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The Stage is Set! The 2016 Festival Performers

In the previous post, I highlighted the 2016 Festival Visual Artists coming to the 17th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11am – 6pm.  As impressive as that list is, it is equally important to shine the spotlight upon the FABULOUS performances that we will offer at the Festival.  Don’t forget, of course, to check out the OUTSTANDING offerings we have as workshops and clinics as well. Click HERE to download the official 2016 Schedule! 

Arts Pavilion Performance Schedule

The Arts Pavilion is our fancy term for the KHS Cafeteria where we feature our professional artists.  Is it also where we have some SPECTACULAR performances.

10:45 am – Special Presentations

  • Golden Palette Artists
  • Theresa Funke Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship
  • Bonnie Whildin Kaneland Hall of Fame Recognition

11:15 am – Laura Fako Utley, Harp

HarpPic2015.jpgLaura Fako Utley has been playing the harp since 1977. She grew up in a musical family in Elmhurst,IL. Her parents are professional musicians playing with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Growing up, Laura spent her summers studying at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where her father taught for
many years. In 1990, Laura received her degree in Music Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Laura currently performs and teaches
throughout the Chicagoland area playing with orchestras, small chamber ensembles, for weddings, receptions and special occasions. Laura has produced 3 recordings, Whispering Dreams, which consists of classical transcriptions and Laura’s own original compositions. Silent Night, which consists of traditional Christmas music and Tranquility, which features the harp with violin, guitar and piano. All recordings are available through Laura. Since 2003 Laura has been performing at Edward Hospital in Naperville,IL as part of their Healing Arts Program.

12:30 pm – Kaneland Youth Orchestra

IMG_0247.jpgWith world class directors, Kaneland Yourh Orchestra brings string education to Kaneland school area children. New for 2016! Registration is open to all children 2nd grade through 12th grade. Kaneland area includes but not limited to these areas- Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Elburn, Maple Park, North Aurora, Aurora and surrounding areas. Come join us for Summer Camp 2016. Registration is through our website: www.kyo2012.wix.com/kyorchestraKaneland Youth Orchestra is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

1:45 pm – Dave Seagren, Tropical Sound Steel Pan

Dave SeagrenDave Seagren and his Tropical Sound Steel Pan brings the spirit of the Caribbean Islands to life with a variety of tropical music styles including reggae, calypso, socca, Latin and pop. Each set includes songs varying from Jimmy Buffet to Bob Marley to Harry Belefonte as well as the traditional songs of the steel band. As a solo act with sequenced synthesizer back up music, Dave is at home on the smallest of stages and capable of playing soft enough for a garden party or loud enough to overcome the din of a packed nightclub. Whether you want to quietly sip drinks or limbo the night away, Dave can add the tropical atmosphere you desire. Tropical Sound is also available to perform as a duo or trio. The steel drum or “PAN” is a unique instrument invented in the 40’s in the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Hand crafted from a fifty-five gallon steel oil drum, with only hammers and blunted chisels, this instrument produces a beautiful tone that has become synonymous with the music of the Caribbean. An accomplished pan player and percussionist, Dave brings his musical experience and outstanding soloing abilities to each performance. With such bands as Hairball Willie, The Shotgun Ragtime Band, The Heart of the Gold Band, and Stainless Steel, Dave is a veteran of the regional club circuit.

3:00 pm – Tank Drum Demonstration & PerformanceTank Drums

(This workshop is appropriate for Kindergarten and up). Email kai@kaneland.org to register. Space is limited to 10)                            CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS.

4:15 pm – Mariachi Ameca

Official Mariachi AmecaMariachi Ameca was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1983 by Jaime Cervantes.  Jaime grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Ameca, Jalisco in Mexico, in a family of musical talent.  At the age of 15, Jaime left his hometown for Mexico City where he worked as a stunt man in many films.  After working in the film, A Man Called Horse, at the age of 19, Jaime was able to purchase his first accordion.  Soon after, he learned his favorite instrument, the violin.  He majored in classical music at Morton College and after performing in many mariachi ensembles, founded his own ensemble which is now Mariachi Ameca. Mariachi Ameca is a large ensemble made up of 2 generations of musicians that is able to blend traditional mariachi music with a contemporary sound.  Members of the ensemble have accompanied many famous Mexican artists. Mariachi Ameca was employed by Six Flags Great America for over 10 years and have performed in movies and commercials.  Mariachi Ameca has award winning vocalists and outstanding musicians that will thrill you with their artistry and authenticity. Their music is perfect for almost every occasion and/or event.

Mariachi Ameca will be performing in both of our performance venues during the Festival, one on the Kaneland Auditorium stage and one strolling amongst the visual art.

