Sauk Valley Community Concert Association
2018-19 Season

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Sons of Serendip
September 20, 2018 – 7pm
Dixon High School


This musical group of four friends, who through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University and formed this interesting musical quartet.

The name Sons of Serendip comes from the notion that “serendipity brought us together.” Together the Sons of Serendip strive to embody the adjectives Classy, Genuine, Spiritual, Sensitive and Timeless.

Tenor Micah Christian was a teacher, keyboardist Cordaro Rodriguez was an attorney, cellist Kendall Ramseur was a cello instructor, and harpist Mason Morton was a teacher. In 2014
serendipity gave them the chance to perform on America’s Got Talent where they were 4th place finalists in the 9th season. That launched their career.

Their concert program focuses on contemporary music, some with a fresh twist, and some familiar pop tunes from Motown. They have a very interesting combination of voice and instruments which produces a lovely, rich sound.

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Charlie Albright
October 29, 2018 – 7pm
Centennial Auditorium
Sterling High School

Hailed by the Washington Post as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation,” American pianist/composer/ improviser Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity” by The New York Times.

Charlie began piano lessons at the age of three. He was accepted to Harvard College/New England Conservatory of Music joint program, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2011 and his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance in 2012. He has recently earned his Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School of Music.

He has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, as well as four concerts with Cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has been
designated a Steinway Artist, received a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and performed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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Paul the Beatle
January 31, 2019 – 7pm
Abiding Word Church, Sterling

In a brilliant one-man Beatlemania show, Bob Halligan, Jr. portrays Paul McCartney through his career – as a Beatle and as a solo artist in a singer-songwriter, theatrical format involving music, dialogue and onstage wardrobe changes.

Paul has a conversation with the audience – and himself – that inevitably leads to the songs we love. Through the laughter and the tears (and the clothes), Paul traces the band’s musical journey and his contributions to it, doing so with no back-up musicians, only Paul on keyboard, guitar and bass. As group unity frays, he begins to muse about where he might go musically after the break-up. And he even takes requests!

This show is not just any Beatle Tribute show. Bob takes it to a compelling level that
shines a light on the master-mind of Beatle Paul McCartney. The dialogue enhances the performance and Bob’s voice is magic.

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7th AVE
April 13, 2019 – 7pm
Historic Dixon Theatre

7th AVE, is a group of four singers, two women and two men brought together in 2016 by Chris Rupp, founder of HOME FREE, Grand Prize Winner of the Sing Off in 2013. Chris is now taking his skills and talents to his latest and greatest project, 7th AVE, which is aiming to reinvent and uproot the standard definitions of vocal music, combining elements of pop, swing, rockabilly, country and much more. They are ready to forge a new identity in the music world.

“7th AVE is structured as something that we can enjoy and build, making something greater than the sum of our parts, while at the same still having the freedom and ability to be ourselves and have other interests and pursuits outside of it.” –
Chris Rupp