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Peter to Play at Christmas Concert

Posted by [email protected] on November 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Peter will play at the St. Bernard of Clairveaux Church Christmas Concert on December 11 at 3PM.  The St. Bernard Choristers sang at Peter's Concert for the Holidays.  More info >>

Peter receives ovation at Concert for the Holidays

Posted by [email protected] on November 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Playing before an enthusiastic audience at the AUS-Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, Peter received a standing ovation at the end of his first concert in two years.  Joined by guest performers, this eclectic program set a celebratory mood for the upcoming year-end holiday season.  Several of Peter's compositions received their world premiere.  Photos and more information will be posted soon.  Read review >>>

Guest Artists Announced for Concert for the Holidays

Posted by [email protected] on October 30, 2011 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

     Peter is very enthusiastic about working with local talent, and has added husband/wife vocal 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 play the violin solo in a world premiere of one of Peter's newest seasonal songs, as well as "Ave Maria" and "Christmastime is Here."    

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
will be the violin soloist for the concert.  She 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.

Children's Choir to Sing at Concert for the Holidays

Posted by [email protected] on October 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Members of the Choisters choir from St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish in Scottsdale will sing at the Concert for the Holidays.  The Choristers is the children's choir at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Scottsdale, AZ.   The Choristers have sung before Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals from the Catholic Church and received rave reviews.  Comprised of children from age 7 to 14, the Choristers have sung at the Pueri Cantores Festival in California and will be doing so again in February of 2012.  Pueri Cantores is an international Catholic choral organization that provides opportunities for school aged youth choirs from all backgrounds to participate in all styles of liturgical music, from Plainchant to Modern.They  will be featured in "Ave Maria (Vamos)", and "Christmastime is Here" -- songs written by Peter Vamos with lyrics and arrangements by Dan Bickel.

Kent Campbell is the Director of Music at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Scottsdale, AZ.  After receiving his Engineering degree from the University of Illinois, Mr. Campbell spent 20 years in the IT industry.  Ultimately becoming a Vice President of IT for a Fortune 500 company, he decided to leave the corporate world and pursue his true passion, music.  Mr. Campbell is an accomplished pianist,  having worked with William Warfield, Jeff Mattsey, Eileen Mager and many other recording artists.  He has also directed choirs throughout Illinois and Arizona and today continues to pass on his love of music to St. Bernard's, where there are over 100 singers and musicians in various music groups at the church.

Concert for the Holidays -- Watch Video

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Peter announces his Concert for the Holidays -- watch video ...

Fan Club Giveaway

Posted by [email protected] on September 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Join Peter's Fan Club (it's easy ... it's FREE) during the month of October and you will be entered in a drawing for:

3 - CDs of your choice


2 - tickets to Peter's Concert for the Holidays (Scottsdale, AZ -- Nov. 19)

All previous and new Fan Club Members are eligible.  No cash value.



Colors of Brazil -- Video Sampler

Posted by [email protected] on August 30, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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Peter has released a 5-minute video that samples eight of the 12 songs on his new CD --"Colors of Brazil."  Combined with a slideshow of photos from this amazing country, this video samples the songs and gives tribute to the country that inspired Peter. 

Peter to Present ... Concert for the Holidays

Posted by [email protected] on August 25, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 Peter will present "Concert for the Holidays" at the ASU-Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Road,Scottsdale, AZ, on November 19, 2011, at 7:30 PM.  Prior to joining other world-class artists performing at the ASU-Kerr CulturalCenter, he has performed throughout Europe, at Carnegie Hall, and,locally, Steinway Hall.

The "Concert for the Holidays" will present a memorable evening of Peter's most well-knownworks. Don't expect the usual seasonal music. Expect, instead, a smorgasbord of great piano music that includes unique interpretationsof 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.

Tickets are available at the ASU-Kerr Box Office.  See "Concert for the Holidays" webpage.

Peter plays Elton John's RED PIANO

Posted by [email protected] on August 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 YouTube:  Peter plays Elton John's Red Piano.

Yamaha and Elton John  joined forces to offer the Elton John Limited Edition Signature Series Red Piano, a Mark IV Disklavier that is the exact color of the piano in "The Red Piano" show.

This piano bears the pop icons autograph and comes pre-loaded with his own exclusive performances for a home entertainment experience like none other.  Included are five exclusive John solo recordings: "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," "Rocket Man," "Take Me to the Pilot," and "Candle in the Wind." Therefore, whoever owns the piano also gets a virtual private concert.

One of the few remaining pianos (there were only 30 made), is at the Piano Gallery in Scottsdale for a limited time before it goes on display at the Musical Instrument Museum. 

Peter stopped by the Piano Gallery yesterday and did an impromptu mini-concert on the piano, which was captured on video and posted on Peter's YouTube Channel.

"I feel honored to play this magnificent instrument which bears the name of this great musician," Peter said, as he dashed out a classically inspired improvisation followed by one of his favorite YouTube views -- "The House of the Rising Sun." 

CLICK HERE to enjoy this momentous occasion with Peter on YouTube.

Christmas album underway

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Peter is working on a Christmas / Seasonal album, which will be released just in time for holiday enjoyment.

Peter is combining  seasonal greats with a mixture of his own compositions to create an album that will unlike that of any others to put you in the holiday mood.

Watch *here* for some "sneak peeks!"


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