is composing and recording new projects for a sound library. Greg Starr was a featured soloist on the Weill Recital Hall Stage in Carnegie Hall, from a lineage of pianists that goes back to Beethoven, as the sheet music transcriber for Milli Vanilli’s infamous debut album, having worked with Mr. Rogers, having performed on stage with Steve Allen, as a founding member of the underground cult band The Rakes, Greg Starr has had a music career filled with grand adventure. Greg has enjoyed a long career in music production, writing and producing music for clients including Wisconsin Public Television, Milwaukee Children’s Theater, the Library of Congress, Lutheran Brotherhood, and Hal Leonard Corporation. His performance credits include the Northwest Chamber Orchestra (Bach f-minor Keyboard Concerto), Orchestra of Central Washington University (Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 in g minor), the Kenosha Symphony, Milwaukee Opera Company, Mr. Steve Allen, and numerous solo appearances. He is a former editor in the Keyboard Product Development Department at Hal Leonard Corporation, where he authored books, articles, and music arrangements for commercial publication. He is the owner of Quiet Rain Music, a boutique producer of solo piano and electronic music recordings. Greg received his M.M. in Piano Performance from Central Washington University, where he also earned undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Music Theory/Composition. His piano instructors have included Lockrem Johnson (a Guggenheim Fellow in Composition), Tim Strong (a Cliburn Piano competitor), Dr. John Salmon (winner of numerous international competitions), and Dr. Bonnie Bricker-Smith Jasmine Kinney is a concert violinist from the San Francisco Bay area. She received her BA in music performance on the violin from Cal State Hayward and has performed in string quartets, orchestras, church productions, worship teams and other ensembles as a freelance musician. Besides being classically trained, Jasmine loves to improvise and create her own unique sound. She is an in-demand studio musician and has recorded on many other projects. Jasmine has collaborated with Joey Curtin on numerous recordings which resulted in live performances in San Francisco, Houston, and Kansas City. Jasmine is also a private music instructor for violin and piano. With 27 years of teaching experience, she has helped her students succeed in great musical accomplishments.

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