Sauk Valley Community Concert Association
2016-17 Season
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BRAVISSIMO BROADWAY
September 30, 2016 – 7pm
Dixon High School
O Sole Trio consists of Erin Shields, soprano, Giuseppe Spolentini, baritone, and David Shenton, piano and violin. The show is fast-paced, funny and touching. You’ll hear two great voices with wonderful accompaniment on piano and an added bit of interest, the violin. The atmosphere is informal: three friends getting together to make both music and merry….like a jolly party.

The program will include duets from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music and Les Miserables, and will feature solos from Kiss Me Kate, Babes in Arms, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler On The Roof and South Pacific.

David Shenton, on Piano and violin, will be featured performing An American in Paris by Gershwin on both instruments simultaneously!


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PIANO CONVERSATIONS
November 7, 2016 – 7pm
Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School
Julian Lawrence Gargiulo is a dynamic classical pianist who performs the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, and fills the concert hall with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma.

Julian has performed throughout the world, always receiving both public and critical acclaim. His TV and radio appearances include major stations in many countries.

Born and educated in Italy, Mr. Gargiulo has dual US and Italian citizenship.He has studied at conservatories in Italy and Russia as well as the US where he has earned degrees from Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland. He is the founder and artistic director of the Water Island Music Festival in the Virgin Islands. Julian currently resides in New York City.

His program is varied and encompasses some familiar classical pieces like the
De Falla Fire Dance, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee and Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude as well as several of his own interesting pieces.

Julian also provides a keyboard video so members of his audience can see his hands do their spectacular work!


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RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET
MARCH 21, 2017– 7pm
Abiding Word Church, Sterling
When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw from rhythms heard around the world.

Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Gypsy jazz.

Olli Soikkeli, who recently moved from his home country of Finland, has rapidly become a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene and has been aptly coined “the Finnish boy wonder.”

Violinist Jason Anick, who is also an award winning composer, is one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston and a spectacular Gypsy Jazz fiddler.

“Collective jaws dropped at the sheer virtuosity of the Rhythm Future Quartet! The group’s stellar musicianship, good humor and reverence for this important musical tradition made for an unforgettable evening!”
Dana Packard, The Saco River Theatre

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ILLINOIS BRASS BAND
APRIL 9, 2017– 2pm
Location TBA
The Illinois Brass Band was founded in 1991 by George Foster and William Homer who modeled it after the United Kingdom's Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band, which toured the U.S. in 1990. IBB entered its first North American Brass Band Association competition in 1993 and the next year won first place honors.

By 2002, IBB had won six NABBA championships in seven years, all while continuing to delight audiences throughout the Chicago area with a repertoire ranging from brass band classics and to show tunes and jazz. In 2003, IBB became the first brass band outside the Commonwealth to attend the British Open Brass Band Championships.

Over the years, IBB has presented dozens of concerts indoors and out and showcased exceptional artists including Roger Webster, Michael Mulcahy, and Brett Baker. The band has recorded six CDs.




PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ALIAS BRASS CONCERT LISTED IN THE SAUK VALLEY SUN AD IS NOT IN 2017. IT IS OUR LAST CONCERT IN 2018.

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AMERICA’S ROOTS OF POP
MAY 14, 2017– 7pm
Dixon High School
A multi-instrument phenomenon, DAVE BENNETT is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums, AND vocalizes! One of the only artists saluting the Roots of Pop, Bennett covers music from the swing era and Rock-n-Roll to country, Elvis and the Beatles.

His quartet consists of Dave on clarinet, guitar, piano and vocals; Doug Cobb on drums; Todd Weed on piano; and Kurt Krahnke on bass.

This show will not only showcase Dave’s clarinet, but his fine voice as well as his famous “rockabilly” guitar and wild piano. Backed by their full repertoire of Swing, Dixieland and Benny Goodman standards, they will branch out with Elvis, Roy Orbison and other country and rock music.

Dave Bennett, a Michigan native, is an authentic musical prodigy (totally self-taught) on his clarinet, which was given to him at age 10 by his grandparents. He then taught himself to play Benny Goodman songs by ear, listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather. He was only 14 when he began traveling all over the US with several Michigan based Dixieland bands. Now we discover that he is also an excellent singer and plays a “mean” guitar and wild piano. What more can a musician do?