Auditorium Performances

12:45 pm – NIU School of Theatre & Dance Performance

NIU 2The School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University provides intensive artistic and academic training for students preparing for careers in theatre and theatre-related areas. The course of study is rigorous and realistic, designed to develop, challenge and broaden the skills and attitudes of all theatre students, but especially the highly motivated student who takes responsibility for his or her own growth.  Our principles are simple. Students perform publicly all four years of the program. Our students have a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence, but also the ability to work as an ensemble and treat other artists with respect – this is not only fostered but required. We emphasize in collaboration and NOT Competition! There are three metropolitan areas within a 2.5 hour drive of the university, all with robust theatre communities, including Milwaukee, and Madison, and of course, Chicago. NIU’s proximity to Chicago gives our students enormous professional exposure, with opportunities to audition for summer stock companies, internships at major regional theatres and to work as assistants and designers for many of the hundreds of producing organizations that call Chicago home.   The goal and the focus of the training we provide ensures that graduates of this program step out the door ready to begin their careers. SoTD alumni are actively working in film, television and onstage in NY, LA, major regional theatres and overseas. Every academic year, we stage a full season of seven Mainstage Series and six Studio Series productions on three stages, providing public performance opportunities every year of a student’s academic career. Our programming reflects eclectic choices, which are designed to challenge both our students and our audiences. Also every year, a select group of students studies for one month at the famed Moscow Art Theatre School. The School offers several degree programs, including BA in theatre arts, BFA with emphases in acting, design and technology and dance performance, and MFA with specializations in acting and design and technology. We have an internationally recognized faculty of practicing artists and scholars, and a gifted student body of about two hundred, recruited and carefully selected from around the country and abroad. The School of Theatre and Dance is a member of the University Resident Theatre Association, and its programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

2:00 pm –Bill Cho’s United Taekwondo Center Performance

Bill Cho's TKD Colorado US OpenBill Cho’s United Taekwondo Center has been in operation in the Kaneland School District since 1995. We are committed to providing the highest quality martial arts instruction, empowering our students with valuable skills for a daily life and contributing to a safe and peaceful community. Our motto is “cultivation of exceptional attitude by fostering our students mind, body and spirit.” Taekwondo is not only kicking and punching but, more importantly, we are committed to teaching our students the life skills that will help them succeed in any Endeavor they may choose to take on. We would like to thank the KAI and the Fine Arts Festival for giving us the opportunity to share our skill of martial arts with all in attendance. We love to support and promote keeping the Arts alive whether it’s visual, auditory or physical. We hope you enjoy all three of those while you watch our performance. Please feel free to check us out on Facebook at Bill Cho Taekwondo Sycamore or stop by our facilities in Sycamore and St. Charles.

Bill Cho’s will be available from 1 – 2pm in the KHS Commons Area teaching guests to break boards.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS.

3:15 pm – Mariachi Ameca

Mariachi Ameca3.jpgMariachi Ameca was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1983 by Jaime Cervantes.  Jaime grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Ameca, Jalisco in Mexico, in a family of musical talent.  At the age of 15, Jaime left his hometown for Mexico City where he worked as a stunt man in many films.  After working in the film, A Man Called Horse, at the age of 19, Jaime was able to purchase his first accordion.  Soon after, he learned his favorite instrument, the violin.  He majored in classical music at Morton College and after performing in many mariachi ensembles, founded his own ensemble which is now Mariachi Ameca. Mariachi Ameca is a large ensemble made up of 2 generations of musicians that is able to blend traditional mariachi music with a contemporary sound.  Members of the ensemble have accompanied many famous Mexican artists. Mariachi Ameca was employed by Six Flags Great America for over 10 years and have performed in movies and commercials.  Mariachi Ameca has award winning vocalists and outstanding musicians that will thrill you with their artistry and authenticity. Their music is perfect for almost every occasion and/or event.

Mariachi Ameca will be performing in both of our performance venues during the Festival, one on the Kaneland Auditorium stage and one strolling amongst the visual art.

4:30 pm – Swing Assembly

Swing Assembly TrumpetsEstablished in 2009, Swing Assembly is the stylish, sophisticated answer to the modern party band.  There is no event that this band cannot cater to! ​ With a repertoire spanning 80 years, the band mixes the elegance of a swing band with the festivity of contemporary funk, soul, and pop.  Featuring two vocalists, six horns, and the hippest rhythm section in the Chicago area, this jam machine can jump from the most delicate ballad to the funkiest dance tune at the drop of a hat.  Let our 11 tuxedoed gentlemen (and one bejeweled chanteuse) provide a touch of splendor to your special event!

Remember that there is NO admission to attend the Festival and experience all of the Art we are presenting to you.  The Festival is an experience like no other – offering a celebration of the Arts for families and community to enjoy.  Be sure to check out the workshops that are offered throughout the day of the 17th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2016 KANELAND COMMUNITY FINE ARTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 10th!

Partnering with YOU in the Arts,

Maria Y. Dripps-Paulson

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