Monday, March 23, 2009

BLOG #21.. Mar 23, 2009

Gloria's Music Blog #21 (Mar 23, 2009)

About Gloria.
My contact info can be found at the top of the concert page at the UU Church of Tampa website.Go to & click on concerts.


A. CONCERTS IN THE UU DOME (UU Church of Tampa) Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome) 11400 Morris Bridge Rd, Tampa, FL 33637; 813-988-8188

RSVP to (upon receipt of your rsvp, gloria will send you the details)


WHO: THE DEARING CONCERT DUO w/Pianist John Hernandez Opening
WHEN: Fri Apr 10, 2009
TIME: 8:00 Concert. 7:30 Doors.
COST: $15 at the door. $10 advance. Teens $7.

samples of their beautiful music:

The Dearing Concert Duo, featuring soprano Abha Dearing and classical guitarist Steven Dearing, will enthrall us with their classical music duets . Based in Detroit, Michigan they can be found performing on both sides of the Atlantic at festivals, on radio and television shows, and in various concert halls. They are the winners of six awards presented by the Motor City Music Foundation and their three recordings have received critical acclaim. Abha is the choir director at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She's an accomplished singer and flautist who has been performing since the age of five. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Voice Performance at Oakland University. Steven holds a Masters degree in Guitar Performance and has been on faculty at the University of Windsor since 1995. He is one of Michigan's most reputable classical guitarists.

OPENING SET BY PIANIST JOHN HERNANDEZ: John is a native of Ecuador now residing in Tampa. He has made numerous appearances as recitalist and orchestra soloist. As a chamber musician, he has performed with members of symphony orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Dusseldorf Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and the National Symphony of Ecuador and has participated in festivals such as the Philharmonic Festival 1994, the First International Festival for Young Pianists in Ecuador, the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, the International Symposium and Piano Festival at Princeton University, the Contemporary Music Festival at New England Conservatory, and the New Paltz Summer Festival in New York.

He is the winner of national competitions in Ecuador such as the Guillermo Wright Vallarino Competition, the Cultural Merit for Outstanding Musician by the City Hall of Loja, and the German Cultural Center Competition. After receiving these recognitions, he became the youngest artist to be appointed to the Home of Culture of Ecuador. His versatility as a musician has led him to record for the soundtrack of the film “The Demoralization of Richard Engelsbird,” as well as “The Anthology of Ecuadorian Music,” a CD compilation of the most well known music of Ecuador.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from Salvador Bustamante Celi National Conservatory of Music, a Performance Diploma with Highest Honors from Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music in Ecuador, a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville.

Currently he works with the Tampa Bay Children’s Concert Chorus and various local ensembles. He is also the pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa much to the delight of the church choir and congregation.
***********************************************************************************WHO: BILL STAINES w/LAURIE MCCLAIN OPENING

WHEN: Sun Apr 26, 2009
TIME: 3:00 Concert. 2:30 Doors.
COST: $15 at the door. $12 advance. Teens $7. Age 12 and under Free.

Per The Washington Post: "A craftsman who has cobbled together evocative details, pithy aphorisms and singalong melodies into a trunkful of unassuming, marvelous songs."

Bill is in his fifth decade of traveling back and forth across the country singing his songs and delighting his audiences. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston- Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960s. Bill weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances. His music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with ease, his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon. He delights in having the audience participate in many of the numbers. And Vice Versa. Audiences especially enjoy singing along to his " All God's Critters Got A Place In The Choir."

He has numerous albums to his credit. His songs have been covered by numerous musical artists. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. LAURIE MCCLAIN OPENS: Sweet Laurie is always a crowd pleaser with her gentle demeanor and music that warms the soul and tickles the funnybone.




WHEN: Sun May 3, TIME: 4:00 Concert. 3:30 Doors.
COST: $12 at the door. $10 advance. $7 teens. 12 and under Free.

Listen to Sue play Lonesome Fiddle Blues here:

THE ROWAN BROTHERS: Chris & Lorin's musical journey began over 30 years ago on Columbia Records. Subsequent collaborations with older brother Peter, David Grisman, the Grateful Dead, so many others and a Grammy winning song happened along the way. The path has come full circle with the duo's active re-entry into full time touring, a new release on BOS Music plus the full complement of CD reissues of all the Columbia and Asylum titles. Sibling harmony at its zenith and a style all their own, the Rowan Brothers offer up a potent mixture of bluegrass flavored folk and Everlys/Louvins/Stanleys inspired rockabilly.

SUE CUNNINGHAM: During their current Fla. tour they are being joined by Sue Cunningham. Sue is a winner of numerous fiddle championships and has performed and recorded with numerous bluegrass groups. Though a native of Pittsburg, Sue now resides in West Palm Beach. In addition to being known as an expert fiddler, she is also known for her outstanding vocals. Altho her primary duty while she's with the Rowan Brothers will be to work her fiddling magic, she will also chime in vocally on some of the tunes.

THE ROWAN BROTHERS with SUE CUNNINGHAM (Rowans & Cunningham Trio) were a big hit recently at the 2009 Suwannee Springfest. They're sure to be a big hit at the UU Dome too.

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As of today (Mar 23, 2009) here's what's cookin':

Wed 3/25. Ronny Cox with Jack Williams

Mon 3/30. A.J. Roach (young up & coming Americana artist - see him up close before he hits the big time)

Thur 4/2 . Claude Bourbon(amazing guitar - & he sings too. Plus Muriel Anderson is a MySpace Friend! )

Wed 4/8 - Denise Franke (singer-songwriter extradordinaire.)

Thurs 4/23 - Sweet Laurie McClain (singer-songwriter w/a delicate Nashville touch)

Tues 5/5 - Bill & Kate Isles ... with their sweet harmonies and laid-back style, do great justice to Bill's award winning folk songs. Bill's songwriting offers poetic reflections of down-to-earth life experiences and adventurous metaphorical worlds. Bill has a knack for multi-layering. Thus the listeners are given a wide spectrum of interpretation opportunities. It is this multi-layering that has drawn fans to listen over and over again and to describe Bill & Kate's live performances as mesmerizing.

Wed 5/6 - The Rowan Brothers accompanied by amazing fiddler Sue Cunningham. There will be two opportunities to see these fine musicians in Tampa: at the UU Dome on Sun May 3 and the house on Wed May 6. Be sure and treat yourself to at least one, if not both, of the concerts. For a description of " The Rowan Brothers & Sue" please refer to the above UU listing.

tentatives: Gove Scrivenor June 24 or 25, Holly & Barry Tashian, Oct 27th; Brian Bowers, early November; Roy Zimmerman, Nov 19th.