Lunch Time Concert Series on select Wednesdays from Noon-1pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee. Suggested Donation $5.
A Comedic Classical Music Duel
For anyone who ever dreamed big—and then didn’t quite make it – comes the riotous story of two childhood friends who spent years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom.
Two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious portrayal of pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good musicians. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, this wildly popular show not only hits all the right notes, it tickles the ivories and your funny bone too.
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.
Simon Farintosh is a promising young classical guitarist from the west coast of Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at The University of Victoria where he studied with Dr. Alexander Dunn. In 2018 Simon was awarded a teaching assistantship and full scholarship to The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree under the instruction of maestro Rene Izquierdo. Throughout his studies, Simon has performed in masterclasses for many luminary figures in the guitar world, including Pepe Romero, Kazuhito Yamashita, Roland Dyens, Jorge Caballero, Chen Zhi, Beijing Guitar Duo, Judicaël Perroy, Marcin Dylla, and Zoran Dukic.
Simon has garnered awards at competitions across Canada and the US, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Northwest Guitar Festival & Competition in Spokane, WA. He has been a featured artist for regional guitar societies such as the Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities and Madison Classical Guitar Society. Aside from competing and concertizing, Simon maintains a busy schedule as an instructor. He has served as a faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where his students earned top scores on RCM exams and achieved great success in the local and provincial music festivals.
Simon plays a 2015 Glenn Canin guitar.
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