Award-winning duo Bettman & Halpin perform a fresh and enduring combination of Americana, folk and bluegrass, weaving masterful storytelling into their live shows and taking audiences on a heartfelt journey. The perfect blending of Stephanie Bettman’s angelic voice and exquisite fiddle playing with Luke Halpin’s adept musicality on mandolin, fiddle, and banjo result in mesmerizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. Performing with two additional musicians as a quartet, the band will present their holiday program, “Christmas is a Funny Thing”.
Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today. Their music blurs the lines between bluegrass, jazz, jam bands, and more. Comprised of four highly
acclaimed extraordinary musicians on banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar, this Tennessee-based group was also a 2019 IBMA Momentum Band Award nominee. One fan says “Circus No. 9 represents everything that’s good about the new generation of acoustic music.”
The Georgia Guitar Quartet is a pioneering ensemble on the American chamber music and classical guitar scenes.
Borrowing from both the past and present, the GGQ draws inspiration from classical masters such as Bach and Brahms, experimentalists in the vein of Cage and Stockhausen, and contemporary rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. The incredible range and interactive spontaneity of GGQ performances leaves audiences with something to remember, resulting in a thrilling new way to experience chamber music in the 21st century.
Michael Bridge (accordions & piano) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet & piano) are an internationallyacclaimed music & comedy duo. Integrating traditional acoustic instruments with 21st century digital technology, they perform their own uniquely re-imagined repertoire of classical, world and jazz fusion. With deft virtuosity and endless wit, these fun-loving gentlemen (with seven music degrees between them) have been called the “Victor Borges of the 21st Century.”
Barron Ryan’s signature recital program, Classic Meets Cool, features some of the greatest piano music ever made, including groovy classical works, renditions from great jazz pianists, pop tune arrangements, and an original sonata. He will weave a story with his music and words that is sure to leave you speechless. The son of two musicians,
Barron Ryan grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to Michael Jackson. So when it comes to his own performing, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a wonderful musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.
Diego Figueiredo comes all the way from Brazil and is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers around the world. Ken Peplowski is one of the leading clarinetists and sax players in jazz today. He has performed and recorded with all the greats including Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Madonna, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, and many more. A wonderful duo of souls. It all started in 1962 with hit songs “The Girl from Ipanema”, “Corcovado”, and “Wave” and famous album “Jazz Samba” which hit #1 on The Billboard Pop Chart. Now the world-renowned artists Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski recreate music from this era with their own special style.
A child prodigy and internationally renowned concert violinist for over 30 years, Midori transfixes audiences by bringing together graceful precision and intimate expression. Typically soloing with the likes of symphony orchestras of London, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Los Angeles and St. Petersburg, do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Midori live and in concert in Oriental! Midori’s appearance is made possible in part by the non-profit organization Partners in Performance. Founded by Midori, Partners in Performance aims to keep chamber music alive and accessible in the heartland of America.