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Concert for the Holidays -Update
 
Peter played before an enthusiastic and nearly-sold-out audience at the Concert for the Holidays on Saturday night (11/19/11).  The soft ambiance of the ASU-Kerr Cultural Center provided the perfect setting for an eclectic program of mostly original compositions by Peter, which included operatic and orchestral transcriptions, original songs from his existing albums, as well as some previews from his upcoming albums.  Several songs were world premiere performances.
 
The guest soloists added variety and a sense of depth to what was primarily a solo piano program.  Michele Pace premiered the violin solo to one of Peter's newest songs, Winter Winds.  This song brought back memories of Peter's Hungarian homeland, when "Winter Papa" brought gifts to sleeping children.  Vocal soloists Andrew and Kristen Briggs premiered Miles Away, with lyrics by Dan Bickel -- a song about a military couple separated over the holidays.
The Choristers childrens choir of St. Bernard of Clarveaux, under the direction of Kent Campbell, and accompanied by Daniel Martin, performed two of their own favorites, in addition to Peter's Ave Maria, and Christmastime is Here.
 
The world premiere of Ave Maria, was performed with the entire ensemble, with Peter on the piano, vocalists Andrew and Kristin Briggs,  violinist Michele Pace, and lyricist Dan Bickel forming a quartet -- all backed up by the St. Bernard Choristers.  At the end of the second half, the entire ensemble returned to lead the audience in a sing-along of another world premiere -- Christmastime is Here, along with a delightful orchestral backup track.
 

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   Peter Vamos, an internationally renowned composer and concert pianist, and Scottsdale resident, will present a holiday concert at the Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, on November 19, 2011, at 7:30 PM.

   Peter is best remembered for his five Scottsdale restaurants where he regularly serenaded his patrons with his original piano music. Not surprisingly, this Franz Liszt Academy and Julliard trained concert artist recently sold his restaurants and returned to the music world full time. Prior to joining other world-class artists performing at the Kerr Cultural Center, he has performed throughout Europe, at Carnegie Hall, and, locally, Steinway Hall.

     As with the great piano masters of previous centuries, Peter's heart-felt neo-romantic style allows him to deeply stir his listener's emotions. His original music weaves sonorous traditional melodies from his Hungarian homeland with driving contemporary rhythms, providing listeners a fresh perspective on solo piano music. Using every bit of the piano keyboard, his thunderous bass lines quickly lead to scurrying arpeggios to the very top octaves, tantalizing the listener with a classical show of virtuosity usually reserved for the symphonic concert hall.

 
     The Concert for the Holidays will present a memorable evening of Peter's most well-known works. Don't expect the usual seasonal music. Expect, instead, a smorgasbord of great piano music that includes unique interpretations of the classics, opera arias, as well as traditional Hungarian and Russian folk music. Peter will serve this up with other favorites, along with a premiere of his newly composed seasonal songs, which are being produced for his upcoming Christmas album.
 
     Several local guest artists will be joining Peter for this concert. Peter is very enthusiastic about working with local talent, and has added husband/wife duo Andrew and Kristin Briggs to perform at the Concert for the Holidays.  They  will be featured in "Miles Away", "Ave Maria (Vamos)", and "Christmastime is Here" -- all songs written by Peter Vamos with lyrics and arrangements by Dan Bickel.  Michele Pace will be the violin soloist and will premiere a new work by Peter Vamos, in addition to playing with the "Ave Maria" and "Christmastime is Here." Further complimenting the cast of this performance will be members of the Choristers children's choir from St. Bernard of Clairveaux Church, under the direction of Kent Campbell.  

    Andrew Nathan Briggs is a Doctoral student in voice at Arizona State University, where he also received his Masters in 2010. He is a graduate of Southern Utah University (‘06) where he graduated in Voice Performance and Music Education. He later taught choir and drama at Mesa Junior High.

     He has been seen most recently as Sweeney Todd and Anthony inSweeney Todd (ASU) and as Dandini in La Cenerentola (ASU).  He is currently singing the role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at ASU.  Andrew studied the roles of El Dancaïro/Morales with ASU/Ariona Opera’s Cover study program. Other favorite roles include; Enrique, Il Campanello, Olin Blitch, Susannah, Joseph, Joseph, and Harold Hill, The Music Man.

     Andrew currently sings with the Arizona Opera chorus, as well as the Scottsdale Choral Artists as a section leader and soloist with his wife Kristin.  Andrew is the director of Vocal Fix Jazz Entertainment.  He currently teaches voice, choir, and Rock History at Mesa Community College. 

Kristin Chamberlain-Briggs completed her Master Degree in Voice Performance from Arizona State University in 2010. Kristin is a section leader and soloist with the Scottsdale Chorale Artists.  She is the co-founder and co-director of the Mesa Children’s Choir and the Assistant director of the Scottsdale Children’s Choirs.  She also sings with Vocal Fix, a jazz quartet that performs throughout the valley.

      While at ASU,Kristin performed the roles of, Tisbe in LaCenerentola, and Mercedes in Carmen. Some of her favorite roles studied are; Rosina, Il Barbieredi Siviglia, Sandman, Hansel and Gretel and Susannah, Le Nozze diFigaro.  She studies with Dr. Jerry Doan.

     Kristin has performed concerts with the ASU Choirs, the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Phoenix Symphony, and Arizona Musicfest.

     Kristin received her BS degree from Southern Utah University in Music Education. She taught choir at Carson Jr. High before beginning work on her Master’sDegree.  She and her husband Andrew have two boys Nathan, 4, and Carson, 11 months. 

Michele Pace  is currently a violinist with the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra.  She has played the violin since the age of 9 and has played with a number of orchestras over the years, including the Scottsdale Youth Orchestra, Phoenix Youth Orchestra, the Linfield College Chamber Orchestra, and the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra.  

     Professionally, Michele is a CPA, but she enjoys staying connected to her musical background.  She has two daughters, Natalie and Amanda, who play piano as well as sing in the Scottsdale Children's Choirs.

 Members of the Choristers from St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish in Scottsdale will sing at the Concert for the Holidays.  The children's choir is directed by Kent Campbell, Director of Music at the church. The choir is made up of children from 2nd Grade through 8th Grade, and is known for singing carols in the community during the Christmas season.  They  will be featured in "Ave Maria (Vamos)", and "Christmastime is Here" -- songs written by Peter Vamos with lyrics and arrangements by Dan Bickel.

 

 

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