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Randy Armstrong in Concert
An Evening of World Fusion Music performed on Instruments from Around the Globe
Fine Arts Music Series
Saturday, July 19, 2008 – 7:30 PM
Rye Congregational Church
580 Washington Road – Rye, New Hampshire
Advance Tickets Adults $10. / Seniors $8.
At the Door Adults $12. / Seniors $10.
Children under 15 – Free
For more information call 603.964.4061
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Abendmusik Fine Arts Concert Series
Rye Congregational Church
Celebrating a diversity of world-class talent, and a new concert piano, the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd., Rye, NH, presents the Abendmusik Fine Arts Concert Series, again, this summer. Four evening concerts, in July and August, will be performed in the main sanctuary, each beginning at 7:30 pm., and a reception and opportunity to greet the artists will follow each concert. The church is pleased to present the series on the following four dates, with five marvelous artists:
Saturday, July 12th, Pianist, Lt. Col. T. Shane Tomko USMC will play the opening concert of the series, which will also be the inaugural concert on the church’s new seven-foot Schimmel concert piano. Shane is a Marine Infantry, Reconnaissance, and Special Operations officer currently serving in Iraq with numerous decorations, awards and combat deployments. As a musician, Shane has performed for Presidents Reagan and Clinton, the White House, National Cathedral, and multiple other venues around the world. Red Sox fans will want to know that he has performed the National Anthem at Fenway Stadium for the championship series. Shane’s prodigious talent spans Classical, R&B, and Gospel music. He will be presenting an eclectic range of music, all of which are his own arrangements and compositions, prior to his return deployment to Iraq, in August.
Saturday, July 19th, World Fusion Music Master, Randy Armstrong, will perform on over twenty-five instruments from around the world. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “sure-finger guitar virtuoso”, Randy Armstrong plays a collection of over two hundred instruments from around the world, and is the co-founder of DOAH WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE and UNU MONDO. With a collection of over two hundred instruments from around the world, including acoustic, synthesizer and nylon-string guitars, sitar, balofon, djembe, koto, charango, mbira and a wide variety of percussion and stringed instruments, he has amazed audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska, and India. Randy recently returned from Central America and West Africa performing and studying with Garifuna musicians and drummers in Dangriga and Hopkins, Belize and Ewe, Fanti and Ga drummers in Accra and Legon, Ghana. He has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and festivals at Lincoln Center in New York City. In 1998, Randy was selected as an artist representative to attend a Cultural Trade Mission to Ireland, Northern Ireland and England sponsored by Governor Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and in May 2005 attended a Curatorial Research trip on Son Jarocho music in Xalapa and Veracruz, Mexico for the New England Foundation for the Arts. He was appointed as an Arts Councilor for the NH State Council on the Arts in 2003 and reappointed by Governor John Lynch in 2008. In the summer of 2007, Randy toured internationally in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and South Africa and celebrated the digital and compact disc release of the new Armstrong & Aichele CD: World Tales Volume Two, winner of several Parents Choice Awards. Visit: http://www.randyarmstrong.com
Saturday, August 2nd, Pianist, Christopher Kies will perform Ragtime Greats including the works of Scott Joplin. Christopher Kies is Professor of Music at UNH, since 1979. His areas of
teaching include piano, theory, and composition. His doctorate and masters degree are in composition from Brandeis
University, and his undergraduate degrees are in piano and composition from the New England Conservatory. In 1975-76, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study composition in Cologne, Germany. As a composer, he has twice been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship (1988 and 2001) by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He has long been a major fan of ragtime music and has performed ragtime piano music for several audiences in the seacoast area including seven consecutive years, 1994-2000, at First Night in Portsmouth, N.H. Anyone who has attended one of Dr. Kies Ragtime concerts will attest they are irrepressibly entertaining. It’s more than a sure bet for great summer fun when Chris Kies performs Scott Joplin’s Ragtime music, on August 2nd.
Saturday, August 16th, Duo Pianists, Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata are
“Spectacular…extraordinary…thrilling to hear and watch” – Richard Dyer (Boston Globe). Active in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata perform to enthusiastic audiences and international acclaim in programs spanning repertoire from 16th to 21st centuries. For the past three summers, they have been the featured guest artists of a series of European tours that have taken them to cultural capitals of Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and co-sponsored by a veritable who’s who of American cultural and education institutions (Metropolitan Museum of Art, Spoleto Music Festival-USA, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Phillips Collection, Harvard University, Princeton University and Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Phillips Exeter Academy). Performing as a duo (four hands at one piano), the concert will include J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Schumann. In the finale celebration of the church’s new concert piano, these impeccable classical artists will bring the Abendmusik series to a spectacular conclusion.
All concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary and include a reception in Fellowship Hall. Contact Leigh or Lucy at (603) 964-4061.