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Winter Serenade: A Holiday concert
December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$20.00
After their successful Cythara concert at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Feriante and Chapman continue the music with a holiday concert. This time they are joined by world-renowned opera tenor Steve Thoreson and special guest, contemporary vocalist Shawn Berit.
Join them at Comforts of Whidbey on beautiful Whidbey Island Washington for a beautiful evening of original and holiday music! Along with the music, enjoy the offerings of Comforts of Whidbey Winery!
Tickets are also available at the door. Cash or Check is easiest at the door, but credit card sales of tickets may be available at the wine bar.
Andre Feriante: Flamenco Fusion Guitarist
Troy Chapman: Gypsy Jazz Guitarist
Steve Thoreson: World Renowned Tenor Vocalist
Shawn Berit: Contemporary Vocalist
Award-winning, Segovia-trained guitarist and composer Andre Feriante has been sharing the gift of music with audiences around the world for nearly 40 years. Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, he has introduced a sensual and contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speaks to people from all walks of life.
Feriantes long career has taken him to hundreds of stages, including Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and The Triple Door, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and many locations throughout Europe and Latin America. Feriante has released 14 albums, several of which have reached top 10 radio airplay charts. His CD Bohemian Boulevard won Best World Album.
Andres worldview is one of hope, love, and empathy. He hopes the passionate and reflective qualities in his songs will bring listeners inward to discover the similarities among humans, creating more peace and ease in the world.
Troy has a love of the guitar going back to age 14. He grew up in the environment of the Yellow Door Coffee House in Montreal Canada and it’s constant stream of guitar players coming through the door. To that, he added a musical education in jazz studies including Concordia University, Montréal and The American Conservatory of Music, Chicago.
After 21 years in Chicago playing a wide variety of styles of music from big band jazz to some years indulging his desire to plug into an amplifier and play REALLY LOUD, Troy moved to the pacific northwest and Whidbey Island.
His career has included membership in the groups Billet-Deux, Pearl Django, The Troy Chapman Group, and The Hot Club of Troy. He has also been honored to play with some fabulous musicians including guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Martin Taylor, legendary jazz group The Manhattan Transfer, Gail Pettis, and countless other brilliant musicians.
Based on Whidbey Island, WA, Troy can be found playing gypsy jazz with The Hot Club of Troy, modern jazz guitar with The Troy Chapman Group and Baroque Guitar with The Island Consort. And some great Choro as well.
He likes to play guitar.
Steve is a tenor of the highest caliber. Critics and aficionados alike compare his voice to that of Luciano Pavarotti. A natural talent from North Bend, Washington, Steve grew up winning every singing competition in his region and was sent by the Seattle Opera to study in Siena, Italy. His studies have taken him throughout Europe, including to the renowned Swedish Opera Singer, Actress, and Teacher, Britt Bern.
Thoreson has performed extensively in Europe, in concert, on radio and television. His singing has taken him to twenty-seven countries, performing in Cathedrals, Piazzas, Concert Halls and for Heads of state and Royalty. He was the second-place winner on Sweden’s Got Talent TV show (Talang) in 2011. He has performed at Seattle’s Swedish Cultural Center, Kirkland Performance Center, Teatro ZinZanni’s Mezzo Lunatico cabaret, and Benaroya Hall, and is a member of Illumi men’s choir.
Mr. Thoreson also shares a lineage of American Indian Ancestry. His Mother is of the “Quinalt” tribe on the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Washington State in America. When not singing you can find Steve carving Native Indian Art, drumming, and singing songs of Native tribes from his hometown. Mr. Thoreson takes much joy and pride in blending his singing skills and his Indian heritage together. It is truly breathtaking.
A powerhouse of Norwegian and Native American descent, Steve Thoreson is a major force to contend with in the world of Opera and the Arts.
For nearly 3 decades, Shawn Berit has been performing in the northern plains states in large-scale musicals and with a variety of bands and other musicians. With well over 1,000 performances in styles ranging from show tunes, country, blues, Christian, pop, and rock… Shawn is a versatile contemporary vocalist.
Berit was a founding member of northern plains bands; Shades of Grey, The Misfit Toys, Compass, and Nameless Tribe.
An all-around creative, Shawn is also an actor. artist (acrylics, pastels, and digital) photographer, videographer, writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a graphic designer and public promotions consultant.
Having moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, Berit is now working with Andre Feriante (along with other regional musicians) on new musical pursuits.
Shawn Berit is the Promotions Manager and graphic designer / poster artist for Andre Feriante.