Lunch Time Concert Series on select Wednesdays from Noon-1pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee. Suggested Donation $5.
Ted Oliver has been performing Dueling Pianos almost from the inception of the concept. With 24+ years of stage experience under his belt (that's roughly 13,000 Dueling Pianos shows!), Ted can captivate any audience anywhere with an wide variety of music and comedy. A truly seasoned showman, he has performed thousands of shows at dozens of the hottest and rockinâ€™est Dueling Piano bars across the country with the very best performers. He has also produced and performed hundreds of corporate and private shows and created, along with his team, the concept for Special Event Dueling Pianos - the premier Dueling Pianos act for special events in the USA. In addition to having trained scores of Dueling Pianos entertainers, Ted has consulted and set up several Dueling Piano venues including Daddy's Piano Saloon in West Palm Beach, FL, Cat Daddy's in Charleston, SC, That Bar in Danville, CA, Establishment Theatre in Rock Island, IL and Lucille's Rockin' Pianos in Milwaukee of which he is the founder. Ted and his family now resides in Waukesha, WI . Call now for a free consultation and price quote and you will understand the fun, the experience and the magic of Ted Oliver Productions Dueling Pianos.
Dan Dance has been active on the Milwaukee music scene for over 40 years. An accomplished jazz and classical musician, he wears many hats. His eclectic interests include composing, arranging, teaching, accompanying, and performing.
He has been active in local theater groups as a musical director, composer, and actor. He assists various religious congregations in the Milwaukee area as musical director/accompanist.
In addition to these diverse musical skills, you can find him during the summer season as the play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Polo Club.
Expect to hear Dan present a program which draws heavily from the Great American Songbook, steeped in improvisation
His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Stanislav, "Stas," Venglevski, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the Bayan. A two-time first prize winner of Bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian Bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States.
Stas is an Accordionist, a Musician, an Arranger, an Entertainer and a Teacher. Stas' repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. He performed the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and also the world premiere of Bayan and Beyond, composed for Stas by Dan Lawitts.
He is a regular participant the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program (ACE); has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra; has done television commercials and performed in theater productions; produced 15 acclaimed albums including a transcription of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite for Bayan as well as one of original compositions. He has published several books of original compositions.
Stas founded Accordion XXI Century Series in 2010 so that the Midwest audiences can experience the amazing range of the Accordion and Bayan by bringing gifted artists from all over the world. In a concert setting, these gifted musicians share their skills and cultures to provide the audience with a unique musical experience. The performances feature the Accordion or Bayan in solo presentation and, when possible, in concert with other instruments.
The brilliant artistry and musical virtuosity of Stas afford an expanded dimension in music and an innovative musical adventure to the audience. Beyond his artistry he is a consumate entertainer capable of engaging any audience.
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