Celtic Concerto – Meet the Musicians!

IMG_0314It has long been my dream to organize my own performance of the Celtic Concerto written by Oregon’s own Laura Zaerr.  This piece artfully strings together seven celtic tunes featuring harp accompanied by a string quartet, oboe and flute.

I’m so grateful to each of the wonderful musicians who are making this project possible.  Our rehearsal was amazing and I’m looking forward to our Friday night concert!

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Kathrina Bisceglia – violin

As my sister, Kathrina performs with me at every concert, but it is fun to be doing a chamber music project together.  Her precision and confidence as first violinist is appreciated!

Bethany Strang – violin

Bethany was the first musician to get back to me with yes, she could do this! She has played violin for a number of years and is excited to be performing with a quartet for the first time. As one of my good friends, I’m so glad she was available for second violin!

Maren Knopp – viola

Some of you may remember our joint concert with the Knopp brothers’ string quartet, Highstrung, in 2009. Maren is now married to Joshua Knopp (the cellist) and I was thrilled she was available for this concert! As a graduate of the University of Missouri she is spot-on as our violist.

Ashley Meyers – cello

Ashley came to me as a referral from a friend, of a friend, of a friend, but I couldn’t be more happy to have found her! She has played cello for ten years and is principle cellist with Oregon Pro Arte Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Ross Leavitt – soprano saxophone

When I first wanted to do this project, my main problem was that I didn’t know an oboist. When I found out that a sax can also play oboe parts I was ecstatic – what a versatile instrument! A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ross has done a great job being the only guy of the group – and his sax playing is as sweet and mellow as could be desired.

Krista Bisceglia – recorders, penny whistle

This is Krista’s first time playing with a conductor, but she has figured it out amazingly well!  She also is balancing the flute part on several of her recorders, along with the parts specifically written for penny whistle, so she is the multi-instrumentalist of the group!

Stephanie Polequin – conductor

Since the concerto consists of multiple pieces of music strung together with rather interesting transitions, I felt a conductor would help to smooth things out and make our one rehearsal a whole lot easier. I first met Stephanie when I was playing under her for Journey Youth Theater’s musicals, and I’m so excited she was able to take this project on!

IMG_0323Come see us play!

When: 7:00pm | Friday, December 20, 2013
Where: Canby Wedding Chapel
508 NW 3rd Ave. Canby, Oregon 97013
Admission: $10 per person, $35 per family

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Performing in California

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We have been thoroughly enjoying our tour of California! Our hosts have been most gracious and lovely (although there was one coffee shop that forgot we were coming)! We still have two more concerts to go, so if you know anyone in the area, let them know we are coming through!

When: 7:00pm | Monday, December 2, 2013
Where: Faith Community Church
7352 Boris Court, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Admission: Donations Gratefully Accepted

When: 7:00pm | Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Where: First Church of God
1005 S. Jackson St. Red Bluff, CA 96080
Admission: Donations Gratefully Accepted

IMG_0243 (800x533)Performing at Faith Baptist Church

Masquerade Ball

After hearing us play at the 2013 Homeschool Alumni English Country Dance, Laura Hatch, the caller for Set To Music English Country Dancing asked us if we would play for some of her balls! We often attend as dancers, but it was very enjoyable to be able to provide live music for one of the dance sets. 1421267_10152082846534516_1880450102_o (751x800)Dressed and ready to play! Krista learned how to do face painting especially for this ball.  We loved the way they turned out!

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At the harp

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IMG_0200 (800x533)Noah also came and danced!  Can you guess who he is representing?