Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Mariachi Apache of Nogales High School is a premier, award winning youth mariachi orchestra. It thrives under the direction of Gilbert Velez, a school teacher. Mr. Velez has his own claim to fame, being one of the original founding members of the world famous Mariachi Cobre of Tucson, Arizona. Mariachi Apache of Nogales High School won three of the four major awards at the 2019 Tucson International Mariachi Conference held April 24-27 at the Casino Del Sol resort. The Tucson International Mariachi Conference, founded in 1982, hosts hundreds students from around the world for workshops and performances. Mariachi Apache was named the 2019 Community Choice Winner, and also took home the Elisa Gastelum Memorial Foundation scholarship. One of the group’s members, Carolina Sanchez, was the first-place winner of the El Mariachi Canta Voice Competition for high school students. For the past ten years, Nogales High School’s Mariachi Apache has won almost every competition they’ve entered, making them one of the best high school mariachi groups in the country. Mariachi Apache is a great example of what youth mariachi groups who compete at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference, "to promote awareness and foster traditional values of mariachi music and baile folklórico through educational activities that increase knowledge, artistic and technical experience, cultural identity, and pride in our youth and community."
Thursday, November 19, 2020
A “thoughtful musician well beyond his years” (The Republic), pianist Sean Chen shares his “alluring, colorfully shaded renditions” (New York Times) and “genuinely sensitive” (LA Times) playing with audiences around the world in solo and chamber recitals, concerto performances, and masterclasses. After winning the 2013 American Pianists Awards, placing third at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and being named a 2015 Annenberg Fellow, Mr. Chen is now a Millsap Artist in Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Mr. Chen has performed with many prominent orchestras, including the Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Kansas City, San Diego, Knoxville, Hartford, Louisiana Philharmonic, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Pasadena, Phoenix, Santa Fe, and New West Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Chamber Orchestras of Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and South Bay. He has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Gerard Schwarz, Nicholas McGegan, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marcelo Lehninger, and James Judd. Solo recitals have brought him to major venues worldwide, including Jordan Hall in Boston, Subculture in New York City, the American Art Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Salle Cortot in Paris.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Now in their 60th year of performing and recording, The Brothers Four continue to delight millions of fans worldwide with their smooth, musical sounds. Since the early 1960s The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, sung for U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and toured dozens of foreign countries. They are truly "America's Musical Ambassadors to the World." Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as "Greenfields", "Seven Daffodils", "Try to Remember," and "Across the Wide Missouri." Their hit recording of "The Green Leaves of Summer" from the motion picture "The Alamo" was nominated for an Academy Award and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the network telecast. This year they are celebrating their 60th anniversary, and are doing so with a new CD, "The Brothers Four Renewal," which showcases newly conceived versions of some of their old classics. These new recordings combine the strengths of the original emotional folk tunes with the advantages of modern, more electronic production.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Winner of the 2018 Beverly Hills National Auditions, CA, Delirium Musicum, is an emerging self-conducted chamber ensemble that brings together some of the most creative and refined musicians in Los Angeles. Led by violinist Etienne Gara, Delirium Musicum defines itself artistically by taking a new stand on the daring and varied repertoire it tackles. Created with a distinctive voice, the ensemble of 15 musicians showcases its signature style, creativity and the gift the musicians have for communing deeply with the audience. Delirium Musicum is a self-conducted chamber ensemble dedicated to providing impassioned and engaging musical performances that deeply connect the audience to the musicians. Influenced by the bustling artistic mosaic of LA, the group applies dazzling creativity and limitless excitement to their performances that are known to an ever-growing audience.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
The members of the Canadian fiddle and step dance ensemble, The Fitzgeralds, have been performing and touring together since 2005. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, the Fitzgerald family has a proven track record for providing an inspirational and upbeat show, with wide audience appeal. The Fitzgeralds presents an eclectic program, which blends traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and show-stopping Ottawa-Valley step dancing. Vocal arrangements, novelty routines and friendly family banter make this a truly unforgettable musical experience. For presenters, The Fitzgeralds is an act they can feel confident booking- an affordable, world-class ensemble- a group which warmly connects with the audience leaving them awed and inspired. The Fitzgeralds caught the attention of presenters during their showcase performance at Pacific Contact in 2013. On the heels of an extremely successful 80 show tour in 2013-2014, The Fitzgeralds are currently booking for their next North American Tour.