Sunday, February 10
Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
16th & Franklin, Astoria
After a year’s hiatus, “Romancing the PAC” is back. Since 2006, violin virtuoso and composer Kim Angelis, accompanied by accompanied by a variety of musicians, has performed a concert of “Gypsy Romance” music the Sunday afternoon before Valentine’s Day. Proceeds from the concerts have benefited the Clatsop Community College Foundation, the Arts & Ideas Program, and the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This year’s show will be part of an effort by Partners for the PAC to raise funds to support the Performing Arts Center.
Kim Angelis and the Ensemble Romanique will “Romance the PAC” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10. The Astoria-based violinist has successfully transcended artistic boundaries – the music is built on a solid classical foundation, but the inspiration flows freely from the Romani Diaspora of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Spain. Angelis’ brilliant compositions showcase the beauty, power, and excitement of her playing. Jean Bartlett, managing editor of Ink Notes, writes, “Angelis… literally sings each string like a gypsy poet. Through breathtaking cadenzas and tender passages … it is her own composed music which constantly brings the audience to their feet because it is of earth and yet not.” The passionate music of Kim Angelis has been featured on network TV, PBS, NPR, and during the 2000 Olympics, when world champion gymnast Kui Yuanyuan of China used Kim’s music for her floor exercise. For ten years, Angelis’ first CD, Violin Voyager, resided on the Taiwanese Billboard charts. Angelis is a two-time winner of the ASCAP PLUS Award.
At the February 10 event, gypsy-inspired guitarist Josef Gault will accompany Angelis. Gault, who is married to Angelis, is well-known for his ability to follow the violinist’s every nuance. Keyboardist Thomas Stuart will make a guest appearance. The set will also feature accomplished gypsy fusion dancer, Jessamyn Grace, and belly dancer Haddasah will make her PAC debut. Additional guest artists will be announced.