the 2013 - 2014 season
To open our 2013-14 season we are delighted to present The Delta Nationals, who play classic American dance music. With Dave Ryan on keyboard, Paul DeMark on drums, Ross Rowley on bass, Steve Irwin on guitar and all joining in on vocals, the group creates music that vibrates with joy, soul, heartbreak, and dance-the-night-away abandon.
This program is devoted to the solo piano music of Edvard Grieg and is the result of a year-long study of the works of that Norwegian composer. As part of the project, Mr. Wiens visited the home town of the composer, Bergen, and his estate at Troldhaugen. Wiens engaged in intensive research into the composer's life and work.
Gregg Moore, Tina Garsen, Jill Petricca and Rahman Abdur. SquarPeg draws on the rhythms and melodic and harmonic structures of such diverse traditions as French musette, western popular song, Arabic maquam and American jazz, and presents the old wine of traditional themes in the new bottles of a decidedly non-traditional instrumentation.
Humboldt Bay Brass is based at Humboldt State University and is directed and led by Professor Gil Cline. For this performance combinations of brass will include duo, trio, quartet, quintet and then the power of the full complement of all ten performers. Members are drawn from Humboldt Bay Brass Band and include Chris Cox, Frederic Belanger, Ryan Brown, Matt Morgan, Anwyn Halliday, Toshi Noguchi, Matthew Brown, Phil Sams, and Ryan Egan.
We are pleased to bring back Chubritza, the popular ethnic dance band that performs traditional dance music and songs from Eastern Europe, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, U.S.A. and more. Formed in 1993 in Arcata, Chubritza takes its name from a Bulgarian table spice, reflecting the band's variety and mixture of international musical tastes and textures. The group is well-known locally for performances at folk dance events, weddings, cultural celebrations, and festivals.
The Babes, a choral group that evolved from Humboldt Light Opera’s
chorus, was formed by women who wanted to sing all year instead of just
in the HLOC performances. Their repertoire includes pop standards of the
50s and 60s, beautiful choral works written especially for women’s
voices, and new arrangements of well-known standards.
The group celebrates many occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and, of course, Christmas by providing either the full group in concert or small groups for smaller intimate settings. Occasionally Babe Magnets, a small ensemble of men, joins the group in concert, which it will do for the Fortuna Concert Series.
Cellist Ani Kalayjian has appeared in concert both as a soloist and a
chamber musician in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has
performed on our stage previously as cellist of the Sima Trio.
This talented piano trio will present a program entitled "Bohemian Soul: Nationalism Inspired by Folk Music," which will explore the music of Janacek, Kodaly, Martinu and Smetana.
We conclude our season with Ashland-based guitarist Ed Dunsavage and vocalist Christine Williams who will present “American Songs,” a program that features music by many composers from the Great American Songbook and beyond. Featuring introspective and sensitive presentations of music by songwriters from George Gershwin and Cole Porter to Jimmy Webb and Stephen Foster, this music touches the heart and soul of the listener.